(vintage cabaret photo, Richard Avedon)
Perfumer Michel Almairac
Transparent, woody rose. I’ve seen Cabaret described this way a number of times. I’ll take the transparent, and even though I can’t really describe how a fragrance is transparent, Cabaret is. I do smell a boozy rose, particularly at the opening. But overall, Cabaret smells of incense, lily of the valley and musk. These notes bounce off each other and form some interesting combinations as they evolve. Green apple candy? Badgely Mischka-style fruity floral?
The early drydown (a fairly long stretch) smells of lily of the valley and fruity musk. Later in the drydown, the tone is a cool cedar-like, incensy musk. This last bit stays close to the skin but lasts the length of the day.
Again, I have trouble with the word transparent here, as I can’t really nail down what I mean. But here’s a point of comparison: Sarah Jessica Parker’s Lovely, similarly a musky, woody floral is blunt and gooey, whereas Cabaret feels coated in a glossy clear varnish. This lacquer seems to temper the rest of the perfume similar to the way aldehydes modify a floral. However it’s done, the effect is lasting and lovely.