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Top notes: magnolia, citrus, tagetes, sunflower and queen of the night (the flower of a cactus native to Cuba and Jamaica which only flowers at night);
Heart notes: Daphne, mango, pineapple and orchid;
Base notes: (Tobacco leaf), vanilla, amber, (cedar) and sandalwood.
Havana pour elle is an exotic southern fragrance, full of moist warmth. In the Northern hemisphere (cooler climes or A/C environs) this beauty is often misunderstood. In colder weather Havana pour Elle is a very tart astringent woody floriental with the tobacco and stark white woods dominating the olfactory landscape in a manner that sails very close to masculine without ever crossing the line. Other times the fruit seems to dominate... lush moist and in an odd juxtaposition with the tobacco and white florals - close to rotting. An almost candied, caramelised sweetness which is a common aspect of blends featuring tropical fruits like pineapple and mango.
Too youthful, wild and tempetuous to be grouped with the elegant grand dame tobaccos such as Caron Tabac Blond and Gres Cabochard; But at the same time too innately sophisticated and elegant to be brushed off with youth focused tobacco blends like Escada Collection and Cacharel Gloria, poor Havana pour elle has been neglected and overlooked by many because it is so hard to categorise.
Well my one tip for being able to access all the beauty that this little gem has within is to reserve it for one of the warmer days of the year when you will be out and about ... or when you will be in a situation where your body temperature will be raised a little more than normal. If you do this you will be amazed at the transformation. This is the scent of sexy, sensual, seductive senoritas. Lush, floral yet astringent, the tobacco mingled with its balsamic amber vanilla base will lead you into all kinds of amorous adventures and dreams of amour.
I love the Tango and to me Havana pour elle is the olfactory equivalent of my favourite tango piece (The Assassin's Tango by John Powell). Just listen to that and you will understand truly what Havana pour Elle is about. This is not a scent for a painfully elegant, repressed Grande Dame, nor is it a scent for her wilful, immature peer driven granddaughter. This is not even for the woman stuck in suburbia in an endless rat race of carpools, rival yummy mummys and worthy pursuits. This is for the sultry, sensual seductress in us all. Full bodied, lush, passionate with many appetites that are fully explored, enjoyed and indulged.
The sillage is moderate to strong, (best not to apply too generously) and the longevity is much better than average. I wore it day and night for three days straight during a recent warm spell and still crave it even though the current cooler weather will not allow it to shine in all its glory.
Thumbs up up up! 5 out 5
14 August, 2011