Histoire d'Eau 2002

Histoire d'Eau by Mauboussin
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Histoire d'Eau is a perfume by Mauboussin for women and was released in 2002. The scent is spicy-leathery. The production was apparently discontinued.
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Perfumer

Christine Nagel

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesMandarin orangeMandarin orange
Ylang-ylangYlang-ylang
Heart Notes Heart NotesCardamomCardamom
NutmegNutmeg
PepperPepper
Base Notes Base NotesAmberAmber
LeatherLeather
MuskMusk
MyrtleMyrtle

Ratings

Scent

6.726 Ratings

Longevity

7.417 Ratings

Sillage

6.817 Ratings

Bottle

8.129 Ratings
Submitted by Evita, last update on 05.09.2020.

Interesting Facts

This scent is occasionally falsely listed with the addition Topaze.
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Reviews

5
Scent
Awesomeness

247 Reviews
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Occasionally sultry, too often harsh, just plain difficult to wear
Histoire d'Eau doesn't seem very oriental to me, much less floral. Where is the leather, orange, myrtle, and ylang-ylang?

I've had a rough road learning how to wear Histoire d'Eau. Over the last few months, I found it inconsistent, unreliable, & changeable. In fact, the first review that I left was not too kind, calling HdE a scent reminiscent of old, dusty books and of old, crusty professors. Let's just say, trial & error and luck & patience have paid off.

For me, Histoire d'Eau reveals its wonders in warm weather and is a steamy & sultry, almost incense-like. (Think Kathleen Turner in the movie Body Heat.) This is one that I've applied on a hot summer evening and stepped out for a stroll or a beverage on the veranda - WONDERFUL! If only Histoire d'Eau was like this each & every application. At other times, it's been nearly unwearable. For now, summer wear only -- the hotter, the more humid, the better. It intensifies as its worn, although it lasts only 3-4 hours on me.

Histoire d'Eau is hard to wear, but it's even harder to pass up. It's worth the risk on a blind buy imo, provided it is at a good price.

Rating: 4 out of 5 when it decides to be sultry on me.

Rating: 1 out of 5 all other times, when HdE is harsh, when the spices are combative, and when it reeks of dusty, dark places. Unfortunately, that's most of the time.

I adore most of Nagel's creations, but I find HdE very difficult to wear. For an everyday fragrance, I think HdE is better suited for those who can carry masculine scents. Unfortunately, I can't.
jtd

484 Reviews
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The middle ground
Is this the intermediate species between the classic amber oriental and the Lutens cedar oriental? Its 2002 birth date tells me no, but my nose says it could be. Histoire d’Eau is a smoky, spicy cedar/amber. There is just enough sweet amber to fall into the Shalimar camp, and enough cedar and fruit to be an SL Bois. It also has an opacity that sits right between Shalimar’s richness and SL’s transparency. Unfortunately, the middle ground is not necessarily the ripest locale for inspiration. I can’t help but feel with a few tweaks, this could have been spectacular.

I’ve only smelled SL’s Daim Blond once, and while Hd’E does smell like it a bit at the outset, it doesn’t hang together like Daim Blond. It doesn’t so much fall apart as become flatter over the course of the heart. It rallies a bit in the drydown, leaving a pleasant but unexciting spicy cedar.
7
Scent
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Sillage
7.5
Bottle
Sherapop

1239 Reviews
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Hurray for Auto-Pilot Houses!
I have been curious about Mauboussin HISTOIRE D'EAU for quite some time, always tempted to buy blind since it's being nearly given away for free, but I'm trying to curb my bad habits from the past and avoid accumulating bottles that I'll never use. Happily, awesomeness came to the rescue with a sample. Now, what do I think?

My first impression was: what a surprise! I had no idea what this was about: spices and leather. I, like others, was persuaded by the name that HISTOIRE D'EAU was going to be an aquatic fragrance, when nothing could be further from the truth. I am intrigued by one reviewer's interpretation (at another site), according to which 'eau' is homonymic for 'O' and this perfume is about leather and bondage! Hmmm...

The scent is quite likeable and of much higher quality than I had been expecting, to be honest, at this price. (I was in fact fearing a scrubber...) Of course it's also true that I have found that many of these sorts of apparently cheap fragrances were composed by big noses (in this case, Christine Nagel) and often these sorts of houses, apparently on autopilot, do not make the tragic mistake of reformulation, which would require an effort of some sort, a willful act of consciousness, a vision, a plan, and a budget for execution. Consequently, what survive are quite decent perfumes at incredible prices.

HISTOIRE D'EAU features cardmamom, nutmeg, and pepper all light enough to form a pleasing melange along with the equally light leather note. This is a nice, eminently wearable, all-occasion oriental perfume. My perceptions of this creation vary a lot depending upon whether I dab or spray. The leather becomes much more prominent when I spray, but either way, I like this a lot!

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