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for contemporary men; but it’s at once too modern and too sweet for fans of classic fougères, and surely still too outdated for the average contemporary taste.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.
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.
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.
Excellent fougere that reminds me strongly of YSL's Jazz.
This one is darker, woodier and less green.
I love this! I agree that it starts off smelling a lot like Drakkar Noir, but after a few minutes it evolves into something different. It's certainly an aromatic fougere, that's for sure, but it's spicier, woodier and not as dark as Drakkar Noir. Cabaret PH smells very much like Tribute by Mary Kay, only much better blended and a lot less synthetic smelling. Or maybe Drakkar Noir with much less leather and more sandalwood?
I am amazed that this is a 2004 release, because I'd swear this was from the Eighties. It smells like there's moss and a little leather in this, but they are not listed as ingredients; the sandalwood and patchouli give this a very old-school Eighties style. If wearing stuff like Sung Homme, Drakkar Noir or Giorgio For Men is your thing, you'll feel right at home wearing this.
This is a substantial and very masculine scent, almost reaching powerhouse strength. It projects well and lasts all day, yet it isn't heavy and it won't take your head off.
Cabaret Pour Homme may not be anything unique, but it smells awesome and has the added bonus of costing very little. Fans of 80's styled masculine colognes are sure to like this. I sure do.
MY RATING: 8.5/10