Tabac Blond 1919 Parfum

Version from 1919
Tabac Blond (1919) (Parfum) by Caron
Bottle Design Félicie Wanpouille Bergaud
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9.1 / 10 69 Ratings
A popular perfume by Caron for women, released in 1919. The scent is leathery-spicy. Projection and longevity are above-average. It was last marketed by Alès Groupe.
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Main accords

Leathery
Spicy
Floral
Powdery
Animal

Fragrance Notes

CarnationCarnation LeatherLeather IrisIris VanillaVanilla VetiverVetiver AmberAmber

Perfumer

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Scent
9.169 Ratings
Longevity
8.858 Ratings
Sillage
8.259 Ratings
Bottle
8.855 Ratings
Value for money
8.313 Ratings
Submitted by Nibelung, last update on 29.03.2024.
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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Castlecoore

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Reminder
Tabac blond is for me the loving memory of a very special woman.

When I was a young girl, I was often allowed to go to my aunt's house for a few weeks during the school holidays in the summer. For me there was nothing better, I loved being there. She was my favourite aunt and she always, really always smelled of an impossibly beautiful, beguiling scent. The scent was just as beautiful and extraordinary as she was.

The horse stable, the indoor arena and her horses were a magical draw for me. My aunt was an avid horsewoman and as much of a horse lover as I was. So I spent most of my time in the stable and indoor riding arena. Even today I love the typical warm horse smell and the smell of saddle leather and bridle. And when my aunt was in the arena for riding, a whiff of her distinctive, wonderful perfume would hover over the typical stable smell. My aunt was a beautiful, elegant, spirited, proud and emancipated woman. I admired her and wanted to be like her someday. And I also desperately wanted to smell as unique and wonderful as her.

Once I couldn't resist, and secretly dabbed a teeny tiny drop of her perfume "Tabac Blond" on my wrist, just as I had often observed her do. However, in my youthful cluelessness, I had not considered that not only I but also those around me would notice this oh-so-wonderful, extraordinary fragrance. I felt so ashamed when my aunt directly noticed my transgression! This little transgression, my reaction and my face reddened with shame have subsequently caused hilarity among my relatives for many years to come.

When my aunt wasn't wearing her breeches with a polo shirt or jacket, she was always dressed in a decidedly fashionable and extravagant manner. She sewed most of her clothes herself, a hobby of hers. Off-the-peg fashion was not exclusive enough for her. And so it was with her perfume, it had to be something special. And her perfume was special, it was extraordinary! There was only this one perfume for my aunt, her signature scent, there was no other. I never smelled that scent on anyone else either.

At the same time, my aunt was also very down-to-earth, hands-on, close to nature, helpful, companionable, warm, cheerful and humorous. She was a radiant, extravagant, emancipated personality with a lot of warmth in her heart. And that's exactly what Tabac Blond is for me, extraordinary, unique, beguiling, extravagant, exclusive, soft and warm and in addition a lasting memory of a wonderful, emancipated woman. I love this perfume!

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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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Yatagan

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Yatagan
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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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