Cuba Express
by AbdesSalaam Attar Profumo


Cuba Express information

GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 15 votes)

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HouseAbdesSalaam Attar Profumo

About Cuba Express

Cuba Express is a shared / unisex perfume by AbdesSalaam Attar Profumo.

Reviews of Cuba Express

A perfume story: review of Cuban Express by
By Frankie Chocolate © 2016

(My friend Japs was kind enough to p.m. me and said I should drop the stories which help no one and just write a straight review so this one is for him.)

Several years ago I bought Cuban Express from Dominique Dubrana along with some other frags. One was based in Castoreum, one was based in Oak Moss and then there was Cuban Express based in tobacco.

I am no stranger to tobacco. My dad smoked like a chimney. My own son Gabriel smokes like a fiend and I’ve kissed a few girls who smoked and it was a lot like licking an ashtray, my go to when I want to abuse myself.

When I was little I saw a man at the beach throw down his cigarette so I ran over and picked it up and drew it deeply into my lungs. The only other time I wanted air more was when I was stuck underwater in a half covered pool and couldn’t come to the surface so I know tobacco. Oh and I am praying my dear friend C.M. will stop smoking but I’m not his dad so I have no place to nag. Still…

I could go on about when we were young turks and used to pick up Hav-a-tampas, those little cigarillos with the wooden holders we used to bite and pretend we were cool when we’d go to those high school dances but I promised Japs this would be a straight review with no stories and I’m so easily distracted.

AbdesSalaam uses the best most natural sources with of the highest qualities.

I found notes of cocoa beans, strong undercurrents of amber, warm clove and of course Tobacco. I don’t like tobacco except for the first toasted notes when someone first lights up a cig. That first toasted roasted yummy note before the tars and toxins emerge is wondrous not unlike the smell of the El Pico espresso coffee that I or my dog Logan make each morning for Bomb Bradshaw.

I don’t like coffee but I love the smell of great rich dark ground coffee.

There is something calming about Cuban Express. Something deep and evocative and calling as deep calls to deep but I’m a gourmand hound and I like my frags stuffed with bergamot, amber or vanilla and the vanilla walked through in galoshes in Café Cubano.

Maybe the Bomb and I will get a chance to sip something in Havana proper some day. I can use the opportunity to wear that really cool Antonio Banderas breezy white linen shirt I over paid for at Tommy Bahamas’.

In summary this is an excellently crafted perfume fairly priced as almost all Dom’s fragrances are for the work, purity of ingredients and attention to detail he lavishes on them.

If you like tobacco you may deeply enjoy this scent but I don’t like tobacco. 4/10

31st January, 2016
vadim Show all reviews
Russian Federation
Creaky wooden floors, sea breeze, coffee and spices in the hold, all very well-done and evocative - but completely gone in about ten minutes
14th January, 2016
The opening is velvety and rich in rhum and tobacco, with a powerful note of cloves and a musky, animalic chypre base with mossy-herbal notes. Strongly boozy and spicy but also a bit gourmand thanks to cocoa beans and a slightly roasted-caramelised note which resembles to a dark and sticky ambery-resinous note (opoponax?) and perhaps dark tar/birch woods. As minutes pass the cloves note emerges even more boldly with its medicinal-pungent personality, always on an aromatic and velvety base rich in colours and nuances in the typical style of Dubrana – which is a master in "freezing" the kaleidoscopic power of natural components, letting them free to express their soul. An austere, elegant, nostalgic, dusty, slightly ghastly and elusive, with a medicinal vein and a lot of woody-resinous-spicy mysticism. I thought of Rume by Slumberhouse, which belongs to a totally different imagination, but still there is a similarity between some notes, notably the explosion of cloves on a boozy, warm, slightly gourmand and incredibly aromatic base – from coffee, to cocoa, to a balsamic aniseed breeze all around. As most of Dubrana's works I had the pleasure to discover, it's a perfectly-crafted scent, cozy, charming, to listen to. For Dubrana, letting the materials "speak" comes before letting his creativity speak – never met such a respectful, almost mystical attitude towards ingredients. Sadly the longevity is fairly short, although that is never my first concern.

21st June, 2014
Another Dubrana's visceral aroma after Don Corleone and Milano Caffè, a carnal mixture of bay rum and tobacco supported by dark coffee, herbs, spices and bitter chocolate. The latter is a throughout sort of ghostly lingering presence. There is an undeniable aromatic and spicy greenness by soon detectable, a sort of myrtle/laurel/cloves/orange peels smokey presence conjuring me more than vaguely the O'driu' Laurhum's tobacco/laurel/bay rum/balsams accord in a plain (but less rounded) way. The perfume keeps anyway leaning more over the spicy/boozy/green side than the honeyed one. Unfortunately the aroma is almost evanescent on my skin despite is impossible to deny the hyper-natural consistency of the raw materials. The evolution is not laborious since over a first aromatic/spicy somewhat boozy (bay rum) approach you can gradually detect warm pipe tobacco, hints of cocoa, caribbean spices and dark balanced vanilla with an exotic twist so erotic but not refined in a really fair level. The "long tail" dry down is more restrained and virile in a spicy/herbal way, the rum/spices/tobacco dry accord provides masculinity and exotic sultriness. A sultry "scenario" jumps on mind, an hot Havana's club with live music, tobacco, sex and streams of rum. A pity for the short duration on my skin.
10th May, 2014 (last edited: 25th September, 2015)
This is the only perfume by La Via del Profumo where I don't hesitate to give it a thumbs down-rating. This stuff is hardcore, it's just too overpowering and even brutal! Well, maybe Fidel would like it!
17th January, 2013
As much as I had high expectations for this one, it is just too much pulling in too many directions - and very little of the blend says CUBA to me (and I have been there). This is not to say that the blending is wrong. It is actually quite creative and does try to inject the atmosphere with the frenetic patchwork of Havana's sensual overload.

I just find it distracting to have so many moods (fresh / bright / sweet / boozy / syrupy / green / herbal / resinous) all packed into one fragrance. It is as if we have a layering job where polar opposites were chosen for effect. I will try again, but for now I feel like storing my "tabac," my beloved "seawood," and my "gringo" in separate bottles.
11th March, 2012

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