Gres Cabotine

Gres Cabotine


105 reviews

59% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.9

Price: $$

Package Quality: 3.9

Price: $$


Top Notes: Peach, Plum, Cassie, Tagete, Green notes, Coriander. Middle Notes: Ylang-Ylang, Rose, Tuberose, Jasmin, Heliotrope, Orris, Carnation . Base Notes: Cedar, Vetiver, Musk, Tonka Bean, Amber, Vanilla, Civet. (

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Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Cabotine is fantastic. I wore this all throughout my 20's and 30's, then forgot about it in my 40's as it became hard to find in Australian shops and I couldn't be bothered buying it online. Other fragrances took its place and I forgot how much I enjoyed the way it made me feel. Then I was given a bottle for Christmas.


Cabotine goes on so sharp at first, but give it 10 minutes for the alcohol to evaporate. Once it settles it becomes a sharp white floral that is saved from being sickly due to the glorious green of vetiver and cassia, the dirty animalics of musk and civet, the juiciness of blackcurrent, tangerine and peach, and finally, the grounding oriental base including sandalwood, amber, tonka bean and vanilla.

Words that come to mind when I wear this are bracing, invigorating, youthful and enthusiastic. It's a positive, uplifiting perfume that makes me feel young and optimistic. It's moderately priced and smells much more expensive than it is. I love the fact that it still suits my body chemistry.

I have the EDT and longevity is phenomenal, as is the sillage. This is an all day fragrance. Even after a shower you may still be able to smell it. I think this fragrance is too strong to be worn in very close quarters. If you work in a small office, or share a room with other staff, it may well be overpowering. It's a bright, energetic perfume that likes to be out and about doing things.

For the record, I have not smelt the EDP or the body lotion.

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on 3/29/2015 11:30:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I like this for the spring. It reminds me very much of Tendre Poison, although I believe this was first. Tendre Poison is extremely expensive if you can find it, Cabotine is dirt cheap. A very light hand should be used for the daytime or office wear as it has a sharp edge of loud white flowers. I will wear in the upcoming weeks but probably not every day and not on days where I have meetings in close quarters. This is the EDT, hard to imagine how potent the EDP must be. I clicked "yes" to repurchase, but it seems unlikely as the 100ml bottle is a lifetime supply for a middle-aged person!

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on 10/22/2014 12:56:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Very Dry, Dark, Warm

Hair: Black, Kinky, Fine

Eyes: Black

I had given this 5 stars because the one time I wore it, it started out harsh but smoothed out. However now after trying to wear this several times & ending with a headache I have to say this is terrible. It makes me feel queasy & nauseas.
Do NOT recommend

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Age: 19-24

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

My aunty wore this smell everywhere. Its beautiful, and tranquilising. I love it. I love it alot. I love it alot alot. This smell is worth a million bux! This formula of mixtures has been created from an angel.

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on 12/4/2013 7:42:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I have seen this forever at TJMAXX for a very decent price. After reading reviews here and looking on I decided what do I have to lose?? I got a small bottle for like 6.99. Anyway it is really very pleasantly surprising!! Fresh, sweet but not heavy and lasted all day! I would say white floral but I wouldn't say gardenia or magnolia. Maybe it's the Lily that I'm smelling but when I think of lily I think Easter and cloying. This is light and fresh

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Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

Fragrance is so difficult to review, one either loves the scent or does not. One person maybe drawn to orientals, others repelled by orientals and so on.
That being said I have to say I love the fresh green scent of Cabotine. It is so uplifting. I always get compliments when I wear this fragrance.
If you have a chance to sample this delightful fragrance…do!
I also want to thank Silliage for their very informative review. : )

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on 11/14/2013 7:55:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Other, Medium

Eyes: Green

The review below, which explains all the fragrance notes in Cabotine, is very helpful if you want to know what you're getting into with this perfume! It also helps explain why I like this fragrance so much even though it superficially doesn't seem to be "my kind" of fragrance. (I love Origins Ginger. If Cabotine is even distantly related, well - that's why).

I bought this one unsniffed at Marshall's because it was very inexpensive. I got a 50 mL bottle for $10, but I also saw a gift set including a 100 mL bottle and lotion for under $20. And yet, this perfume smells expensive to me. Elegant, and expensive.

I think it's a great fragrance, if VERY strong. One little spray is plenty, and maybe even too much. It lasts and lasts forever. I love it and highly recommend that you give it a try! But don't wear it on an airplane.

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on 11/6/2013 2:02:00 PM

Age: Unknown

Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I've always loved Cabotine by Gres, which was created around Ginger Lily in the early 90's. says this about it:

"The composition is created around the ginger lily, also known as a butterfly lily, a Himalayan large-petalled white flower. Growing in harsh high mountains climate, this plant blooms for only a few weeks in the spring time, and each flower lives only for a few hours, what makes it difficult, almost impossible, to extract the oil. An IFF pioneering researcher, Dr. Braja Mookherjee, found a way to analyse the oil structure using the 'living-flower' technique, and to copy the fragrance of the ginger lily, what enabled the industrial production. Cabotine is the first perfume which contains ginger lily in its composition."

I went through 2-3 bottles of Cabotine (plus lotion, from gift sets) in the early 90's, and I wore it almost nonstop to the exclusion of most of the rest of my collection.

My son played soccer at the time, and it takes me back to crisp cool Fall weather, watching his soccer practices after school -- while wearing Cabotine. The scent itself is like being outside in the cool fresh air & greenery. Very bright & energizing & cheerful -- reminds me of greenhouses, fresh Spring breezes, and parks.

I found it rather odd back then that I would become hooked on Cabotine (which I was), since it was *not* my normal taste at all (orientals, gourmands, vanillas, & musks) -- but it just kept drawing me back. The sweet delicious ginger note was addictive to me. I just found Cabotine zingy & cheerful -- it lifted my mood, gave me a boost -- affected me like an aromatherapy oil -- took me outside, into the great outdoors, into nature.

"Limeade, Ginger, and Lily of the Valley" is what Cabotine smells like to me. Very refreshing, cool, crisp, pungent, aromatic, citrus-ginger-green scent. It's a happy, exuberant, eye-poppingly energetic scent -- fresh, outdoorsy, lively, light green, sweet, citrusy, and refreshing.

Although white florals generally tend to give me a headache, the sweetness of the citrus & ginger in Cabotine round out the florals just enough to keep that from happening -- for me.

Possible distant relatives -- the d/c'd Poison Tendre (green bottle flanker). Or Origins Ginger Essence. Or Lancome's d/c'd AromaTonic, the green one. Also perhaps on the order of Chance Eau Fraiche, Bath & Body Works Beautiful Day, or Bond No 9 High Line, except far zestier & more aromatic. Smells a bit like "Irish Spring" soap too -- or, it has that effect.

Gres Cabotine was supposed to be the "daughter" of Cabochard -- a lighter, fresher, younger scent. I like Cabotine *far* better than Cabochard, which is too dark, resiny, & leathery for me. Cabotine is the only Gres I've ever liked.

EDT (& lotion too) are *very strong* & require just a tiny amount -- and their lasting power is excellent.

I just found a great deal on a Cabotine set at Marshall's -- 3.4oz EDT + 6.8oz tube of lotion for $16 -- so I bought it, for old times' sake. I have a dab of the lotion on now --- mmm, like a cool refreshing limey-green iced beverage. Still good after all these years.

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Age: 30-35

Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I never wore this when it was first launched in the 90s so do not know whether the original formulation has been changed, but the initial blast I get upon application is like sharp alcoholic fumes overlaid with cheap citrus notes--as others have noted, very much like an industrial cleaner or perhaps a car freshener.

Once that unpleasantness fades the fragrance is not that bad at all: a floral blend with an underlying herbal sweetness, quite a lot of sillage, and very decent lasting power for the price.

Given the unpleasant opening and the fact that what follows does not wow me, I would not repurchase. At the low price it seems to retail for in most places I would definitely suggest giving it a try, persevering past the first 10 minutes, and then making a decision.

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Age: 44-55

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

The opening spray of this is shockingly bad. It quite literally smells like a heavy floral cleaning product masking the odor of pee - like you peed your pants and used an industrial strength flowery air freshener to hide the smell. Thankfully, that urine smell goes away on the dry down and the remaining scent really isn't that bad. But I'm simply too traumatized by that dreadful opening to ever try to wear this again...

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