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March 18, 2009



Interesting that you use the word "gourmand" in describing this, as I recently came across a discussion about 'what was the earliest gourmand fragrance'? Perhaps the answer should have been Habanita. On this theme, I've always wondered why Shalimar claims the title as first Oriental when Habanita seems overtly oriental to me, and was launched several years earlier. I wonder if, because it was a different type of scented product initially, when it was turned into a fragrance to be worn, it wasn't considered to be a 'fine fragrance'? A bit like a Bath & Body works body spray vs Guerlain today. I still love it though, especially on warm summer nights when the heliotrope aspect really blooms and it perfumes the air like a night-blooming flower.


PS - love this!!!
"like being stuck in a cafe in Paris on a cold day, comfortably trapped in a room filled with cigarette smoke, an old lady's violet-scented dusting powder, and the aroma of buttery baked goods."


Hey, I just linked to you for my own review of Habanita! I agree with you and Now Smell This.....it's delicate and very powdery after the butch start! Thanks!


Very interesting. This is actually my favorite review I've read so far, I like how you get down to the details of what the juice actually smells like. I'm even more curious to try this vintage frag. Fantastic blog by the way!

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