A*Men Pure Havane 2011

A*Men Pure Havane by Mugler
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A*Men Pure Havane is a popular perfume by Mugler for men and was released in 2011. The scent is sweet-gourmand. Projection and longevity are above-average. It was last marketed by L'Oréal.
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Perfumer

Jacques Huclier

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesHoneyed tobaccoHoneyed tobacco
Heart Notes Heart NotesCocoaCocoa
PatchouliPatchouli
Base Notes Base NotesAmbergrisAmbergris
LabdanumLabdanum
StyraxStyrax

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8.5962 Ratings

Longevity

8.4806 Ratings

Sillage

8.1789 Ratings

Bottle

6.6803 Ratings

Value for money

8.4182 Ratings
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 20.10.2021.
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A*Men Pure Havane or XJ 1861 Naxos
It is extremely regrettable that Pure Havane has been discontinued - that much up front. Because there is currently no other way to capture the basic theme of "honey" in a masculine fragrance somehow better. The olfactory impression of this pleasing fragrance is perfectly round. So is its progression: a perfect ball rolling down a glass slab. And it does so for many hours. Nothing bounces, nothing jumps, nothing rattles. You get a mildly vanilla, golden meadow honey resting on a semi-dry tobacco leaf, which in turn radiates mildly fine spice (not herbaceous, not herbal sap-like). The whole thing is wrapped in a covered honeycomb of honey wax, so that the very fine, herbaceous plant scents, which are inevitably picked up when collecting the pollen, are filtered away. Any presumed sticky sweetness also disappears through this neutral wax filter: only an idea of minimal caramel-like maltiness reaches the nose, supported by a dusting of cocoa. That's about it. Nothing floral, smoky, leathery. No powder.

The Xerjoff you can basically imagine for now also so. But it does not remain! In addition, an earthy-peaty fragrance chord joins. One thinks now and then to sniff out delicate leather of the softest luxury quality. Or even a trace of pine resin or young pine needles. Whereby this peaty strongly weakens the vanilla. The Xerjoff is thus noticeably more complex.

Is more complex now equal to better? Given one would take both fragrances lovingly, that much is certain. The Mugler awakens the association of a meadow honey-tobacco melancholy covered in a gossamer beeswax honeycomb. You smell that very honeycomb structure - that's the Pure Havane. The Xerjoff develops the theme further. One associates a wild bee just flying home to the hive, packed with forest honey, over a hazy peatland to deliver the precious cargo. One smells, so to speak, the flying insect, to which the scent impressions of the "workplace of nature" are additionally attached. The olfactory impression is thus greater, but also somehow more pungent in association. In the case of Naxos, the natural trappings are added on top of the Mugler honey, as an encore, so to speak. The fragrance space depicted in the Xerjoff is larger - more complex. The overall concept is different. The Mugler is the extracted result, the end of the chain. The Xerjoff is also the protocol of its creation. Moreover, its top note is much richer. The top note of the Xerjoff is actually really better!

I ultimately decided to purchase a bottle of Pure Havane. However, the probability of getting the 100 ml Mugler at a reasonable price (mid 50 euros) is minimal in autumn 2021. The Xerjoff, on the other hand, is freely available, a big plus. Both fragrances are great. Read somewhere here once: if you love the Mugler, you'll adore the Xerjoff. This is so true, as the Xerjoff tells the whole story, thus is more perfect in the sense of high definition. More creation telling. More pure, however, is the Havane - Pure Havane just as the name says!
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Dennis79
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Pure Havane vs. ck one Shock (comparison)
In search of a tobacco fragrance I came across this *Pure Havane* through some reviews. Likewise, I own the ck one Shock by Calvin Klein, which is equally traded among the Parfumos as a cheap alternative. Time for a self-test with my skin and nose :-)

Fragrance Pure Havane (8/10) vs. ck one Shock (7/10):
At first sniff, both have similar scent DNA, detached from the stated scent pyramid. On the surface, both scents smell like the delicious little cherry lollipops from my childhood - the ck one Shock more so than the Havane. The opening of the Havane has a slightly herbaceous honey tobacco smell to it and the Shock has cardamom. Cardamom basically goes into a blend of eucalyptus paired with a spicy-bitter undertone (here I got the spice specifically because I didn't know it myself). The Shock smells rather sweet-fresh cherry with slight synthetics, meanwhile the Cuban ranges in quality from slightly sweet cherry-honey tobacco - rather more serious. A little tiring at first (because intense), the Havane evolves into a very pleasant tobacco scent on drydown, with a little honey thrown in. Very nice. Winner is here eindeutidg the Havane for me!

SILLAGE Pure Havane (8/10) vs. one Shock (7/10):
Tested side by side, the Cuban easily has the edge, though the Shock also projects well. From both one should not apply too much.

DURABILITY Pure Havane (9/10) vs. one Shock (7/10):
On my skin long hold both well so about 8 hrs at the Havane - the Shock 5-6 hours.

At what time should you wear the fragrances in my opinion?
The Havane because of the projection and durability rather in winter or cold autumn.
The Shock alternatively autumn and/or winter.

For whom would I recommend the fragrances?
Since the tobacco comes through well with the Cuban, I imagine somehow a real guy with cigar in the mouth - age >30 years.
The Shock should be very wearable even by teens or young adults, because the synthetic is sweet - is for me a pleasing party scent that smells like cherry lollipops.

Conclusion:
Is it worth it to buy the Pure Havane (about 80 € / 100ml) when you can get the ck Shock for a fraction of the price (25 € / 200ml)? From my point of view for real perfume lovers YES!
Reason is for me the more adult fragrance DNA (more tobacco, instead of synthetic cherry) as well as the brilliant, gentle drydown. However, who wants to have a kind of similar clone for the club, which gets hold of a real Cheapie for pocket money with the Shock!
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SmellyPete

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Batch 0636075 is very average
I'm disappointed after all the hype with my batch (0636075). I was expecting something wonderful after all the praise from influencers and blog reviews...
It's very subdued - projection & sillage moderate.
Last just a few hours - all gone in 3-4 hours..

Doesn't seem to be much better even on clothes

I've got to assume recent batches are much weaker than before or this is just massively overhyped.

I find the scent and performance of this makes it perfect for an office environment - won't offend anyone (if they can even smell it!)

And what's with the bottle?
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Art

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Gourmand Tobacco
This gourmand Tobacco scent in autumn appears to me as a rich and dense concoction of patchouli, dried tobacco leaves, cherries, vanilla, honey and nuts.
With its fruitchouli facet, it sometimes even reminds me of Mademoiselle Coco - as if a few drops of MC were added to A*Men and decorated with a good-quality and non-sticky gourmand accord. It's really beautiful and just perfect for cold days.
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Mugler A*Men Pure Havane simply hammer like no other!
It is now poorly available, so I bought two as reserves. Presumably it was discontinued, unimaginable. The fragrance is simply brilliant and gives enough compliments. This fragrance should be at the forefront of every perfumery!!! Honey, tobacco just awesome!!! As a perfume lover you have to own it for sure. Not an everyday fragrance as it is very striking. Rather for occasions, events. I can only recommend to everyone!
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Love at second sight
First of all, I have to confess that my nose is not very good - even quite bad. Therefore, do not take it amiss if I do not smell out every scent. I bought Pure Havane almost two years ago based on the reviews and descriptions and had corresponding expectations. When the package arrived, I couldn't wait and quickly ripped it open. However, the first spray was a shock to me! I found this scent just awful and had firmly resolved to sell it again immediately. Also because I found it somehow very feminine. I can't relate to that reaction at all today. I kept sniffing it on my hand throughout the day and became more and more taken with it as time went on. I now love Pure Havane and wear it often and very much in winter. On my skin, this fragrance seems to last very well and for a long time as I perceive it very long and quite intense despite my rather bad nose. I definitely don't want to miss it anymore! Only the sprayer on the bottles of this series is totally annoying....
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Pure Havane
A very cozy and cuddly fragrance for the evening,
Smells like church honey tobacco. The overall package is a sweet gourmand with good durability, rather unisex. In autumn and winter it gives the most compliments and I think everyone who loves shisha will like this fragrance. It's really not for everyone, but any fan of gourmand scents will probably like this one too. To explain it for outsiders who have no idea about perfume: It smells like fair than shisha tobacco
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MrLawman

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Pure Heaven
In our quest to find the perfect perfume most of us look for fragrances that put a smile on our face. Pure Havane is a fitting example for me, and I assume for many of us.

It opens up with a sweet, cherry honeyed tobacco, which still has a raw edge to it. It isn't a smooth tobacco, I would say. Rather a rough yet not dirty tobacco.

This perfumes keeps pushing on my skin, allowing me to get whiffs of it during the whole day. It's like my own private amusement: it encourages me to move around - which is a good thing to do during those challenging Covid-times - in order to remind myself how good it smells.

Hence the title: Pure Heaven.
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Similarities to Xerjoff Naxos
Yes, you can definitely say that there are clear similarities in the fragrance DNA. The honey note, the sweetness. But, for me, it's as if Xerjoff has endowed the fragrance with more facets, it just seems rounder. Also, the silage is not comparable. From the price-performance ratio, however, the A*Men Pure Havane is really good.
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Ok Havane or winter looks different in Cuba
On my voyage of discovery into the world of autumn and winter fragrances, I have, among other things, enjoyed a bottling of Mugler's Pure Havane. Especially because I was simply curious about the genre of (sweet) tobacco fragrances, which is still relatively unknown to me, and because it is a very well rated representative of its genre (since a long time in the perfumo top 30 of men's fragrances). But also because at the time of the order (already a few weeks ago) two perfumes were listed among the fragrance twins, which I like very much: Herod (Parfums de Marly) and L'Homme Idéal Extrême (Guerlain). The 5ml are used up and the impressions demand a detailed and hopefully helpful comment.

FLAKON
As I said, I have a souk bottling, therefore no comment and no rating on the bottle. Strangely enough, I haven't seen the flacon anywhere in the store yet
DURABILITY & SILLAGE
With 4-5 sprayers I am surrounded for the first 30-60 minutes by a fragrance cloud that is a little more than arm-long or wide. Then the Sillage goes down to a foot length to shoulder width and becomes skin-tight after 3-4 hours. The effective shelf life of 8-10 hours should be sufficient for most purposes. A few hours later the last remains of the scent are gone.

STEAM or STEAM RUN
Pure Havane starts mainly hay-like dry and flowery-fresh, with a lot of sugar-honey sweetness and a little tobacco leaf. This is accompanied by a bitterish-bitter note, which can be added to the honey accord or perceived separately as a cocoa note. In any case, the honey note is rather light, sugary-sweet and a bit flowery. For honey maybe a little "thin". Reminds me more of sugar syrup. The tobacco note becomes more prominent in the next few minutes, accompanied by balsamic and cedar-like notes and a little vanillin. With a little imagination I can also detect a hint of earthy patchouli. This gives the fragrance a little tingling spice and a little warmth. I smell the wood of the cigar box. Or a wooden barrel with slightly pungent, slightly exaggeratedly flowery and spicy rum? Be that as it may, the development of the scent would then be complete after 10-15 minutes. This is how Pure Havane should be and this is how it will stay. You can call it shallow and boring. Or more benevolent: minimalistic and reliable.

(I only get the cherry note in the opening performed by some reviewers on paper or clothes)

APPLICATION
Pure Havane is a very pleasing (gourmand) spicy-sweet tobacco scent for mild to cooler (but not cold) days and evenings. It goes well with leisure time or informal evening occasions and is certainly better with a jacket or shirt than with sweaters and jogging pants. Leather jacket would also work very well. The fragrance is relatively inexpensive and follows the gourmand-sweet trend of recent years. Therefore, in my opinion it fits best to younger people (let's say u40). But I wouldn't advise older people against it. Do what you think.

CONCLUSION
Phew, tough. I was looking for a spicy-sweet fall and winter scent. Personally, I find Pure Havane far too light for that. Especially at the base, a little more spice, warmth and fullness would be good for this rather narrow tobacco scent to counter cold temperatures. Or maybe something smoky to stay closer to the honey-cigar theme. On the other hand Pure Havane is perhaps not such a winter scent at all? If I ignore classification and the scent pyramid for a moment, I can read the scents differently: Behind the "honey" there is cocoa and sugar (syrup). The slightly flowery tobacco leaf remains. Maybe it is also a cigar flavoured with honey. From wood, balsam, flowery notes and sugar sweetness becomes an old rum. This creates a spicy, light and somewhat synthetic Cuba atmosphere, which does full justice to the name "Pure Havane" and in my opinion goes much better with mojito than with mulled wine. So maybe rather something for spring or autumn. Or even for cool summer evenings or the mild nights of the Cuban winter? It remains to be tested whether the scent might not be too sweet for that. Either way, Pure Havane is a good fragrance, but somehow it seems to me to be sitting between too many chairs: interesting but shallow, heavy but light, winter-summery. Preliminary verdict therefore "only": Okay
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Keyword "Top 30 men's fragrances":
Can I really only find such a top-rated fragrance ok? Not even bad, but really just ok? Yeah, sure. After all, a scent is a highly subjective thing. It is possible that Pure Havane is currently still benefiting greatly from the good reputation and good ratings of its older formulations. In relevant internet forums the older Pure Havane is often said to have better performance and more depth compared to the current version. Also some of the newer positive reviews here explicitly deal with older or "vintage" formulations of Pure Havane. But maybe the changes are not as serious as they are partly presented.

Keyword "Scent twins":
- PdM Herod? No. Herod opulent, warm, fruity, floral, sweet, extroverted, with a strong vanilla base. Pure Havane in direct comparison quiet, limp, almost anaemic. Completely rightly Herod is meanwhile removed from the list of twins.
- Guerlain L'HIE? More likely no. Both with tobacco and honey-like sweetness. But despite all the similarity, L'HIE is clearly different from the slimmer Pure Havane, with notes of almond/Amaretto, dark cherry, cinnamon and leather.
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Lmr4j3ireLmr4j3ire 2 months ago
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So what you smell is sweet pipe tobacco with a cherry note, honey, cocoa and amber. Beautiful blend, truly shines during colder days
RisingChaosRisingChaos 4 months ago
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Gentle tobacco-vanilla-honey, maybe a hint of cocoa. Earthy patchouli and sweet amber creep in during drydown. Almost sickly sweet.
BertolucciKBertolucciK 10 months ago
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Pure Havane is a sweet gourmand, addictive. The scent is linear but it's a perfect blend of moist tobacco with honey, cocoa and patchouli.
Djsc23Djsc23 11 months ago
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+ : Delicious blending of the honeyed tobacco and vanilla scents. At times it gives some cherry vibes too. Simply great!
- : Poor bottle
BoBoChampBoBoChamp 12 months ago
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After a bright floral-powdery opening, this warm and spicy/sweet oriental Gourmand slowly settles to a dusty resinous-woody base. Very cozy!
Amazon1975Amazon1975 2 years ago
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The bottles on these are so bad. Kind of funky but spray is woeful. Made up for by a excellent juice..... longevity isn't massive on me.
Carlitos01Carlitos01 2 years ago
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The type of scent that pleases the men who wear it and the lady that smells it. There is something magic about the honeyed tobacco note.
HugoMontezHugoMontez 2 years ago
A great honeyed gourmand. There's cocoa, honey and tobacco. It's great for breezy fall days. The best flanker of the A* Men line. Recommende
Oscarsh86Oscarsh86 3 years ago
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Cherry-smelling tobacco. Nice.
AmberScentAmberScent 3 years ago
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This is one of the few very gourmand perfumes I like. The honeyed tobacco just gives it a superlative tone of excellent pipe tobacco scent.
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