Cuban perfumer creates colognes to honor Che and Chavez
A manufacturer of "natural products" in Cuba has developed two new colognes sure to be smelled at your next liberal cocktail party.
They're called "Hugo" and "Ernestor" and you can guess who they are named after.
Cuba's biggest producer of natural products has come up with a pair of colognes for the discerning supporter of international socialism who wants something more than just the iconic "Che" T-shirt.
A woodsy and refreshing citric scent with notes of talcum powder called "Ernesto" honors guerrilla leader Ernesto "Che" Guevara. For those seeking something softer and fruitier, there's a blend with hints of mango and papaya called "Hugo," for the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
"They will be very attractive colognes, but the names also mean a lot to us," said Isbel Gonzalez, vice president for research and development for Labiofam, which produces homeopathic medicines, cleaning products and dietary supplements.
Formulated by a French company and produced in Cuba, the men's colognes are being presented this week at a Labiofam convention in Havana. The two scents so far have generic bottles and simple printed labels bearing only their names. But Labiofam is developing more attractive bottles and labels with hopes of putting the colognes on sale in Cuba and internationally, Gonzalez said. She declined to provide a timeline.
Labiofam officials said they and French firm Robertet worked for more than 1 1/2 years to produce the colognes. The Cuban company polled 122 visitors to other pharmaceutical conventions to determine what names people preferred from a pre-selected list of options.
"It was a great challenge," said Cuban biochemist Mario Valdes, who led the scent design team.
The French company did not respond to a request for comment.
I'm surprised that in addition to a "woodsy" scent. the Ernesto cologne also doesn't smell like death. Che personally executed hundreds and ordered the death of thousands more. You'd think after all that killing, his namesake cologne would fairly reek of cadavers.
As for the "Fruity" smell of Hugo, that may be more to the point. Chavez may have been insane at the end of his life, so the use of the smell of mangoes and papaya is appropriate.
Can't say I'd care for either, although in my youth, I favored a cologne called "Timber" that had a woodsy smell to it. Unfortunately, my girl friend at the time hated it so I stopped wearing it.