I went to the fragrance shops this weekend to test Tabu to see if this is really unisex...
As a disclaimer, this is not a review about vintage. Especially if you like Ted Lapidus Pour Homme (the original) or Kouros (the white bottle).
the next day I smelled it on my bathrobe and wow, I started craving it.
At different times I get different notes, maybe depending on how active I am. This fragrance is a trip to memory lane since it was the perfume my grandfather used to wear.
This is about the current formulation, which I understand captures the essence of the scent. FINDINGS: This is a very odd fragrance, but it is strangely modern by the late 80s standards. I am not saying it smells like them, but it has the musky nature of Kouros (NOT as animalic and pissy LOL) and the sweetness of Ted Lapidus Pour Homme.
Ted Lapidus has a honey sweetness; whereas, this one has a root beer (as noted in other reviews) type of sweetness.
Found a gift set of Tabu with body wash and lotion for only .95!!! The next day she smelled outstanding, it wears sinfully on her and lasted the entire work day.
Even if it is not as good as the vintage, the concept of the scent is retro for COLD weather. In addition, I see mature sophisticated women loving this one too. As a said, every collector should at least sniff this one.Other reviewers have mentioned it seems to be missing it's original oakmossy patchouli base, so I have decided tomorrow to layer it with patchouli oil and Aromatics Elixir body cream and see if that fills the gap. Update: My co-worker loves old school sexy oriental juice.So I gave her a mini of Tabu to wear at work (I work for a fragrance free brand gasp) she LOVED it. Was shopping on my lunch at the drug store in the mall.I want to like Tabu but on me it goes almost bitter, and too powdery. Tabu isn't Nag Champra, but it's similar with more of a root beer smell. While I am not a fragrance expert, I have been wearing fragrance almost everyday since Elementary School (yeah, I am one of those people, lol). ), baby powder (not strong though), Nag Champra Indian Incense, dirty vanilla (dirty in the best way), clove cigarettes (in the best way) and Autumn spices. I think if you like Shalimar, Giorgio Red, those types of fragrances, you might like this.Not an everyday fragrance for me, one that I have to be in the "mood" for; this is nice for say a rainy day or a Fall or snowy Winter day, that sort of thing.