Havana by Aramis, 1994
A splash of bay rum, a pinch of herbs/spices, a hint of tobacco. The blending is smooth, the vibe decidedly relaxed yet assertive. Forget the laundry list of notes, HAVANA works simply because it doesn't try too hard to impress. Some might find it a little 'old school' but THIS is exactly how masculine fragrances should be done: not so much about in-your-face braggadocio but more of a cool confident swagger. A virile classic that would sit proudly in any man's wardrobe.
A gentle touch of spicy tobacco and grapefruit. IMO this is the 3rd hit from this house - afler the good old Aramis (1st) and Tuscanny (2nd). Ageless and classic, for all the seasons you can imagine for yourself. A well deserved 8,7/10.
I remember trying this back in the mid 90's because I loved most everything from Aramis. I didn't buy a bottle then, but I just recently purchased a mini and am enjoying it quite a bit. All of the notes listed are overwhelming, but to me the scent is much simpler than that. There is a nice warm cinnamon and spice opening with some booze/bay rum as well. It is heady yet comforting which is really nice on a brisk January morning. As it goes along, the booze subsides into spice, woods, smoky vanilla, maybe hints of leather and a bit of pepper. The cinnamon stick also seems to last which I like. This would be a big hit at a Christmas or New Years Eve party. It definitely has a winter vibe, but I bet it would be just as great on a warm summer evening where the booze and bay rum would give it a tropical feel. I see a full bottle purchase in my future!
Saw how overwhelming the positive reviews were for this cologne and was very excited to be ordering this blindly. Couldnt have been much more disappointed in it. gave it 2 sprays and now I'm stuck at work smelling like an ashtray. Positive reviewers, youve dropped the ball on this one.
Oh yeah, now we are talking! Aramis Havana is an incredible scent indeed. It has so much going on I could not even begin to properly describe it effectively. That said, the best way I can think of to give a relatively good impression of what it smells like, is fresh rolled tobacco leaf used to wrap cigars mixed with bay rum and a hint of smoke. This is über masculine, and quite powerful. Quite frankly, Havana represents just about everything I love about wearing powerhouse scents. Definitely belongs in every man's collection and it is quite reasonably priced to boot. I love it so much, I just bought another bottle. 4.5 stars out of 5.
Exotic and sultry charm, cigars, panamas, fiestas, rum, caribbean sensuality, fascinating gentlemen white clothed and more, all in a bottle. This is a wonderful, puzzling, exotic, spicy, humid concoction that will never be out of my collection. Its tornado of whirling elements is really able to project the caribbean atmosphere and the latin rhythms better than any other scent out there. I prefer it to Cuba C&S which is another great creation and which with Havana shares many elements as rum, tobacco, flowers, citruses (and may be a licorice-mint-anice accord), cedarwood, spices and others. Havana is powerful and very masculine but it's overall exotic and evocative with its strong link of tobacco-patchouli blended with spicy rum. The fragrance preserves the colonial spirit of the old Habana and evokes the images of white clothed men smoking cigars, busy in their exotic productive enterprises or in the trade of commodities, men full of charm in the sunny caribbean days along the Malecon, near massive spanish buildings or in front of Bodeguita del Medio while are engaged in talking with brown curvaceous women. The starting raucous blast is like a fist of dry fruits, watery hesperides, Camphoraceous-aromatic notes (birtch, juniper berries, coriander and anise) and spices. The impression is devastating, is like to be broken off by a running train and as soon as you inhale the first spray you can immediately smell even bitter tobacco, pepper and earthy patchouli rising from the background. The random motion of dissonant elements nevertheless starts soon to take a previously determined dimension as a puzzle that starts to reproduce a definite figure. The floral middle smell of liqueur starts to sweeten the herbaceous bitter and rooty initial whiff while a moderate cumin and other spices impress a touch of exoticism to the mix. The scent starts to get the outcome of a bitter digestive liquor with the tobacco aftertaste already perceivable. The base notes set structure, texture and a bit of smoothness to a yet rough and exotic blend of elements. Exotic woods and cedarwood set stableness and balance, tonka, tobacco and patchouli rise up impressing earthy boldness and evocative masculinity while balsams as myrrh, vanilla, oliban and labdan infuse the right dosage of smoothness ad mildness closing the round of this complex juice. The outcome, many hours later, is a surprisingly mellow smell of crushed tobacco with the boldness of patchouli and the spicy nuances of rum. Longevity and sillage are impressive on my skin.
The most interesting Bay Rum/Tobacco you're likely to find. Come to think of it, perhaps the only-- Well, be that as it may, do NOT make the mistake of supposing that we only praise it to the sky because it's a hard to find, discontinued frag. The drydown, as previously noted, is truly superb. The notes begin to harmonize and we've soon got a Cuban melody of the first order. Makes me want to listen to an old Ernesto Lecuona love song while eating picadillo and sipping a mojito. Light, sparkling, and seductive Caribbean charm all the way. Well, the above review was for the cone-shaped cobalt blue product. The new one is mercifully up to snuff as far as re-formulations go, but it ain't 5 stars. 4 stars is too low. But I can't talk to a computer and tell it to raise it to 4.25 --or perhaps 4.50 on a good day? So, kind reader, I'll talk to you: If you can, get Havana Reserva.
Contains a ridiculous amount of ingredients, and there's no way they could sing in harmony for a long time. Havana does not unfold so much as unravel. This is not a a major problem since most of the notes are pleasant and the scent has a lot of surprises as it finally dries down to this salty ashtray/brown sugar finale I am unable to make up my mind about.
Great scent! But I like the Tuscany more.
There is nothing like Havana. Spicy, warm yet invigorating, complex, refined, yet it has a bad-ass edge to it. There are so many facets to this fragrance. This cologne is not for the clean sweet and fruity or powdery-vanilla crowd. Havana is super masculine. The aroma is powerful and assertive, yet sophisticated and classy. I get cinnamon, bay rum, an ever-present spiciness, a light grassy vetiver at the end along with many other notes I cannot describe. In addition, I get that perfumer's tobacco note you catch in Guerlain Vetiver (ribbed bottle). For those who like to leave the house crisp, confident and "boldly spiced". Can be worn year round too. Check me into the clinic, I'm addicted to it. Also worth mentioning: I'm highly sensitive to chemicals used in most modern fragrances and I do not detect synthetic chemicals in this. To me it is extremely natural and niche quality. Definitely sample this one first though.
Havana by Aramis, 1994
|Top Notes||Coriander Seed, Anise, BIrch Tar, Juniper Berry, Tangerine, Grapefruit, Orange|
|Middle Notes||Bay Rum, Cumin, Jamaican Pimento Berry, Pepper, Jasmine, Hyacinth.|
|Base Notes||Exotic Woods, Tobacco, Patchouli, Cedarwood, Myrhh, Labdanum, Oilbanum, Tonka bean, Vanilla|
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