At different times I get different notes, maybe depending on how active I am. This fragrance is a trip to memory lane since it was the perfume my grandfather used to wear.Today is a rich smoky incense aroma with wafts of spice. He was a very stylish man and oh boy he loved his cigars and his Tabu!Warm oriental base includes amber, resins, civet and precious woods – sandal and patchouli.I went to the fragrance shops this weekend to test Tabu to see if this is really unisex...I was intrigued by the lady of the night mythology behind this scent and had to add it to my collection. If I want a longer lasting root beer experience I will reach for my signature Youth Dew anyway.Other reviewers have mentioned it seems to be missing it's original oakmossy patchouli base, so I have decided tomorrow to layer it with patchouli oil and Aromatics Elixir body cream and see if that fills the gap. Update: My co-worker loves old school sexy oriental juice.
Found a gift set of Tabu with body wash and lotion for only .95!!! The next day she smelled outstanding, it wears sinfully on her and lasted the entire work day.Ted Lapidus has a honey sweetness; whereas, this one has a root beer (as noted in other reviews) type of sweetness.It smells like an ambery "root beer-isk" musk that is slightly dirty in a weird sexual way LOL.I have a small vintage bottle that I got in one of those old drugstores. Whatever the case, this is very good on my skin now and I like it a lot. It reminds me slightly of Lagerfeld Classic but is more spicy and animalic and also pretty much lacks the tobacco aspect that Lagerfeld has. I went ahead and bought a bottle - on Amazon, why not? Honestly for what some may see as a "budget fragrance," this is quite nice, and imho does not smell "cheap"....I wear it sometimes to remember my grandfather and always makes me a bit teary eyed when I wear it around the house. From Tabu I get a sort of moist and warm amber, spices, sweetness, an incense kind of accord, a dry and woody vetiver, mixed florals and finally, a cassis type of a slightly pissy smell. I got into vintages after exhausting the gourmand genre (haha) and I tried Youth Dew prematurely.... It's sweeter than YD, but still too musky and old/generic. The first time I put it on it was too sweet, and reminded me of toilet bowl cleaner. Then, a week later I retrieved it from the bin and gave it one more try. One spray only, but after the drydown it's quite nice. I only get a compliment when someone gets near, or close to me. After all, the same nose that created this, Jean Charles, also created Miss Dior, back in 1947.