Hey there Perfume Posse People! Lately I’ve been doing most of my perfume shopping on Sales Docs in the Facebook perfume pages. Scotty bought a bunch of things from me and sent the money via PayPal so it feels like I have this other income stream to blow on frags. One of my latest pick ups is 1969 by Histoires de Parfums. This crew has been pumping out excellent, reasonably priced fragrance since 2000. Yet the scentbloggosphere is remarkably quiet about their stuff lately. This particular offering was created by the house founder and perfumer Gerald Ghislain.
1969 by Histoires de Parfums 2001
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Heart: Rose, white flowers, cardamom, clove
Base: Musk, patchouli, Mexican chocolate, coffee
1969 is classic proof that you can’t judge a scent by its name or note list. I see peach, a spicy bouquet, chocolate, coffee and patchouli and I’m thinking, because it’s called 1969, that I’m going to basically get the scent of someone heavily perfumed with Mitsouko in a head shop. Wearing tie dye, protesting against the Vietnam War and dreaming of living the adventure described in James A Michener’s The Drifters (I’ve been rereading it since I got back from holidays, Amazing book) If that’s what you thought, prepare to have your preconceived ideas thrown in the bin.
1969 IS a herbal fruit-chouli. While having a lovely, herbal but clean patch it also has the sweetness of tinned peaches and a spicy hit. There is a dark chocolate drizzled over everything and the whole is a far more elegant and refined fragrance than I could have dreamed. It’s warm, a little bit earthy and modern. Sheer and radiant with oodles of heft and throw. Not what I expected but better than that, a modern and wearable beauty that is interesting enough to make my head go on fantastic journeys but not so potent that I’m unable to think clearly.
Surrender To Chance has an excellent selection of Histoires de Parfums
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