Fidelis (2015)
by Histoires de Parfums

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Fidelis information

Year of Launch2015
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 12 votes)

People and companies

HouseHistoires de Parfums
Creative DirectorGérald Ghislain

About Fidelis

The company say:

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

It appears I’ll be the only nay vote. I’m not getting any distinct notes, only the aftermath of a house fire - smoldering upholstery, hot electrical wiring and incinerated fiberglass insulation. I experienced the same visceral reaction to Purple Love Smoke by Soivohle.
11th September, 2020
Unhesitatingly a thumbs up and this is a rare occurrence but not FBW. Why? Let me explain:
Unisex but leaning to the masculine which in my books is a good start. Someone has to forget political correctness for once. Let's celebrate differences but our equal right to smell good.
Fresh but with smoky depths, tangy yet restrained.
You get a bright start with cardamon and raspberry and maybe rose which then stay through the mid as well joined by coffee and patchouli and amber which waxes and wanes with brief glimpses of oud.
Its unique, interesting, subtle yet confident. Signature scent worthy. It's a shame that it becomes increasingly peppery and smoky as time goes on loosing some of its depth and interest so this gets a 7.5 instead of an 8.
Shame.
I may still crack and go for a bottle were it not for its superior cousin 1740 which caused the biggest dopamine spike I have had in a long while of sniffing fragrances. Most of you you may think of dopamine as the pleasure neurotransmitter. Not quite right. It is the neurotransmitter of unexpected pleasure. If you repeat the same novel experience you don't get the same dopamine spike. And man I was not expecting 1740 to be that good. Fidelis is a worthy contender and perhaps more of a day time scent.
29th January, 2020
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United States
Fidelis opens with a very brief dash of soft raspberry before quickly transitioning to its heart. As the composition enters its early heart, the raspberry vacates, being replaced by a starring faux Oud wood accord (most likely cypriol derived), supported by a heavy cardamom, saffron and cumin spice trio that combine to create a sharp wet concrete-like accord in support of the starring Oud with a very subtle underlying integrated coffee note. As the composition moves through its middle, an almost pipe tobacco-like supporting accord joins in with the rest to keep things interesting. During the late dry-down, the composition significantly sweetens, as the Oud gradually recedes revealing the slightly powdery amber driven base, with traces of the saffron spice warming the amber through the finish. Projection is average and longevity excellent at about 12 hours on skin.

After having been extremely impressed with The Moon from Frederic Malle and hearing talk that its predecessor from perfumer Rasquinet, Fidelis, from Histoires de Parfums was the composition it may have been based on I had to get my nose on it to sniff for myself. To give my quick verdict, there is *some* shared DNA between the two, but no, these compositions are very far from twins and not at all interchangeable. Fidelis really is much more about warm spice and faux Oud than the jammy raspberry and real Oud oil, rose/patch focus of The Moon. While those seeking "The Moon on the cheap" may walk away disappointed with Fidelis, when viewed on its own it is successful in its own right. Rasquinet never lets the cypriol get out of control, taming it with the spice and a very clever coffee note that is extremely subtle but just sufficient to work with the spice to blend perfectly with the faux Oud. The late dry-down sneaks up on you, as the composition moves towards its amber-driven finish seemingly at a snail's pace, but the whole thing from top to bottom is quite skillfully done. The only real gripe this writer finds is what best can be described as a wet concrete accord throughout the mid-section of the composition's development. This, distracts to some degree from the Oud to prevent its complete dominance, but one may not quite care for the end result. The bottom line is the $160 per 60ml bottle Fidelis may not be a "The Moon on the cheap" solution to bargain hunters, but it is a "very good" smelling 3.5 stars out of 5 rated composition in its own right that is definitely recommended, regardless.
06th December, 2019
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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