Au Coeur du Desert review

In the perfume world, as in movies, it is exceedingly rare for a sequel or flanker to be as good as or even better than the original. In the world of film, it is the case with Godfather 2, Spider-Man 2, and Toy Story 2, and in the world of perfume it is the case with Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit de l’Homme, Thierry Mugler’s A Man Pure Malt, Bulgari Aqua Amara and – Andy Tauer‘s Au Coeur du Desert.

Au Coeur du Desert

Andy says that Au Coeur du Desert is a metamorphosis of L’Air du Desert Marocain into a luxurious Extrait de parfum and that the richness of this concentration especially emphasizes the woody and balsamic notes of the original composition, which is widely known and instantly recognizable. However, it does not only provide a more intense version, but also an entirely new olfactory experience.

Similarities with L’Air du Desert Marocain

Despite having the same genetics, L’Air du Desert Marocain and Au Coeur du Desert are not identical twins. When describing them online, most reviewers try to fit them into the same mold as twin parents who purchase them the same outfit, enroll them in the same sports, and arrange their hair in the same way. However, these perfumes are more than a carbon copy of the same genetics; they are absolutely unique and have a distinct personality that the inventor expertly crafted.

Au Coeur du Desert is more manly, drier, gaunt, and ash-like. Probably due to the heavy woody overtones that remind me of old paper sheets that have yellowed from lingering on dusty antique store shelves. The mix of bergamot, petit-grain, and gritty, slightly “dirty” notes of cumin and coriander, which most people associate with the scent of men’s sweat, adds a distinctive dose of masculinity. This combination is popular in traditional men’s colognes, therefore it’s no surprise that the author chose it as the opening lines of this robust piece. The final chords are made of dark yet dry patchouli, which, when combined with the Atlas cedarwood note, creates an immensely deep and rich experience for all woody perfume aficionados.

Why is Au Coeur du Desert so special?

Au Coeur du Desert isn’t merely a perfume that replicates the scent of the desert. There’s a lot more to it than that. It is now possible to synthesize the scents of almost anything using modern technology. As a result, we shouldn’t be surprised if we detect notes like a tennis ball, matches, or duct tape in fragrant creations, which are most typically found in niche perfumes. Whether the perfume’s creator used a sand note or not, he perfectly conveyed the mysterious night in the middle of the desert, which is the object of imagination of all adventurers. When the barriers of circumstance become too high, we might embrace scents to take us on exotic journeys. We’re already there with just a couple of sprays. This is truly a mystique in a perfume bottle.

POSSIBLY OF INTEREST: A modern classic and original version of L’Air du Desert Marocain and macho amber Lonestar Memories.

[Fragrance notes] top notes: bergamot; middle notes: coriander, cumin, petit-grain; base notes: cedar, patchouli, ambergris.

[Fragrance group] oriental woody.

The creator of the perfume is Andy Tauer.