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I was looking for a change from my usual perfume (Dune), and spotted Cabotine by Gres on offer at the duty free. I can't remember how much I paid for it and it's not that easy to get hold of but beauty.com has a 100 ml bottle for around the 21 pounds mark. The recommended retail price is 46 so this seems a pretty good price. Although Gres started as a French fashion house, the perfume side of the company is now based in Switzerland. Cabotine was launched in 1990. Since then there have been a series of Cabotine fragrances including Cabotine Bleu, Cabotine Delight and most recently Cabotine Eau Vivide. All have similar packaging. The bottle is quite chunky, really too big to go carry around in my handbag, and the top is supposed to look like a flower. Because it's green it reminds me more of piece of brocolli.
In terms of fragrance, it's light and floral and I would say definitely more of a summer perfume. Now that spring is in the air, my bottle is back on the shelf ready to be worn. Apparently Cabotine was the first perfume to use ginger lily which is a large petalled white flower from the Himilayas. It's a light but distinctive fragrance - predominantly floral but with a hint of underlying cedarwood. My nose isn't sufficiently well trained to pick out all the different components but the experts describe its heart notes as gingerlily with citrus, its top notes as blackcurrant and its base notes as sandalwood and musk. I think I may have misjudged this perfume as my main issue was its staying power; or rather lack of it. I did think it lingered that long. However just recently I've actually had a few compliments about the fragrance late on in the day and I've not reapplied it. So either I'm spraying it more liberally or I stop smelling it myself as the day wears on. That said, it's far from over powering so I have no worries about wearing it on a work day. There's nothing worse than being knocked out by someone's heady perfume in the office. Although it's a nice perfume for the summer, and I people seem to like it, I probably won't buy again. It was a nice for a change and perfectly pleasant but it didn't knock my socks off.
I ordered some of this from Direct Cosmetics on a whim, cos it was only £2.99 for a 15ml handbag spray, and I've never smelled it in my life, despite the fact that its a lot older than me.
I have to say I did have some preconceptions, that it was an old-lady scent, for example, and I don't normally like perfumes that I perceive to be "cheap"
The packaging was surprising - a lovely little white and green floral box, with Gilt lettering - very retro and very good quality for a sample size. For under three pounds, it would make a great bargain treat for somebody, as it looks really classy.
The bottle itself is also very cute, as you can see from the dooyoo image provided, but what really shocked me was the smell - zingy and fresh to begin with, because of the limey, ginger top-notes, but after about twenty minutes it had mellowed into a sensual musky warm scent, which I can only describe as kind of "glowing" - the perfume contains sandalwood, a classic base, and this is the dominant element in the mix.
I have now bought another bottle, as I have received many compliments since wearing this - women in particular are often surprised when they find out what it is, as they, like me, thought it was strictly for the "text silk" age group, if you get my meaning ;)
I recommend anyone tries this - its so unusual people will comment whenever you wear it.
Wearing Cabotine is like belonging to a secret society. Very few know about it, and those that do guard it closely. (Sorry to pull the plug ladies!) Part of its appeal lies in the fact that you have to discover it (it isnit advertised in glossy magazines). It's not one of those fragrances that you buy for the name and prestige (like Chanel); you buy it simply for the reason that it smells divine. I discovered Cabotine when I was about 11 years old. I was obsessed with fragrances during me pre and early teen years; those pretty bottles held so much promise for me at that age. I tried everything from the celebrated and best selling to the most obscure and unusual perfumes. The square bottle with the green leafy stopper (designed by Thierry Le Coule) intrigued me. I fell in love with the fragrance instantly. Ten years later I still have a bottle of it on my dressing table; it's a fragrance that I shall always remain faithful to. Launched in 1990 by Parfums Gres (owned by Escada Beauty), Caboitine is a French word that roughly translates into "show-off". Cabotine has been described in so many different ways: fresh, green, fruity, floral, warm, dry, spicy, mossy... it covers practically every fragrance family out there. It contains notes of peach, coriander, carnation, vetiver, cedar, amber, citrus, ginger lily, sandalwood, mandarin, ylang-ylang, musk, lily of the valley, vanilla-jasmine, and orris to name a few (the list goes on and on). The beauty of Cabotine is that it is so distinctive; there is no other perfume out there that you can compare it to and despite the list of ingredients I provided, you couldn't single any of them out. My own take on it is that it is sharp, flowery, elegant and fresh. Cabotine isn't at all overpowering, so it can be worn as an everyday fragrance. It's incredibly feminine and men love it! (I've lost track of the amount of compliments I've received over the years.) It's
the kind of perfume that I imagined Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly would have worn (it's better than L'Interdit or Creed). I've also invested in the body lotion and shower gel and am always on the lookout for new bath products as layering the products makes it smell even more divine. I urge you to go to your nearest fragrance counter and experience it for yourself.
I first had a bottle of this perfume when I was 17, so smelling it now immediately takes me back to the good old bad days of fake ID pub trauma, snakebite and black and being so pissed I couldn't see. The smell is difficult to describe, buts its very fresh and summery and reminds you of running through cut grass as a child. Not too sweet like Angel or Tresor, or too heavy like Obsession and Dune. If you like Narcisse by Chloe then you'll probably like this too. When I was bored of my grown up lady, D&G and Gucci perfumes a few months ago, I decided to try and get a bottle of Cabotine. No mean feat - its pretty much discontinued. However, many of the online shops seem to have some in stock and I found a bottle for £5 at Beauty Base, a shop in Whiteley Shopping Centre in Bayswater, recently. This shop is fantastic for bargains on new and old perfumes - and the online service is soo fast you can order a new pong Wednesday night and have it delivered to work by Friday morning ready for the 4.30 womens loos freshening up ritual in time for the pub.
This one of my favorite fragrances of all time. The smell is totally like no other on this planet. It flowery, citrusy and spicey all rolled into one. The smell lasts all day and you will have people admiring the smell where ever you go. The bottle has a green cap that resembles a bunch of flowers and that looks great on my dressing table. On the down side, this is got to be one of the hardest perfumes to find in stock, because it is still fairly unusual hardly any shops stock it, I have been lucky and found it in Makro cash and carry! It costs about £25 per 50ml bottle which is about average. My one problem with it is that I can't were it if my hay fever is bad because it just aggitates my hay fever even more.
Launched in 1990, this feminine scent has a blend of ginger lilly, citrus, rich florals, sandalwood, musk and blackcurrant. It is suitable for evening wear.