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    Default What, if anything, compares to Havana?

    About a year ago I became hooked on Basenotes. Since, I have accumulated 25 + new fragrances. I also have an old bottle (1995) of Havana, which I bought prior to a vacation in Mexico. I have dug that bottle out (3/4 full - at the time I remember thinking it was too strong) and I am loving it. I have, in similar category :

    Burberry London
    John Varvatos
    M7
    Envy

    None compare. I like the spicy dryness of Havana more than all of the above. My question is as follows:

    If I love Havana, what should I try?
    If nothing else satisfies, what is the best source for fresh, authentic Aramis Havana?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Default Re: What, if anything, compares to Havana?

    Montana Parfum d'Homme (red box)
    Last edited by petruccijc; 29th September 2008 at 09:56 AM.
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    Default Re: What, if anything, compares to Havana?

    the Havana reserva is still available at beautyencounter...

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    Default Re: What, if anything, compares to Havana?

    Czech & Speake Cuba
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    Vintage Dia, Vetiver Dry, Angel parfum, Opium parfum for Sale:
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/215962

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    Default Re: What, if anything, compares to Havana?

    Quote Originally Posted by mudassir View Post
    Czech & Speake Cuba
    I agree

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    Default Re: What, if anything, compares to Havana?

    C&S Cuba is a great one, but it's a good deal more "British" than Havana
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    Default Re: What, if anything, compares to Havana?

    I love heavy spice fragrance and there aren't any that do Havana better than Aramis Havana - but it is a very intense fragrance that is sometimes hard to wear and easy to over apply. I found a bottle on e bay but it is hard to find. It is a big dry spice scent so densley layered it becomes a metallic spice melange with a background hint of tobacco.

    These are similar to it but they have they their differences-

    Miller Bertaux #2 Spiritus/Land - a big spice scent that has a deep healing incense feel to it and dries down greener than Havana into an earthy vetiver base.

    Michael for Men by Michael Kors - very heavy spice opening with a patchouli and pipe tobacco closing. A more refined version of Havana.

    Parfumerie Generale 02 Coze - Heavy spice with a grassy sativa oil middle note and a chocolate/coffee basenote.

    Comme des Garcons Parfum - heavy spice opening that moves into a medicinal incense essence with a hypnotic resonance about it.

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    Default Re: What, if anything, compares to Havana?

    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    Montana Parfum d'Homme (red box)
    Ditto. I was delighted to find his gem on the recommendation of BNers. Very close to Havana, very very good, very cheap ($20ish on eBay). Make sure you get the red box.

    It was my SOTD for the last 2 days, and I easily got 16 hrs out of it, plus 2 compliments!

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    Default Re: What, if anything, compares to Havana?

    Very Valentino ph, pure Virginia pipe tobacco!

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    Default Re: What, if anything, compares to Havana?

    Montana and Havana are nearly identical, I have never smelled two more similar perfumes

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    Default Re: What, if anything, compares to Havana?

    I will second (third? fourth? fifth?) the votes for Montana (Red Box). Very similar; does for saddle leather what Havana did for tobacco.

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