The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.

A*Men Pure Havane by Thierry Mugler


The wonderful Undina and I swapped some samples a while back and I am slowly making my way through each and every one. It’s been a real treat.  Today’s sampling was a very nice surprise!

WHAT I SMELL:  A*Men Pure Havane opens with a wonderful sweet tobacco ladened honey.  It’s warm and delicious and oh so edible; you just want to lick it off of your skin.  This could easily have gone over the top, but it doesn’t as the labdanum and amber mixed with the vanilla and cocoa leaves this scent grounded.  It’s so full bodied, gourmand and wonderfully unique and bold.  Once this scent takes off, it remains in this state of sweetened warmth. You just can’t help but to continually sniff your wrist while wearing this.  Thankfully A*Men Pure Havane also has wonderful sillage and longevity.  Goody!

A*Men Pure Havane notes:  fresh tobacco leaves, honeyed tobacco accord, patchouli, and bitter cocoa

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: Cuba 1955.  I can picture a open aired bar with rotating celing fans to drive away the heat, a Mojito, a white suit, and a large cigar.

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE A*MEN PURE HAVANE:  masculine, comfortable, confident


BOTTOM LINE:  This flanker is a limited edition, but can still be purchased on the Thierry Mugler website for a very reasonable $88 for 100ml bottle.  I may just be doing that.  Although I keep reading that this is similar to Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille so you might just see me at Nordstrom’s checking that out this weekend.  However, I don’t think I can get Tom Ford for $88!  Thanks Undina, I am loving this!

  • Bone Rating: 4.5 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent: Oriental Vanilla
  • Classification: Masculine
  • Nose: Jacques Huclier
  • Expense: $88 for 100ml EdT

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

26 thoughts on “A*Men Pure Havane by Thierry Mugler

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed this Steve, I wouldn’t really wear it myself, but it’s very nice to sniff on others 😀


  2. It sounds like a great one to me.


  3. Another great review! Thanks for sharing. I never really cared about Muglers, especially those limited editions which are not distributed in Poland at all.


  4. I love most Mugler’s and this one sounds wonderful. I haven’t sniffed this one yet. Don’t you hate it when the ones you like are limited editions though?


  5. I like (and own) both – Pure Havane and Tobacco Vanille (a decant). I haven’t tried them in parallel but from how I remember Tobacco Vanille seems more unisex to me. But it’s definitely much more expensive so I almost hope you won’t like it 😉


  6. I wouldn’t mind wearing this myself. It is delicous! But I can’t get it here anymore. My man was not so enhusiastic about it when I asked him to try this.


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  8. “Cuba 1955. I can picture a open aired bar with rotating celing fans to drive away the heat, a Mojito, a white suit, and a large cigar.”

    You forgot the Panama hat!

    How would you compare this to Spicebomb? I have Spicebomb and love it, although not enough to wear it everyday…it is probably the most masculine perfume in my collection.

    Earlier this year, I went to Cuba on a “People to People” (type of license) trip and would love to go back. The open-air bars, rotating ceiling fans and mojitos are still to be seen but the days of the white suit and big fat cigars are long over :-). While there, I had an opportunity to go to a tobacco farm and also got to smell freshly rolled premium cigars. If this perfume is anything like it, sign me up!


    • I knew I was forgetting something. I only took a quick whiff of Spicebomb at Nordstroms and thought it was pretty sweet (and of course spicy). Pure Havane is completely different. Very gourmand in my book where I don’t believe Spicebomb would be. Of course, now you are making me wonder if I need to check out Spicebomb again since I barely sniffed it!
      Lucky you to go to Cuba. I would love to be able to go. I keep picturing that it still looks like 1962!


  9. I’m glad you tried this. I keep hearing how wonderful and absolutely tasty it smells. Sounds like a rare grown-up gourmand gem that I just have to try. 🙂


  10. After a couple of really disappointing customer service experiences with Mugler online, I sold off most of my Mugler collection. I kept my part used Pure Coffee and Pure Havane. If you like Pure Havane, try Xerjoff Naxos. Xerjoff are an unapologetic knock off company, although instead of selling a ‘cheap’ clone, they make luxury copies. You gave Oesel five bones, if you can find Gaultier’s Fleur du Male anywhere compare them, Oesel is almost exactly the same.

    As for Tobacco Vanille, not even close, in my opinion, to Pure Havane. Tobacco Vanille, Phaedon Tabac Rouge, Noble Royale Tobacco Dynasty, and Art Meets Art Sexual Healing are all very similar.


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