Veni by Histoires de Parfums

Hello Posse Peeps! Veni by Histoires de Parfums was on and off my radar over a few years and then I totally forgot about it. Going through my samples and decants this last couple of weeks I found a small decant and was reminded how much I loved it. The Histoires de Parfums crew seem to have been lost a bit. Mainly in the deluge of new releases, new brands and the hustle and bustle. It’s a shame, I think the line is well curated, has a fabulous selection and are beautifully crafted. There’s something for every level of perfumista. Also both traditional sex variants and unisex are amply provided for. Part of an Editions Rare Veni, Vidi, Vici threesome. I’ve written about HdPs 1969 and Ambre 114 here on the Posse before.

Veni by Histoires de Parfums 2013

Veni Histoires de Parfums

Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Galbanum, Lavender
Heart: Carnation, Saffron, Gaiac wood
Base: Vanilla, Patchouli, Musk, Ambergris, Oakmoss, Caramel, Benzoin, Resins

Veni has an interestingly warm herbaceous opening. Sweet lavender and the crunchy sizzle of cinnamon are smoothed by cardamon. Already the amber gives the whole fragrance a golden, lit from within, sheen. It makes me think of this lanterns people light in memory of their dead beloveds. As they float, bringing light and movement into a darkening sky. Veni also darkens considerably at the heart with cold, charred, woods, some chocolate patchouli and very mildly animalic resins.

The ride is beautiful and change occurs regularly, notes rise and fall back like waves. We get glimpses of al the notes and many besides. Things unmentioned that I note are lactonic creaminess, hazelnuts, coffee, a salty twang and the merest hint of fairy floss.

Dry down, after an hour or so, I’m left with a scent that’s quite unexpected from the ride. Lavender, resinous woods, a very lived in musk and some doggishness. HA! Yes, you know the smell of washed a few days ago dog? Clean still but has just a hint of funk.

Longevity is good and projection very good for the first hour, moderating through the day to a soft vanillin woodsiness. Unisex but hinting traditionally masculine.

Have you tried Veni? or any of the three in this Editions Rare?
Portia x


  • Undina says:

    I haven’t tried any of the 3 – but only because they aren’t accessible anywhere around. In general, despite my strong dislike towards HdP’s naming convention, I like, own and wear four of their perfumes (2 FBs from the Opera Collection and 2 decants – exactly those two about which you wrote in this blog). So, good chances are I’ll try these, much better named ones, if I get a chance.
    Good to “see” you, Portia!

    • Portia says:

      Hey Undina,
      ALWAYS nice to se you. Your Saturday Question has been blowing up over at Undina’s Looking Glass and I’ve loved watching it bloom.
      Those Opera Collection frags sounds divine, I’m yet to get my sniff on them. The bottles were cool too, eh?
      Portia xx

  • March says:

    Oh my goodness that sounds so interesting, and I have never heard of it! It sounds cuddly and a bit outrageous at the same time….

    • Portia says:

      Hey March,
      Maybe outrageous is too strong a word. It is different, so might hit your weird button but definitely wearable in company.
      Portia xx

  • Musette says:

    I have never tried any of the 3 rare. I remember having a sample of 1969 (and liking it). Maybe I’ll take advantage of the Stay and unearth it….. xoxoxo