Habanita is one of my favorite scents. Originally created in the early 1920's to perfume cigarettes, it's evolved into one of the great classic fragrances. What makes Habanita so special is that it is simultaneously substantial and harmonious. Although it's a heavy oriental, the formula is very well rounded, with peachy overtones that mingle seemlessly with leather and vanilla creating an overall impression of powdery softness. If perfume were music, Habanita would be a perfectly tuned choir, where no one voice stands out. In a world of celebrity endorsed fragrances that are the equivalent of screeching sopranoes, this is a beautiful thing
Love, love, love. There are far more creative reviewers who have described Habanita on this board, so all I will add is that this is a fragrance that requires a confident spirit....and a light hand. (it is a strong scent) Habanita is both sweet and sultry at the same time. The black bottle is gorgeous, and the price was very reasonable. A blind buy that I have never regretted.
My initial reaction when I first tested Habanita, I took a whiff and it opened my eyes with surprise. This is an exciting perfume, to say the least. It stands alone amongst many that have been marketed. It is a unique fragrance that cannot be duplicated or counterfeited in any way.
It's sensual, it's dark, it's smoky, it's leather, it's powder, it's rubber, it's a sharp assault in your face that drys down to an unusual scent that's very difficult to describe but absolutely one of a kind. On me, there are no flowery notes. It drys down to a powder that wraps itself around leather, tobacco, musk, oakmoss and benzoin. It's warm and smoldering. Not a warm that you wrap yourself in a blanket with warm. Habanita exudes a sexual warmth. It's musky in its own way, not a typical musk that one expects that is so common on the market today.
Each time I wear it, I pick up different nuances of this quaint perfume and I am looking forward to wearing it in the different seasons. This was a blind buy for me and I am delighted with it. It's a red lipstick, dark eyeliner and boots kind of perfume. Others won't recognize it, which is a good thing. You'll stand alone and be remembered. It's a wonderful addition to my perfumes.I don't reach for Habanita very regularly. I can't even say I wear it that often. But when the mood strikes me, it's a frag that is so unique, it I know my entire demeanor is different. This perfume is meant for a person with a zest and passion for what they are about to do because it is a strong fragrance for a woman that can pull it off. Definitely not for the weak, not for a wallflower, and not for the shy. If you want to be remembered, and not necessarily in a good girl way, then this perfume is one to try. After all, how many perfumes do you know that smell of leather, smoke and benzoin, tempered with woods and moss notes? What an incredulous combination. This is a power-house scent, but not for power in the boardroom. It's for power elsewhere.
Whenever I wear it, men seem to be hypnotized and comment on it. Strangers even. This is the one fragrance I'll wear that strange men will ask me about, comment on or want to get closer. Habanita lays low but is the strongest, most compelling perfume I own.
Top Notes: Orange Blossom, Raspberry, Peach, Bergamot.
Middle Notes: Lilac, Orris Root, Jasmine, Heliotrope, Ylang-Ylang, Rose.
Base Notes: Leather, Amber, Musk, Benzoin, Vanilla, Oakmoss, Cedar.
At one time in my life, I was convinced that Balmain's Jolie Madame was the greatest sounding fragrance, ever. At less than 30 dollars online, I sprung for a bottle and eagerly awaited my scented soulmate.
Alas - too green, too thin, too bitter. I wanted powder and leather, I smelled only fresh cut grass.
Because I learn lessons very poorly, if at all; I recently followed the same trajectory with Habanita.
Happily, this story ends better - Habanita is what I imagined JM would've been. There is a lot going on here, and all of it is awesome - powder, leather, fruit, ambery cola, an almost jergens lotion type thing (almonds, cherry - which incidentally reminds me of L'Heure Bleue), some greenery in the far background (vetiver, I imagine). It is at once resolutely old-fashioned but also bizarre. In fact, it is one of very few older fragrances that I 'got' right off the bat.
I highly recommend at least sampling this - it's fascinating. Comforting but weird.
I love heavy and and dark fragrances but this just didn't do it for me. To me it had a cherry smell to it. I can see why others would like it and I would probably recommend other perfume lovers to try it if they want to stand out from the crowd.
Hello, masterpiece! This is one of my top picks. It's strong, lasts forever and a day, and is FIERCE :) Sexy in a dark, powerful way (none of the pink frilly stuff here).
I had been anticipating a smokey, smouldering leather-vanilla based on descriptions that Habanita started its life as a scent for cigarettes. The verdict? - Not quite.
For me, the opening skips the fruits listed in the notes and is mostly green floral/woody. It is rather harsh up close at this point. Within a half an hour, the chorus dies down to a vetiver laced with vanilla (not the other way round) that stays very close to skin. The vetiver gives the overall smokey quality while the vanilla adds the slightest hint of sweetness to soften the edges. The drydown is also a touch powdery. I am not sure whether I enjoy the first half hour of the fragrance but the drydown is worth waiting for. Projection is minimal once it reaches this stage, but the staying power is very good.
One drawback of this interesting fragrance is that the juice seems to be rather an intense shade of yellow - I am afraid to spray on light coloured clothes lest it should leave a stain.
EDIT: Sometimes I get more vanilla than vetiver from the drydown, although the smokiness is still there. The scent grows on me with each wear.
Habinita was another scent on my list of must-tries and since it's not readily available in stores near me, I ordered it online for practically nothing. The notes all lie within my spectrum of favourites: leather, vanilla, vetiver, powder. On skin, I also get a rich dark fruity opening, which settles into a very comforting plush powder. It needs to be below a certain temperature, and preferably snowing, for me to wear this to its fullest cuddly effect. Lovely for bedtime too.
I am really pleased to have finally tried Habanita, but thus far, itís not something I could feel comfortable wearing Ė though this isnít because itís too old-fashioned, or powdery, or complicated. Rather, I find it has a middling bitterness Ė discord. In sweetness and density, it reminds me of the much newer Parfums de Nicolai Sacrebleu, but itís not so amiable. The powder smells cheap to me, which is evocative, of course, but unsettling too. In comparison to new favourite purchase Ė Tom Fordís Tobacco Vanille Ė the tobacco is barely there. Itís leafy and dry Ė not moist and rich. Other fragrances of a similar ilk I would choose above this include the Piguet line Ė Baghari, Fracas and Bandit. But despite not loving it, Iím really pleased to have finally tried it, as itís a significant player in the perfume chronicles. And I absolutely adore the bottle.
In a word, Habanita is hypnotic. I've been a Habanita devotee for many years, and when I am in the mood for it, it's one of the most comforting and yet arresting fragrances I own. It's totally one-of-a-kind, and while it's legendary in the history of fragrances, it doesn't seem to have been copied at all.
Habanita starts out with a deep, blackcurrant jam, leather, face powder and mulchy pine-forest floor melange that's smooth as expensive kid gloves, slightly tart, and subtly powdery with floral and rooty green notes.
As it wears on, Habanita becomes smoother and gives way to a truly hypnotizing leather jacket, vanilla nougat, and rich, resiny tobacco smoke accord with subtle woods and incense floating around the center.
Habanita is probably suited to winters and evening wear, but strangely enough, it's not oppressive in the heat in the least: heat only amplifies the wood and incense aspects of the fragrance. That sweet, syrupy quality is usually what makes an oriental oppressive, but Habanita is the driest vanilla fragrance I know of that's still round and fleshy and really vanillic.
This is one big mamma of fragrances, and it has a very distinctive presence. It's the deep blue midnight of fragrance. It's a soft, warm velvet silence. It whispers in a low, gravely voice and tells you how it wants you to make love to it. In detail. It's heavy, round and womanly. It's deep. It's lusty. It's hypnotic. When you fall for it, you fall hard, and you never let go.