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Histoire d`Eau Mauboussin for women

Histoire d`Eau Mauboussin for women
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Histoire d`Eau by Mauboussin is a Oriental Floral fragrance for women. Histoire d`Eau was launched in 2002. The nose behind this fragrance is Christine Nagel. Top notes are mandarin orange and ylang-ylang; middle notes are nutmeg, pepper and cardamom; base notes are leather, myrtle, amber and musk.

Perfume Pyramid

Top Notes
Mandarin Orange Ylang-Ylang

Middle Notes
Nutmeg Pepper Cardamom

Base Notes
Leather Myrtle Amber Musk

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Histoire d`Eau Fragrance Reviews

drlaurel
drlaurel

Sweet amber and wood shavings, the cedar plays out here but resembles sandalwood b/c of the beautiful mix with the sweetness of the amber. Very woody. I'd say orange blossom over orange citrus b/c again the sweetness of the wood/amber combo. Sure the ylang ylang can add to that. Not a ylang ylang fan but it is not a bother here. Well blended into the other beautiful notes to evolve as something completely different. I keep mentioning sweet but this is not the cloying candy sweet but rather the lumber store after a rain sweet. Cardamom is present but do not dismiss if you don't like it b/c i promise it's only there if you know to look for it. This one makes me happy. As soon as i opened the box, i got a whiff of something that made me instantly smile. Very close to what Tam Dao does for me but a bit sweeter and less straight up wood, again given by the Amber. So i think i may have found a favorite amber perfume after a very long search. Always loved the note but it's never been done quite so perfectly with my next favorite note, WOOOOOOOOD. Im a nutmeg/pepper girl, wish i got more with this one but i think for layering with another heavily spiced beauty this could be a winner. My only regret is i got the small bottle. Going back for a bigger one. :)

Apr
23
2016
drlaurel
drlaurel

Sweet amber and wood shavings, the cedar plays out here but resembles sandalwood b/c of the beautiful mix with the sweetness of the amber. Very woody. I'd say orange blossom over orange citrus b/c again the sweetness of the wood/amber combo. Sure the ylang ylang can add to that. Not a ylang ylang fan but it is not a bother here. Well blended into the other beautiful notes to evolve as something completely different. I keep mentioning sweet but this is not the cloying candy sweet but rather the lumber store after a rain sweet. Cardamom is present but do not dismiss if you don't like it b/c i promise it's only there if you know to look for it. This one makes me happy. As soon as i opened the box, i got a whiff of something that made me instantly smile. Very close to what Tam Dao does for me but a bit sweeter and less straight up wood, again given by the Amber. So i think i may have found a favorite amber perfume after a very long search. Always loved the note but it's never been done quite so perfectly with my next favorite note, WOOOOOOOOD. Im a nutmeg/pepper girl, wish i got more with this one but i think for layering with another heavily spiced beauty this could be a winner. My only regret is i got the small bottle. Going back for a bigger one. :)

Apr
23
2016
lemonlye
lemonlye

I got this as a blind buy, because I heard it was like my dear discontinued Theorema, and because it's wonderfully affordable in any case. I do get the Theorema resemblance (spice, woods, sweet-smoke, orange), though there’s more generic drugstore white musk (almost white floral?) on top in this one. With its sweet, dry smokiness, it reminds me slightly more of Black Cashmere than Theorema, but softer and not as crazy-bold, so that’s good. Doesn’t overpower. Even that drugstore white musk sweetness is rather fun, and is quite mellow and doesn’t screech at all. And the part that smells like Theorema, the orange and spice and hint of woods, is quite nice. Wish it had stronger cedar on me like Theorema did, but it’s still pretty and is worth keeping!

Mar
22
2016
lanuitblanche
lanuitblanche

A slightly spicier Fendi Theorema (also composed by Christine Nagel), just as warm with the golden orange peel top note, but not as sweet. The sillage is gorgeous. To all of you for whom the discontinued Theorema is out of reach because of the ridiculous price point on online discounters and auctions, Histoire d'Eau is extremely similar, and I would even venture to say, slightly more grown up. I am so happy with my blind buy, I did not expect to find a replacement for my beloved Theorema! I am stocking up!

PS. The dry-down is to die-for. A very soft, drowsy, tender animalic, it is heaven!

Feb
22
2016
Walking Unicorn
Walking Unicorn

This was my end of year blind buy that I purchased based on all of the wonderful comments here on Fragrantica. All I can say here is "wow" Histoire d'eau Mauboussin is fantastic. It's unique, confident and energetic, and it smells like velvety suede with the creaminess of nuts, orange and spice. Such a stunning perfume.

Dec
31
2015
alittlebrittle
alittlebrittle

I can't do this one. It's so sour I...just...can't. Anyone want to swap?

Aug
19
2015
Planet_X
Planet_X

This one made my top ten of all times from first sniff. Its so loud, confident, happy sweet-and-sour leather juicy, like absolutely nothing nor among vintages, neither from the niche. Super spicy, almost oily aromatic myrtly leather sings here for Christine Nagel. And bravo to her!

Jun
25
2015
magnolia_xx
magnolia_xx

Christmas in a bottle! This is what this perfume is for me.
A delicious concoction of candied orange and all-spice, wonderfully blended, just like in a perfect British Christmas pudding.
I can detect orange, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, which smell warm and comforting... when I close my eyes and smell it, it makes me think of sitting in a warm, cosy room on Christmas eve, sipping some tea in the trembling light from the fireplace, when all is snowy and silent outside,
In a few words, it is perfect "to drive the cold winter away".

Feb
20
2015
Eloquaint
Eloquaint

Smell it side by side with Chanel's Coco and tell me what you think. They are sisters.

H d'E reminds me of what Coco smelled like in the early to mid 90's, when it still had some civet, before new IFRA regulations started installing themselves as Achilles' heels in so many wonderful perfumes. Histoire opens with a keen spicy orange juice smell, and the animal note is taken care of by the smell of honey and beeswax. You can smell white flower, but it isn't overwhelmingly sweet. As perfumes go it's rich and heady, with more of a perfume smell than I usually like, but once upon a time I adored Coco, and this is a lovely jolt to my memory.

Jan
30
2015
flowers4me
flowers4me

I must add something to my review below. My grandfather had an old wood range on which he melted down the empty honeycombs to get the pure beeswax. The smoke from the stove added a deep smoky scent to the ambience of the cabin. That wood smoke note is part of the beauty of the perfume. Just beautiful!

Jan
24
2015
flowers4me
flowers4me

Beeswax, honey and aged wood. My grandfather was a beekeeper. He processed the honey himself in a small wooden cabin near the beehives. Over the years, the walls became permeated with the scent of the wax and honey. When I first tried Histoire d'Eau I was overcome with a feeling of contentment and happiness. It was only days later that I realized that it was the smell of my grandfather's little house. The scent is very strong at first, but it lingers forever and is much nicer when it has had time to moderate.

Jan
17
2015
drugstore classics
drugstore classics

Vintage Gorgeousness.

Truly a gift for leather lovers. Uniquely itself, rather than a repetition of other leathers I've met before.

At first I smelled only musk and animalic notes, unaware that leather COULD smell like this.... Not the pungent, lemony leather of Azuree or Cabochard, but a Warm, Amber leather, tinged with spices.

Great longevity, the only con is that you must be a real fan of musk to thoroughly appreciate Histoire d'Eau. In other words, Musk haters need not apply! Even a leather lover might be cautious about when to apply this classic Mauboussin. Dark, old fashioned musk is hardly my fragrance of choice in summer, even with glorious leather overtones.

Autumn leather, if you will?

Five Stars

Dec
17
2014
archivist
archivist

Cuir de Lancome with the notes turned up to 11 and spiked with spice all the way through. Seriously. It's the same leather, I swear. The big difference is that the myrtle, the spices, the whiff of ylang-ylang, they're right on top of the leather all the way through, while Cuir de Lancome keeps all of that under the leather, which dries down to a very simple, demure, powdery scent that is just slightly too sweet for a leather to my nose. This is much more interesting. I can absolutely see the similarity to Black Cashmere - what BC had that this doesn't have (thank heaven, from my perspective) is the milky cashmeran that I felt smelled absolutely horrible with the spices. The first time I put on Black Cashmere I had an *immnediate* flashback to the time I left half a chai latte in the car over a July weekend. When I got in the car Monday morning, pow. Curdled milk and spice. No good. This is much more androgynous, I suppose, but in a good way. In the way in which perfumes were once just perfumes, and not "FOR HIM" or "FOR HER."

Sep
24
2014
johngreenink
johngreenink

Pure pencil shavings and flowers - it's a complete delight and a HUGE perfume. It is just a bit over to the feminine side, but guys can wear it, especially with the heavy dose of cedar. I really adore this scent - it's so unapologetically bold, and linear in two distinct paths - the wood and the florals. Definitely a late summer/fall kind of scent, something in it makes me think of transitions from one season to the next.

Jun
09
2014
polly golightly
polly golightly

prime note di agrumi, prugna e cardamomo che virano verso un'ottima ambra mista a cuoio. non troppo caldo, adattissimo invece ad una fredda primavera. molto buono

Apr
17
2014
ranchorita
ranchorita

I love the bottle of this fragrance and the rich color, but that is the limit of my affection, here. The massive Mauboussin was such a successful blind buy for me that I thought Histoire would be a repeat. Indeed, these accords look right up my color wheel, but this fragrance doesn't work for me on any level, I'm sorry to say. I got a greater sense of powdery musk than others seem to mention here.

I passed this fragrance along to a person who was pleased to receive it. As with the other Mauboussin, I'm impressed by the locking mechanism on the sprayer-- it's great to know you can travel with a perfume and not worry about accidentally soaking all your things!

Apr
06
2014
grayspoole
grayspoole

I've been sampling amber scents for a while to find my favorite, and Histoire d'Eau is the one for me. It combines a sweet resinous amber base with lively herbal and peppery top notes and longer lasting orange and spice notes, and it just ticks all of the boxes on my amber perfume want list. it much more intriguing to wear than some of the simpler ambers I've tried. I love its soft leatheriness. It omits the vanilla found in many ambers, which makes me very happy since I am not a lover of vanilla. I don't find HdE heavy and suffocating, which is how Prada Amber feels on me. Like Hermes' Elixir des Merveilles, HdE invigorates amber with some juicy orange, but Histoire d'Eau, in the EDT format, lasts longer on me and feels more luxurious than EdM, and at a much more affordable price. Histoire d'Eau has warmed and renewed my spirits during this long, snowy winter, and I'm so glad I ordered it as a blind buy, based on all the great reviews here.

Feb
23
2014
kfleumer
kfleumer

Very outdoorsy, due to a bold note of sheeps wool, or wool fat. Which I like very much. Not mentioned in the official notes off course, it must be the leather and amber in close harmony. There's a little bit of citrus shining nicely through, slowly fading and making room for some spices. Not a perfume in the mainstream sense of the word, but I sure do want to smell like this! Imagine the fun: looking all elegant in a suit and smelling like the november wind over the moors.

Jan
28
2014
Red Theodora
Red Theodora

I just received my Histoire d'Eau in the post. Love at first sniff! I smelled the myrtle in the base immediately, backed up by the spices and a little ylang-ylang. Lovely; like a little olifactory walk in the woods. I pronounce it a good scent for either fall or winter. Which is why I will be wearing it for the rest of this month. This is a perfect fragrance for Chypre lovers, those who love herbal scent and anyone who likes the smell of greenery.

Jan
15
2014
ginger68
ginger68

Wow this is really odd. Spicy, herbal. At first is is strong and so far from fruity, sweet and girly fragrances. I'm speechless. I think that a confident woman or man can use this complex work. On my skin I feel a beautiful Myrtle. Yes this fragrance makes me feel free like a wild and bold animal.

Nov
29
2013
Bandit
Bandit

That might sound weird, but for me HdE is a perfect spring scent:

When I received it, it was autumn and I was already craving winter sweetness. HdE didn't serve; this strange smell, very spicy, yet not really sweet-warm, but very rough and different, was not what I had expected after reading those notes.

I tested it today and in spring I love it: Those un-sweet orange peel spiced with nutmeg is pure heaven! It is mouthwatering in it's own unique way.

It is still very strange, so try before you buy, if possible.

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EDIT: I sample Egoiste today and I find Histoire d'Eau and Egoiste to be butchy sisters at heart - they are very close together. Anybody agree? I need to to do a side by side comparison soon.

Apr
18
2013
2746cstreet
2746cstreet

Very unisex.
Tarry leather, sharp citrus, lots of spice and a strong note of myrtle. Nothing about this fragrance is shy. It is a bit odd, to be quite honest.. and it is very strong. It radiates off of the body in bright orange waves.
It makes me feel like I'm walking down a dusty, sunbaked road in Lebanon. It is very Mediterranean, but not in that easy, breezy, fresh & citrusy way. It's very "old world".
A Story of Water, Histoire d'eau. I wonder if the name was inspired by the short film (1958).

Apr
05
2013
Frauke
Frauke

Someone here mentioned, it smells like old, tar, wooden boat. I was so curious, because of this originally written rewiew (which unfortunately disappeared) - yes. It smells like old, tar, wooden boat.

Apr
01
2013
lassmichdich
lassmichdich

very unique, peculiar and comforting! with histoire d'eau i always have the same textural feeling wearing it, but fortunately it is a very interesting and pleasant one... it's as if there is a close range net of spice-rays projecting from my neck which is coated in inedible fruity juice. the image of this wonderful spices that i invariably have is beautiful dandelion seeds growing out of that juice...^^
also i think the weather can have some enhancing influence on it, particularly the humidity (maybe thus the name?). i found it crazy beautiful after rain in half closed spaces (=metro)! but, in my experience, it is always wearable.

Jan
25
2013
lmktacwa
lmktacwa

So, here is what is confusing me. First, Yes, I like this. I was driving in my car with this on, and trying to figure out what it reminded me of. It has that mentholated patchouli punch to it. But now I'm back home and reading the notes and no where do I see patchouli which really surprises me. Nothing to indicate any menthol anything. This is not toothpaste mint... this spicy kicking patchouli menthol. And I remembered just now what it reminds me of in the opening: It is VERY similar to Sensuous Noir. VERY.

Anyways, as always, Mauboussin is VERY well priced, and very enjoyable. The bottle looks like it belongs on Jane Jetson's dresser. COOL! Paying $25.00 for the 2.5oz was a great deal. Would I pay $65 for it? mmm, probably not.

notes... mentholated something or other and that synthetic leather. Not bad. There is orange sneaking around in there. The nutmeg and cardamom really do steal the show. Interesting. yes.

Oct
13
2012
ecofreak2001
ecofreak2001

A warm, interesting scent...tried it blindly as the notes persuade me to. I'm all about spicy blends these days...Spice, leather, sweetness...all mixed in a powerful punch. It's a different scent that is casual and feminine. I like it!

Apr
09
2012
jenthescentjunkie
jenthescentjunkie

Ok, maybe it is just me, but the initial spray smells like my hamster's cage when I was a child. Maybe it is just that strong cedar scent. The dry down of this is really lovely, though - more powdery than cedar. I wear it when I feel "green" - on my hippie days :) It lasts a long time - 3/4 of the workday I think.

Mar
01
2012
blueberrymuffin
blueberrymuffin

Sunny, spicy, bitter-sweet oriental with smooth and gentle leather undertones.Very easy to wear, with average longevity.
Reasonably priced, worth trying.

Feb
18
2012
plethorax
plethorax

First spraying this on (EDT), it reminds me of some absolutely common male fragrance from the late 90s. Acidic, spicy, somewhat hollow and drugstore-smelling. Something you would buy for a boyfriend or older brother, not a father or husband. An "impression" of Drakkar Noir, perhaps? On my skin it is sour and missing a lot of the depth others describe. In my hair, however, it does okay - spicy and full although harder to detect. Perhaps I'll chalk this up to shark week changing my skin chemistry temporarily, and try again in a while...

Dec
07
2011
jtd
jtd

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.

Sep
29
2011
junior halston
junior halston

zowie! A man could easy pull this one off if he wanted to that is. Too strange of fragrance that smells like an old leather glove found in a musty basement. Now take that glove and pour some warm heated ketchup on it sprinkle a little curry powder then close your eyes and take a big sniff - that is Histoire d'Eau - **bleck**

Feb
12
2011
Bigsly
Bigsly

I think the dried fruit and spices are what makes me think of ketchup when I first spray this on. I really don't like it, but I can bear it. As time goes on, though, I begin to like it more and more. I'm not sure if I get used to it, or if the top notes have subsided enough and then blend nicely with the rest of the notes. I don't find this to be "synthetic," nor can I think of anything else "wrong" with this fragrance. I have a large rotation, and sometimes a fragrance gets passed over because I just find myself reaching for something else, but this one I do keep coming back to, usually about once a month at this point. For me, this is a bit more "masculine" and interesting than Cuir de Lancome, though the leather there is more obvious (not a "good" or "bad" thing). This is my soft leather whereas The Knize Ten is my harsh leather fragrance. It lasts a long time, but my guess is that the top notes create olfactory fatigue issues for a lot of people, so you might want to try avoiding the top notes as much as possible if you want to smell this several hours after application. If price is taken into account, I'd rate this 9 out of 10 (if you like the notes, of course). I don't get any wood notes at all, so if you are like me and are tired of the common chemicals used to create a cedar effect these days, don't worry about finding it in here.

Feb
11
2011
cloyd42
cloyd42

Wonderful! A restrained leather like a kid glove on Easter; at times the ylang-nutmeg-pepper gives me a sense of carnations although I wouldn't consider this in the least floral. As it has developed over the past hours I get occasional whiffs of orange blossom and incense but the constant lovely note is a refined soft leather. Perhaps a bit of Nuit de Noel dabbed on a wrist and smelled through a thin white kid glove: a throwback to days when scents were elegant.
I bought this blind based on Sherapop's review and am glad I did--I expect this will become the first scent I pick up every morning (until my next crush arrives).
Sillage: relatively close
Duration: very good so far
Fabulosity: high
Price to value ratio: Excellent
10/10

Jan
16
2011
tessture
tessture

I love this bottle. As for the juice, it depends on when I wear it. First try, I got fruit and spice over oriental base in a nice combination. The next time there was a peanut butter and plastic note somehow. The time after that it was almost like a spiced plum, and very golden and pretty. I would call it a light oriental, if that is even possible. I would also say get a sample and try it out a few times to see if it changes this much with your chemistry. It is seriously schizophrenic on me.

Jan
13
2011
sherapop
sherapop

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?

First impression: 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, 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 point. (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 and often these sorts of houses do not make the tragic mistake of reformulation, thus 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!

Jan
03
2011
skitten
skitten

I love this stuff to the max. Have to say is very original and a sexy fragrance. Winter , Summer, Autumn or Spring, wear it and you will be noticed. Have only had positive, delightful comments about this scent. It gets warmer and lovlier, expands in depth of its spice and beautiful oriental undertones. I love wearing fragrances that are not familiar in my perfume girl world, as I know I am the only one wearing this fragrance, as they have never heard of it.
Highly recommend it if you love Kenzo Jungle, Mauboussin, Opium, Poison, Versace Donna and Michael Korrs, to name a few........xx

Dec
23
2010
dragonesque
dragonesque

Today it smells like autumn where I live, so I decided to unpack my recently acquired Histoire d’Eau and give it a try. Judging by the notes (pepper and other spices), I assumed it should be good for autumn. And it proved to be so – autumn and Histoire d’Eau are meant for each other.
Histoire d’Eau is a stunning oriental spicy. Edgy and peppery in the beginning; opulent, warm and comforting with dry spiciness and woodiness in the heart; and ambery sweet with musk and leather tones at the base.
I am at work now, keeping my nose to my wrist and unable to concentrate on my tasks. This fragrance creates a pensive mood and makes me long for solitude, a lonesome walk in the woods, inhaling the smell of dry leaves and pine needles, wood resins and my precious Histoire d’Eau, looking back on what is gone and reconciling myself with the past.
History… It’s a good name for this fragrance.

Aug
20
2010
lilinah
lilinah

I agree with 'perfumeaddict' that the name may be an allusion to "Histoire d'O", a story about more than bondage, altho it is prominently featured. But it was a novel long before a film (of which there've been a number). It was published in French in 1955 (!), and in English in 1965.

Even with the leather, this is not a fragrance that makes me think of BDSM. And with the ambiguous name, those unfamiliar with the story can wear it safely as a warm feminine scent :)

Jul
23
2010
lilinah
lilinah

I bought this blind, based on reviews here. It just got delivered from Amazon, about $15 for 2.5 oz. As people commented on Amazon, it leaked in transit, but only a tiny bit.

The container is very... hmmm... 1960s i guess, reflecting the 60s fascination with plastics which were new and amazing then, especially acrylics, and the clean futuristic look of fashion and furnishings in the mid 60s.

It is a bit tricky to spray. The spray head has to be rotated (it has on and off positions). And pushing in the middle didn't work. Eventually, while carefully aimed away from me, i got it to work.

However, the scent is not plastic modern. I haven't given it time to develop fully, but, wow! It is a rich, deep, heady oriental like i haven't smelled in ages... because i love orientals, but i've been trying to get into lighter and more contemporary scents lately.

Today Histoire d'Eau is giving me a load of warm spices, ylang2, and sweet amber. I don't smell the citrus, just as i never do in Shalimar perfume (S's EdTs & outliers don't count, as far as i am concerned :-p)

I'm not a musk fan, so I was surprised that i kind of liked the musk in Hermes Un Jardin... series. I'll see if it turns up with the leather in HdE's dry down and how i feel about it.

= Edit =
The musk didnt show up until *many* hours later. It wasnt a horrible musk, but not special like Hermes. I never smelled the leather :(
= End Edit =

To comment on what 'awesomness' said, i am finding that many fragrances are quite unpredictable on me lately, too! One day Narcisco Rodriguez for Her smells like old foam rubber and another like roses; one day Bvlgari Omnia smells like nasty RiteGuard deodorant and another like Indian spices. I'll see how HdE and i get along.

But i can say that HdE is feminine, adult, and *potent*. So don't spray this on and immediately walk into an elevator or climb into an automobile with others :-)

= Edit =
I have worn this several times now. So far it always smells as wonderful as it did the first time, richly spicey, heavy ylang2, warm and enveloping. Definitely a success, and a special occasion scent.
= End Edit =

Jul
23
2010
gesch
gesch

I have worn and tested this for a couple of months now - and have to stop now or risk suffocating other people with my fume ;)
this fragrance is cardamon-incense (don't see it listed but nevertheless) goodness and I love it. the flowers are just a delightul shy lot and just add a twist to the oriental scent. The leather I didn't smell so far, but as I'm bad at distinginuishing - it might be there. Love it, feel like a VIP for finding it, and though I love the summer in Germany right now (I escaped Italy-too hot) I can't wait for autumn to wear it again.
As I can't describe scents - this smells on me with the same cardamon as in Costume National-21. Love both, though this is a tad more gorgeous...
Shame it's discontinued.

Jul
02
2010
Manya
Manya

My mom fell in love with this perfume, and I ordered her one of the last bottles in an online perfume shop.
It just arrived today, and I must say, I don't understand why they must discontinue such a unique scent!

This isn't like anything I have ever smelled before! The only fragrance which distantly reminded me of it was Montana (which my mom also loved and used to wear in the 90s).

Of course, I had to test this! It's not the kind of perfume I would wear, because I find it too strong... Yet, on my skin it settled into a very tame oriental floral, and I can swear I smell rose petals!
On my mom's wrist, however, the cardamom and pepper are very present, and I agree with everything said previously about Autumn - this smells like burning autumn leaves. A dry, smokey, spicy but not too peppery, still very feminine scent. Truly one of a kind!

Jun
22
2010
hollycat
hollycat

Very interesting perfume. I would classify it as an oriental spicy as the spice really sings in this. When first applied I got the orange and the spices, then comes the amber and the musk. Not too much leather for me, its not very prominent. I am impressed by the orignality of this fragrance.

May
28
2010
hollivomitsyou
hollivomitsyou

histoire d'eau is spicy and warm without being too serious. it makes me want to eat pancakes and go hiking in the woods (almost). hehe. the bottle design, however, is an ill fit to the scent and looks unfinished. i forgive this as the price and perfume are sweet.

Apr
22
2010
perfumeaddict
perfumeaddict

Regarding the name - "Histoire" translates as "story". Also, I believe it is an allusion to a well-known movie "Histoire d'O" which is about bondage. So the name is about the leather/bondage connection.

Feb
07
2010
Jillzilla
Jillzilla

I am undecided about this fragrance. I did not get any of the sweet or leathery notes I had hoped for. On my skin, it turned to smokey amber and dried leaves. It very much reminded me of Autumn. I think I will have to try it again when the warmer weather arrives.

I thought the bottle was very unique. I love the "suspended sphere" of liquid. I also love that the design of the bottle prevents it from tipping over.

WARM WEATHER UPDATE: This fragrance has improved markedly in the warmer weather. It is much sweeter and wetter, and the myrtle tames the amber. It also smells a little sticky and resinous, and there is a wet-incense quality to it, which I like very much. Thumbs up!!

Jan
28
2010
Malegria
Malegria

I never saw a perfume yet that has such a dissonance between a name and the scent.
There is nothing watery in here.History of water? maybe of gold, yes...the scent is luminous, thick and sweet, I feel a whole bunch of resins and the bee-glue (I feel the same note as in DK Black Cashmere) - opulent, ambery, musky, spicy, bittersweet!
I really love the opening and the base, but the heart is a little bit girly and ultrasweet - like dripping wild spiced honey...

Dec
04
2009
zielona
zielona

Warm and luminous like an autumnal sunset. Spicy, rich, with salty and animal/ambery notes in the heart.
May tire, if used excessively, but in small amounts it never gets bored. One of the most unique blends.

Nov
24
2009
iMaverick
iMaverick

I think PepeSilvia might've been confused with associating this scent with Chanel Egoiste Cologne Concentree because Egoiste is all about rose, spices, sandalwood and tonka. Perhaps it's the Topaze version?

As for this original version, one person on another website associated it with Serge Lutens Daim Blond--this description I can relate to...to a certain extent.

Histoire d'Eau is much like a suede (daim) perfume, but the way this scent executes is awfully harsh with this underlying bitter medicinal undertone.

Histoire's lofty notes are very much like Daim Blond, probably because it does smell like the apricot pits of Daim Blond, but pondering on this further, I think an aldehyde note is used rather than a true leather note that's putting this scent into wack and preventing it from giving forth clarity.

Apr
28
2009

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Histoire d`Eau by Mauboussin 4.06 out of 5 based on 142 ratings and 48 user reviews

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