1740 Marquis de Sade EDP by Histoires de Parfums

Year: 2000
Nose: Gérard Ghislain

A bold, rich, dense accord of dusty leathers and vibrant, carnal immortelle, with a silky vanilla and aromatic woods base and an earthy patchouli heart, initially with also a boozy "hit". Really compact and quite complex, perhaps "rounded" and packed so tightly with some artificial escamotage that make it sound a bit "too rich" and at the same a bit plastic (like fake buildings in movie sets – and by the way, a signature trait of Histoires de Parfums to me). As minutes pass it kind of comes close to a simpler, more straightforward and more shouty version of Fumerie Turque, with an interesting kind of rancid fruits/flowers twist. Overall a nice gloomy and smoky leather scent with a pungent decadent boozy-floral personality. Monster persistence and bold projection, which can be a pro or a con depending on how much you like this – it is nice at first, but has not much of an evolution, so get ready to smell that same concoction for hours ("cloying alert").

A nice interview with Gérard also speaking about 1740 can be found here.


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