Almost 90 years went by since this perfume was released by Dana. The XX century early 30's were quite crazy both in Europe and in the US. Strong scents were in fashion and Tabu was probably the strongest of them all.
Today still, Tabu is a landmark as a strong and intrusive fragrance. Subtlety and discretion are not its characteristics at all. Performance is beasty. You may expect allways more than 12 hours of longevity - up to 24 hours depending on your skin chemistry - and its sillage fills a room. Does it project well?... oh yes, it does projects like the hose of a fireman.
This is the kind of love / hate scent. I do love it as a colector. I like to smell it on paper strips and in the back of my hand or my wife's hand. I do not like to smell it as a fragrance to last all day and night on women, and even less on men. It just overrides all other fragrances.
Globally its scent is very pleasant for me, but it's not a piece of cake to feel the same strong intrusive perfume for an entire day.
This oriental perfume opens with an heavy load of spices, followed by cloves and some flowerly notes. in the bottom notes you get an animalic woody balsamic amber with strong musk and patchouli and some sweetness in the background.
Imagine a situation where you wand to drive a fast big car and you receive a 5 tons 1000 HP sixteen wheeler instead.
Yes... this is strong stuff... probably the strongest fragrance in my collection.
I bought the violine bottle. It's kind of tacky but I like it.
In summary in my opinion TABU is a very good feminine vintage fragrance. I do like to test it and even like women to wear it provided they DO NOT APPLY MORE THAN 1 SPRAY. Also use it only with cold weather. If you use it in an hot club you will provoque a stampeed disaster.
Do I recommend it? Oh yes, absolutely! Everybody who loves fragrances and has never tried TABU is just like living in Rome and never having seen the Pope. Besides it's a quite inexpensive! .... (I mean the perfume, not the Pope).
TABU also reminds me the hollywood stereotype of voluptuous women at night, with nice clothes and lots of makeup.
I give it a global rate of 8.25 / 10.00
- between 7 and 8 =above average;
- between 8 and 9 = recomended;
- bigger than 9 = don't miss it;
Advice: This perfume may be cloying to a lot of people. Try before you buy.