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Herrera Confidential : Mystery Tobacco (2016)
by Carolina Herrera


Herrera Confidential : Mystery Tobacco information

Year of Launch2016
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
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People and companies

HouseCarolina Herrera
PerfumerQuentin Bisch
Parent CompanyPuig Beauty & Fashion Group > Puig Prestige Beauty Brands

About Herrera Confidential : Mystery Tobacco

Herrera Confidential : Mystery Tobacco is a shared / unisex perfume by Carolina Herrera. The scent was launched in 2016 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Quentin Bisch

Herrera Confidential : Mystery Tobacco fragrance notes

Reviews of Herrera Confidential : Mystery Tobacco

I was skeptical, given the price-point and the hype, that Mystery Tobacco would actually be impressive. I suspected that its relative rarity, and high price point, had led to an inflated reputation.

And maybe it has, to a degree. Mystery Tobacco is not one of the all-time great tobacco scents. Nevertheless, the truth is that Mystery Tobacco is, in fact, a good scent that occupies a unique place in the genre. Whether or not it's worth the luxury tier pricing and the hunt one will have to perform to obtain a bottle is going to be a personal decision.

Like Bvlgari Man Black Orient, this composition feels like an attempt to create a stripped-down, borderline minimalist take on Middle Eastern opulence in the vocabulary of Western luxe-niche fragrances ala Tom Ford (Tobacco Oud is a sort of cousin to this). Mystery Tobacco isn't especially dense or thick or rich. It feels somewhat aloof and formal, a Man of Mystery scent that carries itself with confidence and restraint, and is accordingly easier to admire than love.

Once you get beyond the slightly shisha-y opening, Mystery Tobacco turns smoky and woody and dry, with a prominent cigar tobacco note over some smooth synthwood smokiness. Make no mistake, this is certainly a tobacco-lovers tobacco scent, so only those who love the note need apply. Coupled with its dryness, this gives Mystery Tobacco a mature and somewhat serious impression; there's nothing old-fashioned about it, but there's nothing playful about it, either.

It wears pleasantly but linearly, perhaps to a fault; there are no revelations to come beyond the first hour of wear, and its central accord is not quite dynamic enough to sustain my long-term fascination. Projection is modest, but longevity is commendable.
12th August, 2019 (last edited: 04th April, 2020)
The opening is fresh and dirty at the same time with citrus, tobacco and green vetiver. The drydown is a nice, dry tobacco with just a little burnt sugar sweetness.

Mystery Tobacco resembles Pure Havane mostly and a little bit of Phaedon Tabac Rouge but it has more spice and is more dry than both, less sweet as well.

Performance is great, both in projection and longevity.
21st April, 2019
A totaly warm, truly unflinching and luxurious (arabian in style) woody tobacco's rendition from the luxury Carolina Herrera's line: Herrera Confidential. Tobacco is dry, herbal, woody and supreme. Ginger enhances the initial drama. Vague feels of honeyed caramel and liqueur perfectly match and complete the stout carnal accord of woods, dry spices, bitter herbs and tobacco. Frankly my humble nose is unable to catch any osmanthu's spark. Dry down is quite bold, supremely masculine and mysterious. I detect a vague burnt sugar-accord. If you want cheaper (similar though not entirely close) kinds of this one's popular "Brothers" stick to the "fresher" Armani Code Profumo, Viktor&Rolf Spice Bomb, or to Bottega Veneta Pour Homme Parfum.
05th April, 2019 (last edited: 15th August, 2019)
Mystery Tobacco immediately leaves the impression of being very good, and up there among the best/most popular tobacco fragrances that are most often referenced when discussing the genre (Tobacco Vanille, Odori Tabacco, Herod, 18.21 Man Made, Pure Havane, Franck Boclet, etc.). That's just the immediate feeling it gives off--a high quality, natural, well-made tobacco, able to compete with all the rest. And it's probably better than most of them...

What I first noticed about this one, is that the tobacco itself is not adulterated by an overload of gourmands notes, spices, booze, or anything else.. Many tobacco scents are just partially so--they may be 25% tobacco, but contain larger proportions of other notes like vanilla, cinnamon, rum, or leather. Even in fragrances with 'tobacco' in the name, the note itself may only appear in a supporting role, or at most, sharing the spotlight with something else. That doesn't mean that some of these fragrances aren't very good--because scents like Tabac Rouge and Ambre Narguile are some of the best around--but it does mean that you may be left a little unsatisfied, and wanting a little more...tobacco. True tobacco fragrances are rare.

Mystery Tobacco puts the tobacco note right at the front and center of the composition. It's a natural tobacco, and smells like a combination of freshly harvested, golden tobacco leaves, and darker pipe tobacco, a hint smoky, with chocolate-like patchouli accents, and a wonderfully-creamy tonka base beneath it all. The tonka is subtle at first, until you hone in on it and realize its undeniable presence in the overall structure. There's also a fresh, lively spiciness infused throughout Mystery Tobacco which balances the tonka and darker aspects of the tobacco and patchouli. This is an important element in the fragrance as it keeps Mystery Tobacco from becoming too dark and heavy, which can ultimately be a drag to wear--you want your fragrance to have at least some sort of levity and ebullience, and the ginger does a good job of affecting that here. Overall, this is a mostly linear fragrance, with the creamy, roasted qualities of the tonka emerging more over time, along with some of the earthiness from the patchouli. The tobacco remains present from beginning to end.

Performance is better than above average, as it has 12 hours-plus longevity and very good projection. This one gets out there well, though (to its credit) I wouldn't quite describe it as "nuclear," and that's because of the fragrance itself and how it's composed. It's not one loud, thick wall of scent that's going to smack you in the face, but rather a very diffusive, yet substantial and aromatic tobacco with good range and sillage. I sprayed it a few times in a room upstairs and was able to catch sweet wafts of it all throughout my house. But even in the room where I sprayed it it wasn't overwhelming or clogging it up.

I do not think this smells like any other tobacco scent on the market right now--at least that I've smelled--though it may have some qualities that remind you at times of certain other tobacco's. What's really nice about Mystery Tobacco is that it presents a true tobacco fragrance--placing the note right at the forefront of the composition--while embellishing it just enough with other notes to make it interesting, alluring, and enjoyable enough to be something that you would really want to wear. You're not going to smell like a birthday cake garnished with a single tobacco leaf, but you also won't smell like your old uncle when he's glued to his favorite armchair smoking his evening pipe. The tobacco accord is smooth and natural, and given enough depth and dimension to drive the fragrance. Two or three sprays should be plenty with this. If you can find it, Mystery Tobacco is well worth sampling. If it wasn't for its expensive price tag, I'd recommend it as a blind buy. As of now, I'm giving it a final rating of 9/10, with the potential to be a 9.5.
03rd April, 2019
I went on a buying spree a few months ago trying to find a favorite tobacco fragrance. I bought all of the big names as well as a couple of niche as well. After wearing them all several times I can say that the CH Mystery Tobacco is the clear winner of all of them.

It isn't too sweet (I'm looking at you, Herod) and also manages to keep from being too one-note like several other tobacco fragrances do. Plus the longevity was better on this than the others I tried as well, which is always a big plus for me since I need my fragrances to last the entire day.

I've added it to my list to buy as a full bottle once I've finished all the tobacco samples I ordered... which could be a while.
01st March, 2017

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