Clone Formula: Tabu by Jean Carles for Dana

The first fragrance of the house of Dana was Tabu, created by Jean Carles in 1932. Jean Carles was well known for his wonderful creations made of unusual materials. Before creating Tabu, he was instructed to make a fragrance for a whore (‘un parfum de puta’). Thus, Tabu was created, sensual and shocking.

Its luscious oriental floral composition starts with fresh citrus and spicy notes. The spices in the heart accentuate the beauty of exuberant flowers: jasmine, orange flower, rose and ylang-ylang. Warm oriental base includes amber, resins, civet and precious woods – sandal and patchouli. This is truly one of the most distinctive fragrances of all time. At the time of its creation it was most suited to women; but thanks to the spiced profile this is now a perfect unisex scent that leans more to the masculine side.

This formula is the original 1932 release, so it includes a large number of bases as was the style and habit of Jean Carles. Links to replacement formulas or sources for the bases are provided for all materials. This formula is not IFRA compliant but could be made to be so with ease. This is built from inside knowledge of the original formula as well as GCMS analyses of well-preserved vintage bottles of the perfume.

If you wish to purchase the full formula to our replica of this distinctive and risqué fragrance, you may do so here:

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1 month ago

Another classic that I am going to put on my wish list for this year!
Such a great way to practice perfumery!

1 month ago

This is quite something – TABU itself is fantastic and this is quite amazing – mixed it up a few days ago, waiting a few more days before making a small eat de Parfum portion. Beautiful vintage feel. Why don’t they make them like that any more?!

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