I love these Cuba Paris fragrances. Even though most of them tend to mimic other well known fragrances, they do smell good, are well constructed, have awesome cigar-shaped bottles, and just do everything really well for a ridiculously low price. Cuba Green is no exception.
Cuba Green is an aromatic
fougere in what I call the "post-powerhouse" style of the early
Nineties. It smells like a cross between
Escape For Men and Horizon. Though it's
a lot less fruity than Escape For Men, it has the same semi-sweet herbal/woody smell
that Escape and so many other early 90's fragrances have. There are strong dark wood elements in Cuba
Green that smell dry and charred, just like in Horizon.
Despite its name, I don't
find this fragrance particularly green smelling. It's got herbal notes like rosemary and
basil, but they're so well blended with the woody notes that they lose a lot of
their green smell. Usually I'd complain
about that, but Cuba Green smells so aromatic and well balanced, I don't mind
at all. What's more, the fragrance stays
nice and dry from start to finish, and I appreciate that. The drydown is excellent - aromatic,
sandalwoody and mossy.
I'd love to give full marks
to most of these Cuba Paris fragrances, but since most of them are far from
unique, I don't feel like I can do that.
The same goes for Cuba Green - I love the way it smells, but it clearly
mimics that early 90s aromatic style. If
it weren't so derivative, I'd give it a 9 out of 10 simply because it smells so
good. As it stands, however, it gets a
respectable 8 out of 10.
Fragrance House: 8/10