Hidden away on the official Creed fragrances site (that rarely shows up on a Google or any other kind of search for some reason-thanks to reader Sam for pointing it out) is the full line of Creed fragrances for men. Creed's scents are true perfumes rather than colognes and last the entire day on the skin. They are the only brand I have found with that kind of longevity other than the somewhat eccentric Ormonde Man.
Anyway, there on the Creed site for the first time in a decade can be found a few reasonably sized bottles of the original Vintage Tabarome, now called Private Collection Tabarome for no obvious reason. Reasonably sized is important as since 1999 the scent has been available only in 8.4 ounce flacons and that is more than a man would reasonably use over the course of a long and productive life.
Vintage Tabarome was reformulated in 1999 into a different scent named Tabarome Millesime that smells of ginger and tobacco over sandalwood and vetiver. I wear it from time to time in cool weather but the new has deservedly been received somewhat less enthusiastically by fragrance professionals than the original.
First made for an English king in 1875, Vintage/Private Collection Tabarome on the other hand receives a five star rating from most of its reviewers. The scent is powerful and masculine, with bergamot and citrus on a sandalwood and ambergris base. Unfortunately, according to the company, Private Collection Tabarome will no longer be produced as the ingredients have become too difficult to source.
And so, 1.7 ounces of the remaining stock is $405.00 in an OK-to-carry-on configuration. And small samples are available for about $12 from The Perfumed Court. Of course, in the week or two that it takes for a sample to arrive useable sizes of the stuff may be sold out.
Monday, March 1, 2010