Tuesday, March 5, 2013
"Cuba Orange" is certainly an appropriate name for this, because orange blossom dominates. I must be starting to finally warm up to the smell of orange blossom, because I actually like this! My sampling of John Varvatos Artisan a few months ago opened my eyes to orange blossom done well, and it may have also unexpectedly opened my mind to the note overall. Cuba Orange is a delightful perfume.
This is a sweet floral fougere where all the notes seem to be there to support and prolong the smell of neroli and orange blossom. Lavender, tonka bean, white musk, spicy notes and moss are merely detectable peripherally, and together they enhance the overall orangey vibe. It's all very well balanced, and even though the orange blossom and neroli are the showcase, they aren't cloying or overpowering. The fragrance smells a lot like Dunhill Desire, but it's lot less heavy and sweet than it.
What I love about Cuba Orange is that its scent feels like it has a shiny orange glow to it from beginning to end. It's got a bit of a powdery, dandified feel to it, but Cuba Orange is a happy, uplifting scent that warms the soul and makes you feel good. I can't think of higher praise than that.
MY RATING: 8.5/10
Fragrance House: Cuba Paris