Saturday, February 16, 2013

Cabaret Homme

I don't wear Cabaret Homme very often, but I love it.   It's a semi-powerhouse aromatic fougere that straddles both the Seventies and the Eighties in terms of style.   I call it a "semi-powerhouse" because although it's strong and super masculine, it has a bit of refinement that separates it from ballsack fragrances like Brut and Kouros.

The powerful 80's Drakkar Noir-styled opening will make you want to grow a mullet.   Basil, juniper and lavender are three scents I enjoy a lot, and the first fifteen minutes are loaded with it.   You'll think you're wearing a fresher, more transparent knockoff of Drakkar Noir, which is always a good thing in my book.   Its transparency distinguishes it from a lot of powerscents.

It doesn't take long, however, for Cabaret Homme to shift gears in a major way, and within a half hour it becomes something completely different.   There doesn't seem to be much of a middle stage, and it kicks right into the drydown.   The drydown is awesome - it's a fat, hairy musk-driven scent that stays aromatic and macho, thanks to long lasting herbal and spicy notes like clove, patchouli and wormwood.   In this respect, it reminds me of the great 70's classic Azzaro Pour Homme. Cabaret Homme should be a model for perfumers on how to use synthetic musk correctly in a fragrance.   White musk's tendency to smell like laundry detergent is completely obscured here, thanks to the masterful way in which it's blended with aromatic notes.   It's completely masculine in every way, but it also has a subtle fruity essence (probably from pineapple) that manages to give an air of sophistication to the overall scent and prevent it from being a full-bore power bomb.

Sillage is strong but not aggressive, and longevity is excellent at about ten hours.  Cabaret Homme is a superb fragrance that should please fans of powerscents and herbal colognes equally.

MY RATING: 8.5/10
Fragrance House: Gres


  1. Good to see this one reviewed, I love this fragrance and, again, you've nailed it mate! The transparency aspect is what sets it aside from other frags of the same genre. It has a freshness which stops it being heavy or cloying and, like Azzaro PH it is best when sprayed quite heavily but under clothing so its sillage can be smelled from a distance. Up close it can be quite fizzy and harsh but the aura it creates is outstanding. Thanks shamu.

  2. Oh, while I'm thinking about it, on the subject of fragrances with similarities to Drakkar Noir, you may want to try La Perla Grigioperla if you get a chance. I sampled this a while ago and dismissed it due to its similarity to Lomani PH and Caesars Man. However, I picked up a really cheap bottle on eBay and after wearing it all day it is actually worth owning alongside the aforementioned frags. It has a Drakkar-esque vibe but the musk / floral overtones give it an oriental twist which sets it apart form the others. Good longevity and sillage add to its appeal - good stuff.

    1. Yes, Grigio Perla is one I've been wanting to try for a while now, but haven't pulled the trigger on it for some reason. I think it's been dc'ed, as I've noticed the prices on it getting higher.