This is a redo of an old review I wrote about Cabaret by Parfums Grès. Some years ago I found a bottle for less than $20, bought it, wore it and ended up highly unimpressed. I thought Cabaret was too simple, too soapy, quite boring and it just didn't ring my bell. I'm a bit rose-shy, which probably played a big part in this. I've always maintained a strong feeling that Parfums Grès should have stopped with Cabochard and fought to the death to keep the formula in all its original glory. Despite all of that, I somehow managed to use nearly the entire 1.7 oz bottle and when I realized the juice level has reached the very bottom of the bottle I panicked and got another one.
How did that happen?
Apparently, sometimes a rose-incense-soap is not a bad thing at all. When Michel Almairac composed Cabaret for Parfums Grès he was more in tune with the classic cheekbones of the house (definitely more so than whoever is responsible to all the Cabotine flankers one can still find at some drugstores). Cabaret (launched in 2000) is a rose-patchouli chypre, dry and firm, not very flirty or girly (Luca Turin suggested it as a masculine option). Cabaret smells timeless, a rose perfume that could have been around for several decades, long before the fruitchoulis, roseberries and watery roses of the last few years. As such, it can be worn by people, men and women, who might not be quite taken with the whimsical jester bottle or the much degraded label of Parfums Grès. It's one of the best cheap thrills one could find nowadays.
Notes: rose, lily-of-the-valley and peony, violet, blue orchid, incense, patchouli, oleander, Indian sandalwood, amber and musk.
2000 Cabaret de Parfums Grès ad from imagesdeparfums.com