Histoires de Parfums 1969 is a perfume inspired by “an erotic year…this perfume represents the sexual revolution and evokes an intense sensuality, accentuated by white musk and intense chocolate.” Apparently, white musk and chocolate are emblems of sexual revolution…or something. With a name like 1969, I think we all expect patchouli, which are we given in this perfume. Other than patchouli, I have no other expectations for this perfume.
1969 opens with peach, so much peach. To me, it’s dried apricots and fresh peaches. Lactonic and “fleshy”. The rest is cedar + rose + clove. It’s slightly sweaty with sweetness and spice.The patchouli in this is subdued adding more of a coolness/sharpness. The florals in the heart are doughy. The chocolate on my skin is extremely subtle and is more like earthy, patchouli. 1969 dries down to a sweet, slightly fruity musk.
I don’t really think it represents sexual revolution or even sensuality, but I do like this sweaty, fruity patchouli. Sexual revolution? I don’t know. Nouveau-hippie, yes. It seems “almost” vintage because of the lactonic aldehydes (peach) and the earthy patchouli (further emphasized by chocolate).
Notes listed include fruit of the sun, peach, rose, white flowers, cardamom, clove, patchouli, chocolate, coffee and white musk. Launched in 2001. PERFUMER – Gerald Ghislain.
Projection and longevity are average.
1969 is available in three sizes with prices ranging from $36-$205 at Beautyhabit. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A niche fruitichouli. Peaches and patchouli with spice. I like it but I feel like I have perfumes that already cover the spicy-lactonic-earthy base (such as Costume National Homme). Also, 1969 reminds me of a masculine Tresor.
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