L'Air des Alpes Suisses 
Tauer (2019)

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L'Air des Alpes Suisses by Tauer

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L'Air des Alpes Suisses is a shared scent launched in 2019 by Tauer

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Alchymia. Perfumare. Magnum Opus.

A case of psychology: Hard Candy meets Mr. Detergent

Come on, what is this?! Alps? Air? With “L'Air du Désert Marocain” the mess was at least somehow more structured.

There are some houses that have such a particular signature by the virtue of which they are both so very recognizable and predictable. And often – unpalatable. This is my experience with some huge ones like Creed, Amouage, Frederic Malle, Acqua di Parma. At some point I just stopped trying them because little underneath they had identical architecture (their signature) which I didn’t like and lost further interest. They started smelling the same and it felt like unmasking some hidden dirty secret – a realization from which there is no turning back.

Although not as huge, Tauer joins these houses big time. This is just my second attempt at a perfume from Tauer, but it feels like I have tried much more of Tauer’s formulations and it has the exact same signature as “L'Air du Désert Marocain” – the same audacious harshness, traumatized loudness and impatient concoction of elements that just makes me cry “Relax for heaven’s sake!”. There is absolutely no idea of grace or nobility in these perfumes. And although I will approach this maturely and will be ordering two more Tauer samples, I am now certain they will share the same characteristics. This is a case of psychology where the artist is caught up in a subconscious pattern and keeps on reproducing similar concepts and themes and in a similar fashion, which eventually and inevitably become redundant and whoever interacts with this “art” is just a witness to the artist’s therapeutic process, which is in essence far from genuine artistic expression and creation. This being said, if I happen to be wrong about the other of Tauer’s fragrances – all the better, I will gladly admit it.

But back to the thingy at hand. Again – alps and air? Hard candy profusely sprinkled with detergent, rather. Phew! I am almost at an awe how I am having the exact same experience here as with “L'Air du Désert Marocain” – the experience of complete detachment of the olfactory experience in relation to the purported initial concept. And before I am accused of being myself too subjective, I don’t think the idea of a high mountain and its air can have extreme interpretations. Clarity, purity, crystalline qualities, freshness, stillness, invigoration, breath of life, solitude; coniferous, herbal and mountain flowers aromas (none that I detect in “L'Air des Alpes Suisses”); naturality, naturality and did I say – naturality? These come to mind with the idea of alpine air. What I smell in “L'Air des Alpes Suisses” is an agonizing and desperate attempt to make peace between the tonka bean and the birch, with tormented lavender trying to join the party, all of which fails miserably and ends up literally with what I would describe as hard candy soaked in detergent. Outrageous. And I am not masochistic enough to force myself to go beyond this in a vain attempt to catch some other notes and redeeming qualities of this Frankenstein creation.

These houses are trying too hard to be original. Whom are the trying to fool? Someone has to tell them that beauty never gets old, only those who cannot perceive it. Artists should never lose the idea of beauty in an empty pursuit or originality just as they should never subject their audience to their therapeutic “art”.

Tauer, L'Air des Alpes Suisses:
Composition: 3.5/10
Complexity: 6.5/10
Development: 4.5/10
Naturality: 3/10

Really nice fresh clean scent. Not sure how much of an alpine feel I get to it, but fresh nonetheless.
Never feels artificial or harsh and has a touch of Le Male to it I think. Tempted to buy this at some point.

Pure high mountain air, conifers, civil European herbs, meadow grass – on all those expectations of a perfume bearing the name L'Air des Alpes Suisse this doesn't really deliver, beyond a touch of woodsy greens and some residual gents' cologne spiciness. Instead, all energy here is invested in a sweet bright-and-breezy lavender and tonka duet, indeed in the style of Blue Stratos as kingofengland points out (I wore the stuff through my college years, and L'Air brought a dingding of recognition). It seems like a simple kind of pop song, lacking Tauer's usual tinkling of the black keys, but there is a bit of a chord change midway through to keep things interesting: hitherto imperceptible impressions of crumbly soil and dry thyme rise up in the mix and insist that the lavender stops playing so innocent.

The official note list from Tauer's website reads:

Top notes: alpine herbs, air accord, granite
Heart notes: alpine lily, powdery notes, green notes, spicy notes
Base notes: larch, beech, soil

With notes as ambiguous and unclear as these, you really don't know what to expect. And what I expected (crisp cold air, grass, the smell of alpine trees) is not at all what I got.
The fragrance opens up really great with fresh clean aldehydes that actually give a sense of openness and fresh air, but there is something strange and bubblegum-like underneath the surface waiting to pop up. This worried me a bit, and as the perfume progressed, I just felt the bubblegum grow as well as the laundry-like aldehydes along with a lot of powder. When the heart notes were in full power it was almost nauseating (and I sprayed two sprays!) and nothing like swiss alp air (which is a smell I love, and one I have smelled more than a couple times). This kept going for a long time and at this time I was considering scrubbing it off, but I prevailed, thinking the base would redeem it. Unfortunately my bravery didn't pay off, and in the end I was only left with a strong powdery scent.

This misses the mark completely in my opinion, but would probably work for people who love powdery aldehyde detergent bombs. Even so, this wouldn't smell like the swiss alps.

This one is nice, but not $130 nice. There is a powdery, floral freshness to the opening that is reminiscent of Dia Man and Reflection Man. It also reminds me of a better version of the Prada Luna Rossa line. The opening is very strong and almost overwhelming which would lead you to believe that it would remain that way. Alas! It does not. It settles into a skin scent within the hour. Longevity is ok, getting 3-4 hours. Giving this a neutral rating.

I was looking forward to trying this scent, and given my appreciation for Tauer scents, I had high hopes. But, wasn't what I was hoping for, it was almost too much air and not enough scent to hold my attention. On two trials,all I got were all very lightweight, light flowers, spices, even the wood notes or amber never really developed to an anchor the scents. The Suisse l'air seemed to be up at the top of the mountain, far way from my skin.

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