New Fragrances Molinard Habanita L'Esprit

Molinard Habanita L'Esprit

04/30/13 03:41:20 (13 comments)

by: Sandra Raičević Petrović

The popularity of the distinctive and highly appreciated Habanita has continued unabated for decades. Its first edition from 1921 thrilled and enchanted many fans of perfumery around the world and became one of the timeless classics of perfumery. The reissue of Habanita happened in 1988, while the new look (new bottle) version of Habanita with a changed composition as EDP was launched in 2012.

The composition of the original Habanita provided fresh and fragrant aromas of Provence, and fascinated us with its characteristic blend of orange blossom and lemon in the top notes. Juicy, fruity drops of raspberry and peach in the opening give a unique plot. The heart added a floral blend of rose, jasmine, heliotrope, lilac and ylang ylang embraced by a gentle powdery veil of iris root. The intoxicating floral heart was enhanced by cedar, accompanied by vanilla, leather, musk, benzion, moss and vetiver, which marked this edition in a special way.

"The avant-garde inventor came up with the idea of incorporating Vetiver into the formula, an unusual choice for the time. But most surprising is the fact that on first smelling 'his' invention, the result was not quite what he had imagined. Intrigued at the discovery, he began to ask questions, do his own research... Finally, the mystery was solved: Vetiver was indeed one of the ingredients, but one of the preparators had also, accidentally, incorporated a very rare raw material, something that he would never have knowingly used himself..." —Habanita.fr

Since 1921, HABANITA has been formulated, in turn, as a Parfum, Eau de Parfum, Eau de Toilette, Eau de Cologne, Lotion, Soap, Talc, Brilliantine, Hair gel, Sun oil, Bath oil, Concreta, Ambient essence oil, Tanning cream, Scented candle, Rice powder, Shampoo, Body lotion, Deodorant, Shower gel, Scented sachet, Flannel cloths and scented cards.

Last year Habanita Eau de Parfum received a beautiful contemporary flacon with elegant and very highlighted elements created by Rene Lalique for the first edition from 1921. It has a black, unpredictable body just like the first, original edition, adorned with beautiful sculptural silhouettes. A new variant of Habanita was launched in 2012 and announced as a mysterious, intoxicating classic, designed for strong women of free spirit. Its composition offers a "rediscovery of alchemy composed of unique mixtures of complex essential oils. Habanita EDP offers a fresh new side, while retaining what is essential: power, depth, poetry, a touch of originality, as opposed to anyone else."

Top notes of Habanita Eau de Parfum provide accords of mastic, petit grain and geranium, while the heart adds a distinctive floral rhythm of the original. The core of the fragrance is painted with flowers of roses, heliotrope, ylang-ylang, jasmine and mimosa and delicately flavored with nutmeg. Strong woody notes of cedar and vetiver in this version follow the flowers in the heart. The base is composed of warm aromas of amber, patchouli, sandalwood, vanilla, moss and musk.

This year the famous house of MOLINARD presents a new version as a subtle contrast to the antecedents. Habanita L'Esprit arrives in a white flacon designed like last year's edition embellished with sophisticated Lalique sculptural elements. The composition of the new edition in tune with the white color offers lighter and airier aromas, with a simplified composition when compared to previous editions, focused on carefully selected floral notes.

A fresh opening is provided by lemon juice in an alliance with labdanum and nutmeg. The heart is full of lush floral accords of mimosa, rose, jasmine and heliotrope on a base of benzoin, patchouli, vetiver and musk. Habanita L'Esprit can be obtained as 30 and 7 5ml EDP. Launching of the fragrance Habanita L'Esprit is expected on May 6, 2013.


COMPOSITIONS OF HABANITA
 

HABANITA 1921/1988

bergamot, orange blossom, raspberry, peach
lilac, rose, jasmine, heliotrope, ylang-ylang, orris
leather, vetiver, musk, moss, amber, benzoin, vanilla

 

HABANITA EAU DE PARFUM 2012

gueranium, mastic, petitgrain
rose, jasmine, heliotrope, mimosa, ylang-ylang, vetiver, cedar, nutmeg
musk, moss, patchouli, amber, sandawood, vanilla

 

HABANITA L'ESPRIT 2013

lemon, nutmeg, labdanum
mimosa, rose, jasmine, heliotrope
benzoin, vetiver, patchouli, musk


 

 

   

Author: Sandra Raičević Petrović
(
sandrina_bambina)


   Fragrantica Executive Editor, Writer and Designer

[email protected]

 

 

 

Translation: Ivana (Ina_Mo)




 



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lilybelle911
lilybelle911

I think the reformulation of Habanita is very well done, and I love the idea of the Esprit version - especially that lovely white bottle! I am looking forward to trying it. I haven't tried all Molinard's fragrances, but like Thomasina I've never tried one I disliked. I have much respect for the House of Molinard.

May
21
2013
Thomasania
Thomasania

I have really liked everything I have tried from Molinard, so I am excited to try this too.

May
20
2013
flowers-in-the-springtime
flowers-in-the-springtime

Wonderful Molinard! I have to try this beautiful white angel!

May
13
2013
Bandit
Bandit

Ok, guys, breathe!

This is a flanker, Molinard does this for ages with Habanita (Miss Habanita, Un Air d'Habanita) and all is good, world still spins around the sun.

The "old" formula from 1921 is simply not sellable today, it's not very sweet, just very tobacco-dry and for today's standards it's masculine. Loveable, but only for a few vintage lovers and a niche house cannot exist from that alone.

The "middle" formula is gone now, too, because of IFRA. Simple as that. Smell it and you know, what oakmoss smells like, oakmoss in very high doses! It's my signature, but I was aware that something has to change with it for years. Molinard tried to do a very decent job; they didn't just switched the inside of the bottle with a reformulation and denied it afterwards, no, they made a relatively ok new formulation with a brand new bottle, so that everybody can be sure of what's inside. I like that open marketing strategy.

I'd say, nobody cries more about the loss of the middle formulation than the Molinards themselfs. I guess, they love it even more than me, but what should they do? They are forced by that stupid law. It's not that they waited for an excuse to finally axe their best selling product...

May
12
2013
EloquentOgre
EloquentOgre

Sheesh, they're making what amounts to a flanker, not smashing a bottle of it over your face and desecrating your great grandmother's grave. God forbid Molinard do something new and creative with an old formula. Fragrance is an art, not a religion. In a creative medium, creativity and change are a good thing. I wonder if after man first painted his image hunting a deer on a cave wall, a bunch of his tribemates didn't get all up in arms the next day if instead, as he smudged on the image ofthe hunt, this intrepid artist drew a spear into the hand of the hunter, or a stag with extravagant horns instead of the humble deer.

May
12
2013
Sherihan
Sherihan

I agree with the first review

May
11
2013
Thomasania
Thomasania

I really want to try this!

May
03
2013
knit_at_nite
knit_at_nite

OH OH OH maybe another Molinard to love? Can't wait to test!

May
02
2013
*sophi*
*sophi*

There was a very limited edition of original Habanita in the year of 2009 too!!!

May
01
2013
Shtefitza
Shtefitza

I definitely want to try this out. I love the original Habanita. So interesting and layered...

Apr
30
2013
Vie Cafe
Vie Cafe

Am I gonna get lynched if I say I really want this new Habanita L'Esprit? Just because it is Molinard and I really love everything they do and also the notes look very promising to me. I think that seeing this perfume as a new Molinard work presented in a beautiful bottle is what we should focus on. It might just be another masterpiece, let's give it its chance.

Apr
30
2013
ChampagneHo
ChampagneHo

They need to bring back the original 1921 formula, as closely as possible. They shouldn't have touched it in 1988 either!

Apr
30
2013
Eeyore III
Eeyore III

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it" --Yogi Berra

Changing the mighty Habanita, the perfume that casts every other tobacco scent into the shade, has to be one of the dumbest decisions ever. At least they changed the bottle too, so it's easy to identify the original on E-Bay.

Apr
30
2013

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