Eau d'Epices by Andy Tauer for Tauer Perfumes 2010/14

Hey Hey APJ,

Today I wanted to look at one of my first Indie fragrance buys. It was not too long after I found you all here online, maybe 6 or 9 months and all everyone seemed to be talking about was this mystery genius Andy Tauer. First I grabbed a Sample Set which was used to the dregs and then I took the plunge, some LDDM for my BFF Kath and Eau d’Epices which ended up with me. Wonderful. Then it was discontinued and I put it away for special, bringing it out rarely to enjoy and savouring every drop in each spritz. Now it’s back in the shops….

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Eau d’Epices by Andy Tauer for Tauer Perfumes 2010/14

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Cinnamon, cardamom, clove, coriander, red mandarin
Heart: Orange blossom, jasmine, orris root, incense
Base: Cistus ladaniferus resin (French labdanum), ambergris, tonka bean, vetiver

The opening rush of Eau d’Epices is so fabulously extravagant, like every note in the fragrance from top to bottom needs your attention immediately and is shouting to be heard. You need to spritz and walk for about 30 seconds so you are not overwhelmed. It’s a wonderful, outrageous and fun opening that brings a huge smile to my face whenever I reach for Eau d’Epices. Once the initial fireworks are over though we are left with a very pretty spicy citrus that really does have a juicy mandarin as its center piece and I love its reminder of my times in India. Whenever the local cuisine got too much for me in my early days of going to India my then partner Varun would go and find me mandarins, such a simple thing but it really felt like a connection to home and my culture shock would abate.

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Often the words soapy are leveled at the heart of Eau d’Epices and I can see where the connection is made but for me the heart is more like a floral bouquet and make up, the spices are cool and awaiting the pan by this time, with the iris and incense adding another cooling layer, and the orange blossom/jasmine are pretty and tamed, not clean but certainly not sensual sirens either. Here I find no breathiness or body, Eau d’Epices is cool and aloof and not a big projection bomb. Yes, I am fragrant and it is lovely but after the first hour there would be no problem wearing it even to work, soft enough to be a moisturiser fragrance and more a wash than perfumed. There is still enough heft to be noticeable and if my shirt billows I get a fabulous puff of Eau d’Epices that sends me back to smiling swoon mode.

What happens then is a slow fade to Tauer-ade. That sweet, spicy, resinous long lingering magic that has some swooning in delight and others screaming for a shower. Luckily on my skin it is warm, lipstick-ish and I think very sensual. That’s good news because I will smell like ultimate dry down for hours, even having lingering remnants next morning. Perfect!!

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From Jeffrey Dame: As an aside, the formula is exactly the same as from 2010. If your current sample smells a little fresher and more “toppy” with the fragile top notes more evident it is because this sample was made less than 30 days ago.

IndieScents has $135/50ml (with FREE North American postage)
First In Fragrance has €105/50ml
Posh Peasant has samples starting at $6/ml

Which of the Tauer’s have you loved? Were you excited to read that Eau d’Epices is back?
Portia xx

PS All photos unattributed donated by Jeffrey Dame

11 thoughts on “Eau d'Epices by Andy Tauer for Tauer Perfumes 2010/14

  1. I was surprised to find it not particularly soapy, as orange blossom often has that effect on my skin. Orange Star, which has a great number of the same notes, was a total disaster for me – not only soap but a raspy quality.

    But Eau d’Epices is very, very pleasant, and I really like that citrus top.


    • Yes Mals86,
      I read a few reviews and had to add that little bit in because for some people it does seem to get soapy. Maybe we were brought up with different soaps to the others?
      Thanks for dropping by, lovely to see you.
      Portia xx


  2. Eau d’Epices is a Tauer I have not tried. Am not sure about cinnamon really…like to eat it in lamb curry though.
    I really like L’air du desert and Pentachord White. Bought Miriam unsniffed, fortunately it is powdery hay and I like it!
    His roses are special too, but only in cold weather as they dry down a bit sticky.
    What is Cologne du Magreb like.??


    • Hey JackieB,
      I haven’t tried Cologne du Magreb but there is a sample currently winging its way to me.
      LDDM is a stunner and I have a couple of the others Auburn, Miriam, Dark Passage and um, I can’t remember what else currently but there is a set of the 10ml here somewhere?
      Love Andy Tauer’s work.
      Portia xx


  3. I’m a total Andy fan and really like this perfume now but I was a bit overwhelmed the first few times. I find his perfumes are instant love or I come around to them. However I’ve never tried one I didn’t like. Saying that I haven’t tried them all but I have a really good hit rate so I’m definitely a fangirl. My favs are Le Maroc Pour Elle, Phi, LDDM, Incense Rose, and Une Rose Vermeille. Love the Simpaons pic LOL!


    • Don’t you think he looks like Ned MeganAtMaxime? Every time I think Andy Tauer I think Ned Flanders.
      Le Maroc Pour Elle is beautiful, I agree and I think I quite like his roses too but can’t remember definitely.
      Portia xx


  4. I love Andy’s perfume because they usually last. I haven’t tried this one yet. It’s probably better that way because I already have a few of his scents on the wish list.


    • He He He! I can hear you Poodle. I put on the hoodie that I was wearing to review Eau d’Epices tonight and it still smells PERFECTLY of the heart. WOW! More than a week.
      Portia xx


  5. I am so happy this has been re-released, I missed the boat last time and will definitely be getting it for this fall. I love love love LADDM, Orange Star, PHI, Incense Extreme and Rose Vermeille. And he himself is just a doll.


  6. LDDM is my favourite for all weather (oddly works best on me on a hot, hot day…) but Lonestar is one of the few leathers I can do without smelling like a toilet freshener. Gorgeous and creamy. Quite like Incense Intense…. but while his roses are good on paper (literally) they just smell wrong on me, especially Phi. Great on the housemate though, much to her joy. It’s the same with a lot of Iris perfumes and Coromandel.


  7. I was lucky to grab a bottle of this a few weeks ago and I’m loving it!! It’s super strong/longevity is long and I love the way my clothes smell for days. Thanks for an excellent review xx


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