Tabac Blond 1919Parfum

Tabac Blond (Parfum) by Caron
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Tabac Blond (Parfum) is a popular perfume by Caron for women and was released in 1919. The scent is leathery-spicy. Projection and longevity are above-average. It was last marketed by Alès Groupe. Pronunciation
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Perfumer

Ernest Daltroff

Fragrance Notes

Leather, Carnation, Iris, Vetiver, Vanilla, Amber

Ratings

Scent

9.3 | 44 Ratings

Longevity

8.8 | 37 Ratings

Sillage

8.2 | 36 Ratings

Bottle

8.8 | 36 Ratings
Submitted by Nibelung, last update on 05.01.2021.

Variant of the fragrance concentration

This is a variant of the perfume Tabac Blond (Eau de Parfum) by Caron, which differs in concentration.
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10
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Can777

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Victor and Victoria
Autumn 1927 in Paris. It's night!
An obscure alley. Gently rustling old and dried-out leaves carried by the wind across the cobblestone pavement. The back door of the artists' entrance to the cabaret is slightly open. The chapel is playing a quiet tango. Outside on the wall in the shadow of the oil lanterns a figure is leaning in the darkness of the night. The air smells of petroleum from the oil lanterns. Heavy like deep-dark, bitter-sweet and smooth suede. The outlines of the androgynous figure are dimly visible. A black tuxedo, a white shirt with bow tie, black patent leather shoes. Filigree and yet very masculine she stands there in the semi-darkness. Smoking with a glowing cigarillo between her leather gloves. A short glow of the embers with every pull on the cigarillo. Like a ghost, the sweet, tart and vanilla tobacco smoke floats out of the darkness into the light of the oil lanterns, curling like a whirlpool of time, space and infinity. Frivolous laughter can be heard through the half-open door of the artist's entrance. Inside it smells of the finest powder, warm and spicy cognac and flowery, warm and spicy clove dust. An amber-soft mating call! The band stops playing. The Tango is finished. And then it emerges from the darkness of the shadow. She is still Victoria. But soon she will be Victor again. The guests call his name with expectation. She's about to make her entrance! The blonde hair, severe and masculine, combed back with pomade. Her face pale and striking. Thin and filigree eyebrows with a delicate painted moustache over the dark red lips. And with a half smug smile, she extinguishes the cigarillo in her hand and walks step by step in the harmony of the sexes towards the half-opened door of the artist's entrance. Victor has his time now. Masculine,feminine,wicked,erotic and indescribably elegant!

Tabac Blonde
Tabac Blond is art to me. Art to me is Tabac Blonde. At the young age of twelve I already got to know Tabac Blond. My art teacher at that time wore it. And so Tabac Blonde was forever linked to art in my head. And so I heard the name Caron for the first time when I asked her what she was smelling. And even then it was very clear to me that one day I wanted to smell like that. Many years later I did that too! Tabac Blond is the perfect mixture of feminine and masculine scents. A perfume with a mysterious and infinite depth. A soft, almost petroleum-soaked leather. Surrounded by soft-smoky, light vanilla tobacco, powdery-spicy clove dust and warm, cognacious, bitter-sweet amber. A perfume with an incredible presence and proud aura, which is like a rebellion. And it probably should be once! Tabac Blond represents the harmony of the sexes at that time. It is confident, strong and proud. And it is probably rightly one of the greatest icons that Caron ever created. Smoking, infinitely beautiful emancipation!
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Emancipation
Uncommented fragrance No. 136

I will leave out the discussion about the reformulation and the allegedly much better original scent, because I probably know the original (tested 15 years ago), but I have neither stored a filling in my scent organ nor a memory in my brain. So I don't take part in the discussion about the alleged weakness of the new version, which made waves up to Luca Turin's first guide and which gave the 2008 version only one star. I also don't want to speculate whether Caron has managed in the meantime to pick up on the old size again and to revive the scent. After all, Caron is one of those houses that, like Guerlain, handle reformulations somewhat more carefully, which in view of the limited possibilities can only mean not shooting from the hip and instead letting a little waiting time pass before throwing new formulas onto the market
Contrary to my assertion in the statement, I no longer find that Tabac Blond (Parfum) in the 2019 version is a dominant leather scent (side-saddle), but would like to be guided by the association the name suggests, namely the idea of light tobacco. Tabac Blond is also reminiscent of traditional leather scents such as Knize Ten and Bel Ami (so not of these unspeakable synthetic leather perfumes of the new generation from Tom Ford & Co., which all contain this suede leather note): sweetish, animalistic, with sandalwood, amber, beaver and or civet, spicy blossom notes etc. as they used to be used to hide the infernal animal smell of tanned leather. Tabac Blond somehow still belongs in this category, even though I prefer Knize Ten.

But the fragrance reminds me even more of flavoured pipe tobacco, which contains a cognactone and is sweetly spiced with vanilla. That's not bad, but it's not something I wanted to wear all the time. It takes a certain mood to do that. I suspect also here sandalwood, amber, vanilla and an animal component. In addition something floral, certainly iris, but also rose and white bloomer. However, the individual components are not separable, but result in a dark, cognac-like, somewhat smoky, warm, sweetish overall tone.

The idea behind it fits quite well with the year 1919, one year after the horrors of the First World War and again one year before the beginning of the Roaring Twenties, in which women discovered smoking in the context of emancipation, understood as a sign of equal rights and the increasing will of women to participate in society. Seen in this light, the fragrance still has something to offer today, because it is a fragrant symbol despite more or less less successful reformulations. And where else would that be!

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