Histoires de Parfums, Discovery Kit pt 2

1740: Marquis de Sade

Depiction of the Marquis de Sade by H. Biberstien, 1912

Marquis de Sade was someone I had to look up. Apparently he was sort of a famous erotic kind of fella who dabbled in politics and philosophy, but was really made famous because he was rich and naughty. Reading about him, I didn’t find him to be all that interesting.  He was a rapist and pedophile with ideas that probably publicly may have been unpopular, but were certainly not privately that interesting at the time or even by today’s standards. What is interesting, is that “Sadism”, the pleasure derived out of harming another, is named after him. Fortunately enough for him, time makes history blind and he now has fans and a perfume.

Histories de Parfums lists 1740 as an spicy woody fragrance for men.

  • Top Note: Bergamot, Davana Sensualis
  • Heart Note: Patchouli, Coriander, Cardamom
  • Base Note: Cedar, Birch, Labdanum, Leather, Vanilla, Elemi, Immortelle

A truly unflinching scent for the modern male hedonist. A perfume where Leather and Davana explore the scandalous liberties of the Century of Lights.

My thoughts on the scent when I first applied it to my skin:

Lovely. Leather, smoke, herbs crushed underneath oiled fingers. What’s really lovely about this is that it takes these traditionally hard, brash, masculine ingredients, and it mellows them out into something comforting, warm and inviting. Really feels like you’re in someone’s home and dinner is just about ready. It’s light and mild, not something I’d imagine someone really wearing in 1740, but it’s composed effortlessly. There is a long trail of powder and musk as it sits on the skin. Superb. Between a 7.5 and 8/10 for me.

My thoughts haven’t changed too much, except significant mental disturbance with the awareness of what the perfume is intended to be reminiscent of. And also it’s not as pleasant on paper as it is on skin. On skin with my chemistry, it was way more green herby and much more woodys and leathery. On paper, Coriander is a strong stand out as well as the vanilla which is a nauseating mix. As well as the Bergamot, a note I generally love, makes the whole dish seem tart and sour. It does try to mellow out but it just never evolves into what it is on skin. So maybe a peg down, a 7/10? Maybe even a 6.5. No longer on the higher spectrum of taste for me.

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Histoires de Parfums “Discover Kit”

So essentially what I intend to use this blog for is to return to fragrances that I have already reviewed via Fragrantica (see my profile here). My initial reviews are always done on skin, either via a towelette sample, carded sample, decadent sample via spray or dab, etc but my second look will be done via paper, to get the fullest understanding of my own experience of fragrance. I’m sure there will be other random ramblings on fragrance and scent throughout as well. Today I am going to revisit the Discovery Set offered at Sephora for Histoires de Parfums essentially from what I loved the most to what I liked the least, so buckle up this is a run down of 10 different scents.

Histoires de Parfums is a perfume house out of France, the face behind the creations being Gérald Ghislain. The collection is, as stated on their site, “An olfactive library that is telling stories about famous characters, raw materials and mythical years.” The perfumes are named after the year their inspiration was born in. 1725 Casanova, 1740 Marquis de Sade, 1804 George Sand, 1826 Eugénie de Montijo, 1828 Jules Verne, 1876 Mata Hari, and 1899 Ernest Hemmingway. 1969, Ambre 114 and Noir Patchouli all are stand alone creations that should be considered separately from the historical figures that are represented from 1725 to 1899. I’m going to start with my favorite, 1899.

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Sensory Questionnaire

Located this interesting survey on scent here and determined that this was a good way to introduce myself to this new blog. So enjoy, and consider please that I am merely a novice perfume enthusiast.

1. What does your sense of smell mean to you?

For me, my sense of smell is my vehicle to a different time and place. What motivates me to keep trying fragrance is that each one is capable of telling an entirely unique story. Smells are intended to remind us of all the extremes in our life, our greatest pleasures in sex and food, and some of our greatest dangers which our nose can warn us against before any other sense. But then there is everything in between those extremes. The smell of bread, of metal, of rubber and hot asphalt, of dirt, fresh cut grass, the boastful hyacinth, mildew on wet clothes, the smell of a cat’s tongue licked fur. The plethora of colors that paint our olfactory experience in life. These are what tie us to our sense of self, our sense of time and place, they move us emotionally and guide us instinctively.

2. What are some of your strongest scent memories?

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