The first fragrance of the house was Tabu, created by Jean Carles 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, narcissus, rose and ylang-ylang. Warm oriental base includes amber, resins, civet and precious woods – sandal and patchouli.
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.
An object of desire, an addictive oriental spicy fragrance. Tabu is an elixir of pure seduction for an overwhelmingly feminine and timeless scent. It is for those who are dedicated to their passions and interests. A perfect signature classic scent if you like something distinctive that stands out from the modern oriental. An Exotic, Provocative, Sensual, Rich, Individualistic, Mysterious, Nostalgic and Timeless Classic.–aquila_2009From Basenotes
One of the most gorgeous complex spicy-animalic intricacies in perfumery (even more than Coco, Cinnabar and Youth Dew). Austere, dry-spicy, earthy-smoky, incensey and mystic. A kind of sacramental elixir. Dana Tabu strikes us by soon for its (immediately detectable) combination of honeyed jasmine, tuberose (not listed), orange blossoms, vetiver, patchouli, sandalwood, resins, sweet spices (cinnamon for sure) and civet, overall combined in order to project in its background something more obscure (something marvellously spicy, resinous, smoky, earthy and “greedy”), namely the hidden core of this impalpable gem.–DarvantFrom Fragrantica
This smell like a light and glamorous version of an incense stick. The type of smell Cleopatra could have used.
Tabu is a fragrance so underestimate, people must realize this parfume has over 70 years in the market, just incredible!! and this is the reason why we should give tabu a chance, forget prejudices and the old lady tipe thing, we are talking about the fragrance that later will inspire Opium, Youth Dew, Obsession.