Havana 1994 Eau de Toilette

Havana (Eau de Toilette) by Aramis
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Havana (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Aramis for men and was released in 1994. The scent is spicy-woody. It is being marketed by Estēe Lauder Companies.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesAldehydesAldehydes
BasilBasil
BergamotBergamot
TarragonTarragon
Green notesGreen notes
CarawayCaraway
Mandarin orangeMandarin orange
Heart Notes Heart NotesCarnationCarnation
GeraniumGeranium
JasmineJasmine
Lily of the valleyLily of the valley
TobaccoTobacco
FirFir
CinnamonCinnamon
Base Notes Base NotesAmberAmber
Oak barkOak bark
LeatherLeather
MuskMusk
PatchouliPatchouli
SandalwoodSandalwood
Tonka beanTonka bean
VanillaVanilla
VetiverVetiver

Ratings

Scent

7.9276 Ratings

Longevity

7.7224 Ratings

Sillage

7.1221 Ratings

Bottle

6.7227 Ratings

Value for money

9.134 Ratings
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8.5
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NuiWhakakore
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NuiWhakakore
NuiWhakakore
Top Review    31  
The new helmsman
Now he stood there, in the darkness outside the tavern. Maybe it wasn't such a good idea to come here after all, but it had to be done. They needed a new helmsman and here he would find him, the best there was. But Havana was a dangerous place for him, ever since the incident last year. Habanita was her name and she was fiery and passionate, they had had a good time. Unfortunately, she was also the governor's daughter and he hadn't approved of her hustling, so his stay here in Havana was not without risk. Hence the disguise and the darkness. But it doesn't help, the captain thought, and set off with heavy steps to enter the tavern. Quite a stupid idea, all of it!

The bodice pinched his groin a bit and he couldn't deal with the billowing skirts either, but thankfully it was quite dim in the tavern. It was a good thing, too, because they had shaved him and also put on some heavy makeup, but it didn't really convince anyone in good lighting. Plus there was his smell - masculine, spicy, the tobacco of the cigar ever present. It was hard to reconcile that with his disguise.

He stepped over to the dark alcove where Mel sat. Oddly enough, the captain's scent was much more lovely here. Something fresh and fruity mingled with it, and flowers. And soft resins and warm leather. It all combined exquisitely with the Captain's spicy tobacco. He realized the smell was coming from Mel, who had his coat up and his hat pulled low on his face so that only his eyes were visible.

"So you're looking for someone to take your helm, I'd just have time, the last captain got a bit pushy so I had to dagger him back to the path of virtue."
Everyone had heard the story of Captain Blood X. Clad, and he hadn't been expected to do such a thing, but his noticeable limp of late spoke volumes.
"I want to assure you that I never harbor such feelings towards my sailors, I really never have!" the captain hastened to assure.
"I am glad to hear that you are a woman of honor."
Eyes flashed with amusement and the captain grew a little redder under copious amounts of blush. It was quickly agreed to trade, and that although Mel demanded triple the pinch as usual. But he was just the best, and they were soon creeping back to the rowboat in the darkness without a hitch. Might have been a good idea after all, the captain thought to himself as they sat in the rowboat and headed for Miss Fortune.

"At least now I won't need this stupid disguise," said the captain as he pulled the wig off his head.
"Yeah, that's right, we don't need it now," Mel replied, flipping back his collar and taking off his hat. Underneath revealed long, black curls and a bodice not entirely dissimilar to the captain's, only much more proportionately filled. The captain sat open-mouthed and thought he heard Blood X. Clad laughing.
"Mel, by the way, is short for Melissa"

Interesting changes aboard Miss Fortune were in the air, along with a hint of vanilla...

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Havana is on the one hand a classic Aramis fragrance, like the Aramis (1964) or Devin (1972), but on the other hand it points towards the modern, towards Tobacco Reserve (2018). He seems to me something like the link between these generations, there fits the release year 1994 yes quite well.

The Havana starts with a fresh-green mix of herbs and fruits. Recognizable is for me there only the tangerine, a little tarragon and a touch of aldehydes. A pinch of caraway also resonates and provides some warmth. This is, especially as far as the aldehydes are concerned, much gentler than the Devon and also than the Aramis. Moving on, there is a floral note where I can't detect any single flower. But they are discreet and pleasant, and strictly speaking not so important, because soon the tobacco takes over, which characterizes the fragrance.

The tobacco smokes only a little and is rather still a little green. Too sweet it is fortunately also not and that is a big difference to Tobacco Reserve, which comes there clearly sweeter (= more modern?) therefore. The mixture of tobacco and spicy-floral notes lingers relatively long and is really very pleasant. Towards the base, amber is added, wood, a little leather and at the end, unfortunately, some of the inevitable vanilla. This makes the scent sweeter, but again not as modern sweet as Tobacco Reserve. So pleasantly wearable.

Compared to its earlier siblings, the Havana is very gentle and restrained, both in silage and, unfortunately, in durability. After 6 hours is here end, which is now not really bad, but the Devin packs there just loose 2-3 hours on it. Compared to his younger sibling, he is also gentle and restrained and especially much less sweet. So for me the much better alternative, especially since there is the Tobacco Reserve anyway no longer and the Havana very cheap.

That with Mel and Captain Blood X. Clad, by the way, was a misunderstanding that has cleared up. Mel would also go with Captain Clad again, but is now very happy with her new captain and I thank her for the sample!
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Hammerhead
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Hammerhead
Hammerhead
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How peppermints in the car made me think of him again..
i always have a bottle of the best perfume in the world (Fahrenheit by Dior) in the center console of my car. A few weeks ago, I ran out of this filling and in the same compartment of the center console was a pack of peppermint candies.

I guess they got soaked with Fahrenheit. But I didn't know that yet, not until I put one of those candies in my mouth. That's when I tasted a mixture of peppermint and perfume, it all became a wild party with spices and menthol.

Anyway, I suddenly got a kind of flashback to a perfume I knew but couldn't place. My old youth room suddenly came before my inner eye, my closet at that time, in which my first perfumes were (Nightflight, Joop Homme, Harley Davidson..) and another scent. This taste was one hundred percent this - still -unknown perfume, I did not want to think of the name.

Well, what can I say, I sucked another such candy and then I really saw the bottle in front of me. Dark, round, thinner at the bottom, a mighty black lid at the top! I didn't want to think of it. When I was looking for ideas in perfume here in the evening, the country Cuba came to my mind, tobacco leaves...HAVANNA!!! Then I got to this fragrance page here but the bottle wasn't right. Then at second glance I saw the old, "my" bottle! There it was. For 26 euros then ordered directly from Amazon and two days later I had it here. Well, not the old one anymore, not as intense as I remembered it, still sweetish, smoky but not as powerful. Anyway, I found it very funny that I have found through the combination of perfume and peppermint to the old fragrance again
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Kurai

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Kurai
Kurai
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Old school tobacco
Havana doesn't need a long prose full of stylish metaphors. He is a man of few words.

Funky moist tobacco.
Spicy at the top, woody-leathery in the end.
Uncomplicated, full of charisma.
Quorum without the sweat.
Brilliant.

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Martin1999
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Personality goes a long way

He is not high-class. The bottle is also not a designer. And the quality of Tom Ford is purer. But Havana has personality.
He makes you feel good in your stomach. He is cool and probably a member of a biker gang. In his leather jacket, a stylish switchblade and a pack of tobacco. If there's
Stress, he settles it with his fist, without kicking when the opponent is on the ground. But a gentleman like Havana has no stress at all. He's so round and has no
angular nuances. Was well brought up by Mama where he was for coffee this afternoon. He still smells like lily of the valley, rose geranium and jasmine from her garden. On the forest path
he brushed against a fir tree. You have to get close if you want to sniff him and he doesn't stay long. Life is too short to worry too much about his eau de toilette
make. For this he is also already too long there
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Ponticus
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Ponticus
Top Review    77  
Havana Moon - the Stones are coming!
The air is shimmering in Havana. It is not yet the sultry heat of the coming rainy season, rather the dry, somewhat cool-fresh, spicy herbaceousness of the grasses, flowers and fruits, more hay-green than gourmand-warm. In the same way, Havana perfume by Aramis opens its olfactory explosion with green herbs, fresh fruit, cumin, floral and spicy. A fragrance that would suit many places in the world.

But we are in Havana, Cuba, the land of casinos, clubs, despots and mafiosis, the favorite place of the great Hemingway, cigars and rum, in the land of mambo, rumba, cha-cha-cha, elegant dancers, attractive ladies and proud women, the island of the revolution of Che and Fidel in which every citizen can write more than just his name.
When Ernest Hemingway was asked why he lived in Cuba, he answered with a declaration of love and said "because he liked it"! We too like Cuba, but today we are there because of them, today is Havana Moon, the Rolling Stones are coming. Meanwhile, not only the air is shimmering, the ground begins to vibrate slightly from the 500,000 visitors of the Benefit Open Air Concert, who together, close together, expectantly unite the joy of life, lightheartedness and tradition of the island.

And so it goes with our Aramis perfume Havana. The tangy, herbaceous opening bouquet retreats somewhat, it remains dry and cold, still green tobacco leaf scent, very slightly resinous and smoky underpinnings, pushes into the foreground. Supplemented by an idea of spicy orientalism, the fragrance, without noticeable sweetness, very slowly transitions into a darker, earthy-leathery aromatics with tart tobacco notes.

The first songs are played and Benita, the reader, the lectora de tabaquería, gets moist eyes listening. Hours ago, she was reading to the torcedores herself as they worked. Her partner, also a torcedoreo, holds her close and hugs her happily with his brown hands, still tobacco and fragrant, while they listen to Honky Tonk Women. Torcedores roll the world's coveted handmade Cohibas, Romeo y Julietas, and Montecristos with great skill on the galeras of cigar factories. Today and now, however, they too celebrate.

The mood is boisterous, joyous, celebratory and loud, the crowd of listeners quaking, music, pleasure, joy, now and here in the moment. The old men on stage give their best and are aware of the history. With the queues of old-timers parked a little off, there is still peace, the bars await the onslaught of tourists, in the distant Naval Base military base, Guantanamo Bay is icy silence, the beach of Varadero and the Bay of Pigs lie peacefully under the evening sky.

From Angie to You Can't Always Get What You Want, the greatest hits have left the stage and the concert is drawing to a close. Quieter, warm, melancholy moods are coming.

Our scent, Havana by Aramis, continues to be thick, rich, and persistent. A splash of sweetness now makes the austere masculinity more pleasing, the earthy spicy tobacco a little cozier and the oriental a little more pronounced. A lingering hint of slightly smoky vanilla announces the conciliatory conclusion to a special olfactory experience. Now the perfume also fits perfectly with this tropical night and Havana. A fragrance with the charm of faded values from an almost bygone era, but at the same time as powerful, young and dynamic as youth can only be!

The stage is empty, satisfied and full of euphoria, the people disperse, the morning after is still far. Mafia boss Meyer Lansky remains missing. Jack-of-all-trades, macho, womanizer and war reporter Ernest Hemingway has made himself comfortable with a Cuba Libre in his Finca Vigia. On the beach, the old man and the sea look saddened and exhausted at the remains of the giant marlin and from the background, hidden in dense fields of sugar cane and tobacco, Che and Fidel also wave, somewhat sadly, at the goings-on. The Habanos glow and rum is also still plenty.

For reading and the small trip to a concert of superlatives very sincere thanks!

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Nwhite

31 Reviews
Nwhite
Nwhite
Helpful Review    4  
Aramis Havana
Tobacco frag-heads unite! An amazing cocktail that hasn't lost anything over the past 25 years. I always recommend this one first to anyone looking to start wearing a masculine tobacco that works during all seasons.

Opening - A strong, stiff, spicy backhand to the jaw
Middle - Cruisin' with your lady!
Finale - Relaxed confidence

Viva Aramis!

4.5 stars.

November 2020 update - I finally picked up a vintage bottle (blue frosted glass). Current gray market average is between $80 and $150 (yikes)...I waited for an auction on Ebay and got mine for $40. Vintage juice is 99% the same as current, with only the opening being a bit smoother. After 5 minutes, they are the same. Current version of Havana can be found online for $20 (100ml).
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SvenScent
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SvenScent
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A modern tobacco scent of the 90s!

One thing first: I had expected an old-school barbershop scent, but I got a very modern looking perfume. Astonishing, especially considering the year of release. Because this fragrance is a child of the 90s!
The perfume opens - very different from what I expected - very fresh, fruity and floral, but also a little synthetic. My first associations were more 'Invictus Acqua' or 'Legend Spirit' than an aramis fragrance After being surprised by this opening, however, I asked myself: where is the tobacco, where is the Havana feeling? Because this was a long time coming. When you think that's it, the chord finally kicks in and a wonderfully authentic tobacco scent slowly unfolds. It's not extremely smoky (and in that case even uncomfortable for me), as in his younger brother 'Tobacco Reserve', or overly sweet, as in so many other tobacco scents, but it's very real The other day it happened that I put on the scent at home and went to a large inland reservoir in a North German city with over a million inhabitants. There I sat on a bench and thought to myself: Who is going to fill his pipe here? Until I noticed, oh, this is my Havana. On the one hand, this was proof that you have to be patient for a while before the tobacco dares to do so, but on the other hand it also showed how natural this tobacco smells. You just have to wait And the floral notes of carnation and geranium, which some here at Parfumo find annoying, I find quite pleasant on the way to the tobacco, because they give the fragrance freshness and lightness, and they also vanish as the fragrance progresses. The fragrance then fades away in a pleasant woody way...

The only thing to add is that the bottle is not worth mentioning and the shelf life is in the upper average range.
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DN1982
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A dream of Cuba? Or ripped from your sleep?
"If it's too strong, you're too weak" is the title of one of the reviews written for this fragrance, which gives me the perfect hook. Nah, I'm not too weak, but I've been tired of old soaps and the barbershop for decades.

They say yes, caraway + carnation = barbershop. Well, they also say the dose makes the poison. And that's why I hold the formula "K+G=B", which has nothing to do with the old name of the former Soviet secret service, but rather indicates a scent, as a rough guide, but since the dose makes the poison, it doesn't have to mean anything.

But in Havana, they say... I'm afraid so The first breath will tell you which way to go. Bergamot, caraway, tarragon, basil; the rest are placeholders and not worth mentioning. Shave finished, the hairdresser's cape put aside, soapy water on top - 60s, 70s, 80s. There is no help in fables around it, no Cuban romanticism known and misunderstood only from the television
Early on, the G is already in the top note, thus adding up with the K and resulting in B. The tobacco should also be located more in the top note. But what does tobacco mean here? There is something that is indeed reminiscent of pipe tobacco in its cut form. But there is also smoke.
And I am always annoyed why such things are not specified more closely in the pyramid of scents, because tobacco as a leaf or finished smoked product has a significantly different smell than the result of its combustion.
Here we have both states of aggregation, although the smoky note makes me think of incense. Or the "Cuban cigar" was stretched with wood chips and straw; it had no quality, the cigar, rather a cheap stinkhorn The other three little flowers of the heart note serve as a framework for the carnation, they are difficult to make out in detail, sometimes one of them flashes out a little more, sometimes the other one comes out a little more, to quickly get back in line again. The spicy fir stands out more, as does the cinnamon, which takes a somewhat harsher course through the fir. Also here still K+G=B...

Downstairs, Havana is more conciliatory again. Oak bark and leather are quite dominant, flanked by musk and amber. The woody dryness is flanked by a little bit of tonka and vanilla. This makes sure that the base doesn't get too dry and I can say that the base is really successful. If it wasn't for the fact that K+G=B would still shine down there...

So to wait a long time until it becomes interesting AND to be annoyed with KGB, who then still investigates in the base, but more covertly, is clearly too much for me. Yes, there I voluntarily raise the white flag
For K+G=B fans who find quorum viiiiiiiiiiieel too strong, Havana is surely something to reminisce about, which should be rather non-Cuban in nature and at the same time a little bit more modern interpreted, round shaped barbershop, which is quite sweetly built
For me this EdT is nothing, but I think it should now be clarified once and for all what Havana is - without any transfiguration.
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Davide
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Davide
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Attitude to life
Havana is a fragrance with an extroverted top note, a smooth heart note that maintains the sovereign balance and expression of the ingredients and a long base note that can be perceived for a good 6 h+. It's all about expression, because in this Cuban bar, every heart beats. First of all it's over with sweet. It's all about passion. And the dance has begun.
In my head, Buena Vista Social Club, Esperanto from Freundeskreis, is running on the old shellac record player and in the old wooden shelf you can see the communist manifesto next to all kinds of cookbooks of spicy and intense dishes. A wafer-thin pinch of vanilla moves from the kitchen into the nose and mixes with the smell of the old cigar. The music and the smoke blow together in a wind chime through the streets and still reach the mountains with the steaming palm trees and the old coniferous woods. The slight coolness in the shade of the monumental Cuba pine in front of the building, which is decorated with all kinds of paintings, is quickly forgotten.

Even though Christmas is celebrated cold in Europe. Here, people heat up and after this first hour, which seems like an epoch, the vanilla tobacco smoke rises like a blue haze in the dance bar and is accompanied by the smell of the cinnamon stars that are served from the kitchen. I buy a drink for the lady of my heart and toast her with a glass of rum before I get up and lead her onto the dance floor with a smile and a kiss on the cheek.

Only now begins what I call "sovereign balance and the expression of the components". It's something different from Contenance, but damned close: it's also over. A mixture of tension and relaxation. A pirouette with luck. And from then on, nothing else matters.

Except our opinions during the intense conversation after our dance, whether Hemingway or Marx belonged on this wooden shelf and what Obama has done for Cuba. In the end we embrace each other deeply and promise to be like brother and sister, because that is what it is all about. We sit relaxed on a leather couch and I notice: We like vanilla, fresh, natural, unsweet. And I like and kiss her neck. A nice common denominator
Anyone who wakes up in the morning after that night in the bar and smells the tobacco smell on their clothes will be glad that they are not going out again. Non-smokers are the real connoisseurs
And now more objectively:
1. The top note: basil, tarragon and tangerine, but in the spice shop next to caraway and green tea (the start at the bar next to the kitchen).
2. The heart note: tobacco, cinnamon, vanilla and fir (the dance in the smoke).
3. The base note: oak, leather, musk and sandalwood (the conversation on the leather couch)
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Chizza
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Chizza
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The never negatively noticeable all-rounder
Havana, for me this is a fragrance that is quite linear and pleasant. To which one notes the year of release. But which also does not offend, does not have a strong sillage or exaggerated durability, but is nice to smell. I like it, I usually spray it on myself when I have to do something quickly or when I want to end the evening with positive vibes but without getting excited. For the price I am satisfied and I think that he has his strengths especially in spring and then summer
To the scent itself: What I smell out for me is the tobacco. But it is flanked by something spicy, which inhibits the sweetness of the tobacco. If I don't fantasize completely, the fir tree also stands out but more subliminally than a kind of mood nuance. The spice potpourri at the beginning is nice but for me it is not individually definable. The tangerine adds a dash of freshness.
Quite a creation. Doesn't exist today in such a flair anymore.
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TorkeTorke 12 months ago
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8
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7
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7
Bottle
Old school, wet tobacco heavy scent.
Not for everyone - especially if you are young - but not really that outdated.
Smells like Che Guevara
KimJongKimJong 2 years ago
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7
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A cologne that will increase your handsomeness by 20%. The scent from the lounge of a 5-star hotel.
Carlitos01Carlitos01 3 years ago
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This old school tobacco and boozy gem remains an alluring modern scent; Six years after my havana last bottle I rediscover a forgotten love.

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