"This is not a blue bottle": Fragrance Review

“This is not a blue bottle” is the first unisex fragrance released by Histoires de Parfums, a company created in 2000 by Gérald Ghislain.

On the website, the fragrance is described as an “attractive patchouli oriental”, and it has top notes of aldehyde and orange; heart notes of geranium and honey; base notes of amber, musk, and patchouli.

The scent was released in 2016, and I have been wanting to test this since the first time I heard about it, but I was reluctant to buy it because I have a lukewarm relationship with oriental compositions. So I decided to go for the travel-sized EDP ($35) instead of the 2 Fl. OZ bottle which would have run me $105.

I do not have much to say about the packaging. I think it’s very nice, creative, looks good on a vanity, but I also feel that some companies lean on packaging to sell mediocre products, and so I won’t say anything else on the subject of the bottle.

Upon spraying, the aldehyde really hit me. It was stronger than I thought it would be, but the orange notes were not lost underneath of it. I will say that it definitely has this sweet, chemical scent, but not in a cheap or unpleasant way.

After giving the scent a few minutes to settle, I started to smell the honey, the musk, and a tinge of geranium. I felt that the geranium was smothered by the musk, but the sharpness of the note was still detectable so I’m not too disappointed by that.

At that point, I just went about my day, which entailed some writing and some editing, but it also included filling orders and walking dogs several times.

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Throughout the day, the musk, amber, and patchouli lingered far, far longer than any of the heart notes. I felt like I stopped smelling the heart notes a few hours in, but the base notes hung around until nighttime, which is pretty impressive.

And this definitely is not a skin scent, as one of the comments I got today came from my mother, who smelled it when she was entering a room that I had just came from. That is an intense sillage.

All in all, I like it. I don’t love it, but, then again, oriental fragrances aren’t my favorite. Scents are extremely personal, and opinions about them should always be taken with a grain of salt.

I think that the description is true to the product, aside from the emphasis on the patchouli. The patchouli is very present in the fragrance, but I feel that the strength of the musk cannot be overstated.

Other than that, the description paints an accurate picture. This scent is definitely unisex (though I feel that all scents are, but that’s a whole other discussion), definitely oriental, and definitely interesting.