Berdoues is a niche fragrance house that I recently discovered. I decided to try out a fragrance from their Grand Crus collection, Hoja De Cuba. Hoja De Cuba translates to Cuba Leaf. Keep reading to see what I think!
First, let’s talk about the packaging. I happen to really like the bottle for Hoja de Cuba. I love the sleek an minimal nature of the shape of the bottle, but I also enjoy the printed pattern that can be seen through the glass. All of the fragrances from this line have the same bottle, but with different printed patterns.
mid: Haitian vetiver
Berdoues only lists 3 notes for this fragrance, but I honestly think there are more. When I smell this, I get sweet, spicy tobacco leaf. This fragrance is all about the tobacco! A lot of times when we think about tobacco in fragrances, we may think about a smoky scent. This tobacco is not like that at all. It is sweet and green at the same time. I also can smell the vetiver and allspice that give this fragrance a little dimension. I know that sandalwood is not listed as a note, but in my opinion, it smells like it has a creamy sandalwood that lasts from the beginning to the end of this fragrance.
If we were just talking about the smell, I could end this review right here! I love how creamy and cozy this feels, but also with a bit of freshness to it. It is in that perfect middle ground that makes me feel like this could easily be worn year round.
When it comes to performance, there is some room for improvement. This fragrance is one that sits closer to the skin which is not really a bad thing, but I find that it turns into a skin scent on me after about 4 hours. After about 6 hours, I can no longer smell it at all on my skin, and barely on my clothes. I would have loved if this fragrance lasted longer without turning into a skin scent for me. This is one that I really overspray, but still find myself sniffing my skin to get a whiff of the gorgeousness of it.
Overall, I do really like Hoja de Cuba. The scent is beautiful and manages to be creamy, spicy, and fresh at the same time. I think that if you are wanting to try out a tobacco based scent, but a little apprehensive about it, then this is the fragrance for you. I also think that this is a nice fragrance for men or women, but would be especially nice for a woman who may think that tobacco is too masculine. I definitely think it is worth getting your nose on!
Berdoues Hoja De Cuba retails for $88 for 3.4 oz and can be purchased here.
What is your go-to tobacco fragrance? Have you ever tried anything from Berdoues?