Note from 2019: It’s funny. This was my post from 2015. I have unchanged this post. Although, now I might say that regardless of whether or not it’s a “Marilyn” (it kind of is, I think) it’s a tremendously beautiful gem. I’ve loved this vintage for years now.
Ahh, the infamous and iconic Tabac Blond (Caron 1919)… I have wanted to smell this glorious scent in vintage form since when I first started collecting fragrances.
It was the scent of flappers in the 1920’s; edgy and daring. And I’ve read on more than one occasion (I think) that it was a favorite of Marlene Dietrich.
I was given a bottle of it this Christmas and I have to say, I love it…
It’s a strong leather. The whole complex, amazing fragrance embodies strength actually… It’s a bit smoky, a little sweet, spicy in the drydown, and in the opening a bright, perfectly citrusy, piquant note of lime compliments floral notes that are demure yet wildly appealing. And, I can see how it was in the same generation of fragrances as Shalimar. It has that same elegant sparkle.
Honestly though, even if Marlene Dietrich is associated with this rich, powerful masterpiece and I’m sure it suited her well, for some reason I think of Katharine Hepburn when I smell it… It’s so deeply unafraid, intelligent, and nearly explosive but ultimately too well-bred and cerebral to lose composure and it has that same sturdy, warm playfulness Hepburn portrays in most of her roles.
It’s one of my new favorites. I’m going to have to eventually find more…
Top notes: carnation, leather, and lime blossom. Middle notes: ylang ylang, iris, and vetiver. Base notes: Virginia cedar, vanille, musk and patchouli.