Product Review: Histoires De Parfums 1740 Marquis De Sade

by Gio

histoires de parfums 1740 marquis de sade

Name: 1740
Brand: Histoires De Parfums
Size: 60ml
Price: $125.00

What I liked:
– spicy woody scent laden with immortelle
– doesn’t smell like shit (come on, isn’t that what you expected from a Marquis De Sade inspired scent?)
– complex and well-done
– masculine, but can be worn by women too
– excellent staying power

What I didn’t like:
– if you don’t like dark and deep masculine scents, this is not for you

1740 was the year of birth of Donatien Alphonse François, better known as Marquis De Sade. The man doesn’t really need an introduction, does he? So, I won’t give him one. Let’s just talk about the perfume Histoires De Parfums has dedicated to the infamous Marquis. Does it live up to his reputation? Partly. It is dark, smokey, leathery and dank. But it lacks notes of hair, blood, sperm, shit, sweat, saliva, and other body fluids and secretions you may expect to find in it.

And that’s a very good thing, if you ask me. Etat Libre D’Orange Secretions Magnifique has most of those notes and it smells horrible. It’s the foulest scent I’ve ever tried and I shiver to think what its bodily notes would smell like when mixed with dark patchouli, animalic leather, spices and immortelle. A whiff of it would probably make most of us want to throw up.

Instead, 1740 is a gorgeous and unapologetically seductive concoction that nods at the marquis’ depravity without diving headlong into it. The scent opens with a slight medicinal smell that’s surprisingly very pleasant. Patchouli is present right from the start. Its dark and earthy aroma is slightly brightened by a dab of zesty bergamot and spiced up with coriander and courmarin, while davana, which smells like raisins soaked in rum, adds a boozy touch to the composition.

To me, it evokes the image of an antique, dusty trunk stored away in some dingy attic. When you open it, you discover an old liqueur bottle, a leather journal, a pipe with some tobacco still inside it, and some mysterious herbal/spicy concoction used to treat who knows what ailment. Then, the hint of freshness completely disappears, the spices are toned down, and an amber-vanilla accord makes its appearance. The smell of leather intensifies, mixing with smokey tobacco, and immortelle.

The fragrance doesn’t really change that much in the drydown. It becomes somewhat subtler, and more seductive, thanks to the arrival of sandalwood, which is very sweet here. There is also a hint of chocolate in the air. The scent more than makes up for its lack of evolution with the complexity of its few accords and the richness of its notes. I love how the animalic leather and earthy patchouli are softened at the edges by the sweetness of vanilla, immortelle and bergamot.

And yet, it is still dark, mysterious, antique and seductive. And very masculine, although daring women can wear it too. I do so often in winter, and set it aside only in the summer. It just wouldn’t agree very well with the blistering hot weather. But spray it on lightly. This stuff is quite strong and very, very longlasting. Not only it will hang onto your skin for the whole day, but you can still smell it the next morning! That’s how tenacious it is.

Histoires De Parfums 1740, inspired by the Marquis De Sade, is a seductive, dark and dank spicy woody concoction laden with immortelle. Although the fragrance doesn’t evolve much, the notes are rich and the very few accords very intricate. Sillage and staying power are excellent.

Rating: 4/5

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Icaria October 3, 2013 - 6:00 pm

Marquid de Sade? WTH would any company go with this? I’m sorry but even if the fragrance is nice and it does seem to be based on your review, I don’t think I could buy this just because of the name. 🙁

beautifulwithbrains October 6, 2013 - 11:26 am

Icaria, I felt exactly like that at first. But when I read the description and the notes, it became harder to resist the temptation. And I’m glad I gave in. If you can forget it was inspired by De Sade, it’s actually a lovely scent.

Mylanqolia October 8, 2013 - 8:51 pm

I don’t like masculine and dark scents but I like your brilliant humour. Thanks for making me laugh about “…doesn’t smell like shit (come on, isn’t that what you expected from a Marquis De Sade inspired scent?)” and “But it lacks notes of hair, blood, sperm, shit, sweat, saliva, and other body fluids and secretions you may expect to find in it.” You’re ace! 🙂

beautifulwithbrains October 8, 2013 - 9:01 pm

Mylanqolia, thanks. I’m glad I made you laugh. 🙂


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