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!


  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

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

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

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

  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!

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

  6. the nyanzi report23 February 2011 at 07:38

    Ha! I love the manifesto.

  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

  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

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


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