I have been searching for this spiced oriental unisex fragrance from the nose of Andy Tauer for years. Since it was released in 2005 I have heard it described in such mystical terms that the effect verges on mythical. “It actually smells of the desert”, “One can feel the moonlight”, I wonder if I shall be transported to the Sahara and experience the magic that others have felt.
The incredibly simplistic poster for L’air is nevertheless effective. It gives us the moonlight across the desert, paling into the distance.
The bottle is reminiscent of early 20th century pharmaceutical containers. The blue glass was used as it prevented light from tainting their tinctures and potions. I find it an excellent design choice, currently unique, and gives a timeless air to Tauer perfumes.
Opening notes: Petitgrain, cumin, and coriander.
Middle notes: Jasmine, rock rose, geranium, and birch.
Base notes: Ambergris, vetiver, cedar, oakmoss and patchouli.
This takes you on a magic carpet ride across Morocco and into the setting sun. It is gloriously rich and exotically fragrant. Petitgrain makes the cool twilight come alive, until the moon shimmers in the distance. Though spices are usually hot, this has an exceptional cold feel, chilled like the night air. This is more than a perfume, it is a journey.
Suited to: From midday to midnight, this can be your accompaniment in an adventurous life.
Rating: Gold medal, a must have for everyone.
Price: Extremely expensive.