Finally, summer has come, even to Sweden. Citruses, muscs, vetivers and fruit scents make sense in a way they never do in colder seasons. The white florals bloom. Even the heavy orientals, ambers, ouds and patchoulies suddenly develop bedside eyes and pouty lips in a manner you’d never thought was physically conceivable if you didn’t experience it yourself. Summer is THE season to wear perfume!
A very summery scent is Andy Tauers Cologne du Maghreb, a scent made along the classic European cologne tradition. That stuff that has been in rotation here for hundreds of years, made to refresh both body and mind.
As with most colognes, Cologne du Maghreb has a lot of citrus happening. The intro is intensely lemon-y. The lemons, thrown in with zest, juice and all, wear like the graph depicted on the side. Very potent at first, but quickly declining in intensity, revealing underlaying herbs and woods as it calms down.
Wearing Cologne du Maghreb is very much like doing a hiking trip up the Italian mountains (I wish I could name drop a suitable a place in the Maghreb area, but unfortunately I still haven’t had a chance to go there, so Italy will have to do). This trip starts early in the morning as I step out of the door at the little hostel where I’ve spent the night. The birds sing, the air is still cool as I move through the lemon groves and vineyards situated around the village. As I move upwards, slowly, the landscape transforms. Gardens give way to grass and shrubbery. Towards the end, there are mostly rocks. When I reach the peak of the mountain, I see a vista of hills and valleys spreading out in all directions. Feeling happy and completely at peace, I take in the view and note that far far away, there is a tiny glimpse of the deep blue sea.
Cologne du Maghreb is not a scent that strikes me as very perfume-y. Probably that’s because I don’t get any musk, just elements found in nature, like lemons, wood and fresh air. As I’ve been counting the days lately until my summers holiday starts, Cologne du Maghreb has been a great companion to wear to the office, to remind me that there IS an end to all the work. In fact, I’ve been using up my sample spraying my co-workers as well. Everyone could do with some fresh Italian mountain air.
Official notes: lemon, bergamot, clary sage, rosemary, orange blossom, lavender, neroli, rose, atlas cedar, labdanum, vetiver and amber
My sample of this scent was sent to me for review via Jeffrey Dame at Perfume Of Life