Saturday, 11 December 2010

Andy Tauer Le Cologne du Maghreb - Brief Review and Giveaway!


Today, Sorcery of Scent is proud to be a part of Andy Tauer's 2010 Advent Calendar Giveaway! Each day in December, Andy is giving away a 50ml bottle of his strictly limited edition fragrance Le Cologne du Maghreb. This scent is not for public sale, and has already become a highly prized perfume! More details on how you can win your own bottle below.

But first, a quick review.

When one hears the word "Maghreb" when associated with the work of Andy Tauer, one immediately thinks of his much-loved fragrance release: L'air du Desert Marocain. This fragrance release of several years ago embodies the aromas of the spice markets and soukhs and the dry, swirling desert sands. Where Le Cologne du Maghreb differs, is in its interpretation... this cologne evokes a feeling of a far-flung desert oasis... an Eden of lush green on a parched desert plane.


Le Cologne du Maghreb is a scent using 100% natural oils, and follows to some extent the format of a traditional cologne composition. It is a scent focusing on zesty citrus and dry woods, but this blend is resolutely Andy Tauer in its approach. It opens with a detonation of juicy citrus; bergamot, lemon, clemantine, grapefruit, lemon, orange blossom and neroli... each of which contribute to evoking a feeling of replenishment and rejuvenation with its lush, mouthwatering greenness. A rich heart of rose becomes instantly apparent and lends an exotic 'near-eastern' facet to the fragrance... it is velvety and soft and is balanced well against the sharp citruses. Cedarwood plays a starring role in the basenotes, as inspired by the trees of the Moroccan High Atlas Mountains... it communicates a sense of dryness... like the desert is near, just beyond the boundary of this extraordinary sanctuary.


An eau de cologne by concentration, Andy recommends it be worn liberally, as most colognes should. I find its longevity to be on par with an eau de toilette, but revel in its generous application also. Whilst it is not L'Air du Desert Marocain, it is certainly comparable as its sister scent... one that celebrates the fertile green of a desert sanctuary, whilst the dunes shift around it.

WIN!

All you have to do to win a 50ml bottle like the one pictured above, is to leave a comment after this post. Please ensure you include a contact email address so that you may be notified as the winner. Le Cologne du Maghreb will be sent directly from Andy Tauer's atelier in Switzerland right to your door. Be fast, because the winner's name will be announced tomorrow, Sunday December 12.

Good luck!

198 comments:

Magnifiscent said...

Nice review Dimi!
Citrus blast against rose and a desert background sounds really intriguing for a cologne indeed! Plus all natural oils for sure will give it a truly sunny vibe. I'd love to try it!

*jen said...

I so want to smell this! Great review. Thanks!

Gojira said...

Love the review, Now I really want to win it even more. Looking forward to more from him next year.

liam j said...

Oh I'm dying to try some of Andy Tauer's fragrances, maybe this will be my lucky day :)

JOE said...

I'm looking forward to this release. I will have to work hard when I get to sample this to be sure not to make a comparison to LDDM and give it a wearing of it's own right. I've enjoyed AT's work in so many regards and always have to remind myself that while LDDM may be my grail, that I'd do a disservice to Mr Tauer by not giving all of his works an open mind upon which to work their magic. I hope this finds you and yours well this holiday season D.

W (thaifighter)
wiley@ciscokid.org

Lisa BTB said...

The visual alone makes me want to try this. It helps, too, that I am partial to citrus and cedar.

Lisa
scentyousay (at) gmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

I would love to win bottle of this Andy Tauer scent. His creations are always noteworthy and interesting. Pleas enter me in the drawing
.

Anonymous said...

This would be my first Andy Tauer and it sounds from the review it would be right up my alley.

kbe

Remi said...

Thanks for review. Sounds very interesting. And nice pictures in your blog.
Remi
birzai(at)hotmail(doy)com
Yhanks

Datura5750 said...

My grandfather served in the Maghreb 100 years ago in the french foreign legion, I still have his wife's huge bottle of 4711....I really would love to win this!

tarleisio said...

Oh, this sounds ...heavenly! An oasis in the desert. Now, my curiosity will be killing me! I'd love to be entered in the draw!

Tarleisio, tarleisio@gmail.com

Tourbillion said...

Since this is not for public sale it sounds like this is my only opportunity to try this one. It sounds magnificent.

Irina said...

please, enter me the draw-I would like a chance to smell this
thanks

G said...

Sounds lovely, glad you tweeted this and hope to win!

Tama said...

Mmm - sounds delightful! Please enter me in the draw.

matadecoco2001 at hotmail dot com

zeram1 said...

Another great site to follow/read. Thanks for your description of the scent! Hmm, I really don't like posting my email out there so publicly; therefore, would you allow us to just see if we're "picked" as the winner, and then the winner can contact you directly via this site afterward?

Amy said...

Sounds like just the cure for a dreary winter day!

faintlymacabre said...

What beautiful pictures! I can't wait to try this!

ldpope(at)gmail(dot)com

KathK said...

Wow! it sounds exquisite!

50_Roses said...

I would so love to win this! I love colognes for hot weather (which we have plenty of on the Gulf Coast).

Roses_50(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Citrus scents are already a favorite of mine and the combination of citrus and rose sounds intriguing. Fantastic review! It leaves me wanting to know more!

leparapluiebleu at gmail dot com

baobab said...

hello! glad to visit your page. "L'Air du Desert Marocain, it is certainly comparable as its sister scent " oh is it? nice to hear !

olfactoriastravels.com said...

Your review makes me even more curious to try this. Maybe I will be lucky!

deeHowe said...

Hope I win! Thanks for the review :)

helena said...

I want to try this new Andy's scent, as I love his fragrances, and it's a pleasure to discover your blog, Dimitry. :)

Liza said...

Hello!
Thank You for this post and a great opportunity to win!
Have a nice day!

sarah said...

Please enter me in the draw :)

BenA said...

Sounds like another winner from Andy! Please enter me in the draw.

Aster said...

Inspiring review! Yes, I would love this cologne, and it seems that my only chance is to win it since I cannot simply buy it.

Kanaires said...

The word verification happened to be "prewin" lol, I so hope I get to smell Andy's new creation this year.

anatole said...

Great review, great pictures! It makes me want even more to try this cologne.

Hali said...

Citrus and rose? Count me in! Your review was great. I'm so glad Tauer has been featuring this contest on different scent blogs, its been fun to find all these new sites follow : )

Zazie said...

Great review and thanks for the draw!

AlexP said...

Lovely review Dimitri. My curiosity is half satisfied, I have to win that bottle to fully satisfy

AlexP said...

Sorry ! Forgot it design05group@yahoo.com

Maria Ho said...

Testing my luck, hoping Miss Fortuna smiles at me today :).
petronellacj [at] gmail [dot] com

Mono said...

Great way to do a little round amongst the better scent blogs on the web!! :)

phyllgerry said...

Lovely lovely , all I can say

phyllgerry(at)googlemail(dot)com

Kit said...

Thanks for the review!
I have only some samples of Andy's perfumes and would love to win a full bottle of this one :)

RM said...

Count me in!!

Magnus said...

It sounds lovely.

hoopie said...

Lovely review of a lovely scent

Kirsten said...

Lovely review, this sounds perfect for late spring into summer.

Please enter me in the draw, thanks.

Kirsten

A J said...

Great review, it would be nice to win!

hoopie said...

lovely review of a lovely scent

Raluca said...

Nice blog you have. And thanks for Andy's contest.

Bradamante said...

The oasis in the picture reminded me of the work of Douanier le Rousseau. I would love to win this one!

Jicky L. said...

Please include me in the draw.

sjoeormenruffen at gmail dot com

fleur de lys said...

Oh, wouldn't it be great to win this cologne. Love the review!
And by following Andies advent calandar I have found this blog, love it.

Stephan said...

I like your pictures a lot and I'm longing to smell this cologne.

Lisa said...

Would love to win one!!

Ines said...

I so do hope I get lucky and get to try this. :)

rosarita said...

Great review! Thanks for the opportunity.

Franc said...

Le cologne du Maghreb turns into unattainable goal for me... chasing it here and there. Is that my lucky place?

Kaarel said...

Thanks for hosting this, would like to win a bottle of Cologne du Maghreb.

Trebor said...

This release sounds very appealing. Cheers!

Anonymous said...

Yes, please enter me for the draw. Many thanks.

robert ashton 69 [all one word] at yahoo dot co dot uk

Fabrice said...

Sounds lovely. I would gladly like to be entered in the draw...

Blessed and Highly favoured said...

Great review.

Proximity said...

I really would love this Cologne, I'd love a chance to win it - please enter me in the draw!

Yazzselena said...

Beautiful review, now I'd like to try it! Anisceline@yahoo.co.uk

marcopietro said...

This is my first visit at your blog, it's very interesting, thank you! I'll come back to read it again... I love many Tauer's fragrances and I'd like discover that new masterpiece

Chris said...

I really would love to try this!

Brian V said...

Tauer is sure getting the word out about this fragrance, Its got me anticipating checking it out.

Here's hoping I get the change w/ your assistance. ;-)

lucy120606 said...

This sounds so lovely really would like a sniff!

Michael said...

Wonderfully written, as always, Dimi. "Eden of lush green on a parched desert plane" -- yes, I'm sold. Bring it on! :-)
Take care,
Michael

michael_mattison@yahoo.de

Tom said...

Thanks for the review! Please enter me to the draw.

Xenia said...

Thank you for a nice review!

LindaB said...

Great review and makes me want to try it that much more!

My email is lindalee7777 at hotmail

loar said...

Nice review! It sounds lovely, please enter me in the draw.

heloar -at- gmail -dot- com

DT Chase said...

Wow. wow. wow. WOW.

the mere idea of this cologne sounded incredible... but this description?? egads... this sounds like nothing short of absolutely sparkling.

thanks for hosting this offer!

Jaki said...

I want it, I love Andy's stuff my favourite is also L'air but there is nothing in his line that I do not lust over.

Romaayden said...

I am very partial to Andy's fragrances and this one sounds luv-worthy. Cedar and citrus nice combo

Mariannetm said...

I love dry fragrances.

Thank you Dimitri for this positive and clear review!

Goose said...

This cologne really does sound to die for, especially for someone who loves that type of scents!

freakofanastacia (at) hotmail (dot) com

Julie Ellen said...

Thanks for the great review and for hosting an Andy giveaway. Fingers crossed, hope to win.

Lisa Ashby said...

Would love to win! :) Thanks for the giveaway.

hotlanta linda said...

Great pictures, as always, w/ the knowledge-full reviews!! Thank you for sponsering :-)

Barbara said...

Following the trail of the cologne du Maghreb, I discover blogs I had never seen before. Thank you for hosting this giveaway! I really appreciate the fact that you have included a review of the actual cologne.

a.k.a. Warum said...

So far among all citrus fragrances I've been liking most the ones made with natural oils by perfumers who are passionate about their art. I've liked DSH's citrus fragrances before and I am yet to try one from Andy Tauer!

Thanks for hosting a giveaway!
If I am the lucky winner, please contact me as Warum on Basenotes or at write2warum at gmail.

natz101 said...

Looks great! Please enter me!! :)
natz101@hotmail.com

sara said...

A lush oasis of scent on my skin perfect memories of warmth in these winter months.

Kathy said...

Thank you for the wonderful review. It sounds lovely!

Nancy C. said...

Sounds wonderful as typical for a Tauer scent!

Nancy C.
dollydagger64@yahoo.com

olenska said...

Great review, and gorgeous photos! Thank you for this.

d3m0lici0n said...

I'm still trying , I want to get one of these...And now with your review I really want to win a bottle...

cabeza4ever@sbcglobal.net

Waynejjh said...

Summer's here and Andy Tauer's new fragrance sounds like the perfect companion! I'd looove to give it a try!
waynejamesheldt@gmail.com

womo531 said...

i want some too!

Fernando said...

I've always had trouble with Eaux de Cologne because they are sometimes a little boring. But I'm quite sure Andy's version isn't! Hope I win!
fqgouvea at colby dot edu is the email.

hellsbelle said...

Hi everybody, I'm glad to be with you once more again, reading you posts is pleasant and amazing.
have a nice week-end!

Line said...

mmmm, sounds wonderful, thanks for the review

lineskarlstrom at hotmail.com

cornlily said...

Anything by Andy intrigues. Thanks for the review.

sonia garcia said...

I really wanna get a bottle of this one, I hope I could get one.

lasuperchatis62(at)hotmail(dot)com

Anne said...

I love Andy Tauer's Advent calendar giveaway. Fingers crossed!

Kathryn said...

Excellent review! One of the many nice things about Andy Tauer's Advent Giveaway is his tour of perfume blogs. I am definitely bookmarking this one for return visits. Of course, I would love to smell Le Cologne du Maghreb, too. Please enter me in the draw.

Vintage Lady said...

I very much love the images you posted here. The second one reminds me of my trip to Granada, and I have to say that when I visited Algeria I had to go again and again, but I have never been to Morocco for example.

I would love to enter the draw, my email is zenda dot zigana at gmail dot com

Thank you and good luck everyone!

monkeytoe said...

What a fabulous and evocative review!

fragrancescout said...

Great Review!
I hope I will win and I will enjoy this perfume

Roberto. said...

Wow After that review I really want to get a bottle of this Tauer creation. I'm gonna cross my fingers...
robertocrisanto@yahoo.com

trhoades said...

Dimitri, great review. Hopefully I'll be able to smell this one day...

Kim said...

Would love to win a chance to try this out! Please enter me in the draw. kapittaway (at) yahoo (dot) ca

renee said...

Your review sounds great: this would be an awesome antidote to winter!

littlelotus2000*at*gmail*dot*com

Lauren said...

Interesting blog - thanks for hosting the contest today.

I love the pics for today. What an inviting oasis and is that a nest on top of that red rock hill/wall/whatever it is?

stromqui said...

Nice to be introduced to your blog. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Those are lovely pictures - especially during the first snowfall here!

Dixie said...

Now I really want to smell this! Thanks for the review, Dimitri!!!

stellaglo said...

i love all of andy's fragrances!

Ashraf Osman said...

I have to say, this is getting frustrating, entering these draws day after day and not winning. So I think this might be the last time I try. I just wish this was available to try for anyone who wants (at a price, of course) rather than this endless teasing.
archmemory(at)gmail(dot)com

Actias luna said...

Lovely review (as always) Dimi!

This cologne sounds so amazingly yummy the way you describe it... I can imagine it smelling a little like Xerjoff's Fiore di Ulivo, but with that desert vibe behind it... much different! Wow would SO like to get my hands on this. Season's Greetings!

you smell!!! said...

Please add my name in the draw, I'll keep trying until xmas...

honeywhereismygun@hotmail.com

Landmine monkey said...

I would love to try!!!

Justin said...

Thank you for the review and giveaway!

Stacey said...

Great review! Now I want to try it even more than before. :)

ghretta said...

This sounds delicious! I am very excited to smell it! Thanks for entering me for a chance to win, sincerely, ghretta

Piotrek said...

Nice review. Thanks

Dagney said...

Thank you for the opportunity!

wildchild said...

Unique - that would be great!

The Gastronomic Goddess said...

Great review! I'm even more excited to smell/own a bottle as you described it a "sister scent" to LDM!

dlh0613 (at) aol (dot) com

grwt said...

Great review. Would love to try this special cologne.

odonata9 said...

I would love to try this - sounds wonderful!

rictor07 said...

Would love to win this!

AromaX said...

Thanks for review and for hosting the draw, Dimitri!

Anonymous said...

would love a chance to win! Thanks for the review.

donadea (at) yahoo dot com

NaturalSelektion said...

Great review! I love Andy...and hope that I will see my name as a winner some time this month. *crosses fingers*

waterbased said...

Interesting review and nice pictures! I would love to try this citrus cologne. Have a nice weekend. :)

elzsmelzgr8 said...

The more I read about this, the more intrigued I become. Hope I'm lucky enough to win a bottle to satisfy my curiosity!

Snow_Bunny said...

Very interesting!

chrisb said...

Thank you for the review. I would very much like to try this.

tandc@tiscali.co.uk

KENNETH JACKSON said...

Since this is not for public sale it sounds like this will really go down well with my son, as he says its got to be ace.........

Saad said...

"Le Cologne du Maghreb", what does that translate to? Interesting , sounds like a great fragrance, seems to be exceptionally crafted!

dawoodi.saad7@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

thank you for the review .. the images of words and pictures make me want to be there! i hope i one day get to smell this - it sounds both warm and refreshing. thank you! rachel h

tally said...

AT Le Cologne du Maghreb sounds beautiful! Thanks for the review!

presch1 said...

Dimitri, Great review! It's the first really expressive description I've read besides Andy's. I'm imagining the opening explosion of Orange Star amped up a few notches. I really hope the fates smile on me sometime during this Advent Calendar!! Anyway, thanks for the great writing as usual and for hosting.

Nima S. said...

Love Andy Tauer.

noddi said...

This sounds enchanting! I didnt realize it was limited edition either; sounds like a must sniff!

nadia
nadia.slakov at gmail dot com

rosiegreen said...

Beautiful pictures.
Great review. Please enter me in the
draw. I really want to smell this scent.

Olivia A said...

Ohh this cologne sounds sooo lovely! Thanks for the review - I hope I get a chance to try this, and share with my dear boyfriend :-)

poetria [at] optonline [dot] net

air.ocean said...

This scent just sounds so wonderful! And what a great idea the Advent Calendar is!

fqjcior@gmail.com said...

I adore Andy's fragrances and am very interested in his cologne. So count me in the draw, please! Cheers!

Mikael said...

Thank you for the review and the giveaway, please do enter me in the draw!

Midastouch said...

Fab review

lexfordrose said...

wonderful review....sounds like a more than worthy addition to Andy's great work.

Allan said...

Thanks for your reviews.
Email: Aalandjana@aol.com

Ľubaša said...

Thanks for sharing beautiful pictures with us - they make a scent more real and closer to nature.:-)
I would really like to try it!
Lubica
lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

Ruth_Marianna said...

Please include me.

janrik said...

ok, I already knew I wanted to experience this exclusive from my fave, AT. Reading your great review only makes me really really want some of this-my go to scent is LDDM! email me, please! janrik (at) earthlink.net

Anonymous said...

enter me in the draw- dremybluz

dremybluz at aol dot com

Matt said...

I would love to give this a try! Thanks!

Rapunzel said...

Sounds like a lovely fragrance, please enter me in the draw!
negalipykt at yahoo.com

Andrew said...

I am sure as good as every other Tauer perfume

Annalena said...

I so want to smell the citrus, the roses, the thought of the sand dunes surrounding the oasis! Thank you for the review!

ElizabethN said...

It sounds stunning. Please enter me in the drawing.
enorena at hotmail dot com

solocha said...

This is honestly one of the best,most evocative reviews I've come across.many thanks!

lottiegirl said...

wow the description makes me fell as if I am there it sounds amazing, would love the chance to win this, it looks gorgeous. lottie_girlx at yahoo.co.uk

Anonymous said...

sounds really nice, I'd love to win this for that special nigh out

Michael said...

Dimitri I'd love to be entered in the draw.

Thank you,
Michael M

tricia said...

Now that I have read the elegant opinion of Dimitri and he has put this new scent in a formal line up....and, since the first Tauer I fell for was L'Air du Desert Marocain,I am even more intrigued by this Maghreb...It would be so special to be recognized as a loyal follower of Tauer to the world from this venue...thank you and peace...~~~t

Cheryl M said...

What a wonnderful description - this sounds unlike anything else being created at the moment - not sweet or overly floral, but with a fresh sweetness and a crisp undertone. How lovely!

pyramus said...

The limited-edition nature of it makes it really desirable--hardly anybody's going to get to smell it, so naturally everyone wants to.

I think my e-mail address should be attached to this in some way, since I used my Google account, but just in case: pyramus at rogers dot com.

cistolic said...

I am stuck in a time warp with my perfume and have been looking for something really different. This review makes me want to know more wear and smell for myself

Anonymous said...

Please put me in the draw
@cleggy23

Isa said...

I keep trying to win an Andy Tauer perfume.
The review was so inspiring! This cologne must be wonderful, indeed.

Please, enter me in the draw :)

dissed said...

Beautiful imagery, and that's a beautiful image. Would love to try.
dissed (at) windstream (dot) net

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a wonderful fragrance-Iand now, if you'll excuse me, I an going to read your archives because this site is new to me!

Sincerely,

Carole MacLeod

David W Kent said...

Great revue, now we need to smell it ourselves. -- david
dwkent at sonic dot net

William said...

What a great photograph used in this review. I hope I can smell this one. Thanks Sorcery or Scent and of course, Mr. Tauer!

Helen said...

Thanks for the review! I hope to win :)helenpetry at gmail dot com.

shawn said...

Me, me, me!

pklagrange said...

Great review and thanks for the opportunity.

Anonymous said...

My first time to this site! I looked around and really like it, so thanks to Andy for the virtual introduction.

mvjamieson at gmail dot com

laim said...

I'm sure it's another great Andy's creation - as well as the earlier ones.

Natalie said...

It's been a rough day, and oh boy, do "replenishment and rejuvenation" sound good right now! Wonderful review, and thank you so much for hosting today's advent draw.

Valentine said...

Sounds perfect for a citrus craving, and I love the description.
bubbles-123@sbcglobal.net

Millicent said...

Nice review -- am dying to try this one!

Thanna said...

Sounds like the perfect scent for the hot TX weather. I need something a bit more complex than my trusty 4711 to wear next spring/summer. I'd love to try this. Please enter me in the draw.

ruthanna at muttdog dot us

Eszter said...

Finally a review on this, I really wanted to hear a trained nose :)
A bit sad that I am kind of late with the comment...
geszter at live.com

Gustav said...

Nice review! Indeed this sounds intriguing and I'd love to try it. Please include me in the draw!

Rebecca said...

L'Air has long since been a favorite of mine, and, after reading this review, sounds like a perfect complement to it!

Elysia said...

Hoping to try this one soon! Thanks to Andy Tauer for his generosity!

d said...

Thanks, Dimi. Sounds wonderful.

niina said...

Great review! Big Andy fan, would love to try this. Thanks for the post.

Anonymous said...

A "detonation of juicy citrus"? Sign me up! But if I won't win, is Andy going to actually sell this? Or just tantalize us with the thought of its existence?
Laura M (I'll check in too to see if I won!)

nancy said...

hi!

gerbick said...

Hmm... win? I'm in.

jzzbassman said...

I'd love to win this! Sounds like a wonderful fragrance....nothing like the usual we find here in Mississippi.

jzzbassman72@gmail.com

zliang said...

Intriguing indeed. Please include me in the drawing. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Fingers Crossed!

adonis123@bobmail.info

Anonymous said...

This sounds wonderful!

djamison66(at)gmail(dot)com

~Sarah~ said...

This sounds oh so lovely. *goodvibes*goodvibes* ;)

Anonymous said...

omg omg ... pick me! pick me!

good job, and keep up the good work.

haidangphan@yahoo.com.au from melbz.

Furriner said...

Great review!! Andy is so generous to do this every year!

furriner at g mail dot com.

gupts said...

Another one from Andy!
Needless to say, I am interested to see what's in store this time....
I hope I am lucky this time ;-)

gupts @ basenotes

HDS1963 said...

Got to agree Dimi, sounds like a fabulous fragrance, one I would very much like to win!

Andy

Abi said...

Am I too late? Thank you for the review. I love the idea of a desert oasis. Lushness and dryness? I'm intrigued.

Anonymous said...

Hope I'm not too late ro leave a comment on this amazing giveaway, thanks for this opportunity!

Mikeny911@aol.com
Mikeny on basenotes

Julie said...

Oh, my, my, I would love to try this!

Patty said...

Would love to be entered in the drawing! The notes sound delicious to me.

Kyla said...

The more I hear about this scent, the more I want to try it!