I own way too many perfumes. A good portion of my “collection” these days is made up of summery, citrus colognes. Here in the chilly, damp Pacific Northwest, and especially after a mega-snowstorm like we experienced last week, I am entering a ‘danger zone’ (a time period when I am REALLY susceptible to buying light, bright citrus-packed fragrances, perfumes that remind me of summer or my years living in Southern California). Who cares that I already own enough sparkling lemon-orange-lime-bergamot-grapefruit-kumquat scents to last a decade; isn’t there room for one, or two, more?
Enter Tauer Perfumes Cologne du Maghreb, an all-natural fragrance, that includes notes of bergamot and lemon essential oils, neroli oil, orange blossom, Moroccan cedar wood, cistus ladaniferus, rosemary, lavender, rose and clary sage. I like every fragrance note listed for Cologne du Maghreb and expected to enjoy the perfume, too.
When first applied, Cologne du Maghreb produces a dusky, dark, “art-studio” aroma (a characteristic of many Tauer Perfumes, be they herbal, floral, spicy or incense-y). Following this “turpentine/mineral spirits” aspect, comes the scent of citrus rind: ripe citrus verging on overripe. (I think of the oranges and lemons in 17th century Spanish still life paintings, turned golden or amber in color by the darkening varnish.)
Quickly, Cologne du Maghreb shifts and I begin to smell labdanum, a hint of rosemary-sage, and cedar. I’m not unhappy that the rose and orange blossom notes are NOT distinct in Cologne du Maghreb because a dark, rich, “twilight” citrus is what I was hoping for. Were my expectations of enjoyment fulfilled? Yes.
For an Eau de Cologne, Maghreb has good lasting power (several hours) and, when it’s first applied, good sillage (it has a way of taking over a room, in a good way; it smells as if you’ve just peeled a fat, juicy, fragrant orange).
Tauer Perfumes Cologne du Maghreb is exclusive to Indiescents; 50 ml for $65. (A one ml spray is also available for $5.)