Originally Posted by mike1990
I recently started wearing Havana just to get a feel for what it's like. It was a blind buy and when I first sprayed it on I thought I made a terrible mistake. I thought it smelled like the perfume my grandmother used to wear. After about 5 wearings I am totally in love. I love how this is much different than the Chanel Allure Sport and Kouros Body that I own. To my nose there is nothing sweet about this fragrance. The women go crazy over this scent and even my guy friend had a positive comment toward it. Is there anything similar that I would enjoy? How is Havana Reserva?
Anything on my wardrobe that I give 5 stars
(And don't forget to check out my 'wish list' as well.)
Seriously, check out the reviews of H.R and Havana--They're practically identical.
The principal difference is the Reserva lasts longer. It's more concentrated.
Oftentimes concentrated versions of a scent suck big time. e.g; Eau Sauvage Concentree is a bad parody of Eau Sauvage.
But here this one is the happy exception. The Reserva rocks as well!
Now as far as what else you will like, yes the Montana original " the red box" is similar to Havana--but why would you want something so similar? There's more logic in the Czech and Speake Cuba, which is lighter and arguably more 'summer' than Havana; and it's also a 5 star frag, imho.
Cuba Paris Red is an el cheapo of which the less said the better, Miller Harris Feuilles de Tabac is good and unusual but didn't do it for me.
Now I really like
( you do get by now that all this is subjective, right?) Guerlian Vetiver--but it's being recommended to you because of the tobacco note.
If I understand your question correctly you're asking what else is out there that has the joy and power of Havana, not necessarily what has tobacco or Bay Rum.
Unfortunately the journey is long, expensive (but at least not fattening)
The answer is what you
discover to be 5 star scents.
(Hm. . .perhaps my original wisecrack about checking my 'drobe is not so far in the outfield)
I would say Cuir d'Oranger
another Miller Harris product would be ahead of Feuilles de Tabac as far as a Wow
In the Eureka! and Machometer scale, though it's about orange and leather.
Anyway, look up the reviews of the scents you find intriguing.
Get a decant from TPC or elsewhere before you spring for a full bottle.
And have fun searching for more 'Holy Grails.'
Buena Suerte, viejo!