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The first time I ever got the sweet scent of this wonderful perfume is when my aunt received it as a present! And ever since, it's one of those things that I always want to have with me...
Although it's hard to get your hands on this perfume (for those in the UK especially), its exotic smell will certainly keep you hunting for it!
Tribu boasts a rich and full feeling smell...and its fragrance is based on a mix of sandalwood, jasmin and mandarin.
The packaging is not too exciting, and could do much much better as I feel that it really needs to reflect the beautiful smell of Tribu... The bottle however is apparently inspired by the shape of an egg and a testube...not sure why though-
Tribu also features a mix from black currant, rose, geranium, ylang-ylang vetiver, oakmoss and cedarwood.
Oliviero Toscani is the creator behind the Tribu line which was revealed in 1993 if I am not mistaken...
All in all, this perfume is a definite must have and I just love the fulfilling fragrance-It's very strong and long lasting too!
This is a delightful fragrance in my opinion, from Benetton, launched in 1993, and, as I remember an impossible one to get hold of in the UK around that time.
It falls in the floral group, and although I am not a lover of the florals, this one I do like.
As you may know, Benetton is an italian clothing company. It was founded in 1965. It's first store outside of Italy was opened in the late 60s in Paris, quickly followed by New York, then Tokyo. From those early days, Benetton has grown enormously, and now has a definite global presence with over 5000 stores in at least 120 countries.
The perfumer associated with this Benetton fragrance is Bernard Ellena, whose brother is also a perfumer, as was his father.
The packaging for this fragrance is not a crowd puller. It is grey in colour and I feel lets what sits within down. I don't think the same can be said for the bottle however. Although this looks like opaque glass, it is infact plastic, but this makes it warmer and softer in handling. It is shaped like a simple cloaked figure, and I gather the inspiration for the design was a totem pole, the Eiffel Tower, and a test tube. This seems a strange combination, but the tribal influence makes scents (excuse the pun there) considering the fruit, floral, and 'earthy' content of this fragrance. If you strip away the bottle's cloak in your mind, you also get a shape not unlike the outline of the Eiffel Tower. As for the test tube? The rich bungundy skirt and head and the overall golden colour suit the smell.
At first spray, the richness of blackcurrant is unmistakable, and the smell is warm and quite dark with a woody/mossy undertone detected. You can pick up on sandalwood under the fruity opening. The top notes are blackcurrant, violet leaf and mandarin. As the heart of the fragrance develops some of the initial blackcurrant dies away, but you can still detect it for a while, and the smell changes to a shallower floral one, and less sweet. The middle/heart notes are Rose, Geranium, Jasmine, Ylang-ylang and Chamomile. At the base there is Oakmoss, Sandalwood, Tai Benzoin, and Vetiver.
The fragrance is beautifully layered, but the transmission between these is smooth, and soft. After the dark top notes, the fragrance mellows, but retains a richness like crushed velvet. It is sensual, mysterious, and warm, then lifting.
This is not an overwhelming fragrance. Nor is Tribu overpowering, but it is somewhat secretive.
I love it for it's fruity opening, floral middle and woody base, and how the many ingredients work so well together.
I find this fragrance best suited to day wear, and I think it suits any season. It lasts around six hours on me.
It is available in 30ml, 50ml and 100ml size eau de toilette only, and can be bought through Amazon.
I purchased my last bottle(s) from Duty Free Perfume at a very keen price. However, I think this fragrance has been discontinued, and restocking is becoming more expensive.
I would recommend this fruity, floral little number to try before it is gone!