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yes but only the positive fan reviews get kept, and thats not a fair opinion of how the fragrance comes across to all of us, theres no need to all jump on me or assume i dont like vintages or wasnt even a thought in existance just because i dont rate the drugstore cheapie dana tabu as a very good perfume. so yes for an under perfume i guess its a piece of work. Just a fact of life that we each have differing tastes and opinions! Im afraid to say i am a huge vintage lover, i have vintage shalimar, opium, coco chanel, paloma picasso, etc etc. it cannot hold up to these grand dames and yet it is lamented everywhere as such and that i find misleading.
i am experiencing the last legs of the dry down now and can smell a soft comforting resinous fragrant, but that does not save the whole experience for me and just because something is old or has history doesnt mean its good. You say nasty and cheap, I find it lovely and sexy and charming. im happy others find pleasure in it but i find it sad some grand classics are overseen 'due to price' and this by many held up as a well formed oriental, just because its affordable and there for accessible, and its just not, it smells cheap as what it is.
I want to like Tabu but on me it goes almost bitter, and too powdery. Tabu isn't Nag Champra, but it's similar with more of a root beer smell. While I am not a fragrance expert, I have been wearing fragrance almost everyday since Elementary School (yeah, I am one of those people, lol). ), baby powder (not strong though), Nag Champra Indian Incense, dirty vanilla (dirty in the best way), clove cigarettes (in the best way) and Autumn spices. I think if you like Shalimar, Giorgio Red, those types of fragrances, you might like this.
Not an everyday fragrance for me, one that I have to be in the "mood" for; this is nice for say a rainy day or a Fall or snowy Winter day, that sort of thing.
Now that it's winter, I'm kinda obsessed with Tabu. Vintage Tabu EDC is very much like vintage Bal a Versailles EDC in my opinion. This is about the current formulation, which I understand captures the essence of the scent. FINDINGS: This is a very odd fragrance, but it is strangely modern by the late 80s standards. I am not saying it smells like them, but it has the musky nature of Kouros (NOT as animalic and pissy LOL) and the sweetness of Ted Lapidus Pour Homme.
I found a 2 oz vintage cologne on ebay for -14, and snagged it. It's diff than the modern/current cello/violin shaped EDC in that it's more animal/musky-- which was EXACTLY what I wanted. Ted Lapidus has a honey sweetness; whereas, this one has a root beer (as noted in other reviews) type of sweetness.
I wear it sometimes to remember my grandfather and always makes me a bit teary eyed when I wear it around the house. From Tabu I get a sort of moist and warm amber, spices, sweetness, an incense kind of accord, a dry and woody vetiver, mixed florals and finally, a cassis type of a slightly pissy smell. I got into vintages after exhausting the gourmand genre (haha) and I tried Youth Dew prematurely.... It's sweeter than YD, but still too musky and old/generic. The first time I put it on it was too sweet, and reminded me of toilet bowl cleaner. Then, a week later I retrieved it from the bin and gave it one more try. One spray only, but after the drydown it's quite nice. I only get a compliment when someone gets near, or close to me. After all, the same nose that created this, Jean Charles, also created Miss Dior, back in 1947.
The first fragrance of the house was Tabu, created by Jean Carles 1932.
Tabu was that night you wore thigh-high stockings but forgot your fake ID, so someone's older sister gave you rootbeer schnapps and after the party you watched the sunrise drinking Constant Comment tea with the guy your friend wanted. I wore this once in high school and the boy who never noticed me asked my name, and the skirt I'd worn all year got measured with a ruler twice. I need to give this at least fifteen minutes on my skin before it really starts to shine as it can smell a little chemical/synthetic and aggressive upon immediate application for me. I’m going to have some fun experimenting and layering this with other fragrances which I love doing these days. My Tabu cologne in the violin shaped bottle is DIVINE in the cold. It's not as appealing as my favorite, Chanel No 5, but I definitely don't mind it and will wear it sometimes. it smells very current, or at least current in a 1970's way! Make no mistake, this is no lightweight, but a couple of spritzes is plenty and this is a lovely smoky, slightly woody scent. Lasts on clothing until laundry day, and even after laundry day, you might still get a slight whiff of this if you sniff hard.
My mother took the bottle away and told me I could have it back when I went to college. Maybe layering it with something sweeter would help. Sweet, mellow, smooth creamy root beer with spice/musk... My daughter said it smells like "that incense you always burn" (nag champra) which I don't agree with. It is warm, spicy, soft, powdery and sexy as hell!! I use one spray on the back of my neck, one spray on my chest and one spray on my wrists (wrists lightly pressed together, not rubbed). Still, I would not say this is a safe blind buy, even though this is so affordable.
the next day I smelled it on my bathrobe and wow, I started craving it.
At different times I get different notes, maybe depending on how active I am. This fragrance is a trip to memory lane since it was the perfume my grandfather used to wear.
Today is a rich smoky incense aroma with wafts of spice. He was a very stylish man and oh boy he loved his cigars and his Tabu!