Popular perfume brands: spotlight on histoires de parfums
Diving deep into the world of French niche perfume brand Histoires de Parfums – this collection of perfumes, launched in the year 2000 originally focused on different decades and introduced to different characters of the literary world. From the incredible imagination of Gerald Ghislain, Histoires de Parfums is an olfactive library telling stories of famous characters, writers, poets and times throughout history. Governed by no rules other than that of inspiration, Histoires de Parfums create fragrant novels.
Gerald began his career in the food world and after falling in love with this sensory experience his craft evolved to the wonderful world of perfume. An epicurean, he tastes all that life has to offer. Considered the ‘author’ of the collection, Gerald is a man of passion, impulsiveness, adventure – an insatiable wonderer of the world. His fragrances represent the places he has been, the people he has been inspired by, the art that moves him and the moments in time that caused a stir.
As the Histoires de Parfums collection has evolved it covers not only extraordinary characters, but has a focus on using the finest materials. When Gerald is interpreting a scent he creates unexpected components, surprising blends, and truly original formulations. His desire is for his perfumes to create a “long trail, deep tempered, dense notes that are extremely sensual”.
His stories are to be told with scent, read on the skin – Gerald wants to evoke stories through scent, bringing characters throughout history back to life.
Some of our favourites here at Lore include –
1804 inspired by George Sand
George Sand – the androgynous pen name of Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin. A thoroughly modern woman, beyond her time, a French novelist and woman known for her many romantic pursuits. This fragrance pays homage with a spicy exotic blend. Pineapple meets Nutmeg and Clove with an earthy, rich base. This perfume takes you to tropical rendezvous, sensual bare skin in a playful paradise.
1828 inspired by Jules Verne
A fragrance created for the adventurer, inspired by Verne’s novels of discovery. Like a ship taking off on an exciting voyage this scent starts out fresh like the ocean breeze, then moves to aromatic like the wild terrain of yet to be discovered lands and settles on earthy notes like the ultimate treasure chest filled with exotic spices.
1899 inspired by Ernest Hemmingway
This scent tells a tale of Hemmingway mixed with the radiance of Paris in 1899. The turn of the century in the romantic City of Lights, as night begins to fall and champagne begins to flow. A seductive scent that captures the smoke filled air of celebration and the soft smooth elegance of seduction.
1969 inspired by the year in history
The iconic year of the sexual revolution; free love and erotic decadence. This fragrance is playful whilst also sensual, smelling like something you’d want to taste. Imagine hot summer nights – the scent of tropical fruits, the richness of coffee and chocolate, a hint of white flowers and a deep sexy spicy base.
This is Not a Blue Bottle 1/.2
The second offering from the This is Not a Blue Bottle collection – this perfume is range is inspired by the 1920’s artwork by Rene Magritte. This perfume is the scent of light – a bright and bold sparkle. This delicious perfume is a rich and creamy scent with little splashes of lightness. Bright and uplifting, the smooth Sandalwood and Musk pair perfectly together.