Habanita 1924 Eau de Toilette

Version from 1924
Habanita (1924) (Eau de Toilette) by Molinard
Bottle Design René Lalique
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Habanita (1924) (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Molinard for women and was released in 1924. The scent is oriental-spicy. Projection and longevity are above-average. The production was apparently discontinued. Pronunciation
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Main accords

Oriental
Spicy
Leathery
Animal
Woody

Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes BergamotBergamot PeachPeach Orange blossomOrange blossom RaspberryRaspberry
Heart Notes Heart Notes HeliotropeHeliotrope JasmineJasmine IrisIris RoseRose Ylang-ylangYlang-ylang LilacLilac
Base Notes Base Notes AmbreineAmbreine BenzoinBenzoin MuskMusk Russian leatherRussian leather CedarwoodCedarwood VanillaVanilla
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8.0236 Ratings
Longevity
9.5175 Ratings
Sillage
8.7147 Ratings
Bottle
7.9141 Ratings
Submitted by DeGe53, last update on 08.12.2022.
Interesting Facts
When introduced in 1921, Habanita was originally designed for perfuming cigarettes and was later released as a regular perfume.
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Digindirt

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Digindirt
Digindirt
Helpful Review 12  
Taking the lead
Well well well, what do we have here? A Cougar in a bottle that's what!
Habanita is a woman on the prowl and she takes no prisoners. This lady holds her own and she knows what she wants.

Her darkness shines through quite suddenly drawing you in slowly and steadily. Just when you think you have a handle on her, she quickly changes into a cool, calm, and collected power player. You try to resist but it's too late. She has her claws in you and there's no backing out now.

She moves with stealth leaving the meek behind. She wants to dominate her audience and control their actions. All we can do is follow.

While I am not very good at detecting individual notes, I am a lover of woodsy notes that cast a powdery glow. Impressive to say the least. She is the leader of the Pack!
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7.5
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7.5
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Sensual

2 Reviews
Sensual
Sensual
Helpful Review 11  
Breaking in a pair of shoes
To me, Habanita is a dancer. Not necessarily flamenco-dancer as the name might suggest, but just any dancer who´s actually so passionate about the dancing, that she´ll not only break in the pair of shoes, but eventually break those shoes completely !

And yet much more. It has certain depth that fits well watching Tarkowski-movies or film noir - who could watch film noir wearing Angel or Candy ? It just wouldn´t fit.

Habanita starts with quite bewildering top-notes, that´s when one will want to go dancing or do something creative, perhaps even something daring. And sometimes, something very daring !
In aromatherapy Labdanum is the one who´s "quilty" of letting go of inhibitions, is this the secret of Habanita ?
However, it must be the petit grain that makes it also so zitric, surprisingly zitric even. That is the one note which I do not smell so well in summer, for summer Habanita is rather only on the heavier side, but in winter it shows also more bitter, zitrus-like notes which I like.

Yet at heart it gets softer, more balanced, sometimes I even think of "L´Heure Bleue" by Guerlain, not so much for the smell but the mood. Both are deep and mysterios, Habanita gets more introverted and darker towards the heart and basis, even gloomier at times.

Like aoe, towards basis Habanita is somewhat like waxed leather indeed, and I do wear leather ! Still, with me it´s the spices that rule with amber and patchouli, vanilla stays rather decently in the back-ground rounding it all up...
And lasts definately longer than 4 hours, in summer easily until the next day.

The only minus Habanita has for me, is, that I sometimes get headache from it.
Yet, it´s worth risking it ! :)
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10
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Sherapop

1239 Reviews
Sherapop
Sherapop
Very helpful Review 5  
Everything You've Heard and Read Is True!
Everything you've heard and read about Molinard HABANITA is true: this really is a complex perfume! Now, whether or not one likes it, that's another matter, which clearly depends more on the skin of the wearer than the composition itself.

HABANITA opens bright, sweet, and fruity with a decidedly "going to be an oriental-vanilla fragrance" feeling. Wrong. One minute later, HABANITA begins to manifest a dark rubbery note which also has--as others have observed--a diesel oil cast. I would describe this as close to the smell of burnt tires, but not quite to the point of tar, a scent which I find often in myrrh-rich perfumes. Here it is the leather, apparently, which turns to dark rubber on my skin.

Just when I'm ready to dismiss HABANITA forever, however, a beautiful creamy woody oriental drydown appears! This stage is scrumptious, luscious and comfy, and the leather note has finally settled down to the point where vague memories of the opening begin to return. Except that the drydown exhibits the richness of wood and benzoin notes, which transform what might have been a mere fragrance into a perfume.

Conclusion: for about half of its relatively lengthy life, HABANITA is truly a pleasure to wear! But was it worth the wait, slogging through fields of old tires covered with diesel grease? About that, I am unclear.
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Lola82

362 Reviews
Lola82
Lola82
Helpful Review 8  
An Testament Of Elegance
Cigarette & Roses a bit of Wiskey and a
touch of Incense Bring this into an
Elegant Testament Which i find amusing
Picturing a smoke filled dark Cabaret;
A Male Impersonator ala Marlene Dietrich
Julie Andrews in Victor and Victoria
it's a sensuality to a Sexualy Repressed Convent School Educated girl Like
Madchen in Uniform like Senerio then
she sings
*Wenn ich mir was wunschen durft*.

at the end of the song she leans over
and slowly kisses the girl and this was a sexual Awaking for this Schoolgirl.

Picturing David Bowie in his
Berlin years Eleganly Dressed with a cigerette on his hand and a pint of wiskey on the other. in the Movie just a Gigolo. The darkly Oud i can dechphier
in this perfume like the deadly Sexuality of Rudolph Valentino and Pola Negri sizzling on the screen to a bewildered Movie Goers. Japanese Silent movie Star Sessue Hayakawa Seducing
the wife of a British Admiral.

The powdery rose brings you to mind
Opera of the Last Diva.
the Bottle is very Beautiful Greek
Nymphs Engraved in a Opaque Bottle
very ideal for home decoration when the bottle is empty Leather makes it Dangerous.

If you can find sex in a bottle this is it.
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7.5
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7
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Missk

1165 Reviews
Missk
Missk
Helpful Review 5  
Getting in touch with my wicked side
Molinard's Habanita was first designed as a fragrance to scent cigarettes. As an occasional smoker myself, I can certainly see how this fragrance could mesh well with the scent of smokey, stale tobacco smoke. Don't get me wrong, I love the smell of cigarettes, especially on a man even though I know it's a dirty habit. Molinard's Habanita for this reason, is a little piece of heaven.

Habanita opened quite strongly on my skin with rich, shiny leather notes, sweet, powdery peach and nose-burning resins. It was like a more potent version of Bvlgari's Black at first, dark, rubbery and slightly masculine.

As it settled, the floral accords began to immerge, in a sweet, baby-powderish manner with subtle hints of smokey tobacco, leather and resins. Occasionally it smelt like red vintage lipstick, that odd cosmetic smell I come across in classic scents sometimes. I find this combination quite delicious and strangely sexual, in a sadistic and masochistic way.

Habanita is the scent of a strong, confident and powerful woman who does not mess around, she gets straight down to business. It almost blows my mind with how raunchy and wicked this fragrance is. I love wearing this because it's so different from what I usually reach for on a daily basis.

My man, although he was a little taken aback at first, adores this scent on me. He says it smells like I've just spent the day with some hot lesbian bikers in leather get-up, smoked a few too many cigarettes and came back to him smelling clean and powdery but dirty at the same time. His description is actually far more exact than my own.

All in all, as I've said, this is an extremely powerful fragrance and one that lasts a decade on the skin too. I highly recommend to everyone and anyone, and I think those that dismiss it are fools because it's a classic for reason, and a good reason at that. Thankyou Adrien02 for gifting me this beautiful fragrance.
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