I was born in 1964 and the year 1969 seems like arcadia to me, a time I was too young to understand and appreciate. As a decade, as a phenomenon, the 1960s has come to represent many things, from naiveté to revolution, but I assume in this case 1969 refers to the expansiveness, freedom-seeking and questioning of authority that flowed forth after the 1967 Summer of Love. You know, the hippy thing. ("Parfume de Révolte") To my nose, though, 1969 seems far more contemporary. It takes the fruity floral to school, demonstrating that even a genre as threadbare as the contemporary fruity floral can be beautiful and complex in the right hands. Where the hoard of trashy fruitchoulis are glaring, as if highlighted by mercury vapor street lights, 1969 is professionally lit and ready for the camera. Hoard? Whats the collective noun for fruitchoulis? A host? A murder? A gaggle? A cast? Lets appropriate from the collective noun for the no-longer-used maidens. A rage of fruitchoulis. 1969 has a combination of softness, urgency and definition that gives a depth of tone that I would expect in a classic chypre but am startled by in a fruitchouli. It balances intensity and austerity as a chypre would (think YSLs Y) but still has a bit of that puppy energy of a fruitchouli. Quite sexy, really.
1969 Parfum De Révolte by Histoire de Parfums
Rated #2243 in Fragrances
From the name, I was expecting some sort of strong earthy patchouli, but what I got was a pretty lipstick rose perfume... The peach on top isn't the ubiquitous 90's Victoria's Secret peach that graces so many fruity florals, but instead is more like Mitsouko's, an impressionistic blur that smells more like an undefined fruitiness than a specific peach. It's mixed with violets and roses and quite a bit of clove, and I can smell the warm suede undertones of ionones as well as a subtle buttery warmth that reminds me of good sandalwood. To my nose, it all combines to smell like make-up, like a mixture of fancy lipstick and cherry chapstick and sweet cloves with that grease-paint make-up smell underneath. With time, it fades and a creamy vanilla comes in underneath. I would never have thought of coffee without reading the other reviews, but there was a point where it had a slight smokiness. All in all, I've never really loved fruity lipstick rose perfumes. The clove tip 1969 more in my direction than most, but it never really won me over.
This olfactory creation opens up with a wonderful note of peach. This peach is round, juicy, with a sun-kissed peel. Smells deliious right from the beginning. At this point I have to admit that peach is in my opinion a difficult perfume ingredient. It's really hard to get a nice potential out of this fruit and to combine in with other notes so that peach can play it nice. Here, Gerald Ghislain did a good job. Few minutes later peachy accord weakens a little bit and we get to smell some great spices. We have here some cardamom and cloves. After another additional few minutes warm patchouli reveals it's presence. At this stage, about 15 minutes from the start this mexican chocolate takes over the whole creation. It smells yummy! Rich, dark chocolate. Patchouli gives it some depth while rose, which stands right next to chocolate gives you a more sweet sensation without sugar overdose. It's like a rose chocolate I've never eaten but have heard it's deliciously divine. One hour after application I got to smell some nice roasted coffee with some chocolate traces left. And this eau de parfum remained in this state most of the day, but from time to time I get the feeling that some notes quietly try to remind about themselves before they completely effuse. If you're looking for a spicy oriental fragrance that can be considered to be somewhat gourmand, 1969 is a thing you must try!
Lol..... Peach and rose with chocolate all mixed together is what I am getting on first application. It smells weird and unatural and a bit sickly. It gets a bit floral but the peach is still there. After a while it starts to smell like the vinyl which a lilo is made from which you use on the sea while on vacation. I'm thinking that this fragrance may be better suited for women than a manly man.lol...... The peach note is getting stronger and this fragrance is a fruity gourmand that is not to my taste. I'm going to have to scrub this off my skin.lol To sum up a fruity peachy chocolate floral gourmand which may be better suited for women than a man. Longevity is unknown as I scrubbed this one early.
1969, to me, is not a gourmand. I honestly think it's far from what many would consider an oriental gourmand. I consider it as more of a fruity floral-rose affair laid over white musk with a few gourmand notes. The initial blast was sweet, fruity, sharp, cloying and VERY synthetic-smelling. Synthetic isn't always a bad thing, but I don't enjoy the messy indiscernible peach jam wall of smell -- almost a scrubber. This impression slowly wears off and in comes a pleasant white musk woven with rose. (with notes of vanillic chocolate, coffee and spice that 'try' to warm things up, but is still muted by the peach-rose-musk trio) At the final stages stages, the white musk wins. The problem: Throughout the scent's application, the fruity sweetness never really fades. It just smells less and less like peach with each passing hour. Kinda like a peach fading into the horizon. All in all, the sharp sweetness was too much from me. (This coming from an Arabie fan) A cloying opening, a decent heart, a disappointing exit, a piercing sweetness. What's there to like?
1969 introduces itself with one of the best perfume's names so far: Parfum De Rivolte. 1969 was the year of a generational revolution leading to the female sexual emancipation. Wether this name appeals to you or not, this fragrance has a remarkable erotic vibe made of a well balanced opulence and some luxurious sweetness. It opens with a spectacular effect ("someone" says is one of the best opening in modern perfumery) with creamy and fruity rose that's simply magnific. During its evolution rose blends together with vanilla and spices turning a bit more conventional and chemical yet incredibly refined and never affected. Overall 1969 is not my type of fragrance, nothing I would really like to wear but I'd definitely appreciate on someone seating next to me. Good Stuff!
Like it! But - the top notes do not match the heart- and basenotes to well. There's some kind of disharmony. The freshness feels - just for a second - synthetic. Then at a sudden the smell broadens into a sensual vibe of lush components in chorus. Patchouli, white chocolate, coffee, may be cardboard, the fragrance is true to its "notes". To my nose it sweetens during drydown, and as every scent has to, simplifies. Not so far as that could distract the pleasure of it. Alas, that's not so common. <edit> After a row of enthusiastic wearings...</edit> btw: I don't feel to impressed by the offending (?) name. A revolt that made it into perfume must for sure have been quite "teeny" (as far as my dictionary holds). If You are after a realistic smell of that revolt - don't wash ... it won't kill You. <edit>Even when serverly overapplied ...</edit> last edit: just try, a great finding
I purchased this in the wrong season after doing a full testing of the Histoires line, and have kept it hiddent away through the European Fall and Winter. With the Spring, it has emerged and it is exactly what I would imagine it to be in this new climate: Hippy-Sweet Sunshine in a bottle. Only the initial fruit-bomb of synthetic peach kind of makes me question what is to come, but it blends nicely within 5 minutes. I hope it will not be cloying and overly-synthetic after an hour or so of wear when the humidity really kicks in - ironically the same warm, sticky weather that it so perfectly tries to capture in its beachy sexiness. But still good if you dare to venture into sweet, summery territory with a margarita or caipirinha in hand. Unlike a review I read of this in the LT/TS guide... I find the fruit and vanilla opening to last forever, with the awaited base of softer coffee, white musc, and patchouli to be barely perceptible. No need to "replay" this opening... it lasts and lasts. Probably a good candidate for a summer scent in high rotation in 2011, alongside Noir Patchouli from the same house (which is not nearly as Noir as its name suggests, and all the better for it). I'm traveling a lot in the coming months, so adobting the backpacker vibe, and open to all things trashy and festive, will put me in the spirit of warmer things to come.
I wanted so much to like this (1969 being my year of birth); alas I can barely stand it. The opening is pretty intense, warm and sweet. The more time goes by the more sure I get that this much praised offering from Histoires de Parfums is not for me. We are promised chocolate and coffee at the base and indeed it is getting there but to me it feels more like intense vanilla. Overall I agree that 1969 is a very well made "gourmand" the kind I could possibly appreciate on others but wouldnt like to wear myself. Maybe I should try 1969 again in winter time!
It does not happen too often that one single note spoils a fragrance for me, but here by spoiling I mean TOTALLY! It's not that I did not try hard. I gave this 3 full wearings from my sample, but my aversion got greater and greater. Well, that note is CHOCOLATE here! To me, this is a very creamy and rich white chocolate... YUK! There is a lot to like here and I dithered about a neutral or thumbs down. Call it anger - my conclusion is this is goofed up by one single overboarding note and about as disgusting as it could possibly ever come.
1969 Parfum De Révolte by Histoire de Parfums
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