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Cabaret Homme (2004)
by Grès


Cabaret Homme information

Year of Launch2004
Average Rating
(based on 31 votes)

People and companies

PerfumerPierre Bourdon
Parent CompanyDenz > Art & Fragrance
Parent Company at launchDenz

About Cabaret Homme

Cabaret Homme is a masculine fragrance by Grès. The scent was launched in 2004 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Pierre Bourdon

Reviews of Cabaret Homme

Stardate 20170817:

If you ever wanted a perfume equivalent of video clip that goes through masculines of late 20th century, look no further.
It has all Drakkar Noir, Cool Water, PRPH , Rive Gauche PH among others.
You get them at different phases of development. I have no idea why it was discontinued as it is bound to have something that pleases you.
Oh well. Get it while it is still available for cheap.
17th August, 2017
Thumbs WAY up on this one! Quite difficult to find anywhere offline, Cabaret Homme is a lush, long-lasting scent with a tastefully muted citrus-musk character that doesn't become cloying over time. I bought my bottle from a Lord and Taylor's store back in 2004, and it still smells as fresh as when I bought it! Great scent, highly underrated, and worth a if you like scents like Calvin Kelein Eternity and Lise Watier Neiges.
08th December, 2016
So after YSL came up in 2003 with that fantastic time-machine called Rive Gauche pour Homme, here’s Bourdon composing one year later another decidedly old-school, completely non-fashion fragrance for Grès. The quality isn’t really comparable in my opinion, but neither was the price, as I guess Cabaret was way more cheap; the inspiration though, that was quite similar. Cabaret pour Homme is basically a sort of fruitier, slightly more “contemporary” take on Van Cleef & Arpels' Tsar: that same type of formal aromatic fougère structure, played with a couple of added or, say, “renovated” chords – notably fruits, a floral-green whiff, also something like amber or labdanum “warming” it up a bit, with also a subtle sort of tobacco-incense aftertaste. At once fresher and warmer. Take Tsar and imagine it sweeter, a bit younger and more “informal”. Basically like putting a baseball cap and a Supreme t-shirt on your grandpa. Openly “uncool” and slightly naif: I love that. The quality isn’t really top-notch for me, but it isn’t totally bad either; Cabaret smells nice and versatile, “manly” in a slightly dated way with just a hint of warmth and modern tints.

Also, it has a sort of really well-played feel of “luxury” which is as much fake as enjoyable, like a well-made counterfeit Rolex replica. Actually it’s fascinating as it smells at the same time heavily cheap on some nuances, but somehow the overall look is good and the composition seems clever enough to “disguise” the cheapness. Anyway I can see why this is overlooked, as it sits right in the grey nowhere halfway a classic aromatic fougère and a more modern “office-safe” woody-spicy-fruity-smoky scent for contemporary men; but it’s at once too modern and too sweet for fans of classic fougères, and surely still too outdated for the average contemporary taste. And there’s the “appealing-to-nobody” trap. It’s a shame because it is instead a really decent and enjoyable blend of these two inspirations, which makes you feel wearing something mannered, classy and mature enough but with a more relaxed, playful, less “austere” vibe. Miles away being a creative piece of art or a “compliment getter”, but give it a chance if you stumble upon it.

22nd May, 2015
Genre: Fougère

Cabaret is a very well executed, finely balanced woody rose scent that's as comfortable on a man as on a woman. Cabaret Homme is a "fresh" fougère so banal that without its label I couldn't possibly distinguish it from any of its myriad and ubiquitous brethren. Grès would have done better to bottle the original Cabaret under this name and let the men enjoy the good stuff, too.
11th June, 2014
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United Kingdom
rosemary, pineapple, coriander, On me the opening blast is mainly made of juniper, coriander and bergamot. Berry nice and rounded, a green lavender-rosemary drydown follows. So far, so good. Alas then it collapses and remain very close to my skin after the first couple of hours, and the base - a mild amber with patchouli, a hint of moss, and vanilla - is too weak in silage and projection to really make an impression. This is why am reluctant to give this an overall positive score, although the first hour or so would deserve it. Overall longevity about three hours.
09th April, 2014
Excellent fougere that reminds me strongly of YSL's Jazz.
This one is darker, woodier and less green.
Good stuff!
20th December, 2012

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