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:
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
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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
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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 perfumerChristopher 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!