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Cabochard (1959)
by Grès


Cabochard information

Year of Launch1959
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 295 votes)

People and companies

PerfumerBernard Chant
PackagingAlix Gres
Parent CompanyDenz > Art & Fragrance

About Cabochard

Cabochard is a feminine perfume by Grès. The scent was launched in 1959 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Bernard Chant. The bottle was designed by Alix Gres

Reviews of Cabochard

It's not the same as the original but still better than most of the sickening sweet perfumes today. I love Cabochard in all of its iterations.
17th November, 2017
Cabochard is a perfume classic made for talented and mysterious Madam Gres by Bernard Chant, the maker of famous perfumes such as Aramis by Aramis or Aromatics Elixir by Clinique. Inspired by her journey to India and her stubbornness, the perfume got its name - “headstrong”. It appeared on the market in 1959. In a time when lifestyle magazines were launched and the main question before every night out was: what perfume to give to your loved one? Middle-class men and women began working on their scent wardrobes and the perfume finally got the place it deserves, not only as a means to smell nice, but also a way to express personal style and identity.

When I talk about perfumes I often talk about character. That particularity is seen in fragrance notes from top to bottom and it clearly states who it is with every minute or hour on the skin. I’ll say it right now, Cabochard has character. And lots of it. Actually, to say that Cabochard has character is like you said the sky is blue, and the best cake in the world is cheesecake. That is a given. It was built like that, from the very beginning. Cabochard's basis is the classic chypre base of oakmoss, patchouli, vetiver, and musk. Then come floral essences of jasmine and rose, enriched by upper notes of green galbanum, juicy ylang-ylang. But above it all is the leather. That dark, dominant, animalistic leather that harmonizes other notes and enthralls them the to its will. The beauty terrifying and seductive at the same time. I immediately thought of Galadriel from Lord of the Rings saying “In place of a Dark Lord, you would have a queen! Not dark, but beautiful and terrible as the dawn! Treacherous as the sea! Stronger than the foundations of the earth! All shall love me, and despair!” But the magic of Cabochard comes with a price. When you get used to chypre leather perfumes, you will never wear anything else. All other perfumes will lose its appeal.

The perfumerists of that time loved to experiment with isobutyl quinoline, the scent note of skin. Their experiments gave us top perfumes like Bandit by Piguer or Cabochard. When I have isobutyl quinoline on one tester and Cabochard on the other I realize how magical the perfumist job is. Yes, I feel isobutyl quinoline in the perfume but there it has a completely new character. Soft, rounded, almost eatable. Like cocoa - creamy and a bit spicy. Different from Bandit. Different compared to anything else. Its own and stubborn. Completely Cabochard. So, don’t let the trend of fancy perfumes that offer nothing and want everything get to you. Defend your right to top quality stubbornly. When novelties disappoint you, you’ll always have perfume classics like Cabochard to return to and who will never fail you. The only question is….will you fail them?
04th November, 2017
For those that find Tuberose laden Bandit a little hard to take, Cabochard provides the Leathery Bitter Green delight. The Rose, especially in Vintage is extraordinarily and beautifully set against an Oakmoss canvas.
Vintage Parfum is the best and is sumptuous for man or woman. A taste of 1975 Pure Parfum will knock you head over heels with it's buttery Oakmoss.
26th October, 2016 (last edited: 20th June, 2017)
This review is for the current EDP, which is widely available at an unbelievably low price for a classic - albeit heavily redacted - fragrance. Cabochard is often compared to Bandit and Azuree, and indeed they are very similar (especially in the drydown); but to my nose it smells more like the current excellent reformulation of Magie Noire, which is more floral than Bandit and Azuree. Cabochard still has its leathery and smoky edge, though. It opens very sharp and green, and mellows into a satisfying modern chypre (i.e. no oakmoss, what an oxymoron!). It retains its structure throughout many hours on my skin, with a healthy sillage. Of course, like most current reformulations, Cabochard EDP isn't as robust as its vintage predecessor - but it's still quite good.
25th October, 2016
this review is for the current formulation...grabbed it at Ross for about 15.00...opens with a burst of aldehyde-cloud like-smell a tobacco/leather combo under the cloud-kind of bitter/herb/grass smelling-overall kind of grey and gloomy-a little spicy/herby feeling...not doing much for me...doesn't appeal to it gets into the middle I sense some mix of flowers freshening things up a bit and making it a wee bit prettier...dries down somewhat resembling leather...gloomy/boring/unappealing...not doing anything for me...would love to get a chance to try the original and update this review with , hopefully , a more positive spin...
not a buy for me ( current version )
Bitter Boring Semi-Leather
21st February, 2016
Cabochard is a mossy green leather chypre with a hefty dose of tobacco and various floral ingredients which keep it from being too butch like it's sister scent, Bandit to which it is often compared. I have the current EDP version and it was a blind buy as it is very reasonable in price. I like Cabochard and find it is very similar to Aramis. Cabochard can be worn by either a man or a woman. It has a definite masculine edge belied by the tall bottle with the demure gray bow on it. I can see this as a scent more for a man than for a woman. Decidedly individual with the isobutyl quinoline and castoreum in the mix making Cabochard a bit animalic and interesting. Not as finely made as Bandit but for the price, a good buy.
30th December, 2015

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