Habanita (1921)
    by Molinard




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    Habanita is a women's fragrance by Molinard. The scent was launched in 1921

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    Colin Maillard's avatar

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    Gorgeous. A herbal, bitter chypre with a smoky and soapy soul, resinous notes, spices (cloves?) and a humid, dark bouquet of dense and crisp flowers, all wrapped in a truly impressive leather accord – rich, dry, brown, smoked, stout. This is the explosive opening of this great scent, a black fog coming from a time machine which takes you back in time straight into the bed of a 1920's naughty flapper. Initially it's almost all about smoke and leather with a bold, raw animalic and musky accord, plus a soapy powdery side which will eventually emerge better later on, completed by a pungent herbal-aldehydes accord. The blend is raw but sensual, austere but luscious, dry but softened by a heavenly and at the same time, funereal powdery-talcum side. Plus it is also rather modern in its simplicity, as it's much straightforward, crude, less opulent and less aldehydated than other classic "old countess" chypres. I'd say it's also much more androgynous and less predictably "feminine" - it is, but in a modern way, and that is why it's perfectly great for a man too. The leather base is among the most prominent accords from the very beginning until the very end, so you've really plenty of time to enjoy it, and you surely will: this is a truly powerful and nuanced leather accord, smoky, animalic, mossy, crisp, dusty, earthy... together with the urine-animalic accord, the herbs, the narcotic spices and the sumptuous powdery-flower humid note it creates pure gloomy, aristocratic, decadent and utterly refined sexuality. After a while the flowers emerge with more power and clarity, lowering the dark and austere "rawness" of the scent and brightening it with a gentle dash of soapy talcum, always gloomy in a way, but lighter and brighter. Put some lipstick and garters on Knize Ten, that's Habanita. Brilliant!

    9/10

    07 July, 2014

    Way Off Scenter's avatar

    United States United States

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    Genre: Woody Oriental

    Habanita goes on in a potent burst of smoke and tobacco, with sweet floral notes and leather in the background. The smoky leather accord persists while the florals recede to yield a very potent, dry, almost medicinal tobacco accord with dark leather underneath. At this stage Habanita smells like a stark, dry cousin of Caron’s Tabac Blond.

    Then, very, very slowly, the floral accord begins to resurface, riding on a wave of smooth vanilla, vetiver, and powdery musk. Within an hour Habanita has transformed into a mysterious, smoky-sweet skin scent, with a hint of amber over a vetiver foundation. From an opening that’s outright brazen, it becomes a gentle and elusive fragrance, but one that is also overtly sexual and deeply compelling. You can forget you’re wearing it after an hour or so, but it will reassert itself again from time to time, always showing some new facet of its complex makeup. Worthy of classic status alongside the great Carons and Guerlains.

    15 June, 2014

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    I was intrigued by this because both Luca Turin and Barbara Herman praise it as a classic. I found it had a rather unpleasant linear earthy scent at the start. It then dries down on me to a dry acrid leather. A far better version of this would be for comparison Parfum d'Empire's Cuir Ottoman. I'm not getting any of the many complex ingredients, just a dry acrid leather.

    I just don't get all the hoopla about this one. I read where it was developed originally in 1921 to scent cigarettes, either as a sachet to tuck in with them, or as an oil to apply to them. Better to splash on some Tabac Blond.

    06 January, 2014

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    It's a huge balmy oriental powder bomb. It gets weird, in a good way, with geranium. It is not my fav perfume flower as it's so astringent and sharp. But, the vanilla and other sweet notes temper the sharpness nicely. There's more vanilla and heliotrope than resin. It dries down to vanilla powder and sandalwood musk. My husband says it's not his favourite and while it's not like he would kick me out of bed or anything :P it's still sad. I adore the cloud of scent this gives off, I love how I can smell it all day, no real need to reapply. There's no late day funk or fatigue, if that makes sense?

    30th December, 2013 (Last Edited: 08 February, 2014)

    Tony T's avatar

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    Lovely

    This is what I am writing on behalf of..

    A modern classic that can be worn by all ages all year..

    The epitiome of unisex..

    Drydown is to die for..

    Honey/Vanilla and somewhat boozy

    Pros: Great for an everyday scent
    Cons: ????"

    17 September, 2013

    iivanita's avatar

    Croatia Croatia

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    Lovely woody oriental feminine scent. This is centred around vetyver, with some flowers and loads of sweet powdery vanilla -iris combination , that prevails in the dry down.

    The modern masculine version of Habanita is Onda by veroprofumo, 0 % sweetness.

    After an hour it develops into vanilla oriental, of moderate sweetness and just a touch of bitter vetyver....this is edt version, i suppose edp is denser, and more opulent, its very pleasant, i smell no tobacco, nor leather and vanilla has smell of edible vanilin sugar, synthetic version of vanilla

    23 March, 2013

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