The Dark Heart of Old Havana
Perfumery dialect: Tobacco, fruity white flowers
Top notes: orange, peach, grapefruit, sugar
Heart notes: tobacco, bergamot, tonka, jasmine
Base notes: vanilla, musk, black pepper
Ingredients: Alcohol, Parfum, Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Geraniol.
It’s the smell of a walk through Old Havana in the evening, from the Hotel Sevilla to the Caseon del Tango for a dance lesson with Ketty and Felix. Wafts of coffee and tobacco, sweet, sugary desserts cooked with baskets of oranges and mangoes. The scent of peaches beginning to turn overripe, and citrus peel going squishy in the gutter. From a dark doorway a handsome man in white whispers, “Do you want a Cuban boyfriend?” and I speed up a little, squeaking “No! Thank you very much for asking all the same!" And then the old Cubanos at the tango club greet us with smiles, songs, rum and kisses.
“I find The Dark Heart of Old Havana an adult vanilla, tactfully blended with deep, resinous accents and a musky sophistication that purrs with a cognizant, sophisticated sex appeal. Furthermore, much like Old Havana itself, Ms McCarthy’s interpretation in her considered perfume portrayal has a dirty secret. Beneath the layers of intoxicating vanillic refinement there is a subtle mumbling, be it a warning, a promise, or a combination of the two. There is an edge to The Dark Heart of Old Havana that I find absolutely intoxicating.”BGirlRhapsody