Tabac Blond (1919)
    by Caron

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    Jack ze Fack's avatar
    Jack ze Fack
    France France

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    Some says that it has nothing to do with good ol' days... Maybe.

    Though, that's a knock-off. A very subtle fragrance suitable for women and for men. "Tabac Blond" is a metaphor as it does not contain any tobacco in it. Figurative & complex, it is the first perfume that does not try to copy/paste natural stuff.

    I wear it for very special and formal situations...

    28 November, 2013

    casism's avatar
    United Kingdom United Kingdom

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    Vintage or nothing

    This was a perfume I knew I'd love immediately, both from its backstory (flapper girls discovering cigarettes and Charleston-ing till dawn) and its notes (leather, vanilla, smoke and sandalwood).

    So I managed to get a sample of the vintage juice from the Perfumed Court - and indeed, it was love. At the time, I was reading a lot of John Le Carre novels. And more than anything, Tabac Blond occurred to me as the perfect spy scent - it was sophisticated and clever, had a history, and carried notes of dusty books and opulent leather that I could imagine in the London men's clubs where diplomats and agents would meet to talk of world affairs.

    However, when I tried the newer version, I found it a very different animal - it has some smoke and vanilla, but is overpowered by a sharp floral note, and it has none of the dusty leather that I had recognised in the vintage. If you have to buy a new-version Caron, I would go for En Avion, which seems a bit more interesting.

    Pros: Smokey, dark, but soft
    Cons: The new version is not worth it."

    14 July, 2013

    NineInchNell's avatar
    United States United States

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    Vintage Tabac Blond is Habit-Forming

    Tabac Blond is a Gasoline Blast going in. No mistake about it.

    From that addictive top-note aura on through the compelling nicotine of it's namesake, Tabac Blond spins a habit-forming distraction.

    Women started publicly smoking cigarettes shortly before1919. Ernest Daltroff created Tabac Blond as an elegant companion to their status symbol of tobacco.

    Vintage Tabac Blond's initial top-note blast subsides into a "marshmallow" note reminiscent of those in vintage Shalimar and L'Heure Bleue. Not a sweet, cloying marshmallow. Dry and woody, it recalls marshmallows roasted over an Autumn bonfire, with a slightly sharp edge. That could be due to the combination of leather and lime, with carnation lingering softly in the background.

    The projection seamlessly transitions into a refined, buttery leather. Towards the end of the topnotes, it's the flawless calfskin leather of an elegant lady's glove. Steady and mesmerizing, vintage Tabac Blond reaches its confident potential.

    The first six times I wore Tabac Blond I detected no tobacco. Or rather I detected only the "idea" of tobacco.

    But amazingly, during the seventh time, there it was.

    It wasn't a cigarette type of tobacco. Nor was it the tobacco of a curing barn.

    But rather I caught the heavenly scent of a faint and aromatic pipe tobacco, softly emanating from a wooden cabinet.

    Vanilla, Cedar and Patchouli lend Tabac Blond its perfect aromatic and spicy dry down.

    Pros: Unique, Refined, Complex
    Cons: None

    30th June, 2013

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    The Vintage Extrait Perfume:
    The begin is a full onslaught of phantastic leather with a bright tobacco note, initially showing a touch of gasoline Knite-Ten-like harshness that quickly evaporates and is replaced by a rich spiciness. A beautiful combination that lasts about two hours. Then a floral tuberose middle impression emanates to give it a gentler, rounder touch, with a creamy clove component. At times a metallic vanilla-based dryness appears that then goes and gives way to a gentle sweetness - not unlike Creed's Royal English Leather but less sweet - the Caron is never really sweet and never cloying. After about seven hours the vanilla moves into the foreground to compete with the leather, but never is as strong as, for instance, in Creed's Royal Delight. In the last couple of hours, a nice lean powderiness finishes the long and sensational drydown. Blending and ingredient quality are perfect, silage and projection are superb, and - a true old-style high-quality perfume - longevity on my skin is over eleven hours. A grand classic and one of the most amazing leather-tobacco fragrances I know.

    10th May, 2013

    JackTwist's avatar
    United States United States

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    Just the hint of golden cigarette tobacco without any bitterness.

    There is an ethereal underlying sweetness that is so discreet as to be practically

    This is very classy - no wonder its considered a classic - the first "perfume"
    created exclusively for men; yet, women adore it as well.

    One of the great creations of all time.

    27 March, 2013

    Ratfink's avatar
    United Kingdom United Kingdom

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    I get a beautiful floral, with a hint of herbal tablets thrown in. There's *no* 'tabac' that I can identify, and I've tried it three times now. It's still lovely, but it's not what I expected at all.

    22 September, 2012

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