Brand: Histoires De Parfums
What I liked:
– delicious sweet floral scent
– it has the best peach and coffee notes I’ve ever come across in a fragrance
– good sillage and staying power
What I didn’t like:
– the heart is quite boring compared to the other, more exciting stages of the scent
1969 was a revolutionary year. Young people wanted to break away from the traditions and social norms imposed upon them, and create a better, peaceful world. Students clamoured for democracy. Americans protested against the Vietnam war, coining the iconic slogan “Make love not war”. Young men and women wanted to express their sexuality freely. Peace, love and music were celebrated at the Woodstock festival. The Beatles gave their last performance. Man set foot on the moon.
A fragrance that commemorates that year would surely be dirty, smokey, skanky and laden with patchouli, right? Wrong. 1969 by Histoires De Parfums is a sweet floral scent that almost enters into gourmand territory. And you know what? It’s delicious. I know, I know. That’s not the kind of scent that I usually love, or even like, but 1969 is so well-done that I can easily forgive it for being the exact opposite of what I expected.
So, what does it smell like? 1969 opens with a bright, strong and juicy peach note. Fruity without being too sweet, the aroma will transport you into an orchard on a hot and luminous summer day. It’s absolutely beautiful. All too soon, the brightness disappears and the scent slowly becomes softer and softer. A bouquet of white flowers and rose, which adds a lovely powderiness to the composition, is spiced up by hints of cardamom and clover.
But it’s the drydown that made me fall in love with this scent. It’s a blend of chocolate and coffee, with earthy patchouli and musk in the background. The chocolate is sweet but not overly so; the coffee almost smells like the real thing; and the musk and patchouli provide just a touch of dirtiness that prevents the scent from becoming gourmand. It’s an accord that will make you lick your lips, and yet, you wouldn’t want to eat it.
While I absolutely love the opening and the drydown, I can’t however help but wish the heart of the scent was more interesting. 1969 has the best peach and coffee notes that I have ever smelt in a fragrance, but there’s nothing remarkable in the middle notes. The scent is just full of bewitching promises at the start, but it just doesn’t deliver them until the end.
Yet, I love the contrast between its earth and sweet, cool and warm notes. They harmonize well together, creating a cozy scent that becomes more complex as the hours pass. And you’ll spend many lovely hours in its company. Although it always remains quite tame, it lingers on your skin for the whole day.
1969 by Histoires De Parfums is a longlasting sweet floral scent that almost steps into gourmand territory. While the juicy and luminous fruity opening and the sweet chocolate/coffee/musk/patchouli drydrown are intriguing and delicious, the powdery and dark floral heart is quite banal.