After yesterday’s grown up lady perfume, I decided I wanted something lighter and more playful as a contrast today. Cabotine, from Parfums Gres, Paris, is an affordable classic if you like green notes. Created on a budget and with quiet publicity, it’s been a steady seller since it’s creation in 1990.
Despite its “Broccoli” lid, Gres Cabotine is fresh and almost bitter on first spray, but the drydown happens quickly. Its USP is the use of ginger lily. Unfortunately, this rare flower only blooms for a few weeks each year so continuous production would have been a problem. However, once a satisfactory synthetic substitute had been found, Cabotine was away and running.
The gingery note is barely perceptible but enough to stop this from being a plain common or garden “green” scent. What I get is carnation with the faintest of floral spice, but softened into something wearable and clean scented. A hint of soap, a big bunch of carnations, a pinch of ginger lily and a lasting, floral, green fragrance…that’s Cabotine.
Luca Turin might hate it, but I don’t.
Cabotine is available from our friends at allbeauty.com right here and is jolly good value!