The sad tale of Tauer Cologne du Maghreb

30 Apr

I was lucky enough to win a bottle of Andy Tauer’s Cologne du Maghreb in the 2011 Advent Calendar.  Inspired today to count all my full bottles,  I was having a look inside the boxes.  My Cologne du Maghreb tipped face first out of its box onto my vanity – alas!! The bottle neck and the aerosol snapped clean off and half the bottle spilled over the surface.  You can see the “headless” bottle in the picture.  The two little brown dropper bottles in the foreground, full to the brim, contain what I salvaged, about 20ml in total.  Waaah! Sob.


Just real bad luck, as a registered clumsyclogs, I have knocked over or dropped many other bottles to no ill effect.  Fortunately, the Cologne is short lived, after a couple of hours the fragrance is all but gone.  My dog was sneezing so I had to let him out into the garden.

Do you have a sad tale of a breakage?  I recommend the dropper bottles, £1.05 from the pharmacy counter at Boots if you ever need to salvage…


7 Responses to “The sad tale of Tauer Cologne du Maghreb”

  1. Undina May 1, 2012 at 11:36 pm #

    First let me express my sympathy for your loss: it’s always sad to break/loose something you like.

    I’m not sure if I should answer your question though… I’m afraid to jinx myself… Ok, I’ll risk it! 🙂 So far I only read about such accidents. My own worst experience was with a decant that broke on the way to me.

    • scentandshinythings May 2, 2012 at 6:37 am #

      No jinx intended! Sounds like the decant was not destined to be one of your favourites.

      • Undina May 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

        The end of the story was a happy one: the seller sent me a replacement and I’m still enjoying Le Labo Rose 31 (and for more than 6 month my linen closet smelled of Rose 31 since I decided to use the soaked envelope as an airfreshner.

  2. Natalie May 2, 2012 at 3:48 am #

    Oh no! What a huge bummer. I am so glad you were able to salvage some.

    • scentandshinythings May 2, 2012 at 6:38 am #

      Me too. I was so surprised by the breakage, the bottle just tipped over onto its front side.

  3. smellythoughts May 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    This EXACT thing happened to my bottle of L’Artisan Dzing! It was my first ever niche purchase (and a huge investment at the time for me), I had it wrapped up in a towel as I was staying somewhere for the night. It didn’t get bashed or banged once and I was so careful of the bag if was in. I opened my bag later that night to find the towel dripping wet, an empty bottle, and the atomizer clear off the bottle top. I was so devastated 😦

    • scentandshinythings May 2, 2012 at 9:21 pm #

      You must have been gutted! I do hope you now have a replacement (and a travel atomiser to go with it). Dzing! is that the one that smells like an old library? In a good way.. I tried it in Harvey Nicks a while ago, but it just didn’t work on my skin.

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