Gres Cabotine Aquarelle, Cabotine Sensuelle ~ new perfumes

Gres Cabotine Aquarelle fragranceGres Cabotine Sensuelle fragrance

Parfums Grès has launched two new limited edition flankers to 1990's Cabotine for women: Cabotine Aquarelle and Cabotine Sensuelle. Both fragrances were developed by perfumer Sidonie Lancesseur.

Cabotine Aquarelle ~ "The light-hearted young lady is spoiled by this irresistible pleasure. She is full of energy, in good spirits and walking on the bright side of life. She loves the juicy grapefruit, rhubarb and the sparkling Flower Peach in the top notes. And she adores the scent evolving into a caress of Ylang Ylang, Lily, Sambac Jasmine and the lightness of Lotus flower before finally leaving its modern signature trail of Amber, Cedar Wood, Marine and White Musk." Additional notes include pineapple.

Cabotine Sensuelle ~ "Ritual of seduction on the move: the delightful young lady with her careless charming way of entering the scene and en passant deals out amorous glances full of sensuality. What a surprising mixture, at once vivid and warm!" The notes include tangerine, white peach, green almond, gardenia, jasmine, carnation, heliotrope, vanilla, white musk and patchouli.

Grès Cabotine Aquarelle and Cabotine Sensuelle are available in 50 ml Eau de Toilette. (via parfumsgres)

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  1. Robin R. says:

    Love those utterly literal French-to-English translations!

    • Robin says:


      • Joe says:

        Good grief. Sensuelle copy in particular reads like it was merely run through a machine translator! Reminds me of a book I should pick up at the library sometime: “Here Speeching American: A Very Strange Guide to English as It Is Garbled Around the World”.

  2. Daisy says:

    the Sensuelle sounds the yummier of the two….I’ve never sniffed any Cabotine fragrance….now I’m curious.
    Curiosity ==bad for cats and bank accounts!

    • Robin says:

      You can often find the original Cabotine at TJ Maxx for peanuts.

      • miss kitty v. says:

        What’s crazy is that I saw the Aquarelle at TJ Maxx on Sunday and thought, “What the hell is that?” I’m really surprised that it’s new. I wonder how it ended up there. (And kicking myself for not getting it–it actually sounds pretty good to me.)

        • Robin says:

          Oh, wow — thanks for posting that!

        • boojum says:

          You know…I was pretty sure I saw it at Marshall’s a couple of weeks ago too, but thought I must have been mistaken. Good to know I wasn’t losing it after all!

          • boojum says:

            …and in fact, there were about 4-5 different scents from this brand there all at the same time. But I’ve never seen any of them where they can be tested and won’t waste money on unsniffed stuff.

          • alltheprettythings says:

            Boojum, I saw the same collection! They both sound good til I read “peach” – that’s a no-no note on my skin (Tresor, Halle Berry, etc) with the exception of AG Petit Cherie, and that just didn’t work for me, as much as I like it on others.

    • joliefleur says:

      Hold off on the original Cabotine….I’ll send you some. In fact, I”ll send you the entire bottle. It lasted for 3 days on my skin…and I shower twice a day.

  3. “Elle est belle avec sensuelle”….totally senseless phrase in French as sensuelle is an adjective and should be followed by a noun in this syntax. It should have said “avec sensualité”, but then it would marr the pun with the flanker’s name, I suppose. Still, lame slogan!

    • Robin says:

      Most perfume slogans are lame, LOL…

  4. Absolute Scentualist says:

    I’ve never smelled Cabotine, either, but these don’t sound all together bad.

    • Robin says:

      Gres is not so easy to find in the US, unfortunately…doubt I’ll get to try these. Never even laid eyes on last year’s Cabotine flanker.

      • miss kitty v. says:

        …which was at a Marshall’s I perused. I almost feel like I should have bought both, but from the sound of things, no one has been impressed with Cabotine.

  5. RusticDove says:

    From everything I’ve read, Cabotine is pretty much hated by the perfumista community [The Guide was particularly harsh – referring to it as ‘nasty’ and ‘vile’ I think]. I, on the other hand, used to wear it all the time about 15 years ago and loved it – it’s one of the few florals I’ve worn. I have a bottle that my mom got for me last year, but I don’t wear it that often anymore, but still enjoy it when I do. I always thought the formulation was interesting: top notes of orange flower, tuberose and hyacinth, the middle is the ginger lily with base notes of sandalwood and black current. Those are the notes I’m aware of. Anyway, I wasn’t aware of a flanker last year – I will look for that as well as these new ones just out of curiosity.

    • Robin says:

      Sounds like you might best check TJ Maxx (see comments above).

  6. bergere says:

    Sorry to say, I’ve had very bad luck with the Gres line, so I’ll probably not make the effort to find it. On my skin, Cabotine was one of those sinus-clearing green florals, and Cabochard was a wet ashtray. Folie Douce was a chemical-smelling powdery strawberry. As folks say, money saved!

    • Robin says:

      I have not smelled all of the Gres line, but in general, have a feeling they are not investing huge sums in the raw materials.

  7. alotofscents says:

    I like water scents that are very pretty. That’s how the first one sounds. I’ll try anything because I still haven’t found a signature. I don’t care who makes it. I love Body by Victoria, one of their first scents-so clean and fresh. I wonder where I can sample this?

    • Robin says:

      See Miss Kitty’s comment above…sounds like you might be able to find it at TJ Maxx.

  8. Flowers says:

    TJ Maxx yesterday – found the Sensuelle and absolutely love it. I got a comment immediately after I applied it. What a good deal for only $12.99. It pays to check Marshalls and TJ Maxx often – these unique scents seem to fly out of there quickly. It’s great fun never knowing what you find there and the prices are so affordable that I find myself buying many unsniffed bottles. Never had a problem returning one if I disliked the scent. Have to LOVE those two stores.

    • Robin says:

      Congrats on your find! I need to go to TJ Maxx more often…

  9. Rosabelle says:

    The original Cabotine, with its plats fowerycap is a nice litlle perfume, with huge tenacity but a bit fizzy, a combination of Amarige with the champagne and acid spirit of Yvresse by YSL ( forme Champagne). It is a girly scent, made of wite flowers, very persistent , feminine and … how can I put it, it reminds me of the the shirts and dresses ful of frowns and frills and bows :))Don’t ask me why ! I don’t think the original Cabotine belongs to modern times , still, it is not out of fashion…. I wore it about 15 years ago and never repurchased. The house of Gres is available where I live only over the internet and although the price is law I never found myself eager to order it on line.

    • Robin says:

      Gres is not easy to find here either.

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