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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 21 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


Hai Karate fragrance notes

Reviews of Hai Karate

Every Basenoter has a first fragrance purchase they remember.

Unfortunately, this was mine. As Foeditus says- vile stuff!

Having just crossed the line into being a young lad interested in females, I slapped some on, eagerly anticipating the hoards of girls I would soon be fighting off as shown in the infamous commercial.

It went poorly.

The girl I sat next to in French class deduced the horrible smell was coming from the water proofing treatment her dad had done to her new boots.

I see the notes profile and it looks like this should be at least "ok."

It was not.

In hindsight, I think maybe this was created in the infancy of synthetic scent notes and it ended up like a Frankenstein monster of a fragrance.

Surprising that this traumatic virgin flight of wearing scent didn't scar me for life and scare me into a life of not wearing anything.
10th November, 2018
Oh boy, I admit that I had to get a bottle only a decade or so ago just to have said, "Yea, I tried it." :-)

Once I got past its fully pretentious name and adolescent marketing strategy, what I got was an okay, non-cloying, non-beastmode aromatic oriental musk scent that I can imagine that a lot of teens / teens at heart would wear with a bunch of crazy notions in mind about what was to come next! (Some of that was reflected in the "pheromone" scents that came out in subsequent eras, meant to promise all kinds of luck with the opposite sex.)

Hai Karate is inoffensive but not revolutionary (sorry, Pfizer!). It starts with a sharp, bright citrus slap, then it warms down to something like a warm, musky Old Spice or Brut scent (contemporaries to it) with some oriental sweetness (amber, maybe). It has average longevity, maybe to reflect the brief but intense encounters that young guys would have wearing it!

I give it props for being good enough to get relaunched even after FIFTY years since introduction. Hai Karate is interesting, nostalgic, and full of laughable but benign gimickry echoing what a whole bunch of us men probably wanted as far as a sure-shot tonic to draw the ladies LOL!
04th September, 2018
Hai Karate, which translates to "Yes, Empty Hand," is from the get-go its own indictment of what you'll be walking out of the store with. In body and functionality it is as if Royal Copenhagen had fewer aromatic ingredients, more musk, and was issued by Jovan. It has a reputation for smelling precisely like an all-too-young dude who 'knows what women like,' but has absolutely no idea what women like. It is basically just a sweet and powdery musk with plenty of misplaced bravado.
My father told me he wore this in his misbegotten youth, and that is funny and somehow endearing to me, though I will spare you his stories of embarrassment.
While I don't think it is a terrible scent (just very dated), it perfectly represents the painfully awkward teenagers of the 70's who wore it. Hard to karate-chop all those women when my jeans are so tight.
07th August, 2018
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
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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)

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