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    Default Aramis Havana Reissue

    I was able to purchase a bottle today at Macys. I have been wearing it all day. I am well versed in the both original Havana and Reserva. I can say with certainty this is the exact same fragrance as the original. I was a bit surprised that it hadn't been changed as I was expecting the worse - but well, miracles do happen, I guess.

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    Default Re: Aramis Havana Reissue

    Thanks for sharing. Finally, some wonderful news.

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    Default Re: Aramis Havana Reissue

    Oh man.....do you know you've unraveled the greatest mystery to hit basenotes in recent times.....

    Thank you for clearing this up...

    Though I am not a fan of Havana, I hope this info will please a lot of members here.

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    Damn !!! I wanted to hear it sucked the big wazoo and was hoping the schmucks who are misdirecting it away from the retailers would be stuck with a whole lot of garbage bottles. Damn !!!

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    K, now I have a mission: Go to Macy's ASAP and try this fragrance!

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    Default Re: Aramis Havana Reissue

    Quote Originally Posted by monsieur_sparkle View Post
    K, now I have a mission: Go to Macy's ASAP and try this fragrance!
    Race ya!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gupts View Post
    Oh man.....do you know you've unraveled the greatest mystery to hit basenotes in recent times.....

    Thank you for clearing this up...

    Though I am not a fan of Havana, I hope this info will please a lot of members here.
    Not a fan of Havana? Damn! I thought Havana is pretty much a fragrance that you can just walk in and walk out with and live happily ever after. Not so? Should I just buy it if there is no tester? Second thought...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuckyLuke View Post
    Not a fan of Havana? Damn! I thought Havana is pretty much a fragrance that you can just walk in and walk out with and live happily ever after. Not so? Should I just buy it if there is no tester? Second thought...

    mate...go ahead and buy it...if you don't like it...you have a ready market for it on the board

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    I called Macy's at South Coast Plaza and the lady said nada, zilch Havana. What's up? What Macy's did you guys go to?
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    Default Re: Aramis Havana Reissue

    Quote Originally Posted by gupts View Post
    ...if you don't like it...you have a ready market for it on the board
    Absolutely!

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    Default Re: Aramis Havana Reissue

    As a newbie, that is fantastic news. Now I get to try and potentially acquire this fragrance which is so well thought of here by very experienced member.

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    Default Re: Aramis Havana Reissue

    Yet it's not on the Macy's website... Strange...

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    I believe Aramis only produced 210 bottles for the relaunch.....and promptly sold 180 of them to ebay sellers before they hit the shelves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auee View Post
    As a newbie, that is fantastic news. Now I get to try and potentially acquire this fragrance which is so well thought of here by very experienced member.
    I completely agree. I as well am very excited by the chance to sample the famous Havana. Everyone was worried if it was terribly reformulated as what Hermes did to Bel Ami.

    However, the question remains, as lousy as Macy's is, and given the Great Recession, which Macy's carry Havana?

    TJ

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    I posted this on the other Havana topic about 2 days ago:

    'I was at the South Coast Plaza today and only planned on trying L'Instant Guerlain, Rive Gauche, Heritage, Tiffany for Men, and Habit Rogue at Nordstrom. Noticed they had all the Aramis relaunch except for Havana. I asked the SA about it and she said that was discontinued for quite some time and that they never got any new Havana shipment.

    so after test spraying those 4 and wanting to wait for the dry down I decided to go to the Macy's men store to look at clothes. Walked pass the men's fragrance section and for the heck of it took a look at the Aramis collection behind the wooden glass cabinet... didn't see Havana...sigh.

    Walked pass a gentlemen SA that handed me "The One" test card... I kindly rejected the offer and he asked me if I needed help looking for anything? I was hesitating but then out of my mouth... "Ummm yeah... you wouldn't happen to have the relaunch of Aramis' Havana would you?"

    The SA raises his eyebrow and was silent for about 5 seconds... "I think we do.... let me check for you sir."

    I see him go behind the counter and see him peaking in the wooden glass cabinet. He says "Hmm... I.. don't see..." I was thinking oh well guess if Saks, Bloomingdales, and Nordstrom doesn't have it why would Macy's possibly have it ...

    "Oh wait. Here it is... in fact we just got this shipment in today." He takes it out and I'm thinking no way is it Havana... then he hands it to me.... and my gosh it is indeed Havana! It was hidden behind one of the wooden part of the glass that covered the front of the box!

    I asked him if he had a tester... (foolish of me I know...) he said no...then he stares at the box and then to the other SA and then the box again and asks me to wait while he goes to talk to the female SA. I overheard "Lets hope he decides to pick it up".... comes back to me and says. "Well guess we can open this one and test it out"

    So the gentlemen SA opens it and I'm dying with anticipation to try it on my skin. He sprays it on the card and I take a smell... hmmm I ask if I can get it on my forearm. I smell it again with a strong woody rum tobacco opening and told him that I'll let it settle and come back later.

    This is where I have to apologize to the rest of the BN'ers as I never got the chance to test out the original Havana so I cannot compare the two. I have only read its legendary status at Basenotes as a frag to try once in your life time and it seems to be 2nd most sought after discontinued frag.

    So I continue to shop for clothes smelling my forearm every 10 mins... top notes still really strong. After 50 min I decided to take a break and sat down to smell the cards and the rest of the frags I tested on my skin to decide which 2 frags I will pick up for the day.

    Smelled Havana again.....woody tobacco still going strong but the rum was not as strong as it was the first spray and I smell vanilla and patchouli now in the mix... this is a man's fragrance. The thought of what I read on the forums about how those Ebayers are buying them out and overpricing them and me refusing to pay those ridiculous prices. I hurry back to the store and the SA sees me and says "The dry down is nice isn't it?" With a big smile on my face I told him thats why I'm back for. He goes and grabs me a new unopened Havana. I give him the money and thanked him and went on my way to Tiffanys. I must say I got really lucky to buy one today because I'm going back to my country in 2 days and there is no way they are going to carry the Aramis relaunches there.

    Apologies for writing this much as I like to go into details especially at the excitement of getting Havana.

    In short:
    - Havana smells wonderful
    - Did not smell the original Havana so cannot compare with the re-release.
    - There was 4 Havana's in the cabinet (2 now since I bought 1 and the other one is now a tester but you can probably ask him to sell you the tester for a cheaper price). 3 JHL's for those that can't find that either.
    - There is now a tester of Havana in the Macy's Men Store in Southcoast Plaza so get sniffing my fellow SoCal BN'ers!
    - Rest of you guys may want to call or stop by your local Macy's or Macy's Men Store this week to check on stock.

    Updated post:

    I'm grateful to the SA for opening the new sealed Havana to let me test it. If he didn't this would have been my 2nd time making a blind buy. First being M7 off the net since they do not sell it in California. Both are excellent frags that I look forward to using when the weather gets colder. I think evening would be best suited for both frags though I will still use them during the day since they practically last all day.

    Edit: its 12:27am here. Been 7+ hours now since I sprayed it on my forearm and I can still smell it. A slightly lighter, sweeter, warm, tobacco, vanilla, musk thats still a in your face smell. So I think one to two shots max is all I will need for this sexy manly beast to last me all day. I cannot wait until it gets colder to bring out Havana's true potential.

    Oh and on a side note. I have slightly dryer skin so frags won't last on me as long as for those who have oily to regular skin. I did moisturize before heading to the mall though so that helped my longevity. I'm going to go ahead and not wash my forearm only to see if I can still smell the Havana in the morning. Oh yeah and the SA gave me a sample of Azzaro Chrome, Mugler Cologne, and Usher UR. I gave the Azzaro Chrome to my friend. Usher UR to my 13 year old nephew and kept Mugler Cologne for myself lol.


    Edit 2: Woke up this morning at 9am and can still smell the Havana on my forearm but its now more close to skin but can still get a whiff of it while typing on the computer.'



    Hope this helps for those that are still looking for Havana in stores or at least curious of how it smells like. Sorry I can't compare with the original Havana as I have never smelled it. However I do love this re-issue.
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    Not all Macy's carry Havana. I stopped into the recently opened Macy's in Allen, TX and the store did not have any of the reissues. A helpful SA thought that it may be getting the fragrances in for Christmas, late Oct. There are other Macy's near me and a Neimann Marcus so I will try to make the time to see if any of these stores has Havana. At least for today, I was unsuccessful.

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    Default Re: Aramis Havana Reissue

    The three Macy's by me didn't have it... I'd love to know the thought process of some of the higher-ups at the EL sales and marketing division...

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    Please.....don't get me started.

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    I really dislike the way greedy, hoarding buyers grab every bottle they can ruining it for other people, or that's the way it sounds so far. Not saying all do it but the few that do really have a nerve!

    They do the same at every launch of a computer games console as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aerandir4 View Post
    I really dislike the way greedy, hoarding buyers grab every bottle they can ruining it for other people, or that's the way it sounds so far. Not saying all do it but the few that do really have a nerve!

    They do the same at every launch of a computer games console as well.
    I think you have to ask yourself how they manage to get away with it in the first place. An insider job, perhaps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebor View Post
    I think you have to ask yourself how they manage to get away with it in the first place. An insider job, perhaps?
    I will take all the 89 bottles you have in stock, please. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebor View Post
    I think you have to ask yourself how they manage to get away with it in the first place. An insider job, perhaps?
    Yes it is strange why it happens. There are a lot of people really wanting to try this scent and the way its being unwrapped leaves one feeling short changed and annoyed.

    Hopefully there will be more bottles flowing around the market place giving some others a chance to try this anticipated scent out, here's hoping!
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    Default Re: Aramis Havana Reissue

    My sources tell me that there are only 40 bottles left to be spread out among 619 retail stores. 35 of them are testers.

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    I suppose that ,outside Basenotes,the magnitude of greatness of Havana,is not known and then not appreciated.for me,it is hard to believe that buyers from all over the States went hunting for the (initially few) bottles available...
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    Quote Originally Posted by discovolante View Post
    I suppose that ,outside Basenotes,the magnitude of greatness of Havana,is not known and then not appreciated.for me,it is hard to believe that buyers from all over the States went hunting for the (initially few) bottles available...
    more like 'hoarders' than buyers, it seems.

    I just think it's a matter of time as the stocks are replenished and the supply improves.

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    This is some great news, I'll be getting it soon

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    Quote Originally Posted by discovolante View Post
    I suppose that ,outside Basenotes,the magnitude of greatness of Havana,is not known and then not appreciated.for me,it is hard to believe that buyers from all over the States went hunting for the (initially few) bottles available...
    It is those damn Basenoters again!

    Actually, I called my local Macy's and after either being transferred to a telephone which nobody picked up or having my called dropped 5 times, finally a women told me she had never heard of the Aramis Gentleman's Collection nor did she know anything whatsoever about it.

    The race is on between Macy's and Dillard's as to which department store I hate the most.

    I want to sample Havana!

    TJ

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    The Macy's stores in Sacramento, CA do not carry Havana either.

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    Ok fellow basenoters, I bought the bottle of Havana today at south coast plaza in Costa Mesa
    CA, And I have to say This does not I repeat does not smell like the Original Havana! This is like Havana light! I had 3 bottles Of the original, Man I really am dissapointed, from memory I remeber A totally different smell, Im not saying this doesnt smell nice, But I would say it smells ok, I know everyones excited about this release as was I, I actually drove 80miles round trip just to get this, I think I will but it up for swap or sale 3 squirts missing cap and box! If anyone wants to swap or buy please offer somthing reasonable based on supply and demand.

    You know I think I may have put my foot in my mouth to soon Im here at work at 4am, left my house at 1am, before I had left I sprayed some Havana on. right away I asked my wife what she thought she said smelled like cleaning product! I should have waited at least 10 minutes before asking her because man Havana opened up on me somthin nice! The Tobacco is dead on, along with the Rum, does have A little sweetness almost vanilla like, I guess you can say it is bottle worthy, But man I still think its A little lighter than I remeber, All and all its still A damm good fragrance, to me the tobacco note kills C&S CUBA.
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    Since ur really want to get rid of that bottle, why dont u sale it for RRP ? =)
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