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Teo Cabanel Buying Guide

I was lucky enough to recently win a giveaway organized by the house of Teo Cabanel in which I got to choose a fragrance of my choice as the giveaway prize. Since I wasn’t familiar with their fragrances up to that point, the team was kind enough to send me a sample package before making a decision. The set included seven samples: Tres French, Randez Vous, Et Voila, Oh La La, Ca Boum, Ja Ne Sais Quoi and Cafe Cabanel.
For those of you not familiar with this house, it is a French perfume house now managed by Caroline Ilacqua who working with their in-house perfumer Jean-François Latty developed a new approach to creating fragrances using the original 150 perfume formulas she inherited. Some fragrances were also made in collaboration with perfumers such as Cecile Zarokian, Patrice Revillard and Marie Schnirer.

Now, onto the fragrances, I was able to smell. I have to start by saying that the quality of the ingredients and blending is exceptional and it shines in the delicate nature of different layers as the notes reveal themselves throughout the life of these perfumes.

Tres French – Comes across as fresh, clean, and floral. It is centred around the recognizable note of lily of the valley but there is nothing dated about it. It is done beautifully and in a modern way, still very elegant and French. Peony and juicy pear in the opening are balanced by an almost green nuance. Very spring and summer for me. As it dries down it becomes softer with the base of florals, musk and woods. If you love classic beauty, clean, elegant, feminine leaning fragrances, this is the one for you.

Randez Vous – This is a powdery floral that on the first spray reminded me of something but at the same time smelled very unique. The opening is very uplifting with a powdery, sweet and bright mimosa. I was excited for the almond note but unfortunately couldn’t smell it, or at least not in the traditional sense I am used to smelling it in other fragrances. The mimosa quickly lost the battle to jasmin and orange blossom, and these two notes became the most prominent on my skin. It still remained bright and uplifting, there was nothing indolic or heady about the floral notes, they were done beautifully and lingered on until the dry down which brought a more musky accord. This is the one for mimosa and white floral lovers.


Et Voila – Is the ultilate “clean laundry” scent. This could possibly be the best one I have smelled in this category and is the type of the scent that people will compliment you on not necessarily because they like your fragrance but because you simply smell good. It is essentially a modern aldehydic fragrance with powdery heliotrope and very nicely implemented creamy sandalwood that adds a warm and smooth touch. There is definitely some musk in here as well and comes across as clean and fluffy. This is the one to wear when you want to smell good but don’t want to wear a perfume.

Oh La La – This is another favorite of mine. This one is warm, cozy and woody. Sandalwood is the most prominent note on my skin but there is nothing sharp about it; it is the creamiest and warmest sandalwood accord that I have come across. Dusty hazelnut and iris contribute to that comforting feeling that envelops me every time I spray this on. Despite hazelnut, I don’t find this gourmand but I do find it perfect for a cozy night in. This is the one for lovers of sandalwood and soft, comforting scents. This is also the one to be tested on the skin since my experience has been that I found it just “nice” on the tester strip but once sprayed on the skin I thought it was amazing.

Ca Boum – A powdery, floral vanilla with a salty touch. The salt accord in this one is quite controversial. I personally didn’t get any salt in the way I am used to that note being used in perfumery. On my skin it translated to a feeling of dusty, dry beach sand and that is the best way I have to describe it. It wasn’t a scent for me it was a sensation. What I got in terms of scent was a floral, airy vanilla and white lily combination. It is light and easy to wear but this one is another one to test on the skin because I generally find the salt note to react differently with different body chemistries and can easily make or break the fragrance. This is the one for those of you who love light, airy beachy vanillas.


Je Ne Sais Quoi – This was mind blowing. A gourmand without vanilla. Sweet, smooth and savory. Perfectly balanced. In the opening there is the most realistic note of warm, steamed rice mixing with something nutty that reminded me of roasted almonds. It was very comforting and definitely gourmand but not in a sweet way, simply in a “reminiscent of food” way. Don’t get me wrong, there is sweetness to it, but it feels natural, this is not a sugar bomb, this is a very balanced sweet and savory experience. The savory facets that I mention as well as a slight green, herbal notes must be coming from matcha and mate while the dry down bring more of a soft, smooth l, woody elements to the composition. With everything said, this is still extremely wearable and could easily be an everyday scent. This is a must try for anyone open to trying something new and unique.

Cafe Cabanel – This is my current fall favorite. Opening of fresh, dark roasted coffee beans is sweetened by caramel and milk and some warm spices. Cinnamon is the most prominent to my nose in this phase. Later stages create a more buttery, smooth experience where you can almost feel the texture of the fragrance instead of just smelling it. It has warmth and depth to it and it makes a perfect autumn choice.  It envelopes you in a warm, sweet, and smooth aura that still manages to be elegant.  This is the one for fall lovers, for all of us who love camel coats and rust red sweaters, and warm, deep, smooth fragrances.


When it comes to a scent profile, personal preferences will always play a big role in choosing the fragrance and I truly hope you find this guide helpful because the quality of ingredients and the mastership of blending the same in a very innovative and unique way makes them worth exploring further.

All of the fragrances mentioned in this article are available in several sizes on the brand’s website as is a full sample set.



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Diptyque Eau Duelle EDT

Diptyque Eau Duelle EDT was launched in 2010 but it remains modern and wearable today. This unique composition of notes of vanilla, elemi, cardamom, juniper, pink pepper, olibanum, tea, ambergris, bergamot, saffron and musk showcases different and unique aspects of the notes in its composition. It is many different things in one and masterfully blended. It manages to be light and have depth at the same time, fresh and warm, airy and deep. It is a vanilla I am not used to. I usually like my vanillas rich, thick, sweet, syrupy and this is nothing  like that. This is also exactly the reason I reach for it the most; it is easy and not overpowering but it is certainly unique and not a safe blind buy. It has a distinct green character to it that you have to like in order to fully appreciate this fragrance. It starts off fresh and green and quickly settles into an airy, cozy, enveloping vanilla that stays closer to the skin. I find the longevity to be average but keep in mind this is the review for the EDT formulation. This scent is available as an EDP as well but I haven’t had the chance to try that version. Overall, I do think this is worth seeking out if you enjoy green aspects to your fragrances and arein the market for a not-gourmand vanilla that is versatile, unisex and appropriate for many different occasions.

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YSL Black Opium Extreme

The newest flanker of Black Opium features top notes of Coffee and Cacao; middle notes are Jasmine Sambac and Orange Blossom; base notes are Bourbon Vanilla and Patchouli.

I have and love the original Black Opium. I also have and love Black Opium Nuit Blanche. So, naturally, when I saw the newest flanker I knew I had to try it. That being said it would be very hard to review this perfume without comparing it to previous releases. I also feel that most people will be familiar with the scent of the original so I do find the best way to describe this scent is the comparison method. This release is very similar to the original in a sense that it has the unmistakable DNA of its predecessor. It is still Black Opium in its heart but this is a little richer, darker, deeper and a little less sweet. You really get the coffee note in the opening and the cacao here is slightly reminiscent of chocolate giving it a cozy, warm, autumn feel. It is beautifully done. If you didn’t get any coffee in the original version, the chances are you will find it here! The middle notes of white florals are not as pronounced as they are in the original but are still definitely there. Vanilla and patchouli in the base sweeten and ground the composition as it settles down. The entire composition is warm, sweet, seductive and balanced. Is it a safe blind buy? Yes if you are familiar with this scent profile and you usually enjoy it. Is it a safe blind buy if you didn’t like the OG? I wouldn’t say so, but it is worth a try. You might find yourself liking this version more if you found the original too sweet and straightforward. When it comes to the longevity and projection, they are moderate, as they are with the OG, I didn’t notice any improvement with this release in tha area.

Overall, I do feel that this is an improved and more balanced version of the original Black Opium and possibly my favorite flanker to date.

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Gucci Memoire d’une Odeur

Thinking of soothing and relaxing fragrances after purchasing Elie Tahari EDP last week, this one came to mind as well. Gucci Memoire d’une Odeur is the one I haven’t been using as much as I thought I would but I can’t deny that it is a lovely perfume. Maybe not for everybody’s taste as it has received a lot of hate in fragrance community and maybe not signature scent worthy because it doesn’t have that oomph that would make it stand out in that sense but it certainly is unique and it is something I would reach for in stressful times.
To me, this is mostly soft, aromatic and powdery chamomile. Like smelling dry, slightly crushed and dusty chamomile flowers just before you make the tea. There are touches of bitter almond and translucent musk to it as well. It is light and inoffensive with a clean, out if the shower quality to it. There is jasmine in the notes although I personally don’t find it to be a prominent note, or at least not in the traditional sense the flower is normally used in perfumery. The dry down brings out the sandalwood, cedar and musk is still very much present. I don’t get the vanilla. I must say that I do like the opening better than the dry down because I find it more interesting and unique with the herbal, dusty chamomile. This is something I would wear at home after five pm, on a day off with a tea in my hand, or for a peaceful stroll in the nature. I see it as perfect for this because it is soft, it stays close to the skin and it has a very relaxing, comforting air about it. Although I find it inoffensive I still think this is not a safe blind buy and I would test before committing to a full bottle.



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Sinbad Lubin (Rose series)

When i heard about this fragrance i thought it would be adventurous, but also i remember a story (can’t remember exactly) where he washed his hands with water and it smelled like rose with orange. Also how much he loves incense etc. So when i smelled, it reminded me of this story.


This is a Fresh, Rose , Cinnamon, sandalwood and Orange fragrance.

This scent will make you change your mood to happy.


Its start with citrusy fresh with good rose and a little spicy.

Few minutes in the Rose get very easily recognised with orange and cinnamon with touch of sandalwood along with a little hint smoky vibe with good orange with a some vanilla.


But after 45 mins you will smell more Fresh, Rose , Cinnamon, sandalwood and Orange


The main player are if i had to pick is Rose, Orange and Sandalwood.


This fragrance tell a story.


Good performance with moderate projection but i find this very unique.

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Signature Rose by zaharoff

𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙧𝙤𝙨𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙖 𝙧𝙤𝙨𝙚 , 

𝘼𝙣𝙙 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙖𝙡𝙬𝙖𝙮𝙨 𝙖 𝙧𝙤𝙨𝙚.

𝘽𝙪𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙤𝙧𝙮 𝙣𝙤𝙬 𝙜𝙤𝙚𝙨

𝙏𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙖𝙥𝙥𝙡𝙚’𝙨 𝙖 𝙧𝙤𝙨𝙚, 𝘼𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙥𝙚𝙖𝙧 𝙞𝙨, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙨𝙤’𝙨

𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙥𝙡𝙪𝙢, 𝙄 𝙨𝙪𝙥𝙥𝙤𝙨𝙚.

𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙙𝙚𝙖𝙧 𝙤𝙣𝙡𝙮 𝙠𝙣𝙤𝙬𝙨

𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙣𝙚𝙭𝙩 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙫𝙚 𝙖 𝙧𝙤𝙨𝙚.

𝙔𝙤𝙪, 𝙤𝙛 𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙨𝙚, 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙖 𝙧𝙤𝙨𝙚 – 𝘽𝙪𝙩 𝙬𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙖𝙡𝙬𝙖𝙮𝙨 𝙖 𝙧𝙤𝙨𝙚.


𝙍𝙤𝙗𝙚𝙧𝙩 𝙁𝙧𝙤𝙨𝙩




This is a rose scent by @worldofzaharoff


This is beautiful Fresh and uplifting Rose scent

Starts heavy but very uplifting Rose with touch of amber and spice, then slowly pushes more Amber with a bit of jasmine.

If you feel this is great, your wrong. great is yet to come when the base start pushing in, the hit of spicy with wood backing, you can sense it but the rose will take over without question along with the fresh and spicy vibe as well.


The place you need to be looking for, to see the beauty of this is after 15-20 mins.


You will notice the full strength of the rose mixed with amber, sandalwood, that frankincense and myrrh give to the scent profile a very good distinction.


This is a good start into roses, given the audience this can do some damage (in a good way)


In my opinion it is a heavy Rose, Amber, woody and yet fresh spicy scent.


It is a unisex fragrance, but i feel it inclines a little towards ladies.

But can be pulled of by a man.

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L’interdit Rouge – A stunning scent and bottle

As an unconditional fan of the l’interdit line I couldn’t be more excited about this new release.

A very sophisticated floral, woody and slightly amber scent. The opening is very spicy and slightly citrus.

After the drydown it becomes very dense, sweet and bold. The patchouli and woody notes are quite intense.

The tuberose note is the same in all L’interdit line, so if you like them you will probabily like this one. I think it’s closer to l’interdit Intense, they both have a dark and mysterious side.

I loved it from the first spray, it was my best blind buy, for now. (But I don’t recommend it, testing is the right thing to do)

I will use and abuse it during fall and winter days although I’ve tested during a summer day and loved it. Just 3 sprays and it was enough to last all day. I think it might be suitable for a cold summer or spring night as well.

The performance is amazing, lasts all day long and the sillage is enormous.

Another fantastic creation.



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Rasasi Hawas

𝘠𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳,
𝘛𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘴,
𝘞𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘴 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴,
𝘈𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘵𝘴,
𝘏𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘳,
𝘊𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘺.
𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘢𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧, 𝘪𝘴 𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘢𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶.

What fragrance do you love so much and it doesn’t break your bank?

For me ⬇️

@rasasigcc Hawas it usually said that its a clone of invictus aqua but for what i know it came before invictus aqua. So its the other way around.

This is a fresh, clean, aquatic, bubblegum fragrance. Also its a linear scent so the start and end smells the same. It has a very 12hrs longevity with a room filling projection mean strong. Also very versatile scent can be your office (i wont but you can), gym, beach or date. Its a fantastic scent for the price. A must have in your collection.

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Aerin Hibiscus Palm

The perfect mix between white flowers and coconut milk
The opening is a little spicy due to notes of palm leaf and ginger, but the tropical part makes it sweet and creamy.
It doesn’t become intoxicating as there is a constant fresh and green side. When applied generously it doesn’t get cloying and increases performance.
I find it more suitable for summer and perfect for hot days. I would take this fragrance with me for a beach / pool vacation or even to the countryside.
The sillage is good for the first hour then it starts to lose some projection but it lasts all day.

One of my summer favorites.

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Nishane Hundred Silent Ways

Nishane Hundred Silent Ways was launched in 2016 but it is fairly new to my collection. It is marketed as a unisex fragrance that to me personally leans slightly feminine although I wouldn’t mind smelling it on a man either. In the opening there is a beautiful combination of ripe peach and subtle but rich tuberose flowers. As the gardenia and jasmine emerge in the heart, the fragrance develops a creamy dimension with the orris giving it a slightly powdery touch. The orris, however takes a back seat in this composition on my skin, and the overall feel is smooth and creamy, not powdery. Creamy white florals supported by warm, sumptuous and slightly smoky vanilla are the star of the show. It is a delicate fragrance with a backbone, exquisitely blended with every note working in synergy and bringing this composition to a completely different level than other ones in this category. It comes as a extrait de parfum and the performance justifies the price, high quality with the intoxicating trail and 10+ hours of longevity. This is everything I want in a perfume.

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