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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.