Tabac Aurea (2009)
    by Sonoma Scent Studio

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    Tabac Aurea Fragrance notes

    Cedar, Sandalwood, Tobacco, Leather, Vetiver, Patchouli, Clove, Tonka bean, Labdanum absolute, Amber, Vanilla, Musk

    Tabac Aurea information

    Tabac Aurea is a unisex fragrance by Sonoma Scent Studio. The scent was launched in 2009

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    ClaireV's avatar

    Ireland Ireland

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    What I love about Tabac Aurea is that the perfumer Ė Laurie Erickson of Sonoma Scent Studio Ė has had the confidence to showcase all the wonderful complexities of the material itself without clogging it up with other notes. And tobacco is one lily that doesn't need to be gilded. The textures of the tobacco leaf range from leathery to wet mulch, and the notes can comprise dried fruits, leather, wood, clove, cinnamon, apples, plums, paper, and gingerbread. Tabac Aurea showcases all of these different textures and notes, and the total effect is as if the perfumer held a dried tobacco leaf up against the sunlight, slowly turned it around in her hands, and captured each of its changing colors and smells in one small bottle.

    Tobacco is a deeply evocative smell for me. I live in the Balkans, where there is a centuryís long tradition of smallholders growing tobacco and curing it in the sun before selling it to the local tobacco company, NDKP. The collapse of Yugoslavia in the nineties, coupled with NATO sanctions and the rise of cigarette smuggling meant that local farmers switched to other crops. But now, farmers are once again growing tobacco in Montenegro. They grow a kind called Oriental Tobacco, a small-leaved, hardy type of tobacco that is cured in the hot Balkan sun for up to a month. Intensely aromatic, the smell of the leaves curing in the sun spills out from the fields and into the air around you. There is one such field near a shopping center, and when I walk there, I love watching people get hit with the aroma Ė inevitably they stop, inhale deeply, and stagger away as if high.

    Tabac Aurea captures this smell exactly. The smell of tobacco leaves curing in the sunshine is extraordinarily complex and multi-faceted. At first, it smells like a big, thick handful of shredded, wet tobacco leaves that have been steeped in booze of some sort. The effect is rich, but also tannic enough to suck the moisture out of your mouth. The confident spicing, along with a slight dried fruits and candied peel tone, creates an effect that is close to the taste of those medieval types of sweets and cakes, such as panforte, parkin, or gingerbread. These medieval treats would have had a touch of dry honey to them, otherwise, no sugar would have been used.

    Throughout the day Ė and this is a serious, all-day fragrance Ė you begin to notice the tobacco smell dries out considerably, taking on a leathery and slightly grungy tone that I attribute to the labdanum resin that Laurie has used to round the fragrance out. However, the overall richness of the fragrance never abates Ė this is one thick, rich smell that stays dense and heavy all the way to the end. This makes it a fragrance one must commit to 100% before putting it on for the day, but if you love the smell of tobacco, then this one is a must. I put it on and it keeps me warm as I go off out into the autumnal sunshine to kick some leaves around.

    29 October, 2014

    teardrop's avatar

    England England

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    This is a straight-up, dry, unsmoked tobacco, with a leathery undertone. After an hour or so, it's a little softer & smokier, but there's no sweetness at all until around four hours in. Even then, the sweetness is very slight, & not at all powdery. Overall, a fairly linear tobacco fragrance, recommended if you're looking for a non-sweet version, & it lasts a good eleven hours on me. For myself, l would prefer a little more sweetness. l haven't yet tried Tobacco Vanille, but perhaps that will deliver more of what l'm looking for.

    04 April, 2014

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    This is a handsome tobacco scent in which, despite being a relatively complex composition, the focus is primarily on the tobacco. It opens very strong, and youíre hit with the semi-sweet labdanum thatís one of the lineís signature moves. Itís flanked by a somewhat tame and supple leather akin to that of Cuir Ottoman, and there are some notes that feel almost fruity at the outset. However, itís never a cacophony, and the labdanum, leather, and supplementary components all serve a relatively equal function in exalting the tobacco note, which is clearly the star of this show.

    The tobacco note is quite dryósimilar to the tobacco notes recently featured in Puredistance Black and Tom Fordís Tobacco Oud, but Tabac Aurea outdoes both of those scents by offering up a fragrance thatís more characterful and distinctive. The note leans toward leafyómore like the scent of tobacco before itís packed into the chamber of a pipe. There is a vanilla aspect at work, but itís so illusive that youíd risk pulling a muscle to detect it. Whereas a scent like Tobacco Vanille is comically inept in its attempts as subtlety, the sweet notes here are ethereal and suggestive rather than in-your-face. Furthermore, thereís a distinct woodiness to the blend, yet it doesnít come across like a bad attempt of incorporating the pipe itself into the scent, rather, the wood is once more operating to exalt and uplift the tobacco. These subordinate notes are handled with such thoughtful vigilance, that they become virtually undetectable, yet they emerge over time, lending the scent an fully fleshed-out dimensionality.

    While tobacco scents are not my genre, there are a handful that Iíll allow into the fold. Slumberhouseís Jeke is one of them, but thatís quite a bit more taxing than this, nor is it a straightforward tobacco scent. This is a no frills affair, but frankly, itís one of the best from the tobacco genre that Iíve ever smelled. The level of precision and attention to detail is jaw-dropping, yet itís not a scent thatís going to bowl anyone over through a revolutionary or experimental approach. Itís simply one of the most focused, balanced, and nuanced tobacco scents available. If Jekeís too much, and a picture-perfect pipe tobacco is what you seek, then this is the one to look toward. Not only is it one of the lineís greatest contributions, itís simply one of the greatest tobacco scents available.

    A quick note: Tabac Aurea and Fireside Intense seem like theyíd have some real parallels, and they do, but Tabac Aurea is less about smoke, but instead, it mimics the slightly sweet dryness of tobacco. Fireside Intense is more about a smoldering leaves effect with a smokier approach. Both have a subtle sweetness (Tabac Aurea is slightly vanillic, Fireside Intense takes its sweetness from a strange combination of oud and guaiac. Despite parallels, their profiles are different enough to explore both, but if you prefer dryness, then Tabac Aurea would be the wiser choice, but Fireside Intense has a little more character to it.

    25 March, 2014

    Montecristo's avatar

    United States United States

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    This stuff is amazing. Pipe tobacco, amber, leather and vanilla. Such a great composition. It starts off a little strong but slowly tones down and gets very smooth.

    30th January, 2014

    alfarom's avatar

    Italy Italy

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    Wonderful! This is the first thing that came to mind just right after a bunch of minutes of wearing.

    Tabac Aurea is definitely up there amongst the most intriguing interpretations of this wonderful aroma. Yes, it is sweet and ambery but it's neither *too* sweet nor foody. It just takes the typical sweetness of certain tabac leaves and translate it into an incredible blend of smooth woods, resinous (dry and restrained) amber and deep musks. If you like stuff a-la 1740 or Feuilles De Tabac, you'll probably dig Tabac Aurea as well. Don't get me wrong, these fragrances share very very few aspects if any at all but this is just to say that sweetish stuff doesn't necessarely mean cupcakes or food. On top of that Tabac Aurea is pervaded by a resinous dryness which carefully preserves it from becoming cloying at any stage.

    Tabac Aurea has really nothing to envy to the most popular fragrances playing similar themes and it's a tremendously solid option for anyone looking for a top-notch in this genre and an easy-to-wear elegant composition at the same time. Tobacco Vanille, move on.


    Sometimes, it's really not necessary to splurge big tickets to smell great.

    22 December, 2013

    charger's avatar

    United States United States

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    Firstly my rating leans more toward positive than neutral, but I think I'm just not quite sure about this one yet.

    When the package arrived I was very pleased with the size of the sample. I can easily get a few weeks worth of wears out of this, and that's good because I will need more time to form my opinion on it.

    I was looking more for the cigar smoke/leather/bourbon type of tobacco so I was a bit thrown by this. The scent is more leafy green, with some woods and a powder vanilla dry down. (The vanilla is really the part I am most on the fence about) But I really like the top and mid notes, I wish I could pick out the leather a little more though.

    As the days here in Southern California have still been in the high 80's to 90's in the first week of November, I am looking forward to some cool and cloudy weather where this scent will fit better as well.

    07 November, 2012

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