French perfumery at its best.
A friend of mine, Monsieur Philippe Neirinck who is the owner of La Parfumerie Moderne, very nice guy, was talking about Marc-Antoine Corthicciato, the perfumer who composed LPM perfumes, but also one particular perfume within Parfum d’Empire called Tabac Tabou. He got me intrigued with the description and since I am very passionate about perfumes, he offered his Tabac Tabou as a gift.
Another friend of mine, University professor that was working in NYC before Zagreb, talked how he and his friends in NYC appreciated Caron Tabac Blonde at the time. When I was reading the reviews about Tabac Tabou, many compared it with Caron’s masterpiece and that’s how I got even more interested into Marc-Antoine’s work.
First, I would like to say that Tabac Tabou for me represents French perfumery par excellence. Strange odors, secretional smells, deep, intoxicating scents are simply rooted in the French culture and heritage. Before they were forbidden, animal scents were largely used in France. Therefore, after living in Paris for 2 years, I always perceive deep animal scents as something very Frenchy. Tabac Tabou definitely has something inside that makes it so.
Tabac Tabou is the statement perfume. Bursting notes are glorifying French perfumery. In the opening, you have a kick of herbal-green notes such as galbanum and immortelle that later turn into raw, animal, savagely good perfume. I have never smelled similar tobacco perfume, ever. It has that dirty, smoky effect, between pipe and cigar tobacco that goes down into honey, ambery base that turns very animal like a secretion.
It’s simply savagely good perfume. I can imagine this perfume that DiCaprio would wear in The Reverrant, you just need to beware of grizzlies!
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