The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.


New Release: This is Not a Blue Bottle by Histoires de Parfums

histoires-de-parfum-bleu bottle

WHAT I SMELL:  This is Not a Blue Bottle opens with vibrant aldehydes tinged with a bright and sunny orange which is more energized than juicy.  Quickly, a warm honey seems to envelope the perfume and takes the bright and sunny to the warm and serene.  The perfume then moves towards a sweetened patchouli with hints of sugar.  But after another short period, this delightful sugared patchouli is met with a light musk that is warmed every so slightly with a woody amber.   This is Not a Blue Bottle is about an effortless and easy of wear of a perfume as there is.

From the Histoires de Parfums website:

For its latest publication, Histoires de Parfums is releasing a blue page representing freedom
of expression for all. This time Histoires de Parfums is not telling a novel, nor citing a tale or poem.

This blue page is yours to write as no one else can do it for you. It’s up to you to be the author of your story. 

Top Note: hypnotic aldehyde, electric orange

Heart Note: metallic geranium, polar honey

Base Note: magnetic amber, ethereal musk, attractive patchouli 

LifeisGoodWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Life is good!



Bleu BottleBOTTOM LINE:  This is Not a Blue Bottle may be a concept perfume, but beyond the concept, the fragrance itself is a nice and easy to wear and pleasant every day perfume.  In other words, This is Not a Blue Bottle is a no muss, no fuss perfume with an added dose of great positive energy.  As an added bonus, the pricing is perfection!

  • Bone Rating:  3 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Oriental
  • Nose: Gerald Ghislain and Julien Rasquinet
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $35 for .5 oz. or $105 for 2 oz.

Sample courtesy of Histoires de Parfums


Ambre 114 by Histoires de Parfums

After 5 days without cable and internet, I am finally back online.  The tree that overtook my backyard is now in piles in the front of the yard and everything is getting back to normal.  Thanks for all the kind words from everyone who wished us well during the storm and my absence.  So now that I am back in the saddle, I thought I would continue with my fall obsession with testing amber fragrances.  The first is a sample that has been sitting in my untested pile for almost a year, Ambre 114.

WHAT I SMELL:  Almost icy/hot to the touch, Ambre 114 goes on medicinal; the thyme is very evident.  Then as quickly as that leaves you, out comes the geranium note.  I can tell that there’s a bit of amber in there, but I am getting more vetiver at the beginning than amber.  Slowly, the spiciness then wafts up through the other notes.  It starts to warm and then begins to open to that lovely rounded amber that any amber lover craves.  What you are left with is a lovely vanilla’d creamed amber that wraps you in a wonderfully warmed blanket perfect for the long winter nights.

Ambre 114 Notes:

Top Note: Thyme, Nutmeg
Heart Note: Rose, Geranium, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Cedar, Vetiver
Base Note: Amber, Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Benzoin, Musk

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  If Serge Luten’s Ambre Sultan and Maître Parfumeur et Gantier’s Ambre Precieux had a baby, this is what it would smell like.


WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT AMBRE 114: Katie Puckrick Smells, Chemist in a Bottle, Fragrance Bouquet

BOTTOM LINE:  Ambre 114 is lovely and if I didn’t own so many ambers at present, I probably would be buying a bottle.  This is easily a comfort scent.

  • Bone Rating: 4 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent: Oriental Spicy
  • Nose: Gerald Ghislain and Magali Senequier
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $125 for 60ml EdP


1828 by Histoires de Parfums

1828 (Jules Verne) by Histoires de Parfums is a scent that when I first put it on, I knew I was going to love.  Today was going to be a pretty spring day so I wanted to try something light. In looking at the composition, I thought this would be a perfect fit.  The top notes are fantastic; citrus, grapefruit, eucalyptus…the perfect refreshing mix to get the day started.  Nothing like a good zesty opening to put a spring in your step!  After a bit, the citrus dissipated and out came a woody and peppery mix; still zesty, but the scent started moving into a more piney embodiment.  I still was in awe.  OK, sometimes, good things must come to an end.  Unfortunately, 1828 moved into a direction in the end that didn’t agree with me.  In the end, this fragrance just became sharp.  Still woody, still piney, but something else left the scent, some bit of warmth, and it just became a bit annoying.  I found this sharp and biting quality driving me to a headache.  Can I just have the top notes back please??

From the Histories de Parfums website:

Top Note: Grapefruit, Citrus, Tangerine, Eucalyptus
Heart Note: Nutmeg, Pepper
Base Note: Cedar, Incense, Vetiver, Pine cone

  • Bone Rating: 2 out of 5 possible bones
  • Classification: Masculine
  • Expense: $125 for 2 oz., EDP