Lilly “Cat Girl” Christine’s Dressing Table


danatabucologne_bornunicornA box of Dana Tabu cologne can be seen on the dressing table of the burlesque dancer Lilly “Cat Girl” Christine. Created by Jean Carles in 1932, Tabu is a sensual warm spicy/woody scent which starts with fresh citrus and spicy notes; according to Fragrantica, its warm oriental base includes amber, resins, civet and precious woods – sandal and patchouli. In Scent and Subversion Barbara Herman explains that “it’s said that Dana’s brief to Carles was along the lines of, ‘Make a perfume a prostitute would wear’”.

4 thoughts on “Lilly “Cat Girl” Christine’s Dressing Table”

  1. I think most dressing / vanity tables are. Tools of one’s daily creation. To be honest, I can’t remember much of how it smelt. It was such a long time ago. I should score a bottle and see if it causes any rush of memory for me. It was a regular on grandma’s Christmas wish list, but I think we bought most bottles from the local drug store. Grandma always did have A LOT of boyfriends, though.

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