"Known as a playground for the mafia and wealthy elite, Havana in the mid-1900s hosted many vibrant music venues like the Tropicana or the members’ guild Buena Vista Social Club. The rhythmic pulsations of Habanera, Latin Jazz and Salsa that were heard everywhere coupled with the dazzling showgirls added to the tropical island’s allure. After the revolution in 1959 many establishments closed down and with that an era of Havana ended. The scent La Habana by 19-69 shines a light on the golden musical era of Cuba between the 1930s and 1950s.”
A SAILOR’S REMINISCENCE OF CUBA
JB: “So, in the 1950s one of my four uncles, Gunnar, went to sea where he stayed for nearly thirty years. When I was a kid he would tell me stories of all the exotic places he’d visited like Japan, China and Australia. And time after time he returned to his memories of Cuba.
It was so different then, before the revolution. The most beautiful caramel-colored showgirls all dressed up in feathers and headdresses at the Tropicana. Everywhere casinos and vibrant music venues offered the very best of Habanera, Latin Jazz and Salsa music.”
“You know, Havana was very much like a rose”, my uncle told me. “It had petals, it had thorns. It was so sensual, yet had a darker side to it. They were all there: Sinatra, Nat King Cole but also Al Capone, Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky, staying at the Hotel Nacional. There were the horse races at the Oriental Park and the small alleys, church towers, and roofs of terra-cotta.
I can still recall the different smells lingering like saffron from a kitchen window. The music that was everywhere and the cigars. My friend who worked for a big hotel drove us around in his Cadillac. After the revolution things changed. But on one visit I met a girl and decided to stay. Marry her, have a few kids, you know. I let the ship return to Sweden without me. Though, it didn’t take long for the police to catch the escapee. I was sent to jail for three months until the next boat arrived. However, jail was not bad. I spent all my time in this mafioso’s jail cell, playing poker and drinking Bacardi.”
The Fragrance Journey is based on a sailor’s reminiscence of La Habana, Cuba.
WARM AND SPICY
Alcohol Denat.(SD Alcohol 39C) – Parfum (Fragrance) - Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate – Ethylhexyl Salicylate - Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane Benzyl Alcohol – Benzyl Benzoate - Benzyl Cinnamate – Cinnamal – Citral – Coumarin - Limonene – Eugenol – Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone – Linalool
Please be aware that ingredient lists may change or vary from time to time. To confirm that a 19-69 product is suitable for your personal use, please consult the list of ingredients that is included on our product packaging.
Each scent is composed inspired by a different era, culture or setting from Africa, Europe, the States and Asia. Art, music, trends and cultures have all left their marks on the fragrances both in terms of content, name and packaging. The glass bottles are varnished and screen printed in Italy. Each 19-69 product is handmade, therefore small variations should be considered part of the character. All raw ingredients are carefully considered and selected to ensure the finest quality. For each scent there is a unique fragrance journey.
Cosmetic product. Use only as directed. For external use. Flammable. Do not spray towards eyes and irritated skin. Avoid contacts with eyes. Store out of direct sunlight. Keep out of reach of children. Intentional misuse by deliberately concentrating and inhaling the contents can be harmful or fatal.