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annemariec June 9, 2012

Yes, I don't wear Habanita in really warm weather. Hope you enjoy it!

Ann June 8, 2012

A dear friend sent me a spray vial of the EDT of this, along with a ton of other things, and I fear it got overlooked in the happy deluge. I'm going to give it a try the next coolish evening we have. Happy to hear that new juice is pretty close to the original.

pam June 8, 2012

I bought a full bottle of Habanita a few years ago, just based on reading about it. It's an amazing fragrance, and I was wearing it only last evening. Anne-Marie, you are so right about the changing aspects of this scent as you wear it. I don't really find it old-fashioned (some frags from the 80's fit that description better). I'll be on the lookout for the EDP, but you have inspired me to stock up on the EDT just in case......

Victoria June 8, 2012

Thank you for your review and observations, Anne Marie. I really enjoyed it. I haven't try the new Habanita yet, but I'm so glad to hear that it hasn't been completely defaced. So many reissues retain only the name of the original. I loved the old Habanita, and now I look forward to smelling it in a new iteration. P.S. I love the vintage ad!

Musette June 8, 2012

I have a little scrab of vintage Habanita and LOVE IT! I am always so surprised at it's va-va-voomish ways. xo :Devil:

FragrantWitch June 8, 2012

Habanit has been on my too-sniff list for ages and, having just read this review, I really need to get some and try it out! Two of my greatest favourites, Shalimar and Emeraude, are '20's scents as is L'air du Temps (which in its vintage form is wonderful) so I am hopeful. I think something about that era just works for me - though sadly not flapper fashion as I have a curvy 40's/50's build and decidedly NOT a straight, boyish flapper body! Ah, well - I've never met a pencil skirt and twinset I didn't like! Though come to think of it, Shalimar and Emeraude seem equally at home and evocative of those decades - the mark of a truly great scent perhaps?

Poodle June 8, 2012

I like Habanita but I am fond of powdery scents. I don't get any actual smokiness from it, more a feeling of smoke like you said. I agree that it's probably not a typical everyday fragrance but I do wear it for a few days in a row at times. I can see how some people would think it old fashioned. It seems a lot of older scents which had that powdery quality get that bad rap. It lasts for hours on me which is wonderful although I'm sure with some reformulating they will eventually screw that part up. It seems that the goal of reformulating is to take wonderful multi-faceted perfumes which unfold and develop over the course of time into pale, weak body sprays which give you a blast of top notes and disappear in a little while. I hope that doesn't happen to Habanita but there are so many scents that aren't what they used to be. I'm glad they kept true to the bottle concept. Love the black bottle.

Eldarwen22 June 8, 2012

I have a large (15ml) decant of Habanita that I have worn a handfull of times. I haven't worn it in quite some time and do remember liking it. After poking around, it is fairly cheap but I will have to dig out my decant to refresh my memory.

OhLily June 8, 2012

Thanks for the review, I'll have to give the edp a sniff when I get the chance! I got too much smoke from the original for my taste, but then my favorite of their's has always been Molinard de Molinard. Love the bottle already!

nozknoz June 8, 2012

I'm enjoying your observations on this, Anne-Marie, as well as that stunning vintage ad. I bought some middle-aged EDT while I was reading The Perfume Lover. Habanita played an important role in both the author's life and the development of Seville a l'aube. But I haven't spent a lot of time with it yet, so I'd rather not even think about the existence of a new version just yet. :-) I must say that in the photos at least, the new bottle looks amazing. I didn't care at all for the update of the Shalimar bottle, so I'm impressed that Molinard came up with a worthy update of the beautiful Habanita bottle.

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