Andy Tauer is a great guy but you’ve probably already known that. As a person who learned on his own how to make perfume and who earned so much recognition and love among fragrance enthusiasts definitely could be considered a role model for anyone who has aspirations to start creating and to become a part of this world. But in all that Andy is a regular person like we all are. There are perfumers that would make you feel intimidated when you talk to them, but not Andy. Talking to him is like a chat with a friend who happens to have a big knowledge of the industry.
A short while ago Andy presented L’Eau, a new cologne-themed fragrance for his Tauer Perfumes collection. It is actually his 3rd attempt to focus on citrus notes after Orange Star and limited edition Cologne du Maghreb. So how does it smell? L’Eau has somewhat astringent citrus opening. It starts off on more chilly side with a prominent and intensive lemon note that is followed by juicy tang of bergamot. Slightly sour at first it becomes more sugary because of sweet orange chord. The latter one kind of smells like candied peel. Lemon is especially lingering on my skin.
15 minutes later the perfume starts to shift & it starts to go in unexpected direction. On my wrist L’Eau develops into a smell of talcum powder with a lemon scent to it. It feels clean but not soapy (although it reminds soap a bit) and because of that chalky, powdery aspect the perfume gets dangerously close to a territory occupied by laundry detergent. I’m not sure if I want to go that way & I was happy when Andy’s new scent started to shift the other way. I wonder if this effect was achieved through the use of lemon blossom? Or maybe an iris flower? (I thought it doesn’t smell)
All these notes are placed on top of a soft base built around the idea of sheer muskiness, of something that wears comfortably on the skin and feels almost like a natural scent of the skin. There’s also a layer of pale woods that add some heft to Tauer Perfumes L’Eau but they do not stand out in a drastic way. There’s also a touch of warm, ambery vibe sprinkled on top. Throughout the entire development process it remains clean. Andy described it as unisex scent – and that’s exactly what it is. Sillage and lasting power of this eau de parfum are fine. It’s available in 50 ml blue glass pentagonal bottle that houses most of Andy’s creations.
I definitely recommend giving L’Eau a try, although it’s less cologne-y than I would like. It’s a modern interpretation for sure – even with lemon, bergamot and sweet orange it has a twist that takes it farther away from a classic cologne. If it doesn’t bother you there’s a chance that you’ll love L’Eau. But if you’re looking for a truly juicy, sparkling and invigorating thing, you might need to opt for something else. Personally I neither love or hate this Tauer Perfumes offering. I really value the experience and more off-road approach to the topic, I just prefer my citrus in a classic way.