Tabu • Tabu by Dana cologne splash • Fragrances
|Would buy this product again.||72%|
Age: Unknown Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
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.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Very Oily, Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
Mmmm… this is YUMMY! Who the heck doesn’t like root beer float anyway? :-) I have never sniffed the original/vintage & the new cologne is definitely on the ‘gourmand’ side of the spectrum rather than ‘whore’ (what a stir the original must have caused back in 1932!), but still, even in its current synthetic, chaste incarnation, Tabu is flat out A ZILLION times better than the boring, oh-so-predictable sugar bombs/fruitchoulis/fruity florals cluttering the perfume counters these days. If Tabu were the last surviving perfume on earth, I would wear it with pride. The fact that it was composed by the great Jean Carles (whose other masterpiece, Miss Dior, I will forever regard as the gold standard of the perfect floral leather chypre… & whose utter ruination by the evil IFRA I will forever mourn), makes me love this drugstore classic even more. And hey, Gloria Swanson & Ava Gardner reportedly wore this, which is good enough for me! Wonderful. Simply wonderful.
Note: I have the 45ml Pure Spray Cologne in the cello/violin-shaped bottle. I don’t know how it compares to the regular cologne.
*From Michael Edwards:
Fragrance Family: Rich Oriental
Top: Terragon, Lemon, Basil, Bergamot
Heart: Heliotrope, Rose, Ylang-ylang, Lily of the Valley, Jasmine
Base: Musk, Vanilla, Oakmoss, Benzoin, Patchouli
Age: 30-35 Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
This is one of my all time favourite fragrances, and no doubt it's one of the most astounding bargains of the fragrance world. The reason it polarises opinion is that it is so much more assertive than the sheer or foody scents of current perfumery.
This one's for a woman who is not ashamed of being one; it's classy but not insipid or overly appropriate--there's a bit of brash sexiness here for sure. Tabu brings to mind old Hollywood, a smoking Lauren Bacall, a jazz club, gutsy generations of women that came before us and approached life with courage and style.
What I get from Tabu is orange, cloves, narcissus, incense, amber and a balmy, honeyed note. It's sweet but not candy sweet, has fruit notes (think mulled wine, not Koolaid), but is always tempered with smoky dryness. This fragrance is simply alive once it hits your skin and goes through always interesting progressions throughout the day. Oh, and it lasts. And lasts. And lasts--and this in the cologne version (!)
If Tabu were rebottled and adorned with a fancy label by a fashionable design brand, it would sell for ridiculous prices. As it is, Tabu remains an affordable treat that reads like a luxury.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
ive been wanting to try this for the longest time and finally did. It reminds me of opium but less spicy and strong smelling. Its a pretty warm floral oriental that does not smell cheap at all. My only gripe is the fact that it doesnt last very long and you may need to reply throughout the day. This is one classic scent that will be in continous rotation for me.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
Oh, I love Tabu. I discovered it last winter, and bought one of those two-packs at Walmart for $6. I love a lot of "retro" scents, and I definitely love heavy, musky orientals - like Obsession for example. On me, Tabu is pure sexy deliciousness. Smooth amber, smoky incense, sweet syrupy almost-cola notes. This is so cheap but smells amazing, it's now one of my favorites in my huge perfume collection. It is perfect for fall and winter - goes well with a cozy sweater and jeans, but you can dress it up, as well. I'm in my mid twenties and do not consider this to be "old lady" at all - I think young women these days consider any fragrance that doesn't smell like a cupcake or fruit basket to be old lady. I have been told I smell "beautiful" when I wear this. I can see myself wearing this for many years to come.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
I'm so going to date myself here, but Tabu is about history to me, and it has a long one. My mom use to wear this is the 70's and I loved it as a kid. It was so grown up-warm and sweet. She would waif in after a night out, with the scent of leather, marijuana, tobacco, and Tabu. To me she smelled the divine hippie chic with her long black hair and crocheted sweaters.
The when I was in high school and experimenting with clove cigarettes, it reminded me of her Tabu perfume. I didn't want to get get caught smoking (she grew out of hippie chic) so I would steal her Tabu and douse myself with it to cover up the clove scent. Worked like a charm!
Now that I'm in my 40's and my (and her) rebel days are over I still have fond memories of Tabu. I'm too conservative to wear it now (I'm a boring Philosophy girl now) but every now and then I'll spray my only bottle I've had for years into the room, and take a little mental vacation to those old "devil may care days"
That's Tabu. Mysterious, heavy, sweet, sexy, independent.
Age: Unknown Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
I originally bought this for my mother. I saw a gift set with packaging clearly from the late 70's or possibly early 1980's, that reminded me of packaging and scents my dear mom wore back then. The set came with a med sized thin spray bottle of the scent and a very large gold toned locket with the solid version inside, strung on a black silky looking, thick cord. The locket now hangs in my bedroom and when left open scents the air, you can smell it ever so lightly when walking by it. I have the bottle too. While my mother wore the well known scents of the day back when I was a kid, she was a "Charlie," girl for ex, she found Tabu a little strong for her taste/lifestyle, currently. Hearing that and knowing I love Angel, a strong scent to most, I was excited to try this, also for another reason. No fragrances last on me! Some I love like BBW seem to fade fast on most but really my skin somehow absorbs scent and its like I never applied any. Enter Tabu, it "will not be ignored!" Lol, I like the spicyness of it and yes get a cola vibe. Very decadant! But I like to mainly use this for layering. What I mean is I apply the solid first, then the spray, then sray another scent over this. I end up with a combo so I mostly use sweet, almost foodie type scents that go nicely with the spicy aspect of this. Eventually the sweeter scent fades but Tabu just softens, mellows a bit yet I am still "scented!" I plan to try it alone now that its fall, its good for brisk weather. It stays on me longer than any scent other than Angel so if you're not the shy, don't look at me type and can't get anything to last on you, this may work. I also love the name and bottle design. I assume my bottle is not a newer formulation given the aforementioned packaging. I have friends my age (early 40's, shhh) who want that locket! Its too heavy, large for me to wear personally but like me they appreciate the scents and aesthetics of the 1970's. I plan to try the newer version if I see a sample. I don't get so much musk with this on me and am curious if the newer version is muskier? I think this Is worth trying and am so glad I did.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown, Curly, Medium Eyes: Brown
I have the current formulation, and it smells simply gorgeous on me! There _is_ a possibility that my bottle has gone stale in a way that actually improves the fragrance. That's happened to me before, and I've had to correct a couple of reviews because of it. But whatever the reason, the juice in my bottle is sublime.
First off, here's some advice for any perfumistas out there. Tabu is hands down the cheapest way to find out what cleaned-up civet smells like. Just buy a bottle the next time you're at the drugstore. All you've got to lose is $5.99.
Back to the fragrance itself: Tabu starts off with a sharp, unpleasant blast of citrus and spices. I can imagine someone desperately scrubbing off the fragrance at that stage. But if you patiently wait 20 minutes or so, you'll be rewarded with the loveliest skin-like musk.
Buoyed by the slightest whiff of sweet spices, this animalic musk is rich, yet still polite. No trace of feces, urine, or BO here! And as if that weren't enough, this skin scent courteously stays close to the body, too.
That's not to say it's appropriate to wear to work. (Well, at least not for most jobs.) For an office-ready musk, I strongly suggest Egyptian Musk by Body Time. The Egyptian Musk is beautiful, with minimal sillage. It subtly augments the impression of good hygiene and freshly bathed skin. It's lovely, utterly, and not at all sexy.
Tabu, on the other hand, is _very_ sexy, albeit in an understated way. It's not sexy like a club scent, sweet and loud enough to stand out in a crowded room. No, this is simply an artist's impression of lived-in skin: not dirty or sweaty, but not fresh out of the shower either. Something about it makes me want to call it "golden." A glorious, golden musk.
It looks like plenty of people get a harsh, foully animalic, sickly sweet smell out of this. But if you're lucky, when you try it on you'll know what I'm talking about.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
Wow! It is horrible! I am so disappointed. I have been reading all of these positive reviews and expecting something totally different. It smells cheap, like 80's flea market in Jersey. I am grossed out.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Other, Straight, Fine Eyes: Grey
The Tabu I have is a vintage bottle ris -- not ancient, I think maybe the 1990s. Yes, this one is big and not subtle. It means business, but the business is delicious and sexy smelling. I pick up orange blossom, powdery warm musk, and vanilla with a background of deeper warm woddy/incensy notes. It's super, super sexy and honestly too much for most occasions, but on the right occasion it is THE nuclear option.
I said I would not buy this again but that's because I probably wouldn't bother with a new bottle, I would try to find another old one, if I ever ran out which frankly I find unlikely. A dab will do ya. I decanted from the broken bottle into a rollerball vial and touch it lightly -- LIGHTLY -- to the back of each knee and my cleavage. I don't want to suffocate anyone while I'm out.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
Smells old school. This one has stood the test of time. I only purchased this on a whim because it was cheap. There was a whole array of products in the Tabu line from soaps to bath gels and they were all packaged so beautifully. I also remembered seeing some on my mother's dresser. I am so glad I tried this. I cannot ever remember receiving comments about perfume before and people have asked me what I am wearing.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Other Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
Step back, ladies and gentlemen, because this is the b!tch goddess of all perfumes! I inherited a bottle from a relative, and my first impression was, Not in a million years. But it just kept sitting there, tempting me, and I like to experience things, so I sprayed a little in my bedroom...which proceeded to reek for days. It was enough to get me intrigued; what would this crazy stuff smell like on me? I put just a tiny bit on before going to bed, and I had a lovely, sexy dream. I still haven't worn it "out" yet, but I plan to. Modus operandi: 1 spritz on fingertips, apply a dot to backs of knees and between breasts, then wash hands. Anything more and the police will be looking for you.
I won't buy it again because the ginormous bottle I've got will last my lifetime and then some. But you should definitely try it.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Silver Eyes: Green
I am a man... i wear TABU and love it.
It is dark, rosy, musky, powdery, and lasts long on the skin. It has been called a sillage-monster, but I haven't found this to be the case: it is concentrated, but sits very snugly, like a sachet of potpourri against the skin.
Definitely a bombshell fragrance. The designer, in 1932, told the perfumer: "Make me a fragrance that smells like something a whore would wear." Now let's clarify something: That doesn't mean TABU was "made for prostitutes". (-; Rather, it is a scent that lets very nice ladies get in touch with a very sensual side of themselves. And it's true: Men love this one. TABU is whorish in just the right, fabulous way.
I notice that TABU has been altered very slightly in the last 10 years, but it is a change for the good. Traditional TABU packs an extremely pungent patchouly accord which smelled for all the world like a floor disinfectant... bordering on something like a PINE-SOL. That note has been greatly toned-down now, and this will make it eminently wearable for a whole new generation of women.
TABU smells like it contains authentic Asian Deer-musk (now outlawed). It also contains that inky-wintergreen note which is the hallmark of real Castoreum (beaver gland extract).
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Red, Wavy Eyes: Brown
Would I buy this again? Yes, yes, yes.
I admit, my first encounter with this fragrance spoiled me---I received a bottle of the elusive EDT in a swap with an MUA'er from overseas. It has a bit more depth and lasting power than the cologne available in the US. Truly amazing. I've wept (well, not really) that I can't buy it here. But you know, that's life---what I can buy right now is the cologne, and it's marvelous, too!
I don't find Tabu to be overwhelming or unwearable for daily use. I have the lotion, powder, and spray, and I layer just the right amount to get a gentle halo around me of spice, smoke, cola, incense, honey-orange and leather. It manages to be cozy and inviting but also a tad dark and dangerous.
The smell comforts me. I like to spritz a little in my hair before I sleep so I can smell it at night.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
This is my HG fragrance !!! I have been wearing it since I was a teen way back in the 80's. It was one of the fragrances my mother would share with me, I think because of the lower price and I simply fell in love. It is definetly a strong oriental fragrance and wears well in the fall/winter. It is also fairly reasonable priced. This company has been creating fragrances and for many years and IMO this is a stand out fragrance.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
It's cheap as hell and smells like a whore- in the greatest possible way. It smells so sexy, dark, oriental, woodsy and rich. Sumptuous and mischievously delightful. A tiny bit pissy smelling if you whiff too hard, but in a great way, if you can imagine it. I actually prefer Shalimar, but I have never gotten so many compliments on a fragrance as I have on this one. Whenever I wear it, I'm praised for smelling "like incense!" Men especially love it. There are a few, though, who think it smells like a cheap skank. Very polarizing fragrance. I don't wear it all the time, but I love it too much to ever not have it around. The only negative is that the drydown is a bit sweet and root beer-y or chocolatey for my taste, but still a classically sexy, undeniably bombshell fragrance.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I get how some compare this to Opium..and I do get a cola middle as opposed to a top note, which is nice. I actually find other things more overpowering and cheap smelling than this.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
if you can get the edt rather than the cologne please do so. Schiffs marvelous base dominates this most sexy of fragrances. Originally developed with the remit of being a putains' fragrance this has been very much attenuated with the years, but it is still a really original amber oriental. Many hate it for its huge presence. I love it for its unashamed sexiness. Fabulous but don't spray near a white blouse - it stains badly.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Blond, Curly, Medium Eyes: Blue
Review for Dana Tabu Dusting Powder....This is beautiful..soft and musky a very light soft version of the Tabu perfume...abs beautiful and perfect fragrance to wear on a cold & frosty autumn day..its warm and snuggly and very long lasting....the round black talc dish with the white talc puff is very retro and looks good on a dressing table .lovely stuff!
28/12/2011..bought cologne spary for xmas abs love it cant believe how something so inexpensive can smell so nice...warm oriental and very long lasting ...just two sprays ..clevage/tummy is enough and you get lovely warm wafts all day..I stocking up on this one!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
This is a really beautiful fragrance. Don't let the price fool you, this packs quite a punch for very little money! Absolutely beautiful, but you need to apply it sparingly as it only needs a light touch. This is one of my staples. I always repurchase.