Words like Eau and Fraiche in perfumes’ names usually trigger images of light citrus affairs you can splash on a hot July day. Andy Tauer just showed me I am wrong to prejudge like this. His L’Eau, released in May 2017, is not your typical light citrus fragrance as the name might suggest.
If you know Tauer Perfumes, you know that its founder and master perfumer, Andy Tauer, is not the kind to riff on the same familiar tune. His creations are strikingly unique even in genres where uniqueness is not expected.
L’Eau is a fragrance inspired by a lemontree on Andy’s veranda on a “crisp Zurich morning air”.
So far everything suggests, name, backstory and all, that L’Eau would be a rendition of the classic cologne. You’re up for a surprise.
L’Eau is a fresh citrus fragrance with human qualities. To me, it smells like the warm skin of someone I love on a sunny day in Berlin. Why Berlin? I don’t know. For some reason this fragrance reminds me the city and a trip I took there several years ago.
You probably already got a sense that L’Eau is not your typical citrus fragrance. If I were to categorize without knowing the name, I would put it in the floral-musky family.
A note for the literalists: L’Eau is not a floral scent. Lemon blossom and iris are present and detectable (lemon blossom more than iris). Their purpose, however, is to give texture and feel to the fragrance, not to define it. The delicate freshness of the lemongrass boosted by zesty bergamot, lemon and orange lighten up the musk and ambergris to create an addictive blend.
The most admirable quality of L’Eau is that it blends with your skin and becomes one with it. The result is a feeling that you smell good instead of your perfume smelling good.
Tauer’s consistency with original good quality fragrances has put him in my perfumers’ hall of fame. More importantly, however, Tauer’s creations are always so good that the brand has become blind-buy safe for me. L’Eau was such a purchase and it didn’t disappoint.
Should you blind buy L’Eau? No, I never recommend blind buys and satisfaction varies. You should, however, try L’Eau. It’s a Nobel-size contribution to the art of perfumery.
About the Smell Test
The Smell Test is a series of mini reviews of popular fragrances. I take a sniff and share with you what I think based on my first impressions. The idea behind the Smell Test is to give you a quick thumbs up or down on popular scents without delving into its intricacies.
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