The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective

Tabac Blond by Caron

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WHAT I SMELL:  Tabac Blond opens with this really pretty floral iris that quickly becomes ensconced in a light leather.  Funny, the word “blond” really does feel appropriate as it conveys a woodyish, blond like aura.  The fragrance is rather cool and aloof, yet approachable.  Like many of the other Caron fragrances, there is “pretty” surrounded by an edge of something naughty.  Here, the leather, albeit light, is rather tough and slightly aggressive.  When initially applied the projection is incredible, but the fragrance begins to settle down as the spice of the carnation makes its appearance.  After around ten minutes that carnation and spicy clove moves the lighter initial florals to the back.  After some more time, the tobacco comes in full force, drying out the fragrance making it more woody and rather masculine.  But just as soon as you believe this will go full on manly, Tabac Blond starts to become powdery and the spicy florals become center stage again.  After around an hour, the patchouli comes into play bringing this very earthy and musty like aura to Tabac Blond.  After a couple of hours, the fragrance reduces to an earthy patchouli skin scent that reminds me greatly of Dr. Vranjes Ambra e Iris.

From the Caron website:

In 1919, to mark the dawn of women’s liberation, Caron made the bold move of dedicating a deliberately provocative fragrance to the beautiful androgynous women, nonchalantly holding their long ivory and mother-of-pearl cigarette-holders.

Notes listed in Fragrantica:  leather, carnation, lime blossom, iris, vetiver, ylang-ylang, cedar, patchouli, vanilla, ambergris, musk.

dried flowersWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  A dried flower arrangement with lingering floral hues and dusky earthiness.

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE TABAC BLOND:  self-assured, earthy, grounded

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT TABAC BLOND: Kafkaseque, The Perfumed Dandy, The Scent Detective

BOTTOM LINE: The first few hours of Tabac Blond are wonderful.  It’s complex and hard to pin down as it seems to change and morph continuously.  The final drydown stays with you for a considerable time, but I find it just a bit too earthy for me.  But no problem, I’ll spritz on some more!

  • Bone Rating: 4 for the first hours, 3 for the final drydown (out of 5 possible bones)
  • Scent: Floral Leather
  • Classification: Feminine, yet rather masculine
  • Expense: Review based on parfum extrait. $100 for 7.5ml.

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

8 thoughts on “Tabac Blond by Caron

  1. I love TB – in its vintage extrait form. The modern version – not so much – and I found the modern EDP to be a hideous screechy little thing. I was lucky enough to find a sealed vintage bottle (the same as the one in your picture!) at an estate sale a few weeks ago for the princely sum of $12. I thought I was seeing things. I already had a tiny remnant left in my own larger vintage flacon which I sometimes open just to sniff but not wear because – well – I don’t want it to become mere fumes. So even although I want badly to smell my recent treasure, I’m fighting the urge to break the seal and upend it over my head. To my nose the vintage is dark and almost smoldering, with the underlying carnation and clove lurking in the background. The modern extrait seems too “powder puffy,” a bit thin in comparison.

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    • Oh what I would do if I could find a perfume like this for $12 at an estate sale!!! You are a lucky woman! As for breaking the seal; I’m all for it. What the heck is perfume for if you can’t use it! Go for it!!! Super jealous on my end 🙂

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  2. I smelled this at the Caron Boutique and it was meh. I should get a sample though and live with it for a few wears.

    And…looks like you’re back to your old banner. I like both!

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  3. Beautiful photograph Steve! It looks like a spectral perfume, a headless phantom, a winsome heroine from a Du Maurier novel..

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