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Habdan (2013)
by Parfums de Marly

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Habdan information

Year of Launch2013
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 34 votes)

People and companies

HouseParfums de Marly
PerfumerGuillaume Flavigny
SupplierGivaudan

About Habdan

Habdan is a masculine fragrance by Parfums de Marly. The scent was launched in 2013 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Guillaume Flavigny

Habdan fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Habdan

Ever wanted Hugo boss bottled or boss bottled oud but of a much better quality and longivity, habdan is your answer. The result of making the smell better in quality is like having someone give your house a complete make over or pimping your car, at first smell it's breath taking and then going forward you are aware it's a smell you've kind of had before without the quality, the only notable difference besides quality is there is less of an emphasis on vanilla which gives boss bottled the full on Apple pie feel, I'm happier with this as I've always found that aspect of boss bottled a little annoying and cheap. This would make a fantastic luxury autumn fragrance.
28th September, 2019 (last edited: 31st October, 2019)
From May, 2016:

Parfums de Marly seems to have mastered three things: 1) The spicy oriental 2) Niche fragrances (at niche prices) that wouldn't seem too out of place in the designer, mainstream market (as far as they are appealing and never too "weird") 3) Fragrances that resemble other fragrances that came before them.

Habdan ticks all of these boxes quite handily. It's certainly a spicy oriental, though it's not very dark or heavy. There are caramel and apple notes that do a nice job of pushing Habdan more toward the playful, light-hearted side than the serious, austere. At the same time, Habdan also possesses a pleasing opulence, achieved through the spicy incense olibanum (which is present from the start) and a base rich with myrrh. As the olibanum combines with the caramel and apple it creates a sweet/spicy aroma with the vibrant texture of a full-bodied incense. Immediately upon smelling it I realized I had smelled something very similar before, though it took me a few days to remember what exact. It finally occurred to me that Habdan shares quite a few similarities with Baldessarini Ambre, which could be described as a spicy amber fragrance with notes of caramel and apple. Habdan could appropriately be named Ambre Intense, as it resembles a very beefed up, more robust and complex version of Ambre. This isn't a knock against Habdan at all, as I've always liked Ambre. Therefore, the idea of taking it to the next level appeals to me, and it never becomes too complex or overdone as to feel awkward ostentatious. As Habdan reaches its final stage it sits closer to the skin on a base of myrrh (which, to my nose always displays subtle hints of vanilla and citrus), amber and caramel. But it's not overly sweet or excessive in its use of amber, and is mostly dominated by myrrh.

Habdan smells like a Parfums de Marly fragrance. There seems to be a certain quality or texture that appears in many of their fragrances and it's definitely present here. It might be described as a pleasantly synthetic resin or incense. Performance is solid, though it's definitely not "beast mode." I get moderate projection for about 5 hours followed by 5 more close to the skin. As far as season and occasion are concerned, this could be worn anytime of the year but preferably in the evening during the warmer months. It seems fairly versatile as well. Because it's not a particularly serious fragrance, it can be worn casually, but it possesses enough sophistication for more formal scenarios. While Habdan isn't groundbreaking, and may possess some familiar aspects, it smells good and it's fun to wear (who doesn't like the combination of caramel and apple?). And if you really like Ambre by Baldessarini, you may just find yourself a new favorite.

Thumbs up and highly recommended for sampling.
13th August, 2019
A bit sweeter than I'd prefer. That's the up front first impression. Like walking past the caramel apple booth at the carnival. But patience pays off when the rose and incense start taking over. Not bad, just not as good as some others by PDM.
20th February, 2019
Apple, Caramel & smoky incense. On paper it sounds really nice but actually quite average. Strength is not up to PDM usual high standards.
03rd November, 2018
Harsh saffron-rose-oud opening, similar to many Montale scents but also close to Perry Ellis Oud Rose Saffron. The drydown is much nicer, but takes a while to settle. In the end, it reminds me of D&G The One with extra incense. I do get some apple, but not much in the entire development of the fragrance.

Average projection for the first few hours and then sits closer to skin but lasts all work day.
09th March, 2018
Starts off very strong with heavy frankincense. Then the apple and caramel come in to balance out the incense notes and bring a little sweetness. With the frag finally adding myrrh to give it a more balsamic scent. I did get hints of cinnamon although it’s not listed in the frag notes. I didn’t get any hints of the rose listed. Sillage and longevity are through the roof. Sprayed on at 10:30am and took a shower around 4 pm, it is now 10:45pm and it is sill going strong. This was a blind buy on a really good sale and I couldn’t have asked for too much more. Overall an easy 8.5/10.
04th February, 2018

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