Working on my relationship with the roses

As you can probably guess from the title, I’m not really into roses when they make an appearance in a perfume. At least, I believed so. It seems that has if not changed, then changing definitely. I’m still not fascinated by them like with some other notes but I actually started appreciating them and even liking some to the wearable on me extent. Maybe it’s just the learning process and I’m expanding my horizons. Whatever the case, today I’ll talk about one with a rose and one that made me think more of warm sands than the Matthew Williamson did.

Did I give enough hints about who am I going to talk about? 🙂

I’ve been trying for weeks to find time to sniff Andy Tauer creations again. I realized recently that everything needs at least 2 tries before you can decide how to approach it properly. I smelled my samples some months ago (while on vacation so I couldn’t write about them) and I needed to repeat the experience. Btw, the samples that Aus Liebe zum Duft sends are quite large. So, after testing them I’ll have at least for 4-5 wearings. Yeey! 🙂

I wish I could them justice – by them I mean L’Air du désert marocain and Le Maroc pour elle. Both are so full of perfume life, for lack of a better phrase. And do they last!

L’Air du désert marocain is warm, dry, sweet and smokey? oriental that I don’t think can be described as accurately as to give you the right picture. You just have to try it and see for yourself. 🙂

But what I got from it was a test for my nose. I though the opening was vanilly incense/smoke. Turns out there’s no vanilla in it.

Notes from Andy Tauer site: coriander, cumin, petitgrain, rock rose, jasmine, cedar wood, vetiver and amber.

Don’t ask me what notes I discovered. My mind simply refused tracking them, I get the whole picture and cannot delve into notes. It strangely reminded me of Timbuktu, it reached straight into my subconsciousness and expanded my world vision.

You know, if it smells like this in the desert, I think the time has come to visit one. Dry, slightly sweet, warm and somewhat smokey.

Le Maroc pour elle is a different story. I got surprised by the larger than life opening. Described by Mr. Tauer as a sunny fragrance does it justice. You get hit by all this sunny sweetness that seemed vaguely fruity to me but again, no fruit in this. Unless you consider fresh citrus but that wasn’t what I thought I smelled.

What really surprised me in this one is the fact that as I was enjoying the sunny opening, I didn’t realize there was a rose in it. Or lavender for that matter. It’s upsetting for me how I completely cannot force my nose to smell anything else than the big picture when Tauer creations are concerned.

Notes: fresh citrus, lavender, cedar woods, oriental woods, rose at dawn, evening jasmine.

Anyway, after reading the notes, I finally found lavender in that sunny sweetness and understood that rose does not always smell like the rose I know. It obviously smells similar enough for me to recognize but this one went completely into an elaborate, oriental beautiful depiction of a rose.

One last thing about those two today. I haven’t checked the description to see if they are described as masculine (L’Air) and feminine (Le Maroc pour elle). If you would want to categorize them, then yes, they would be a masculine and feminine. But I think both are wearable for both sexes. I will certainly use up both my samples.

And that is what my newly discovered rose relationship has made me realize. There are some rose scents that can be worn by guys as well. 🙂 It feels like I’m late to some realizations, but some things need to be discovered by oneself. That’s how I comfort myself. 🙂

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