Histoires de Parfums is a niche perfume house founded by Gérald Ghislain, marketed as “an olfactive library that is telling stories about famous characters, raw materials and mythical years”, according to the official website. In an interview posted as well on the official website in which he talks about his inspiration for the name “Histoires de Parfums”, the same Gérald Ghislain declared “I like to create stories that make people dream. Since I’m not a writer I use fragrances instead of words. The essences are my ink!”
And the presentation has found an interesting way to embody Gérald Ghislain’s vision. Every scent created by Histoires de Parfums is elegantly packed in a box that is similar to a book, with the stub featuring the name of the respective fragrance. And given that 1740 is remembered as the birth year of Donatien Alphonse François, more known as Marquis de Sade, they had chosen this as a name for a scent.
Introduced in 2000, and belonging to the “Library of Scent” collection, 1740 Marquis de Sade is a masculine oriental woody fragrance. Every since I read about this scent I wanted to sample it, but I never had the chance until last weekend.
I was expecting something out of the ordinary from this spicy woody essence and my expectations were not in vain. Even tough the sales assistant insisted on warning me that I might probably not like it and maybe it was not such a good idea to test it in my skin, I was almost sure that I had to love it. 1740 Marquis de Sade is that kind of heavy fragrance, the “love it or hate it” type that captures you from the very beginning.
The first accords of bergamot and Artemisia were exactly what I was imagining, a perfect balance of citrus and herbs that is intended to leave you wanting more. The mid development featured notes of coriander, cardamom and patchouli; definitely a wise selection. And for the dry down, I was treated with an olfactory enjoyment because the combination of leather, French labdanum, Elemi resin and Virginia cedar are carefully selected to leave you a strong and pleasant impression. The note of leather was certainly one of the most powerful notes of this type, encountered by me in a perfume until now. Overall, 1740 Marquis de Sade is a manly fragrance which conveys upon the wearer a sensation of unconventional attraction.
Histoires de Parfums 1740 Marquis de Sade Perfume Details
- 1740 Marquis de Sade is available as 60 and 120 ml Eau de Parfum Spray; the lasting power is above average (more than 10 hours) and the sillage is excellent.
- Olfactory Group: Oriental Woody
- For: Men
- Year Introduced: 2000
- Perfumer: Gérald Ghislain
- Recommended Wear: Day and Evening
- Dress Code: Smart Casual