Tabu by Dana
is a women's fragrance created by Jean Carles
(1892-1966), a legend in the perfumery
industry.Tabu's reputation as "the Genghis Khan" of orientals (Luca Turin) is well deserved. Carles used an exceptionally high dose of patchouli (10%), which he combined with clove (carnation), oak moss and benzoin (vanilla effect). Other notes include Bergamot, Neroli, Orange, Coriander, Narcissus, Clover, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Cedar, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Civet, Amber, Musk. Supposedly Dana told Carles to "make a perfume a prostitute would wear." It was one of the first "oriental" scents created in the perfume world and one of the heaviest. It was the inspiration for the later orientals, Tuvara (1948) and Youth Dew (1951).