According to Aramis, Havana is "Charismatic, Well-Blended, Smooth, Sensual, Electric, Sexy, Masculine, Warm, Vibrant, Pulsating, Virlie, Seductive, Hypnotic and Intoxicating" Hmmm: Short and sweet then! The packaging depicts a jungle scene and the bottle is a dark blue cone of frosted glass.
Havana fragrance notes
- Coriander Seed, Anise, BIrch Tar, Juniper Berry, Tangerine, Grapefruit, Orange
- Bay Rum, Cumin, Jamaican Pimento Berry, Pepper, Jasmine, Hyacinth.
- Exotic Woods, Tobacco, Patchouli, Cedarwood, Myrhh, Labdanum, Oilbanum, Tonka bean, Vanilla
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Latest Reviews of Havana
When it finally dries down to tobacco and woods, it is soft and pleasant enough, but it takes about a day of "where are my bifocals" to get there.
The dry down of tobacco, cinnamon and carnation is a warm, sultry paradise on my chest, arms, and neck. I really should get back up bottles of this in case it is mercilessly discontinued. Because it just THAT good. God, what a nose orgasm Havana is.
This shares the same impeccable DNA as Aramis 900, Devin, JHL, Tuscany (even though they were composed by different noses)... They are all masterpieces, and I cannot be convinced otherwise.
I love it!
Havana is complex and tells an interesting story as it passes from sweet, citrusy top notes through spicier heart notes and dries down into the masculine, exotic blend of tobacco, patchouli, various woods, and tonka bean. Every step of the journey is worthwhile and evokes the spirit of old Havana - awaking in a classic hotel, breakfast and robust coffee on the balcony or in the courtyard, a stroll through the streets and along the waterfront, drinks later in an airy bar, and finally a wonderful cigar at sunset. Hemingway would be proud.
Havana by Aramis is a winning formula.
Havana successfully reimagines the brisk, tonic-like profile of aftershaves in perfume form, much to the delight of wet shavers and others. Havana is bold, brash and uncompromising throughout much of its development, and surprisingly reveals a refined sensuality in the base. This is best enjoyed in warm weather with a lavish application laid back and immensely satisfying.
I repeat - on clothing.
On my skin, similarly to the current Habit Rouge, a strange thing happens - an impressively complicated and well-balanced scent, picture it as a statue if you will - melts into the ground only leaving half a crooked arm, a shoulder and part of the hair visible.
Edit: Reading this two years later, I'm quite surprised. I'm not a fan of the scent anymore. Something in it has come to irritate me (- I suspect it's some aldehydic components.)
But it smells cheap to me, and from the many reviews I've read smells nothing like what I was expecting.
This one is definitely not for me, and the vintage decant is already down the road.
It's a must-own for those who crave dynamic wearing experiences, given that its character evolves and shifts along with where it is in its lifespan and with adjustments in the ambient temperature and humidity. Sometimes it's restrained and shadowy, a mossy fougere, and sometimes it's exuberantly spicy. Thus, it's something of a wear-anytime fragrance, depending on which side of Aramis Havana you come to enjoy the most.
While it's not precisely old-fashioned, it's also not particularly youthful; it's a fragrance for those who love "mature" or "classic" fougeres and chypres and will enjoy a particularly inventive, masterful spin on classic fragrance structures.