The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.

Vintage Habanita by Molinard


habanita1WHAT I SMELL:  Habanita has a dramatic opening that is glowingly sweetened, with a blast of fruit followed quickly by a warming floral mix that is highlighted by lilac and rose.  The perfume is so deliciously inviting as it seems to envelops the wearer.  Habanita has a sweet edge to it, but it’s not a perfume that I would categorize as sweet.  Maybe because as it develops the dryness of the oakmoss, the fresh tobacco and sheen of leather tone down the higher pitched notes.  As the perfume settles down, the various notes even out creating this incredible balance between the spice, florals and woody notes.  Habanita is sexy without being dangerous, but it draws you in making you want more.

From the Molinard website:

1921 – Habanita was born in the exuberance of the Roaring Twenties. With trailblazing spirit, Molinard revolutionized perfume codes, creating the first women’s Oriental fragrance featuring vetiver, an essence hitherto reserved for men. From perfume extract to the essence of the femme fatale, Habanita’s innovative style was eagerly embraced by the garçonnes-  France’s flappers – and soon became Molinard’s runaway success and an icon in the history of French perfume.

Top notes are orange blossom, raspberry, peach and bergamot; middle notes are lilac, orris root, jasmine, heliotrope, ylang-ylang and rose; base notes are leather, amber, musk, benzoin, vanilla, oakmoss and cedar.

cyd168WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Cyd Charisse

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE HABANITA:  whirling, energetic, dynamic

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT HABANITA:  Fragrance Daily, Yesterday’s Perfume, Grain de Musc

BOTTOM LINE:  Habanita is one of a kind.  It’s the kind of perfume that I crave.  Unique, beautiful, radiant…I can’t imagine not owning a bottle.

  • Bone Rating:  5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Oriental
  • Classification: To me this is perfectly unisex
  • Expense: Review based on the vintage parfum extrait version.  Prices vary on eBay, etc.

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

17 thoughts on “Vintage Habanita by Molinard

  1. I only have the modern version. It’s powdery to me but I’m okay with powdery for the most part. There is another perfume that goes powdery on me that is testing my limits though, but I digress… I used to spray Habanita on Stanley when he was a puppy. As with most perfumes, I imagine the vintage was much more interesting.


  2. This is -amazingly- a perfume I have never tried, but then it always seemed so stately and static that I (who fidget) could never get away with it.

    However, this review may make me change my mind on this classic. Whirling sounds so much better than fidgeting. Thank you.


  3. Just subscribed to their newsletter .
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  4. I just finished reading The Perfume Lover, which I really enjoyed. That experience has left me very eager to try Habanita. And now this review. It’s a sign.


  5. Ooh yes, another Habanita fan here! Vintage extrait, you say? That sounds divine.


  6. I tried EdP, most likely, a modern version. I wanted to like it because I liked the bottle – but the opening was unpleasant on my skin. Most likely, parfum wouldn’t work for me either but it’s impressive to see the rating. Now you have to keep wearing it – before you change your mind 🙂


  7. I love this, love it -and have been craving it again recently. That vanilla/ vetiver/ tobacco……so moreish and fantastic.

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  8. I love the vintage cologne (small bottle with black cap) but can’t stand the modern edp. I hate the pins and needles vibe that runs throughout the fragrance. What is that anyway? Is it supposed to be Molinard’s interpretation of leather? I’m baffled!


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