22.2.11

Mr Hulot's Holiday

These past few days my fragrance has been ushering many compliments my way. This is a highly unusual situation for me and thus, I never know how to respond. I have come to reply like so;

"FANX! It's Mr Hulot's Holiday!"



I discovered this unassuming looking bottle of magic on a trip to Liberty of London for £46.00.

If I am entirely honest, it was the simplicity of the bottle amongst all those ornate and flamboyant flagons that caught my eye. The curious name recalled an old film that I once watched. I had to try some!

I did, and I was seduced by Mr Hulot. I simply would not go home without him.



The maker of this scent describes it as:
"The salty breath of the breeze off the Mediterranean, driftwood, rocks covered with seaweed and the smell of old leather suitcases"


For me, it captures and distills so much that I love in life within it's glass walls. The fleeting citrus aura of Mediterranean holidays. Clean balmy sun and breeze dried laundry. The powdery comfort of Sunday lie-ins on a cloudy warm day. It smells of happy memories and and delicate treasures, and driftwood and vast skies.

It may be a drawback for some of you to know that this is not an intensely lasting fragrance, as it withers after a few hours. As for me, this is part of the ethereal appeal.

I am not sure how a fragrance can be so alluring to me. I am congratulating CB I HATE PERFUME for this work of imagination. It is by far my most favourite fragrance. My Hulot's Holiday is a unisex fragrance but I am not telling Hiro this.......yet!



My bottle of Mr Hulot's Holiday came wrapped in the CB Manifesto. It makes rather interesting reading:


CB Manifesto

I hate perfume.

Perfume is too often an ethereal corset trapping everyone in the same unnatural shape

A lazy and inelegant concession to fashionable ego

Too often a substitute for true allure and style

An opaque shell concealing everything – revealing nothing

A childish masque hiding the timid and unimaginative

An arrogant slap in the face from across the room

People who smell like everyone else disgust me

* * * * * * *

Perfume is a veil that reveals the soul

Perfume is the fanfare of our individuality sounding differently to everyone who listens

Perfume is a signpost to our true selves – a different journey for the brave to travel

Perfume is the weather of our inner world bringing life to a personal landscape

Perfume is an art that shows us who we can be if we dare – an invisible portrait of who we are

Perfume is discovered fully only by our lovers when we are together - naked

* * * * * * *

I encourage you to be yourself,

expand yourself and please yourself

Allow yourself the luxury

of your own vision

Perfume is an adventure

I encourage you to explore

I love making perfume

I love being a perfumer

Christopher Brosius
Originally Written 1992
Copy-written & Revised 2004




oooooh that Monsieur Hulot!

Apologies for my perfume pontifications.......I don't 'alf bang on when I get going!

9 comments:

  1. Hitomi Kato-moore22 February 2011 at 12:56

    I love the CB manifesto and agree whole heatedly a persons scent is a very personal thing and should not be anything that can be popularised and commodified

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  2. Hitomi Kato-moore22 February 2011 at 15:56

    I love their website too http://www.cbihateperfume.com/perfume.html

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  3. I too am a fan of this fragrance. I am glad you like it too.

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  4. I wish there was a way to smell things through the internet because I'm ever so curious!! :D I really can't stand the smell of perfumes as they are waaaaay too overwhelming and give me massive headaches so I often go for those "unisex" fragrances as well.
    Lovely review my dear!
    xoxo

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  5. Oh My Goodness...I want to try this!!! Let the hunt begin...

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  6. the nyanzi report23 February 2011 at 07:38

    Ha! I love the manifesto.

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  7. Ha! In general kinda hate perfume too. Alot of them give me a migraine, so i dash through perfume counters in an effort not to get a whiff. Really interested in this one, and i love the manifesto
    x

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  8. Itsalondonthing Imz23 February 2011 at 14:26

    I think thisis one of my fave posts by you. I love the description of perfume, it all rings so true. I hate smelling (and looking) like everyone else. CB sure has a point =D

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  9. ah! i love their "mantra". the scent sounds ENTIRELY like something you would create, if you made perfumes :)

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