Trip to Cuba: Perfume Shop in Old Havana

As Charlie and I were walking along the Prado in Havana, I spied a Guerlain perfume store similar to the one we had visited in Paris on the Champs Elysee.

The dark facade is the Guerlain store.

When we went in and looked around we discovered it was nothing like the one in Paris, really just a glorified perfume shop of all fragrance brands.

The store was truly elegant.

As our walk took us to Habana Vieja (old Havana) we found a very special perfume store called Habana 1791, there is only one store in the world.

A beautiful courtyard inside the store.

I strolled through the beautiful store which has fountains and stained glass transoms.

At the left of the of the display were masculine fragrances.

We took time to smell all the different fragrances.

I prefer citrus and spice to a floral scent.

After a few minutes Charlie chose Romantica, a masculine scent, and I chose Princesa, a citrus and spice scent.

The perfume was first put into a graduated cylinder.
From the graduated cylinder perfume was poured into a bottle.

Our perfumes were decanted into bottles.

A name and description was tied to the bottle.

Tags with the name of each perfume were tied to the bottles.

Charlie’s perfume came in a spray bottle which we didn’t want leaking in the luggage.

Our sales lady Alexandra (whose husband’s name is also Carlito, more about that later) wrapped each bottle tightly in plastic and tape so the perfume would not leak in the airplane on the trip home.

A distinctive bottle and a distinctive fragrance.

Because I enjoy fragrance in a spray bottle, when I got home I put Princesa in an old Shalimar atomizer.

The perfume is clear and fragrant.

I can have a whiff of Cuba with just a touch of spray any time I want.

Do you have a favorite fragrance?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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