1740 is the birth date of Donatien-Alphonse-Franois de Sade, whom history remembers as the infamous Marquis de Sade. Sade's abandonment and fierce fervour for his untameable peccadilloes had him incarcerated for 32 years of his 74 years. Driven by an insatiable thirst for particular pleasures and being impervious to scandal, there was no stopping him in his quest for satisfaction. In the same way that his vignettes and tableaux played out differently with each partner(s) so Histoires de Parfums 1740 may smell differently on each skin, each to his own, one might say. This unique quality is due to the properties of its ingredient Danava Oil, a precious and highly valued element by perfumers for the very reason that it does not smell the same on different people. Birch whips this fragrance on a base of firm Leather and rich Elemi.
Top: Bergamot, Davana Sensualis
Middle: Patchouli, Coriander, Cardamom
Base: Cedar, Birch, Labdanum, Leather, Vanilla, Elemi, Immortelle
Histoires de Parfums is not what one might think, ’Histories’ of perfume, ‘Histoires’ translates as the ‘Stories' of Perfumes. That is what this range is all about; the stories. Histoires de Parfums is an olfactory library, a set of volumes telling the tales of famous characters in terms of fragrance rather than words. Histoires de Parfums is the brainchild of Gérald Ghislain, the ‘author’ – as he describes himself – who by employing his abundant imagination was able to bring his cast of characters alive, allowing them to jump out of the bottle rather than off the page, the measure of a great writer. Like all perfume houses selected by Roullier White, Histoires de Parfums maintains uses only the finest raw materials and good quality, heavyweight bottles, beautifully boxed. Born in the South of France and brought up in Morocco Gérald Ghislain, a graduate of the Institut Supérieur International du Parfum, grew up surrounded by exotic scents and with a Mediterranean passion for all that is good in life. This passion is evident in each of Ghislain’s Histoires de Parfums creations; each one is a work of art.