Saturday, February 16, 2013
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