Reminiscing With…Carlos Huber
Beauty Nostalgia is a weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.
The Pro: Carlos Huber, founder of Arquiste Parfumeur
The Product: “As a kid in Mexico, after bath time I was doused in generous doses of the common yet delicious Agua de Colonia Sanborns. When I was 8 years old, I started asking my parents to buy me the little sets of miniature men’s fragrances you would find at duty-free stores in airports. I thought these were the kid versions of the adult fragrances. So as a child, I started using Polo Ralph Lauren and Armani Eau Pour Homme. I proudly thought this made me an official, fully fledged Huber man. I don’t wear Armani or Polo anymore, though I still love the scents. However, a few years ago I rediscovered the Agua de Colonia Sanborns from my childhood. I’ve been buying it ever since, to splash on first thing in the morning, to wake up a bit, and to dab on as the last thing before getting into bed at night. I also like to sprinkle it onto newly ironed sheets. I have a big 500-milliliter bottle of the Agua de Colonia Sanborns cologne that’s five years old; I don’t believe it’s produced in that size anymore. I saw it in my parents’ bathroom and asked my father to find me one. He couldn’t, so he gave me the original. Now I just keep refilling it with the small bottles that I bring back from every trip to Mexico.”