Ever since 2014, when Andy Tauer released Cologne de Magrheb, I have been patiently waiting for a new riff on the time honored classic. I was thrilled and delighted to learn of his new release L’Eau (truth to be told I was actually quivering with anticipation when I opened the box).
I often feel that classic colognes get a bit shortchanged in the fragrance community in favor of darker and deeper scents rife with incense, patchouli, and the ever ubiquitous oudh. Colognes seem to be thought of as “lesser” compositions, almost like a poor relation, something not to be taken too seriously, but just for “fun”.
For me nothing could be further from the truth. In the hands of a master perfumer like Andy Tauer, a bright and fizzy Eau De Cologne-style perfume done extremely well, can lift my mood and vanquish the dark clouds on any gloomy day, and make a sunny day that much better. Think of all the wonderful colognes from the bigger houses, Chanel, Guerlain, Dior, or Caron for example. The bite of the citrus, the uplifting florals, and the fresh air supplied from a great clean musk? Yes please! I love them all. Andy Tauer’s L’Eau takes the very best aspects of fine cologne and interprets them as an Eau de Parfum in a classic Tauer way, with his signature deep and well rounded “Tauerade” vibe and over-the-top longevity. Andy Tauer is a perfumer who is never afraid to push the envelope, he has a signature style and Tauer Perfumes offers the rare combination of outstanding scents at reasonable prices.
Inspired by the scent of a blooming lemon tree on Mr. Tauers’ Zurich veranda, L’Eau is a beautiful and uplifting unisex perfume that manages to deconstruct a lemon tree from its dew-kissed blossoms down to its cool and dark hidden roots. It also happens to be one of the greatest blind buys I’ve made in a very long time.
Opening with the sharp and slightly bitter whip-crack sting of fresh lemon and bergamot and softened by the sweet floral notes of lemon blossom and the slight fusty scent of iris, this fresh-as-springtime scent is as cooling and mellow as a warm zephyr whispering against your skin and ruffling your hair. The wood notes bring you into the stems and stalks of the lemon tree, right into the trunk and further down into the loamy soil with its’ ambergris/earthy, primordial and slightly metallic smell. This is a bottle I would, and will reach for at the end of a sunny day-off spent lying in the sun, then meandering through the house in a languorous stupor from the heat of the day, and looking forward to a cooling, cleansing, and refreshing shower. Fresh out of the bath, in sparkling clean clothes slightly redolent of laundry powder and sunlight, I will give myself some generous lashings of L’Eau with its’ bright and revivifying sweet citrus blast, and step out into a warm summers’ night. On second thought, why wait? I think I’ll just go re-apply right now. Notes: Bergamot, lemon, orange oil, lemon blossom, iris, musk, woods, ambergris
Disclosure: The perfume is my personal bottle and the opinions are my own.
–Robert Herrmann, Sr. Contributor
-Art Direction: Michelyn Camen, Editor-in-Chief
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