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    Default Histories de Parfums all smell too similar to me !

    Today I finally got to try 1740 and Ambre 114 and I already own 1725 and they more than smell similar to my nose. I understand each house adding there signature but HdP comes across as having the same vibe/structure which is not good. But I am wondering since it is the 3 frags I mentioned that similar, is the rest of the house the same way ? Just curious because I will not need to sample them all.

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    Default Re: Histories de Parfums all smell too similar to me !

    They don't smell similar to me. These are the vibe I get:
    1740 - a dark, spicy, leathery, immortel, with bitter cocoa vibe.
    Ambre 114 - is more amber, rose, benzoin....nothing similar ^^
    1725 - is a smooth, creamy, lavender, vanilla.....^^again, nothing similar from the two above

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    Default Re: Histories de Parfums all smell too similar to me !

    I agree with Volley, they don't smell similar in the slightest. Their scents for the most part are smooth and meticulously well balanced, which may account for why you're finding them similar. When in fact, they're not.

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    Default Re: Histories de Parfums all smell too similar to me !

    Hey Nersh, I'm with you on this one, there is very much a similarity between scents in the HdP range to my nose. Now, I know very little about anything so I probably shouldn't be commenting but I think the bases might be similar or a few accords shared between them that give some of them that distinctive HdP smell. I actually find it a bit off putting and have sort of turned of this house for that reason. I do like the Casanova one though.

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    Default Re: Histories de Parfums all smell too similar to me !

    Ambre 114, 1725 and 1740 smell extremely different to me...

    Ambre 114: An extremely smooth amber that is almost monolithic, despite its ostensibly innumerable ingredients. Somewhat like sweet coffee. Linear progression and long-lived.

    1725: More complicated, having lavender, a mote of vanilla, and a heap of grapefruit which gives it a certain 'dark' pungency. Reserved, and in the 'eau' tradition, but with the grapefruit instead of the usual lemon/orange making it distinctive. I quite like it.

    1740: Leather and immortel. (Not for me - I find the immortel overpowering. Rather musty.)

    Violette Blanc: I wish more people spoke of this, which is the best violet I have smelled so far. A shy, retiring violet with some sandalwood... Quite interesting. I think that most perfumers have given up on violet flowers, given the ease of producing a perfect synthetic version. This is a showcase of some of the elusiveness and loveliness of the note.

    Moulin Rouge: This is one I would dearly like to sample again. A lot is going on in this one. Possibly the most complex I have tried to date.

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    Default Re: Histories de Parfums all smell too similar to me !

    I own 1725 and 1740, and I've gone through a couple samples of Ambre 114. None of them smell remotely alike to me. Even though they're all orientals they each have very distinct scent profiles and develop entirely differently as they progress.

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    Default Re: Histories de Parfums all smell too similar to me !

    I have seven bottles in this line and they all smell different to me.

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    Default Re: Histories de Parfums all smell too similar to me !

    It could be that I have had them on a card for a few hours and when the top notes burn off its the identical fragrance during the dry down.

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    Default Re: Histories de Parfums all smell too similar to me !

    I don't notice any similarities, myself - I own the ones mentioned and a few others. Maybe there is a 'Ghislainade' buried deep inside but I have yet to discover it. One thing I have found to be consistent with the HdP line is that the quality seems to stay right thru to the end, unlike a lot of stuff out there which devolves into pretty common musk or cedar or woody amber off the shelf unhappy endings.

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    Default Re: Histories de Parfums all smell too similar to me !

    Could anyone recommend/describe the edition rare ones?

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    Default Re: Histories de Parfums all smell too similar to me !

    I think you're overwhelmed.

    Smell each one separately.

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    Default Re: Histories de Parfums all smell too similar to me !

    I agree with the similarities OP found in HdP fragrance structure but only in the sense that they are all well made. I certainly don't find them similar smelling. A 'house vibe' is a positive factor in my books and I'm glad to see someone else mentioning Blanc Violette which I feel has been overlooked by many.

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    Default Re: Histories de Parfums all smell too similar to me !

    They all smell pretty unique to me.

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    Default Re: Histories de Parfums all smell too similar to me !

    are very good smell, but the feeling is that they move along paths wich have alreay seeded.

    1740: Sables
    1725: Lolita , Le Male..
    my current top five (always in transition)

    Dior Eau Noire
    HdP 1725 Casanova
    eau de gloire parfum d'empire
    Dia man Amouage
    comme des garçons man 2

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    Default Re: Histories de Parfums all smell too similar to me !

    They're much better than most, but like almost all modern fragrances they need better bone structure. Most of the stuff people go on about these days has the structure of a sea cucumber, but fortunately HdP is better than that.
    Last edited by pluran; 9th February 2012 at 11:56 AM.

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    Default Re: Histories de Parfums all smell too similar to me !

    First of all, I think Hd'P is a great house.

    That said, I do smell a definite connection between many of their creations; they share a burnished, soft focus quality. I see it as part of the Histoires concept; a nod to a slightly sepia toned past. I think it's handled well, never crossing over into kitsch.

    As with any niche house, the creations share many of the same raw materials. The rose is always very similar, as is the woodiness of the amber. But I think each fragrance is distinct and stands alone.

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    Default Re: Histories de Parfums all smell too similar to me !

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Guyer View Post
    That said, I do smell a definite connection between many of their creations; they share a burnished, soft focus quality. I see it as part of the Histoires concept; a nod to a slightly sepia toned past. I think it's handled well, never crossing over into kitsch.
    I like the way you describe here
    my current top five (always in transition)

    Dior Eau Noire
    HdP 1725 Casanova
    eau de gloire parfum d'empire
    Dia man Amouage
    comme des garçons man 2

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    Default Re: Histories de Parfums all smell too similar to me !

    If you want to step away from the Amber, 1725 and 1740 you want to sample 1828 Jules Verne and 1969 Parfums de revolte.
    The only Rare Editions that I've tried is Ambrarem. Nothing like Amber 114 but quite nice with an unusual petroleum opening.
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