Habit Rouge is one of those fragrances that are so well blended I have trouble picking apart individuel notes. Granted being an ex smoker, my nose is not the most sensitive to nuances and hence is probably not upto the task of analyzing a masterpiece like HR and a Masterpiece it is!! This is a fragrance I have smelled all my life and always on mature, sophisticated, well traveled,"been there, done that, wrote the book" Men. Wear HR with confidence or dont wear it at all because this fragrance has been around for so long, it has probably seen more of the world than you or I have.
Also this is a fragrance that requires a slightly experienced nose to appreciate far more than say an average person just looking for a nice frag due to the complexity of the notes. you need to be able to pick apart the notes a little bit and know what you are smelling to really appreciate this classic. For the longest time growing up, all I could smell was a nice smelling blob. different notes hit me at different times depending on weather and humidity. If you have not smelled Habit Rouge before and your experience/ love extends only to fruity fresh/aquatic calone types of frags, Habit Rouge would not be a safe blind buy though I whole heartedly recommend you try it. It might just open up a whole new world of smell.
Habit Rouge is a perfume that requires your nose first grow up and then grow into...hence probably more suitable for 35 years and above although if you are younger and can appreciate it, more power to you. I have stolen sprays from my dad's bottle over the years but somehow never felt sure enough about pulling this off until now to get my own bottle. Go easy on the trigger on this one as projection and sillage are monstrous and can easily become a cloying blob if you're not careful. 2-3 sprays max and you are party to a distinguished beautiful progression from citrus to balsamic woods and rose to finally ambery leather and vanilla with hints of quite a few other notes poking through. Longevity is excellent, 9 hours plus on skin and pretty much forever on cloth. PURE CLASS. A true Legend.