Growing up, I was drawn to the desert. And the ocean. I was drawn to both of them for their enigmatic vastness and this paired well with my innate wanderlust. Plus, the ocean and the desert were rather enticing to a young gal growing up in Tennessee.
My fascination with the desert never went away; my aversion to UV rays and extreme weather have kept me from spending much time in the desert but I love the idea of them, what they symbolize to me. When I was first introduced to the indie line, Tauer, you can guess which one I wanted to try first.
L’Air du Désert Marocain (let’s call it LADDM for short) opens with a metallic coolness and a sweaty cumin, that is well, very, very human. It becomes a sweeter fragrance with a boozy vanilla and tonka. Yet, there’s an arid dryness from woods and citrus peels. The dry-down is of LADDM is creamy and to me, it’s amazing. It’s a sweet but animalic amber with a balsamic vanilla. The overall feel of this perfume is warm and comforting.
This perfume was launched a decade ago. And boy, have indie perfumes really boomed since then. There is no doubt in my mind that LADDM was a game changer and something we’re going to look back on as a modern classic and a pivotal turning point for independent perfumery. Years and years later and I still love this perfume.
Notes listed include coriander, petitgrain, lemon, bergamot, jasmin, cistus, bourbon, geranium, cedarwood, vetiver, vanilla, patchouli, and ambergris. Launched in 2005. PERFUMER – Andy Tauer
Give LADDM a try if you like sweet oriental amber perfumes. Or perfumes like Histoires de Parfums Ambre 114, Montale Blue Amber, Dior Mitzah, Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Ambre Precieux, Divine L’Homme Sage and/or Tauer Lonestar Memories.
Projection and longevity are above average.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A really awesome amber. This is my favorite Tauer perfume and one of my favorite ambers.
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*Sample obtained by me. Product pic from Tauer. “The Garden of Allah” still from doctormacro.com.