Exuberant, witty, perhaps even a little ostentatious; Dana Classic’s timeless Tabu fragrance is a multi-faceted aroma that exudes sultry attitude, with just a hint of seductive earthiness. Tabu is not for the floral-seeking feminist who wants to add a little ‘flower-power’ to her day. It’s a statement fragrance. One that announces your arrival before you enter a room and one that will linger upon your departure – as dramatic a personality, as the woman who dares to wear it.
That’s not to say that Dana’s Tabu isn’t feminine. In fact, the dusky soul-notes of oakmoss and patchouli are often thought to be surprisingly subtle, as the waft of jasmine and orange flower first arouse the senses. The smoky woody basenotes (created from a blend of musk and amber) add a slightly masculine element to the scent – which itself is classified within the ‘Orientals’ of perfumery. Sandalwood adds that spicy kick, off-setting the sensuous undertones of cedar and musk – as beautifully exotic and mysterious, as Jean Carles first intended back in 1932. Indeed, if myth be true and Carles was instructed to build a perfume for a morally loose woman, he clearly did so upon his own interpretations of the glamorous French ‘demi-monde’. Demure, yet thought-provoking; beautiful, yet charismatic. The heady scent encapsulates everything a glamorous woman of the 1930’s ought to be, yet hinting at a concealed ardour and passion that are integral to her mystery.
Tabu’s personality is such, that many women’s opinions contradict. While some find the musky, woody scent to be instantly noticeable; others find that the floral high notes are by far more ambient. Differing opinion seems to stem from the diverse age-range of Tabu’s fan base. Maturer ladies, whom perhaps nostalgically recall Tabu’s release upon a far less impacted market, are inclined to notice the deeper, more sensual base notes because they hark to a period when women were far less opinionated, and far more showy.
The 1930’s were a time within which men ultimately had the high-ground, both within business and in social realms. Women relied upon glamor, expression and styling to both define themselves, and to some degree, communicate their personality to the opposite sex – so it made sense, that a combination of musk and floral base notes complimented one another, and expressed an edginess that contradicted the pretty exterior. For that reason, Dana’s Tabu defines an era for many of its long-term fans.
Younger enthusiasts, and those whom have never worn a Dana Classics fragrance, are often surprised at how slowly the scent unravels. They are also more likely to notice the citrus and floral top notes that define its feminine allure, because they are accustomed to the omni-present chypres on the market (which to all intents and purposes, tend to be indistinguishable from one another.) Full of vivacity, warmth and spice, Dana Classic’s Tabu embraces the unisex divide, as the girlie, floral notes eventually make way for a musky, second-skin fragrance. This is definitely one that won’t dissipate through the course of the day!
Tabu, one of the debuting fragrances for the ‘House of Dana’ has long held a reputation as a signature scent, not least because of the infamous vintage ‘violin’ bottle of the 1930’s. Such stark curvature of the design instantly attracted the eye of women who adored the kind of Art-Nouveau trinkets, befitting of an elegant dressing table. The nostalgic among Tabu fans will be pleased to learn that Dana still produce the fragrance with the trademark bottle, as the ‘Tabu Classic’. Keen not to alienate their younger audience, Dana have also refined the design of their modern Tabu Pure Spray Cologne – now an elegantly curved pear-shape, and ideal for the modern woman’s perfume cabinet. Tabu – still a fragrance with multiple personalities!