Friday, January 11, 2013
Inexpensive Perfume Delight: Mauboussin
Mauboussin, introduced in 2000, is everything L'Agent tried to be, but isn't.
Of course, true to my style, I stalked Mauboussin for months before finally making the purchase (under $30, by the way). Upon application, I smell rum, even though the top notes are listed as plum, bergamot and red tangerine. Thrown together, they smell like booze. I'm just sayin'.
Very shortly after comes the smokiness as the base notes seep through all the others and make their way to the top. Sandalwood, cedar, patchouli and vanilla are present early on in the development of this perfume, giving it both earthiness and depth from the beginning. Fifteen minutes in, I catch the slightest whiff of BO, which works beautifully and takes its rightful place among the other elements.
There is a place for BO, after all.
Mauboussin is fuzzy and familiar, like the childhood blanket that stinks of food, naps and toys - the one you can't bear to part with. Sillage is moderate and lasting power is very good. Strong at first, Mauboussin quickly settles into itself and blends into the smell of my own skin, like a scratch and sniff patch where the scent is always there, but intensifies with friction.
I'm working from home today following a large snowstorm, and Mauboussin is perfectly reflecting my mood; engaged and relaxed, cozy and warm. Reveling in what could be my best blind buy ever.
Image from fragrantica.com