Au Cœur du Désert by Andy Tauer is the best rated unisex perfume on Parfumo. This fragrance I really wanted to get to know. After a first sample test, I now own a full bottle.
By reading various reviews and testing the sample I was in very positive expectations and mentally already quite the generally widespread desert impression with Au Cœur du Désert caught. This perception fits perfectly, because the moment I spray it on, I feel an explosion of dust-dry heat, the sun heats the skin and a drought spreads that lacks any moisture in the environment. A fire blazes without smoke, the wood is "bone dry", both the burning and the branches next to the fire parched by the sun and flames. With vehemence, the heat of the fire presses the last resinous drops from the crackling branches into the embers, and a distinctive, bitter-citrus odor imprints an enigmatic citrusy stamp on the glowing wood. The silvery wood, mirror-smooth from wind and sand, thereby slowly and intensely spicy coals in front of itself, while the shimmering heat above makes me believe mirages typical for the fragrance.
Hatt, hatt, hatt, forward, on and on he drives the little Bedouin group, hatt, hatt, forward, on and on towards Aqaba in the rear of the Ottoman enemy. The crossing of the Nefud desert demands everything from "Lawrence of Arabia" and his daring band, but he never loses sight of the conquest of Akabar, despite all the hardships.
On the other side of the shimmering air, the confident Raisuli, proud leader of a Berber tribe, rides through the Maghreb to the native Rif Mountains. In tow and as a hostage the kidnapped American Eden Perdicaris to defy the American President Theodore Roosevelt "Like the wind and the lion".
An onset of balmy wind, coming from infinite distance, dispels the fantasies and delusions. It lures the nose with warm woody-sweet spice and settles deep-dark, heavy and dust-dry like a solid, ancient patina on the skin. The air is still scorching, and now that I'm sitting, I can feel the blazing heat of the rocks, the sand, and the last remnants of earth rising up at me. The barren ground breathes absolutely dry and the brooding sun vigorously drives the last remnants of aromatic resinous, woody and earthy scents from the parched land. Like fragrant balm, these melt into my warm skin and make my soul glow. No sound reaches my ear, endless silence everywhere.
And now what of Hau ab and the peace I found?
In all this desertness, I almost missed the fact that I had already encountered this Andy Tauer perfume, or at least a very similar scent. On mild summer evenings on the terrace at cozy get-togethers, we like to burn incense for the purpose of banishing stinging insects. One of the most famous manufacturers produces many different scented incense candles under the label "original Crottendorfer". Among other things also an XL variant called "Hau ab"! The funny packaging of "Hau ab" already suggests, with this scent aroma it goes to the pieksenden pests to the collar.
Is this incense candle lit, it smells like lemony incense, very intense, dry and balsamic. Confusingly similar to the beginning of the fragrance of Au Cœur du Désert! The burn is a little more smoky, coarser, superficial and lacks spicy depth, yet unmistakably a smell like Au Cœur du Désert. Unfortunately, this exquisite insect repellent has recently been discontinued for marketing reasons. From time to time can be found still full Schächtelchen on online sales platforms.
In the course of my excited call in Crottendorf, I was assured that only the name had changed, the new incense "calm" would have the identical recipe, but there would be much more possibilities of marketing in the direction of meditation, yoga and relaxation. Now there are even incense sticks in addition to the classic candles. The aroma is characterized on the part of the manufacture as lemony-good aromatic incense candles, aromatic and balsamic, a spicy incense resin scent with a dominant incense note. After about 30 minutes burning time is over.
The striking, albeit superficial similarity of the scent of "Hau ab/Ruhe" and Au Cœur du Désert suggests that the perfume could also be a mosquito repellent. I'm already curious to see how the two complement each other. The summer will show it, when the "calm" glows on the table and I enjoy the sociable round with two / three splashes Au Cœur du Désert in the evening.
Au Cœur du Désert is a great perfume with enormous durability and good sillage, absolutely striking and well-dosed everyday wear well. And if you really burn times for something, then it may be also gladly a splash more!
Thank you very much for your interest in this impressive top fragrance!