These scents are amazing for the money. Many smell like they cost 4 or 5 times what I paid for them. I have also tried the Cubano fragrances (made by a sister company).
These never smell cheap and even though they are an homage to other scents, they often smell superior to the original scents especially in the dry down phase, where most get a wonderful tobacco like masculine, classy finish.
Cuba Brown: Homage to Catalyst, only better. Same qualities, same unique scent, else challenging, I like it better than Catalyst, because it has everything I like about that unique scent, but somehow is better. But the HUGE problem with BROWN is longevity. Frankly, its horrible. Your fortunate to get even a few hours period. After 3-4 hours, I can't even tell I'm wearing anything, with my nose to my skin. And my body chemistry carries fragrances. After the first hour I can only smell it up close to the skin. Horrible. Only one of the whole line, that I've tried like that. Fix this defective formula CUBA PARIS! That being said, at $10 for a 3.3 oz bottle, you can reapply every 3-4 hours. So still not a terrible deal. Especially if your a Catalyst fan.
Cuba Red: Homage to Berburry London and John Varvatos Vintage. A personal favorite! Warm, fal/winter scent. Spicy, manly. Great longevity, amazing high class manly scent. I people don't like you in this...they just don't like YOU.
Put it in your fragrance collection immediately. Especially if your hurting for cash and want something that smells classy and elegant.
Cuba Black: Homage to Azzaro pour Homme. Another personal favorite! My wife loves this on me.....LOVES....LOVES....LOVES it. It's Azzaro, but done right. Azzaro is a classic, but this takes what is great about that scent, and again makes it more accessible and polished. Dry down is amazing. I could smell myself all day long. And I do. Great longevity for me. Another sophisticated, classy, manly scent. It's what a 19th century gentleman wears while he's sipping his cognac, smoking a pipe, in his study, reading a leather bound book. It smells mature, but never old. This one is tied with RED for me, but for different reasons. This is all class.
Cuba Grey: Homage to Eternity by Calvin Klien. If you have Eternity, don't buy this, because to my nose, on my body, it smell identical. Eternity has it beat on longevity. That stuff lasts on me for days practically. But Grey has plenty of longevity, I get a full day out of it. But it is so much like Eternity, in a blind scent test, I'm not sure I could tell them apart. If you love Eternity, and short on cash, get CUBA GREY! It doesn't smell like a cheap knock off of Eternity (i've smelled those...yuck!) It smells like the original. Save money and enjoy the scent that was my signature scent for my high school and clubbing days. If you love Eternity, get this an pay 1/4 the price.
Cuba Royal: Homage to ??? Can someone help me with this one? It smells very similar to Cuba RED. More mature maybe? It feels more of a night frangrance, wear as red is a more all day, or night scent. All I can say is I love it. And if you like RED you will like ROYAL. But I would love for someone to tell me what the inspiration scent it for this little jewel...any thoughts?
Cuba Prestige: Homage to Angel A*Men by Thierry Mugler. Fresh, clean, powdery scent. But the tobacco base keeps it manly. I love this scent. It's been years since I smelled CK Be. But for some reason, this vaguely reminds me of that scent. But definitely not unisex, and more manly here. But has that soft powdery vibe. Smells like a yummy desert, but without making you smell like a ladies perfume. Very classy light smell. Nice all day smell. Very unique. Will get noticed in a good way. Everyone asks what I'm wearing, and where they can get it with this one.
Cubano Gold aka Cuba Gold (they are identical) Homage to Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male. I think Cubano version is better, in the quality department, because it's longevity is much better. Although GOLD lasts too. And seems to just have a slightly more polished version of the scent. But other than longevity, they scents are nearly identical. If you love Le Male, get this. I love it. I think this is better than Le Male, again because it's more accessible to everyone. Less synthetic smelling, somehow. Smells more polished.
Cubano Bronze: Homage to Aqua Di Gio by Giorgio for Men. Very similar. Nice clean aquatic scent. Excellent longevity. I'm not a huge aquatic fan. Makes me feel like I'm back in a high school locker room again with a bunch of wanna be jocks. But sometimes in the summer I like to sport an aquatic. And this scent fits the bill. Excellent projection. My wife likes aquatic scents. She says they smell clean. Agreed. This smells like you spent real money on it. Not like some cheap dollar store teen body spray. If you dig aquatics or love Aqua Di Gio, its a must buy.
Cubano Copper: Homage to Davidoff's Cool Water. A classic in my book, like Eternity. Yes, I know I said I don't like aquatics that much. (I don't hate them, just not my fav) But Cool Water is a classic. It is the quintessential aquatic that should be in everyones collection if they are to own only one. This smells just like it. Like the Eternity homage of Cuba Grey. This is Cool Water. I've smelled cheap knock offs, this smells like the real deal. In fact, I can't tell the different. Longevity actually seems better with Cubano Copper than Cool Water, which has a notoriously short scent life. So in that respect Cubano Copper is better. If you love Cool Water, get Cubano Copper, and save 1/3 the price.
Cuba Wild Heart: Homage to Ed Hardy's Love and Luck. Just ordered this, hasn't arrived yet. I'll submit my thoughts soon. But the word on the street is it awesome. Like Cuba RED, BLACK, PRESTIGE, ROYAL awesome! Got it a 3.3oz for 10 bucks on Ebay. So I'm excited to take it for a spin.
Times are getting lean for many a 21st century gentleman, I'm just glad with the Cuba line of fragrances, we can get high quality masculine scents, at generously reasonable prices. Seriously, go out and get any of these off amazon or ebay. Get the 3.3 oz or magnum size or the red, black and gold. You will use them, and love them. One of the greatest discoveries in scents I've made in years. How often can you say you bought something that is many times worth the value of what you paid? Something that feels rich, and expensive for a meager price. That's what the Cuba Paris and Cubano fragrances provide. Keep it up Cuba!
The CUBA GOLD MAGNUM, CUBA BLACK MAGNUM, CUBA RED MAGNUM, only refers to the size. The magnums I believe are 4.2 oz. The standard are 3.3 But the exact same scents!