Product Review: Histoires De Parfums Petroleum

by Gio

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Name: Petroleum
Brand: Histoires De Parfums
Size: 2fl oz
Price: $175

What I liked:
– beautiful woody aromatic scent
– if you like the scent of gasoline, you will love this
– unusual and creative
– unisex
– good sillage and staying power

What I didn’t like:
– if you don’t like the smell of gasoline, stay away from this
– the price (samples are available, though)

“We’ve just got a new scent from Histoires De Parfums in. It’s called Petroleum. Fancy a try, madame? No?”

“Excuse me, would you like to try some Petroleum, madame? It’s divine!”

“Petroleum, madame?,” the SAs asks, dejected. All day, she’s approached every woman who ventured into the female perfume aisle of the department store, but all she got was some funny looks and disgusted expressions. And yet, her male colleague, over there in the male aisle, is doing quite well. Men seem to love this stuff. And why shouldn’t they? It’s unusual. Creative. Even beautiful.

Ok, it does smell like a gas station at first. The initial burst of oud is pretty strong, raw, and oil-like. Rather than conjuring up images of some tropical islands, a romantic date, or a homecooked cake, it makes you feel like you have just pulled up at the nearest gas station to fill up your car. But it’s a gorgeous spring day. Carefree and luminous. It’s the aldehydes, together with subtle whiffs of bergamot and orange, that give this accord a light and lift that you just never expected.

As time goes on, the smell of gasoline becomes softer and more refined, but it never disappears completely. The oud is now joined by warm amber, earthy, but not too edgy, patchouli, and animal leather. A dense and intense rose note embraces this accord, which is topped off with just a hint of musk. It’s a beautiful accord that perfectly balances the warmth and sweetness of the rose and amber with the darkness and bitterness of leather and patchouli.

The drydown, on the other hand, was quite disappointing. The first two stages are both unusual and creative. So, it’s a shame that the fragrance ends on a warm and subdued note. The oud and leather become so transparent that only whiffs remain, leaving the stage to white musk. It’s still pretty, but it just doesn’t go out on a bang like I was hoping.

Petroleum is surprisingly easy to wear. I wouldn’t spray it on to go to the office, especially if you have an important meeting first thing in the morning, or a romantic date, but it’s a great choice for casual activities. It can be worn by both women and men, although it obviously veers more towards the masculine ends of the spectrum. And it lasts and lasts. Quite strong at first, the scent wears very close to the skin by the time the drydown comes around. But its smell stays with you for hours on end. No need to retouch it throughout the day.

Summary
Histoires De Parfums Petroleum is a unsual and creative woody, aromatic blend with a strong gasoline accord that becomes more refined and subtle as the hours pass. Sillage and staying power are both great.

Rating: 4.5/5

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4 comments

Kiss & Make-up June 26, 2014 - 8:53 am

Gasoline? Are you serious? Ew… :-S

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Gio June 26, 2014 - 11:19 am

Melissa, I know, right? And yet, after the initial burst of gasoline disappears, the fragrance smells quite good!

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Allison June 26, 2014 - 4:40 pm

Too funny, Gio! You are very, very experimental 🙂

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Gio June 26, 2014 - 8:28 pm

Allison, glad you enjoyed it. I love to try unusual things. Sometimes, they turn out to be great. 🙂

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