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Hai Karate (1967)
by Healthpoint Ltd (originally by Leeming)


Hai Karate information

Year of Launch1967
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 20 votes)

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HouseHealthpoint Ltd
Originally byLeeming

About Hai Karate

Hai Karate was developed by Pfizer (Now more famous for Viagra). The commercials showed some guy who wore Hai Karate. Girls were coming at him from all angles and he had to karate chop them away. The aftershave even came with instructions on how to do this.

I'm pretty sure any fragrance released today which advocated the hitting of women wouldn't get very far!

Just so you know, here's what the instructions say:

Don't dare use Hai Karate without memorizing this: Here are step-by-step instructions on how to defend yourself from women in case you apply an over dose of Hai Karate

It then gives three simple steps to 'remove' the offending women. Lastly it tells us to be careful how we use it.

The fragrance was relaunched in the UK in 2015 by Healthpoint Ltd


Reviews of Hai Karate

I jumped at the chance to own Hai Karate when I saw it on sale for GBP 2.49. A Christmas present for my Dad when I was young, along with Burlington, Pagan Man et al. A subject of jokes as a go - to topic for cheap fragrance or last minute, ill - considered gifts, up there with Tommy Hilfinger, bought at the local market.
Fist impression was a trip or slip in a cupboard of cleaning materiels, leaving you wondering what you, ve just knocked off the shelf. Dries down to a powdery, rather feminine concoction. Not something I could wear and enjoy. Gets a neutral for its value in putting a smile on my face from the moment I spied it.
21st August, 2016
There is a possible citrus scent, but all I really get is an artificial and synthetic scent. This is the only fragrance that has caused a sneezing fit too. Other classic aftershaves are still great Brut, Denim, Blue Stratos, but Hai Karate doesn't live up to those.

This is a review of the new UK licensed Hai Karate.
07th May, 2015
ad_scott Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Yesterday at my local supermarket I discovered Hai Karate (by pure accident) semi-visible on the display shelf. Without thinking I snapped it up at an RRP of only 3 GBP! Hai Karate was a happy find as I've wanted to try this classic aftershave again after not seeing it anywhere since the late 1980s! Back then it was well marketed and popular, bearing a good reputation. My father used Hai Karate in a rotation of Old Spice, Brut and Quorum. I'm currently sporting Hai Karate and simply put..."I like it", it brings back childhood memories. The scent in bottle is completely different in comparison to the dry down. On opening the bottle top it smells very pleasant like a fresh, sharp, medicinal citrus tonic. In contrast, the dry down has a Brut 33 feel to it, that watered-down quality but nice all the same. Green and powdery, it's kind of like a green tea scent with a bit of amber in the background. Hai Karate is fresh, clean and smells good. It is without doubt part of the '80s classic scent family. If you enjoy Old Spice, Brut, Denim, Blue Stratos, etc. then add some Hai Karate to your collection.
05th April, 2015 (last edited: 17th May, 2018)

I just inherited an almost empty bottle of cologne and a full bottle of after shave. It had been kept in a dark cabinet for most of 45 years. It smells soft and a touch animalic. I did a side-by-side comparison with my vintage Love's Baby Soft and the best way I can describe Hai Karate is Love's for men. Powdery and slightly animalic. Not what I was expecting from all those TV commercials from my childhood, lol.

11th October, 2013
gary z Show all reviews
United States
all of the rancid and nuclear waste comments are dead wrong. This frag is actually pretty soft on the drydown. I actually am in the process of looking for a smell alike.
01st August, 2011
A collector friend of mine owns an old bottle and after many claims (i used to beg him with insistence) he allowed me to inhale the juice even if just from the glass. It's not enough for a complete review. All I can write is that perceived a sort of cold, metallic bit anisic strange sort of smell. Something rancid jumped on mind conjuring me an initial trait of Salvador Dali Pour Homme's top notes but in a less dark, colder and more herbal way. I read that the fragrance becomes powdery at the end of its development and i guess it treats about a woody powder with a sort of minty and rooty undertone. What i can do for the moment is to express a neutral rating.
06th March, 2011 (last edited: 14th January, 2014)

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