I don't know what to think about this fragrance, really, just know that I like it. Shocking citric/herbal/rooty/spicy/tobacco aromatic opening a la Aramis Havana, really compelling and close to the Aramis one's opening, at least under my profane nose. I detect indeed the humid tobacco touch and a huge amount of vegetal/earthy patterns from the forest. It seems to feel a faint boozy touch (may be in my suggestion) but what goes on as a dominant feel is an incredibly realistic austere humid agrestic/herbal/woody undertone. A cedary type of ancient woodiness is detectable till the end. Woody fluidity and following resinous/ambery full-bodiedness rotate along the way. Probably juniper berries, coriander, pepper, patchouli, labdanum, a touch of frankincense, cinnamon, birch tar, smoked woods, neroli and further manage to co-operate in order to unfold an exotic realistic and naturalistic piece of "millenary" natural virility. I detect a weird Havana's initial humid/boisterous approach enriched by velvety suede, more powerful woodiness, dark cocoa and probably resins. The dark cocoa dry intervention manages to afford a misty bitter aftertaste while a fluidy woodiness plus resins and carnal ambergris master the "long trail" dry down. Really great aroma. Really just patchouli, cacao and ambergris are the elements of this gem? I don't think so since Fueguia Caoba is clearly a far more complex concoction. The deep dry down is deeply cedary and ambery under my nose and it seems something resinous keeps rising in perception. I have to say that my first "encounter" with this mysterious brand is absolutely satisfactory. The final trail is deeply woody, vegetal and slightly ambery/resinous in a way an ideal mix of Armani Eau de Nuit, Paco Rabanne XS Pour Homme, Voyage en Arabie Black Mancera and Tiziana Terenzi Ecstasy jumps on mind.
A nice organic opening of natural, earthy, straightforward salty patchouli on sandy, soothing cocoa powder – which practically smells like an accord of patchouli and vanilla. Pungent green notes floating around. Ambroxan base, which feels a bit synthetic (let's be generous and stay poetic: “medicinal”, with a balsamic feel), then dries down becoming more bitter – still sweetened and rounded by the cocoa note. If I had to imagine this visually it would be an abandoned wooden antique closet buried at the feet of a cocoa tree, somewhere in the deep forest of one of those tiny wooded islands in the middle of the ocean. The projection is quite light and close - overall a bit "restrained" and pulled-back. Otherwise it's good.
08th April, 2014 (last edited: 21st April, 2014)
You might be mislead by the fact it is mostly made of patchouli, for although it is notably a predominant note, the cacao and the ambergris are combined in such a fashion the blend feels distinctive.
It develops quite fast, the opening signed by the patchouli is disguised in a way it smells somehow formal, thus usual connotations given by it are set aside. I can get a powdery feeling in these top notes acquiring a gourmand effect, obviously due to the presence of cacao. One may think of a powdery black chocolate scent that slowly turns sugary, finally turning somehow cozy. In other words, the olfative journey proposed by Caoba is somehow a lingering game between opposites, bitter and sweetness in this case.
Undoubtedly, one of my preferred scents among those made by Fueguia. In the case of men wearing it, be aware Caoba's strength and silage are notorious. As to women, I have no doubt it can be worn as a very sexy oriental that will draw many compliments.