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on 12/15/2015 12:09:00 PM
More reviews by Potion
Skin: Other, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
Horrible rancid stuff. I remember this from my teens when i would take. Whiff of fragrance in the drug store. It overpowered me with that horrible deep oriental smell. Well here i am an older woman thinking that maybe my nose bas matured. Well i still hate it nothing provocative ,luring or sexy. Naybe its just me. I just dont like orientals.
on 12/14/2015 1:07:00 PM
More reviews by shadedmaryy
Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm
Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium
I just don't think that this smells anything like Youth dew. It's weak and I just can't decide what it smells like. One product that comes to mind that smells a bit like this is Fenjal bath oil which is jasmine. I can't smell any resin, amber or citrus but just some indescribable sort of fragrance which is probably cardboard or wood. Its fine for when you just at home or want to wear something that does not smell fancy. This is for the 2015 formula which is not strong at all but does seem to last a long time as a weak skin scent.I enjoy using this fragrance to spray my pillow, then I can smell the woody notes and it lasts for days. A comforting scent. How some scents can last so long on fabric amazes me.
on 8/15/2015 5:51:00 AM
More reviews by hebrides
Age: 56 & Over
Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool
Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium
This is what I wore when I was 21. Before that, as a teen I liked Tigress and Jungle Gardenia and Shalimar and Evening in Paris. Then I smelled this one day and I loved it so much it became my only one. I remember buying a bottle at a drugstore that was "off". I knew what it smelled like and that wasn't it. They argued with me but I got my refund and I bought it somewhere else. I mean really. We know how our favourite perfume smells. It's always going to be "my" scent although I moved on to many other "lighter" scents more suitable for office work in my twenties and thirties and forties - Ambush, White Shoulder, White Linen, Romance, Anais Anais, L'Air du Temp and others. They're fine and even beautiful sometimes but nothing compares to Tabu. Then in my fifties before the onset of asthma I was into Pi (for men), and everything by Escada, which smelled like cotton candy (again, for work). Alas, I had to stop wearing all perfumes sometime in the last ten years. I can't even use scented detergents. I get asthma from almost everything. So if you love this, love it to the hilt now in case that happens to you one day. I don't mean use a lot. All you need is a drop, but use it sometimes. It was so nice when I could wear my heavenly, exotic, romantic, feminine, mysterious scent. Now I'm unscented. No one wears this anymore, but I saw a tiny bottle of it for sale with other "retro" colognes at the drugstore at Christmas and I got it. Once in awhile I take the cap off and smell it without spraying it. And it reminds me of when I was 21 and everything was good.
7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.
on 5/5/2015 2:56:00 PM
More reviews by VanillaQu
Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure
Hair: Other, Other, Other
This smells like lollipop lol It's cute but Nawww I won't be buying this one again. Strangely my mum loves it, go figure...
on 3/9/2015 9:58:00 AM
More reviews by Tigerlilyfeet
Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Red, Straight, Medium
This really gives you a bang for your buck! On me it's very warm, woody, powdery, sweet & a bit spicy. A few hours in and it reminds me of Nag Champa incense. I found a giftset on sale with lotion and shower gel. I was afraid it might be rancid, but it's amazingly good.Has a strong vintage/classic vibe too. Love it I will re-buy for sure!
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
on 2/15/2015 5:17:00 PM
More reviews by zanderae
Skin: Combination, Medium, Cool
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine
People like to snicker about this fragrance, about how strong it is. About how it's old-school, or cheap, or old-lady. About how women who wear it don't know how they are coming across to others. About how you can get it at Big Lots, for God's sake. Yes, this is a strong, spicy Oriental fragrance. Yes, it has some substantial sillage to it. And yes, it's mass-market.But here's the thing: women who can pull off this fragrance - and not everyone can, it's true - can OWN it. I'm not one of the lucky ones, because it doesn't work on me, but I stand in awe of those for whom it works, because when the chemistry is right it's just intoxicating. When I was comin' up in the 80s, Opium was the luxury fragrance (well, that and Obsession, but a lot of people thought Obsession was tacky cuz the masses adopted it. That's another argument for another day). To my nose, Tabu is a MUCH deeper, more interesting, more complex Oriental fragrance than Opium, which is pretty much just powder.I was in a store several years ago and I got a whiff of something an older woman - I mean 80-something - was wearing. It was that instantly-recognizable Tabu. She just rocked it; all I could do was appreciate her fragrant aura and tip my hat to someone who could make the most of that for which a scent is designed.Not everyone can wear this. I don't dare venture into anything other than the dusting powder, myself. But if you can wear the juice, if it suits you, then you can rule the world - or, at least, you sure as hell gonna smell like you can. For those who can pull it off, there is no other.
14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.
on 1/5/2014 1:04:00 AM
More reviews by samhoney
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure
A very warm oriental fragrance. I. notice the following notes: bourbon, licorice, cola, amber, incense... I cant describe the final note any other way than calling it "winter fire". What I mean is that wonderful and soft smell of a distant fire burning in wintertime.
Tabu is the older and more worldly sister of Obsession. Where Obsession is reckless and wild, Tabu is mature...patient...but wanton. Tabu is experienced and classy and should be worn by a mature woman who knows what she wants and will do whatever need be done to get it.
Tabu is my signature scent.
10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.
on 12/27/2013 7:57:00 AM
More reviews by shushkin2
Skin: Oily, Medium, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine
WOW! This is sensational. OH immediately noticed it. Everyone seems to rave about this scent so I had to try it for myself. It cost peanuts so not to try it would have been just plain rude. It has great sillage and great longevity. It is sort of a gourmand/oriental dream mix of notes. I am addicted to it!
4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.
on 8/13/2013 7:36:00 PM
More reviews by kyl77
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool
What makes this just right is the careful blend of sweetness and spice. It's definitely a heavy scent, but when used with a light touch, it radiates a subtle beauty and warmth. Super affordable, this smells anything but cheap. In fact, a co-worker commented that it smelled like something a very rich woman would wear. It's also very long lasting. One spritz of the cologne or a couple dabs of the perfume lasts all day. I do worry about reformulations though. I recently picked up a bottle at Walmart and was disappointed to find that it didn't smell quite the same as my current bottle. This sent me on a spending frenzy buying vintage bottles off the internet. Hopefully, I'll always be able to order the perfume (versus the cologne), which seems to remain truer to the original. It would be a sad thing if this beautiful fragrance were to simply disappear.
6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.
on 4/9/2013 11:34:00 AM
More reviews by SorceressOfTheDark
Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine
Ooh-la-la Tabu! I remember buying a little violin shaped bottle when I was a teen-ager in one of the better drugstores in my town that actually had a cosmetics section with a sales associate just for that department. She would help the ladies (and teens too) with their beauty purchases. She was a wonderful person that would make you feel so grown-up...(smile). Such business they did because of that wonderful, caring woman.Tabu, so much has been written here, and the history is correct. A perfume/cologne that has withstood the test of time since 1932? That should tell you something. If it's good, it better be good, or it just won't sell. The name has something to do with it, yes, but it's the scent, the illusion, the violin-shaped bottle all wrapped up into a neat package. The scent-you'd better be prepared for it. It's heady,musky, alluring, sexy, a scent that a woman who knows who she is would wear. It's glandular, it's patchouli, it's thick, it's for you when you want to wrap yourself in a thick white cable sweater and a pair of jeans with a pair of librarian glasses and surprise the hell out of someone or if you're into these type of scents then it will just become one of your staples. It's not meant to be worn to a club/affair when you want to be sexy. If you don't understand the concept of Tabu, then it's not for you. You see, Tabu is sex personified when worn on the right woman.It's the kind of scent that makes other people get a whiff and wonder just what is that woman wearing-but don't put it on heavy because then it will overpower others. It does turn heads. If Tabu cost five times what it did, its fans would still purchase it. And others would clamor to buy a bottle. People today are so caught up in designer names and their fragrances they don't get what fragrance is all about. It's about making someone feel good about themselves. It's about walking by someone and that other person smells something good but doesn't realize it's you. It doesn't matter the cost, what does matter is that it puts a smile on your face and power in your step. That's what Tabu was originally meant to do and it still does for women. Originally designed for a whore (�un parfum de puta�), Jean Carles Tabu was created as sensual, shocking and yes, "Tabu", or "Tabou".It begins as oriental with fresh citrus and spice, down to mid-notes of jasmine, narcissus, rose and ylang-ylang. The warm oriental base includes amber, resins, civet and precious woods � sandal and patchouli.There is an incense tone to it that no one can resist and it is definitely not for immature women. It's spicy, animalistic, bohemian, wild, complex, brooding, decadent, mysterious, fierce, cozy, self-indulgent, non-conformist, serious, ruthless...well, you should get the point. You'll be remembered for wearing it if you are the right type of woman that knows who she is and what she's about. If you're just that wild, Tabu might just be for you.I loved it as a teen, and I love it now. I wear other scents too, such as Shalimar, Opium and Pink Sugar, even straight Patchouli. Every woman wears what her body chemicals allow her to. That's what you have to remember. You can only try different fragrances and find what works for you.
17 out of 19 people found this review helpful.
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