Tabacca 2009

Tabacca by Costamor
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Tabacca is a popular perfume by Costamor for women and was released in 2009. The scent is spicy-sweet. Projection and longevity are above-average. The production was apparently discontinued.
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Fragrance Notes

Amber, Apple skin, Spices, Woods, Jasmine, Rose tea, Tobacco leaf

Ratings

Scent

8.9 (16 Ratings)

Longevity

8.3 (15 Ratings)

Sillage

8.1 (14 Ratings)

Bottle

7.1 (15 Ratings)
Submitted by Chemist, last update on 19.12.2019.

Interesting Facts

Since 2016, this fragrance is sold as Frank No. 3 under the brand Frank Los Angeles.
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9.5
Scent
8
Longevity
7
Sillage
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The fragrant pergolas of Amberabad
Spontaneous associations in connection with fragrances are not really my thing. They are rather memories that I associate with scents, memories of places, of people or disdainful mnemonics of scents. With Tabacca it was different what was mainly due to the coincidence of my occupation with a libretto (Schumann's Das Paradies und die Peri 1843) and its model (Thomas Moore's Lalla Rookh 1817) and the first smell of this wonderful scent composition.

Amberabad is one of the major cities of the Oriental fairy kingdom of Djinnistan, from where a peri (angelic fairy) seeks her way to paradise, and after being finally allowed to enter, she breaks out into a triumphal-joyful final chant, which remarkably consists mainly of the weighting of scent descriptions, juxtaposing the earthly scents with paradisiacal ones. And "the fragrant bowes of Amberabad" are undoubtedly of earthly nature, because the rhyme, especially when it is mediocre, is often the end of all magic: how dull [...] the fragrant arbours of Amberabad!

Tabacca is no more matt than the arbours, it only explains why there is no 10.0 for the fragrance, which is reserved for the perfection of paradise. And in order to symbolize the unimaginable magnificence of paradise, here simply something imaginably great is left behind.

Tabacca is an amber scent. Tabacca is a wood scent, Tabacca is a spice scent and above all: it is, as the name suggests, a tobacco scent! One of the most beautiful I know, to boot! The rest of the fragrances other than those mentioned support and combine, but otherwise remain more or less discreet in the background. Only at the opening, immediately after spraying on and only very briefly and fleetingly, when alcoholic notes can still be discerned, does Tabacca remind one of long barrel matured sweet rum with its fruity notes.

Now there are so many fragrances that carry tobacco in their names or in the fragrance pyramid without this fragrance "tobacco" in one of its innumerable and different manifestations somehow sustainably appear. This is not the case with Tabacca, where tobacco is available in two different versions: fresh green leaves and dried leaves. Both are clearly noticeable and remain present throughout the entire fragrance. What's more, the combination of the malty sweetness of dried tobacco with cedar wood gives rise to this typical honey-spicy sweet note that is also familiar from mild, well-ripened Havannas. This honey spicy tobacco note, in combination with the amber note, carries the fragrance in the base. Just so there's no misunderstanding, we're not talking about smoking! A tobacco note only becomes smoky when something is ignited, whether in the processing phase or when smoking itself, and with Tabacca there is no trace of smoke!

It is an incredibly warm sweet scent of tobacco and wood, supported by an apple note that only emerges clearly at the very beginning and disappears just as quickly. At the beginning it is precisely sharp and freshly defined, but quickly changes towards a sweet apple compote whose fruitiness, however, recedes behind spices such as cinnamon, cloves, pimento and vanilla. Caligari's Bourbon association in his statement also hits this compote-vanilla spice composition well, especially in connection with the woody notes, although alcoholic is missing here. In addition to this so-called compote association and the tobacco-honey spice base, there is also a discreetly fresh, slightly ethereal note which holds everything together here finely woven and which I would also see as a combination, namely the fresh, green tobacco leaves and the rose tea mentioned in the fragrances. To be honest: a flowery teen note is clear and beautiful, but which roses they are is too much for me. They're too well wrapped for me. Everything that has been described about this fragrance so far appears completely harmonious and round, and yet Tabacca has a little irritation built in, which makes the fragrance incredibly exciting and which can be found in the wood notes: In my nose it's a sandalwood note that puts a masculine cap on a clearly feminine scent. Not a big one, but one big enough to irritate, which raises the gender question straight away:

Tabacca has appeared as a feminine fragrance. The reissue as Frank No.3 as unisex scent and also here in the statements the question is thematized. For me personally, this wonderful fragrance is too sweet, too soft and too round to wear myself, but it gives me an incredibly beautiful and adventurous pleasure to spray it on my wrist and see what happens and enjoy it. Maybe like you can see a grandiose picture in a museum and still not have it hanging at home. In order to get to the bottom of the gender issue, I even forced my wife not only to spray Tabacca on her wrist, which I succeeded in doing after a few days of resistance on her part. Result: although Tabacca smells gorgeous, the fragrance was neither made for me nor for her. Whether for another man or another woman must be tried out - whereby, only to put me on one side, the woman wearing Tabacca (or Frank No.3) would interest me more. Only because for me the gourmand touch of the fragrance, which remains more present especially after two - three hours, is feminine.

In the end, the fragrance is stylistic in my eyes, in its appearance, a really great melancholic fragrance that has nothing playful, light-footed or light-hearted about it. It is a brooding and almost a bit melancholic oriental scent of unbelievable grace and beauty, figuratively perhaps like a giant mountain landscape of C.D.Friedrich in its charisma. And you have to want to wear that and be able to...

What seems finely chiselled with the size of the fragrance, however, is the Sillage: Although Tabacca is incredibly long-lasting on my skin, it lasts, at least up close, 8-10 hours loosely, but its physical charisma is much more discreet, which ultimately supports its finesse very much and does not make it unwearable. Tabacca is not a bomb, but a tobacco scent that is outstandingly composed down to the last detail. You can tell that from the Sillage!

So, this was my first attempt at commenting here and in the end it only remains for me to express my sincere thanks to the perfumer, who gave me some other great scents and a remaining bottle of this true gem! I would never have found that scent like that. Thank you. Thank you
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