Rania J. T. Habanero Eau de Parfum is a celebration of oud and tobacco, in that order, accentuated with pepper and cardamom in the opening, and then myrrh, incense, and leather shortly after. In the drydown, the oud pulls back, the myrrh ramps up, and the sandalwood softens and adds a creamy, woody element to the whole composition. The notes are listed as:
- top notes: pink and black pepper, cardamom
- heart notes: black tobacco
- base notes: sandalwood, oud, incense, myrrh, leather
A peppery bite over a blanket of sweet, spiced myrrh with facets of animalic, musky oud; pungent and bordering on evoking the full gamut of a barnyard. There was sweeet, smoky incense that billowed through. The cardamom provided marginal freshness with its camphor-like aromatics. It took about 10 minutes the smoke turned grayer, less spiced and sweet, while the oud darkened with leathery undertones and had less pungency.
It was a fairly heady, darker fragrance with smoky, spicy incense and dry tobacco paired with animalic facets spread over soft leather and sweet myrrh humming underneath. The notes harmonized and were well-blended after settling on my skin for 20 minutes, and this had the effect of taming the more extreme ends of the types of notes used.
Deeper into wear–about 90 minutes later–T. Habanero was drier, smokier, and aged with leather and tobacco, little oud, and the last tendrils of incense. It flitted between smoky and earthy between the leather and tobacco, and the oud, while subtle, added an animalic undertone that persisted for another three hours. The drydown at the sixth hour was soft, smoky leather and tobacco with subtle, sweet myrrh.
For testing, I used 1/3 of a 0.7ml sample vial dabbed to the underside and topside of my wrist area on my left arm. I used an unscented moisturizer prior to applying the scent as this is also my swatching arm (aka, incredibly parched at any given moment) as I found scent did not hold well here otherwise.
I purchased my sample in January 2022; fragrances are known to be reformulated over their lifetime , so be mindful of when a review was made, e.g. a review from 2010 may not reflect what the same-named perfume smells like in 2022.
It lasted for six hours until it was a skin-scent and about 12 hours before it was quite difficult to detect on my skin. The sillage and projection were moderate for the first two hours.
It’s a lovely scent for those who love tobacco and leather and enjoy lighter, less pungent oud; the oud is stronger initially but weakens quite a bit so it may be a nice way to enjoy the character of oud without the full blast of it. The smoke was sweeter and for part of the wear more mixed with incense, which I also enjoyed. I feel like I have a few favorites in this genre, so I have to compare down the road to see if this is something I’ll replace one with!
- 50ml for $155
- 0.7ml sample for $4