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.
Here’s my deal with ambers. I love them. They were my first fragrance “true loves”. I wanted them all. I wanted to smell them all. I wanted to spray all of them on every visible part of my skin on my body. I couldn’t get enough of them…so I thought. I go through amber-crazed cycles and then I burn myself out and I never want to smell another amber again. And it sucks because I buy all of the ambers and then want nothing else… Continue reading | 9 Comments
Sometimes when I wear Histoires de Parfum Noir Patchouli I get frustrated because it doesn’t seem “noir” or “patchouli”. In the cool weather, it wears as this animalic, deep chypre. If it were a color, it wouldn’t be “noir” – more like a deep moss green. But, when I wear Noir Patchouli in warmer weather, it is this camphoric patchouli that could possibly be “noir”. This is one of those perfumes that changes with the seasons (making it a difficult one to review)… Continue reading | 3 Comments
Histoires de Parfums 1826 is a great perfume for those that like the idea of wearing a white floral perfume but don’t like white florals. 1826 is a white floral accompanied by her court of patchouli, amber and spice.
1826 opens as a patchouli floral with a hint of cinnamon. I’m reminded of a more masculine version of the opening of the “original” Prada. I say more masculine because I get anise and cinnamon with a delicate, almost soapy lavender… Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely type… Continue reading | 5 Comments
Histoires de Parfums 1740 is a woody chypre inspired by Parisian artist, outcast, and scandalous writer, Donatien-Alphonse-François/The Marquis de Sade. The eponym sadism comes from his name. As you can tell, this man has influenced our culture. Now let’s see how he has influenced perfume.
1740 opens with a birch tar leather and camphoric patchouli. There’s a dash of cool spices and citrus but I’d never call 1740 bright. It’s rugged and worn. It’s an earthy, dark, animalic potion. With time… Continue reading | 9 Comments