Fidelis (2015)
by Histoires de Parfums


Fidelis information

Year of Launch2015
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
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HouseHistoires de Parfums
Creative DirectorGérald Ghislain

About Fidelis

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Gold is wedded to copper, the metal dedicated to Venus, the goddess of love and seduction.... A lingering kiss in the hollow of the wrist from Coffee, Saffron and spicy Amber. Thus Love, born in the heart of a Rose entwined with Patchouli, surrenders to the delights of intoxicating Oud.

Fidelis fragrance notes

Reviews of Fidelis

Through coils of smoke this lush and rich perfume emerges, every voluptuous element of its being in sensuous balance. For some reason images of bejewelled exotic dancers from the 1920s, all gauze veils and peekaboo flesh, were summoned to my mind by it.
Perfume – through smoke. A lovely, clean burning woodsmoke effect encircles a gourmand rose, jammy, fruity, a cross between the creature in MFK’s Oud Satin Mood and Tauer’s Une Rose Vermeille (they both share a raspberry note) – that’s an exquisite parentage in my book. Preventing the rose’s tendency to excess from toppling over the composition are an arch cumin at the front which quickly dies down into subtle spicing and just a suggestion of dry and bitter coffee. The oud is similarly quiet, a servant to the sheer hedonism of the main smoky floral statement. There’s nothing shooting out of orbit like the provocations of the earlier oud trio from this line.
In the later stages (about four to five hours in) the rose recedes quite a bit (the fruity aspect is the first to go) and we are in the smoke-shrouded neighbourhood of Interlude for Men, but without the brutish will to power of that creation.
An enticing and beautifully judged perfume for special moods and occasions (it’s a bit too full on for constant rotation to my mind), and one that deserves to be better known.
12th February, 2016
48 hours into this, it is becoming a top contender within the HdP line. Interestingly, it lacks the DNA that I love in so many other offerings from this house but does hold on to the fantastic amber accord in the base (coming close to its Edition Rare neighbor, Ambarem, and reminiscing on Ambre 114). What stands out is the wonderfully smokey, boozy, gourmand quality that holds up to my high affections for 1740.

Fidelis is among the most wearable from the RARE series, the rest of which are either nice-but-boring (the 'golds'), or simply rank (the silver line's Petroleum smells like fetal pig dissection in formaldehyde - not the attractive play on Oud it was shooting for). The addition of a coffee note is lovely and woody without verging on a syrupy tendency. Again... the smoke is the star player here and is ever-present from start to finish, deliciously sweetened by fruits, spices, and rose. If I have one complaint, it may be that this concoction does maintain a sweeter personality. If you don't like sweeter gourmands, be forewarned.

Good stuff, and a nice contender to rich and smokey scents such as Guerlain's Songe d'un Bois d'ete or Mona's Cuir. Interestingly, sometimes the scaffold here seems to play in reverse, and I get an (unlisted) note of citrus... almost a smoked bitter orange peel along with other, more sour elements in the dry down (perhaps the raspberry?) Potential make-or-break elements in the mix - Cardamon and Cumin - are NOT huge in Fidelis, so no need to be scared of these. I would be more in love with this if it were a bit dirtier and less sweet (in an Anubis or Montecristo vibe). Alas, Fidelis promises to maintain my fidelity for the life of the bottle and I recommend that lovers of smokey floral gourmands check this out.
15th December, 2015 (last edited: 24th April, 2016)

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