Tabac Blond strikes chaos by combining the dark, smoky accents of a typically masculine leather note with a powdery carnation, sensual and infinitely feminine. Marvellously ambiguous, this pairing oscillates between the powerful scent of skin and the softness of a flower, without ever settling on just one. This accord plays the central role in a fragrance that shakes up all norms.
Mysterious, abstract, and a thousand leagues from the fragrances of its era, this composition by Ernest Daltroff shoves conventions aside. Leather shouts at maximum volume with the patchwork of woody and smoky notes that give it breathtaking potency. Virginia cedarwood essence comes first, clocking in at 20% of the formula (a dizzyingly high proportion). Next, the earthy accents of vetiver and patchouli, amplified by the smoky effects of cistus labdanum and vulcanised styrax essence. This very dark assemblage produces a radical contrast with the floral heart: a rich bouquet of rose and ylang-ylang, where the naturally spicy notes of carnation are accentuated by clove. Melding in a scent so intense, deep, and carnal as to be completely decadent, these antagonistic notes compose a fragrance of a whole new genre. The creation is revolutionary, as much today as it was originally.
This Tabac Blond is a legend, a scent of pure transgression!
A legend isn’t born, it’s made. Although... as an avant-garde fragrance inspired by a vision, Tabac Blond was carrying the seed of a masterpiece from the very start. The year was 1919. Society had been devastated by four years of war. Women, who took over for the men who had left for the front, got an unprecedented taste of freedom. For them, it was a revelation. As pioneers of gender equality, the “flappers” went about in trousers, worked outside the home, drove cars, and smoked cigarettes. Ernest Daltroff was inspired by these new attitudes, he dreamed up a deliberately provocative fragrance centring on the “blonde” tobacco favoured by those beautiful tomboys. The first leather-dominated fragrance in history turned out to be too innovative for the men it was designed for, but women weren’t so shy: they flocked to it, making it an emblem of their emancipation. A monument in modern perfumery, Tabac Blond smells of freedom and sharing. And it preceded gender fluidity “only” by a century.
DID YOU KNOW?
In more ways than one, Tabac Blond was a trendsetter. Its predominantly leathery sillage – unprecedented at the time – did nothing less than rise to a new fragrance family: the “leathers”. But here at Caron, we call it the “tobacco” family, in tribute to this pioneering creation.
Around LEATHER: Leather | CistusLlabdanum | Haitian Vetiver Oil | Vulcanised Styrax Essence | Indonesian Patchouli Essence | Virginia Cedarwood Essence (20%)
Around CARNATION: Carnation | Comorian Ylang-Ylang Essence | Turkish Rose Essence | Galbanum Essence | Clove Essence
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INGREDIENTS (COCTAB): ALCOHOL DENAT.. PARFUM. AQUA. TRIETHYL CITRATE. FERULA KOKANICA RESIN OIL. ALPHA-ISOMETHYL IONONE. EUGENOL. CINNAMYL ALCOHOL. LINALOOL. LIMONENE. BENZYL SALICYLATE. BENZYL BENZOATE. BENZYL ALCOHOL. BENZYL CINNAMATE. COUMARIN. GERANIOL. CITRONELLOL. EVERNIA PRUNASTRI EXTRACT. CINNAMAL. ISOEUGENOL. CITRAL. FARNESOL. 72% Vol.