June 2, 2016

Histoires De Parfums This Is Not a Blue Bottle Was In My To Be Returned Pile

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Histoires De Parfums This Is Not a Blue Bottle launched last year but just recently became available at Sephora.com. It’s a fragrance I had read many reviews on but wasn’t sure I wanted to blind buy it from Histoires De Parfums website. I was delighted that Sephora got it in stock and quickly added it to my Becca Champagne Pop order.

Histoires De Parfums This Is Not a Blue Bottle comes in the standard glass falcon that the brand uses for all their fragrances but rather than a clear bottle this time it comes in a starling bright blue one. It’s very, very different packaging for the brand but the bottle isn’t the only difference! The entire fragrance is different from anything else that Histoires De Parfums has done.

And yes, Histoires De Parfums This Is Not a Blue Bottle was in my to be returned pile.

Histoires De Parfums This Is Not a Blue Bottle

I’ve always one to make snappy little judgements about fragrance but I know that I shouldn’t do that. I did that with Histoires De Parfums This Is Not a Blue Bottle! I quickly uncapped this when it arrived and sniffed it from the cap without misting or spritzing it and was heavily disappointed. It was not what I expected from the brand and had a pine note that I wasn’t terribly impressed with because you see, I really dislike earthy, green fragrances. I quickly tossed it back in the box and decided it might just be a return.

Lucky enough I decided to give it a second chance and was delighted with the outcome. This is stunning and an ideal pick for those who enjoy warm, sultry unisex fragrances like Lush Dirty Boy, my beloved Jardins D’Écrivains’ Orlando, and 0.2 Fragrance Eau De Parfum. I have a fond place in my heart for fragrances that remind me of a warm hug from the man you love! You might recall Kate Walsh’s Boyfriend fragrance and her idea of creating a fragrance that smelled like wearing your boyfriend’s or husband’s shirt. This is exactly what This Is Not a Blue Bottle smells and feels like.

I recall shopping at Nordstrom with my beloved fragrance lady Carol. She has the patience of the saint with me and literally goes through hundreds and hundreds of fragrances before I decide on one. Last year, she turned to me and said, “No disrespect but how about a men’s fragrance?” I laughed because I thought it was funny she thought I’d be insulted at the idea of wearing a men’s fragrance. Because hey, some really smell incredible and a women’s body chemistry is a lot different which morphs some of these colognes into something very interesting.

It’s a funny little contrast for me, a self proclaimed fruity, sweet fragrance lover to like a more masculine fragrance but I am indeed attracted to them and This Is Not a Blue Bottle is a fragrance that embodies both men and women with warm, rich notes and excellent sillage that lasts and lasts and lasts and becomes richer and warmer as your body heats up.

This blend was created with aldehyde and bitter orange notes with an underlay of pure, warm amber and a hint of patchouli. It’s rich, it’s warm, and it’s absolutely delicious. I think at first sniff of the bottle it smells a bit earthy and green, like a pine tree but on first mist you’re hit with a the a strong aldehyde and a mix of warm, golden amber. I never really notice the bitter orange notes nor the patchouli but there is geranium here that plays gently in the background. For me, it smells like a well dressed man in a perfectly pressed suit. It’s sultry, mysterious, and lasting. And I can’t recommend it enough.

For the fond fans of men’s fragrance, for those who adore how their boyfriend or husband smells when he hugs you, and for those seeking out something a little different, Histoires De Parfums This Is Not a Blue Bottle is it.

Be warned, it might end up in your return pile before it actually makes its way to your heart.

Available now at Sephora.com or at www.histoiresdeparfums.com.

And for those just being introduced to Histories de Parfums might I recommend the Discovery Set? It sadly, does not include This is Not a Blue Bottle but it is an excellent introduction to this wonderful niche brand and is also available at Sephora.com.


I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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  • Lauren

    Sounds appealing. Hopefully I can check it out in store sometime.

  • Alys

    Hahaha I’ve been wearing Cade from L’occitane for the past month or so, it’s men’s. I just wish it had a stronger “throw.” It’s a very neutral yet still woodsy scent.

    • Isabella Muse

      I don’t I smelled Cade yet! I have to check that out ;-D

  • Stacy

    Oh, I SO wish they didn’t discontinue the Boyfriend fragrance! That has been my favorite forever, and I’m down to the last few spritzes, so I refuse to use it anymore so I can have it forever to just smell πŸ™ Is that weird!?

    • Isabella Muse

      ITA! I wish she would have at least kept on a website and sold from there. It’s such a sad, sad day it is gone. It was one of the best unisex fragrances I owned. haha that isn’t weird at all! I can relate completely!

  • Emm

    bitter orange note?? sold! bought Terre d’Hermes for my sweetheart and I steal and wear it from time to time, and it has such a wonderful bitter orange note that stays for days.

    you are killing me with all the perfumes i now ‘need’…:)

    • Isabella Muse

      I honestly don’t get too much orange so beware! I get a good deal of amber from it, the orange is something you really have to close your eyes and concentrate to smell πŸ™‚ LOL Emm! Happy to hear I created some ‘fume lemmings!

      • Emm

        Well I like amber so hopefully that shall not be an issue. Regardless, I will at least be getting me’self a sample from Sephora πŸ™‚

        -your lemming

  • Lauren

    Ooh, this sounds really interesting and like it might be right up my alley! I love heavier, warm fragrances, especially if there’s amber involved! Definitely a must-try, I think.

  • kellly

    I could never get my head around “male” and “female” fragrance choices. Like anything flowery or sweet was “female” and anything woody or spicy was “male”. Just huh?
    I’ve been wearing a tobacco FO for months now and the last time I was in Sephora, one of the staff complimented my fragrance (without knowing what it was) and not 10 minutes later, a woman in Macy’s did the same. I wonder what their reactions would have been if I had told them it was tobacco, since tobacco is “supposed” to be a scent “for men”. I actually wish there was more variety and crossover in fragrances. I’m getting so tired of 95% of “mens'” fragrances smelling like lime.

    • Isabella Muse

      Excellent point. I don’t understand why flowers/sweetness are commonly associated with women either πŸ˜€

  • Christina

    I like a few men’s fragrances, like Lush’s Breath of God and Boucheron’s Jaipur! You are not alone!

  • kjh

    All my choices in the past few decades have been men’s. Cartier declaration (the original), Creeds, Comptoir Suds. Almost actively dislike their women’s notes, but my general scent taste is a 180 from yours. Lemon, yes, melon or berry, big no. BPAL tree notes. BPAL dark, watery notes. Not much girly. The women’s I like are all way old, like l’air du temps, L’Heure Bleue, Mitsouko. Most are even older than me, if that’s possible. Will recheck this one on the big S.

    • Isabella Muse

      I don’t blame you! I like men’s lately myself πŸ˜€ I like something with warmth!