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Histoires de Parfums

Blanc Violette

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The defining characteristic of the violet note in perfumery is its powdery floral scent. From Fragrantica: “…earthy, powdery scent that resembles the iris rhizome when talking about the flower; metallic, green and aqueous when talking about the leaf.”
 

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1969 Parfum de Revolte

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1969 was an interesting year, for sure. And when I think back to that Summer of Love I can smell the patchouli, that “head-shop” patchouli that smells suffocatingly sweet, dusty, funky, redolent of unwashed armpits and long hair, a patchouli that doesn’t exist in the classic perfume world. When I came across a fragrance called 1969, Parfum de Revolte from French niche house, Histoire de Parfums, I had to give it a sniff, and I was instantly smitten. This was no head-shop smell.
 

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Tubéreuse 3 Animale

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Tuberose, or Polianthes tuberosa, isn’t a rose at all, but a fragrant, waxy, night blooming white floral. Though it smells like orange blossom and gardenia, it has definite phases – a camphourous aspect as it opens, a mushroomy, earthy facet as it blooms and a rotting, bloody meat aspect when it browns.  Opulent, erotic and carnal, tuberose is the flower of seduction and I especially love the way it’s treated in Tubéreuse 3 Animale.

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Ambre 114

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Launched in 2001, Ambre 114 is from Histoires de Parfums, the French niche perfume house founded in 2000 by at ISIPCA trained perfumer Gérald Ghislain. The concept behind the name was, according to the HdP website, to present a “Library of scents Spotless crepe paper, titles in color, bottles chiseled in glass: Histoires de Parfums is smartly bound in sixteen volumes to create a unique library.”

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1740

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This oriental woody by Histoire de Parfums was introduced in 2008 and is on top many a perfumista’s favourite frag list, including mine.

Each fragrance in the Histoire de Parfums line is named for a year associated with a famous person or event. 1740 is the year that the Marquis de Sade was born. I’m not an expert on the Marquis or the year he was born, so that aspect of the fragrance is lost on me, but not it’s full bottle worthiness.

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1804

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Launched in 2001 by fragrance house Histoires de Parfums, 1804 was inspired by French writer George Sand and named for the year of her birth.
 
It opens with notes of lush Tahitian gardenia joined by, fleshy Corsican peach, and succulent Hawaiian pineapple – what a surprise from the usual bergamot/citrus start that other perfumes have. That fruit may make it sound sweet and fruity, but it’s not. Gardenia, which easily overwhelm other notes, is contained by the peach while the gentle citrus from the pineapple adds crispness.

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