The weather today is my all time favourite: chilly and breezy but with a sky that is bright blue and sunny. Everything feels as if it is in glorious Technicolour and the trees are starting to go gold.
Histoire d’Eau by Mauboussin is the perfect scent for today. It is rich with spice and wood and even a hint of tar. The Amber notes reflect the golden trees and the leathery finish is perfect for Autumn.
Mauboussin is a prestigious French jeweller: right up there with Tiffany and Cartier. Since 1870 Mauboussin has been producing fine jewellery and watches, but it wasn’t until the year 2000 that they stepped into the fragrance market. And I am so glad they did.
The notes for Histoire d’Eau are as follows:
Top notes: Mandarin and Ylang (both noticeable),
Middle notes: Nutmeg, Pepper and Cardoman,
Base notes: Leather, Myrtle, Amber and Musk.
The combination of these toasty Autumnal notes is spot on for a chill wind. The Amber and Spices give heat to the sexy Leather. The Orange makes things Christmassy and the Musk is barely a whisper, preventing this from being too girly. It would be perfect as a masculine or a feminine and reminds me of burnt tar on a fence. This is a good thing, since I also rather like the smell of creosote in perfume.
Despite the hot tar and the slight cough mixture accord, this is prettier than it sounds. This is almost what Serge Noire would have smelled like on me if our chemistry had been right. Histoire d’Eau is smoky, spicy and just what the doctor ordered on this bright, cold day.