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Histoire Charnelle


Indie French perfumer Hubert Maes comes from a long line of perfumers, who founded the renowned Parfumerie du Soleil d'Or in Lille, in the North of France, so it’s no surprise that in 2007 he stared his own line, Hubert Maes Créations.

Today there are four fragrances in the line, but for me, the standout is Histoire Charnelle. Translated as ‘Carnal Story’ this fragrance, as stated on Maes’ web site, was inspired by the woman of today – ambitious, conscious of her charm and sensuality, she leads the dance and she creates envy everywhere she goes.

Brisk bergamot and tangerine are at the open, soon given a touch of fruity sweetness by pear. Then, exotic, tropical coconut starts to come forward. Cinnamon and nutmeg give it a warm spicy depth so that gets deeper and lusher as it blooms on the skin. The carnal coconut doesn’t wane, it stays at the centre of the composition and at the heart, it’s surrounded by aromatic woods - sandalwood, cedar, patchouli. At the drydown, tonka bean gives it an ambery note and vanilla gives it a lovely, sophisticated sweetness. While the coconut prevails, Histoire Charnelle cycles through different phases – coconut and earthy patchouli, then later, coconut and cinnamon, then coconut and tonka bean. By turns it is earthy, then spicy, and then exotic, every whiff a surprise – delicious!
This carnal story is lusty, but it’s not crude. Histoire Charnelle is a very chic, sensuous, voluptuous fragrance that may have been designed for today’s woman, yet has a real vintage feel to it. Wear it and create envy wherever you go.
Notes: bergamot, tangerine pear, coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg
sandalwood, cedar, patchouli, tonka bean, vanilla

Type: EDP
Parfumeur: Hubert Maes

Price: $5.00