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.
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.
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.