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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).
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.
I think its a great addition to your collection if you are interested in perfume history, plus its really cheap. In a good way, if there is such a thing as a good pissy smell. The patchouli is clearly detectable in here too, adding to the hippyish incense vibe. it was one of my first vintage blind buys and it was just waaaay too "old granny" so I sold it. (Reformulations and the drug store status/price I suppose.) As far as Tabu-type scents go, I prefer original Obsession. but here we are in winter already (November in Upper Michigan) and I LOVE BOTH NOW! I started a cozy day at home with Youth Dew cologne on my torso (finely misted), a drop of the YD bath oil on my clavicle "dip", and then about 6 hours later-- put on Tabu cologne over the whole package. I can tell I like it because I keep smelling my arm. I avoided this for the longest time, thinking this would be heavy and overpowering.
Tabu was that night you wore thigh-high stockings but forgot your fake ID, so someone's older sister gave you rootbeer schnapps and after the party you watched the sunrise drinking Constant Comment tea with the guy your friend wanted. I wore this once in high school and the boy who never noticed me asked my name, and the skirt I'd worn all year got measured with a ruler twice. I need to give this at least fifteen minutes on my skin before it really starts to shine as it can smell a little chemical/synthetic and aggressive upon immediate application for me. I’m going to have some fun experimenting and layering this with other fragrances which I love doing these days. My Tabu cologne in the violin shaped bottle is DIVINE in the cold. It's not as appealing as my favorite, Chanel No 5, but I definitely don't mind it and will wear it sometimes. it smells very current, or at least current in a 1970's way! Make no mistake, this is no lightweight, but a couple of spritzes is plenty and this is a lovely smoky, slightly woody scent. Lasts on clothing until laundry day, and even after laundry day, you might still get a slight whiff of this if you sniff hard.
YT-Shavenonthedarkside The first day I wasn't sure, but then...
the next day I smelled it on my bathrobe and wow, I started craving it.
Fragrance collectors need to smell this just to show how complexity and quality can come with a small price tag. I see men who like deep fragrances with character loving this.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.For historical and collecting ratings, this is an easy 8/10.I blindbought a bottle after reading a lot of positive reviews.I was ready to try it because it was impossible to get a sample and the price is realy good.