Which is better Havana or Dior Homme Intense?
I bought a bottle of Havana blindly (only a few weeks ago), based on recommendations b/c I like spicy rum type scents. I have to say, it is my all time favorite and no matter what else I try (around $50 or less a bottle), I haven't found anything close to it for my taste. This is the scent that literally made me realize I didn't care for all my other bottles of synthetic smelling aquatic/fresh scents, and sweet ambery concoctions. So, I got rid of them all for good. Now all I own is Havana, Tommy Bahama, and a newly discovered unique gem by the name of Yatagan. I don't believe I'll find anything as good (to me) as Havana, and that's fine by me.
I guess I'm a fanatic for the spicy ones.
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I love Havana and you seem to have similar tastes to myself so i'd say yes, go for it.
I bought mine blind from the US off eBay as for some reason the UK stores stock all the gentlemens collection except Havana?
I agree with some of the other posters that its best not to think of this as a tobacco scent, to me its an old school spicy/green scent with great longevity and sillage.
My Current Top 5
1. Creed Silver Mountain Water
2. Mugler Cologne
3. Amouage Jubilation XXV
4. Lalique Encre Noire
5. Aramis Havana
I would never buy blind. I tried this at Macy's and didn't care for it.
I bought blind on this scent - simply because of reading the reviews here on Basenotes.
All I can say is; I DO NOT REGRET IT!
I've really never smelled anything like it. It's so spicey, warming, strong notes of tobacco, rum and leather. It's even, dare I say, sexy and enticing!!
Just read the reviews and look at the positives compared to the negs. That answered my question, and I'm sure it will for you.
I bought mine from eBay, from a user called Perfume-Cali who is based in California. About $45. Worth every penny, even after paying for shipping.
Hope you manage to buy some, an really enjoy it.
I agree, I had to buy mine from eBay. Got it from USA from a seller called " Perfum-Cali". Was about $45 dollars, but with shipping it came to about £40 - which is the same price you would pay for other Gentlemens Collection scents.
In the UK, John Lewis website seems to have the best and most reasonably priced selection of Aramis G.C scents
Well... after trying three more Macy's and a Norstrom with no luck I decided to order Aramis Havana. I really tried to find a place to test it, but alas I had no luck. This will be my first blind buy. Once it arrives and I give it a few tries I will report back.
Cool man, be sure to write up a report. I have been thinking about blind buying this frag myself. Akira is a great film, btw.
I think this is a very easy fragrance to like. I've had it for ages and never regretted buying it.
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Five years ago I thought I loved Havana for a couple of months or so, but it became surprisingly monotonous in a relatively short period of time. It's better than most, but it suffers from the tiresome affability of spices. I bought another bottle last year and the same thing happened, and I saw no reason to keep it after a few months. I slightly prefer Montana Parfum d'Homme, probably because it's a little drier and the spices are a little livelier, but it spends a lot of time in the box and I rarely wear it.
For something even more tedious you can try the new Fougere Royale, which has nothing to do with the original, but is actually a smaller, lighter, greener but smoother version of Havana.
Buy it and find out what you think. No one here can tell you what you'll like. Havana isn't a bad fragrance by any means.
Hi guys, I apologize for the very late follow-up. I’ve owned Havana for a few months now and have been able to try it a number of times. I like the fragrance a lot. It is very spicy (at least at first) and is quite masculine IMO. I don’t like to classify fragrances as for young or old people, but I do imagine smelling this more often on a man in his 40s than say a teenager.
As numerous reviewers have put it, it is indeed very strong during the opening. There is an initial cacophonous blast that is at once herbaceous (and a little fruity), boozy, and spicy. Unfortunately, at least on my skin, the fragrance doesn’t last too long. I’ve gotten around 4-5 hours, which isn’t terrible, but the strength of the scent diminishes quite quickly. I really like the fragrance most about 15-30 minutes after I apply it and then for the next hour it smells amazing. I’m not too wild about the fragrance after a few hours, but that may be just because I have a much harder time smelling it by then. A lot of users seem to be turned off by the initial blast of this fragrance, but I think it is during the first hour or two that this fragrance is most interesting. To me the soft, creamy dry down lacks a lot of the complexity that you get earlier on with this frag.
Overall, I like the fragrance, but I don’t see myself replacing it after I run out. That shouldn’t be problem though since I go through fragrances very slowly for the most part.
*Also, I just ordered Tauer’s L'Air du Desert Marocain the other day. I had been debating about this fragrance for quite some time since the price has gone up substantially from what it is used to be. However, after trying a second sample of LdDM (and going through it super quick) I was convinced it is a really great scent and worth buying a whole bottle. I also still want to buy a full bottle of Creed GIT sometime, but I always worry about getting an off bottle.
Thanks again for the input guys!
I would echo Pluran's sentiments. I expected the dry, bitter spice brew (pimento, green pepper & bay rum) to morph into a marvelous tobacco accord, but it never materialized into that.
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My classics: Dior Homme EdT, YSL Rive Gauche PH, Helmut Lang Cuiron, L'Occitane Neroli (vintage), Davidoff Zino, L'Occitane Eau des Baux
Considered blind buying into the hype too, but deliberating that I already have Montana Red Box and didn't care for the tobacco in The Dreamer and D&G, I think I shall pass.
Also I've seen it compared to the very cheap Sung Homme.