Scent{ing} · TABU by Dana

June 4th, 2016 · 0 comments · permalink

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Legend has it that in 1932 Dana, originally a Spanish perfume company, gave the brilliant and highly respected French perfumer Jean Carles instructions to create a perfume that would suit a prostitute. I am unashamedly delighted by this, but then I’ve always had a penchant for smelling like (the idea of) a 1930s Spanish prostitute. More likely, however, they were simply looking for an enticing, sultry fragrance that would draw women in from all the usual polite florals flooding the market at the time.

Tabu was Dana’s first fragrance and, until recently, I hadn’t scented it in half a lifetime, but I did wear it as my signature scent for years throughout my teens. I remember it being very sensual, exotic, and warm, and applying it was an exercise in restraint else everyone within 20 feet of you would feel haunted. Tabu has undergone multiple reformulations over the years, but most reviewers seem to agree that the unmistakable scent is still entirely recognizable. The perfume I recently sampled was vintage Tabu.

Notes: “Just about every strong raw material in the universe.” Bergamot, orange flower, basil, neroli and coriander, heart notes of carnation, jasmine, rose, clover and ylang-ylang, base notes of patchouli, civet, oak moss, amber, musk, vetiver, sandalwood, cedar, benzoin and vanilla.

Tabu has been described as everything from “ambery-warm-spicy sex potion” and “hedonistic trainwreck of booze, spice, and ripe oranges all sprayed down with raunchy musk” to “the leftovers of a dessert buffet in a medieval hall.” It is carnal, powerful, mysterious, and unapologetic; deeply sensual, rich, and heady. The Queen Oriental of oriental fragrances.

From The Non-Blonde: “We tend to be scared of perfume that is so aggressive and doesn’t try to hide its raw sexuality under a layer of pastry or fruit. Tabu is a little extreme. It wraps you in an intoxicating mix of exotica, lures you in and then puts on the moves. It dries down to a very faint […] sweetness and a lot of flushed skin.”

A definite love it or hate it kind of scent and not for the faint of heart. It doesn’t work on every woman (or gentleman, for that matter), and a lot of ladies look down their noses at this one as being too provocative, too sultry, and – due to its mass market availability – too cheap. All I can say to those women are, you go ahead and wear your overly sweet, safe ponytail fragrances. I’ll be over here dabbing Tabu on my inner thighs and kicking my heels up with the rest of the passionate boozy good time girls.

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