Histoire d'Amour (1984) Eau de Toilette

Histoire d'Amour (Eau de Toilette) by Aubusson
Bottle Design: Thierry de Baschmakoff
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Histoire d'Amour (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Aubusson for women and was released in 1984. The scent is chypre-floral. The production was apparently discontinued.

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Perfumer

Daniel Hoffmann

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBasil, Bergamot, Tangerine, Osmanthus
Heart Notes Heart NotesJasmine, Narcissus, Orange blossom, Rose, Ylang-ylang
Base Notes Base NotesPatchouli, Sandalwood, Oakmoss, Amber, Honey

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Scent

8.1 (42 Ratings)

Longevity

7.5 (32 Ratings)

Sillage

7.1 (32 Ratings)

Bottle

7.5 (39 Ratings)
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GothicHeart

87 Reviews
GothicHeart
GothicHeart
Helpful Review    3
Amour perpétuel...
Histoire d'Amour... Oui, mais quel sorte d'amour est-il? It's strange, but this is one of the most ambiguous perfumes I have ever smelled. At first it looks and smells like it comes right out of the pages of a Victorian horror novel. This is how a theatre dressing room would smell back then. But whoever would be waiting for the young thespian outside, could be nothing less than Jack the Ripper. So the poor beatiful thing would meet her doom-laden fate, but smelling divinely nevertheless.
On the other hand it smells of something a firebrand would wear. Tough and hard-boiled, but straight and honest to the extreme. I don't know, how can be something romantic and cynical at the same time? Oakmoss battling narcissus and osmanthus quarrelling with basil? I love to watch such fights taking place! Their outcome is usually a mess, except some messes are unique and stunning.
And concerning its "gender", this one's feminine and (I'm Francisco "Paco" Rabaneda Cuervo and I've made) 1 Million (in a month) is masculine? Right... O tempora o mores!
Now, I can already hear the Old Lady Alert screaming, and see youngsters pointing at its "outmoded" bottle in sheer horror. So, do we have an old lady here? Of course we do! The youngsters are right, but also so wrong. She is an old lady indeed. Only this one packs a pair of knuckledusters inside her old lady bag. And after flooring any arrogant and pompous brat, she'll kickstart her old lady motorcycle and vanish into the sunset. The very kind of an old lady who can use this gorgeous bottle to spray a mesmerising shroud around her, but can also bludgeon every hater to submission, before (s)he'll be able to say: "Hey, it smells like old la..." Bang! You're down! Now, be smart enough to stay down and kowtow before her prodigious awesomeness! It's so much fun being an old lady sometimes! Especially when embarassing clueless newbies is the name of your game.
I can't stress enough how much I miss smelling perfumes of this magnitude and quality in public nowadays. So, ladies, please, wear this and go somewhere. In a club, to a ball, it doesn't matter; somewhere. If there's any gallant and fine gentleman there, rest asured he'll come directly to you, like drawn by a magnet, tossing every fruity-candy-sweety girl aside in his wake. And perhaps your Histoire D'Amour will be born...
10.0 7.5 7.5 10.0/10
Sorceress

211 Reviews
Sorceress
Sorceress
Very helpful Review    4
Histoire d'Amour-Inhale The Scents The Forest Has To Offer
I can't get enough of this scent! For the price, it's amazing to me. I picked it up at TJMaxx for under $10, a blind buy based on reviews, and this has to be one of my happiest purchases I've made that way. I've been wearing it for awhile and I absolutely love this.
The ylang-ylang and bergamot, soft and dancing around the patchouli and oakmoss make a heavy incense that lasts for hours. This is a scent for a wearer that enjoys mature, full-bodied fragrances that are earthy and full-scented. Wearing it, I am transported to a haven of trees, where Spanish Moss hangs, perhaps, where it is cool and damp and the air is heavy with the scents of the woods around me. I am inhaling all the scents the forest has to offer and feeling the Earth's spiritualness from within. If this is what a Chypre is all about, then I want to bask in its scents of the woods. Absolutely fulfilling as a fragrance, this will not leave you wanting for more. For the price point, you will be pleasantly pleased and able to taste the woods for yourself.
The bottle is surprisingly huge. It's also very pretty. Simple, timeless and Victorian in style. An excellent Fall and Winter fragrance to wear on those chillier days and nights.
2.5 7.5 7.5 6.0/10
Sherapop

1239 Reviews
Sherapop
Sherapop
Helpful Review    3
Drugstore Cheap Chypre Inspires Respect
I have to say that I'm surprised to learn that Aubusson HISTOIRE D'AMOUR was launched in 1984. I'd have guessed closer to 1884. Even the bottle looks as though it might well have been blown in the nineteenth century. One thing is clear: this perfume could be used quite effectively to define the expression "old lady perfume" by ostension. HISTOIRE D'AMOUR is the very essence of all that people hate or love about "old lady perfumes." Ponderous, introspective, dusty, even musty. The drydown of this perfume is a joyous old-school chypre to be cherished. But, to be perfectly frank (quoi d'autre?), spraying this stuff on initially evokes in my mind instantaneous images of grandmothers meandering about Walgreens drugstore.

Yes, as is true of all things, finer distinctions can be made within the broader category of "old lady perfumes"—of which, I should clarify, I own quite a few. There are old lady perfumes, and then there are old lady perfumes. CHANEL NO 5, FIRST, CALECHE, WHITE LINEN, among others, stand on one side of the thin white line, while somewhat less noble old ladies are found on the other. Dare I say "YOUTH DEW", the perversely named Platonic Form of "old lady perfume," to which all others can only aspire?

Drugstore cheap chypre is the bottom line here. This is not the perfume of the Carmen Dell'Orefice featured in the doubly embarrassing "Class is forever" ad. (Is she unaware that the advertisers are implying that she is *infinitely* old? Is she unaware that people who talk about "class" are usually those conspicuously devoid of the same?) No, HISTOIRE D'AMOUR is more the speed of the nonagenarian with wrinkles on top of wrinkles who, when asked to reveal her secret to longevity, smiles, baring dark yellow teeth and crinkling the skin around her eyes even more, as she replies: "I've smoked a pack of Camel straights everyday now for sixty years."

Eventually, after drying down, the wafts of "old lady at the drugstore" from the opening of HISTOIRE D'AMOUR (apparently also ironically named...) dissipate considerably, but they still beat their way back now and then, like the woman who obstinately refuses to renounce her Camel straights or the deadwood professor who will not retire before his cold corpse must be pried from his desk.

Yes, lest anyone misinterpret my colorful examples: I respect HISTOIRE D'AMOUR, and I have every intention of holding on to this bottle until death do us part—in spite of the intermittent wisps of old lady whispers in my ears.

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