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    Default Histoires de Parfums 1899 Ernest Hemingway

    I've been looking for a niche version of Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb. Have been looking at Histoires de Parfums 1899 Ernest Hemingway but there aren't many reviews of it.
    Anyone got any experiences?

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    Default Re: Histoires de Parfums 1899 Ernest Hemingway

    It's similar, but more elegant.

    I can't stand it, though.

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    I think it’s great. Given your description, it’s just what you’re looking for. 1899 definitely resembles Spicebomb. Side by side it blows Spicebomb out of the water. The difference lies in how it’s structured. While Spicebomb moves into heavier elements like tobacco and leather, 1899 goes in a lighter direction with iris, juniper and vetiver. What happens for me is that Spicebomb ends up feeling like it’s made up of these big, clumsy notes while 1899 feels much more deftly composed, with good balance and notes that are more refined and harmonious. It has an overall classier, more elegant feel to it. And it catches the air nicely while Spicebomb tends to get stuck in it.

    Don’t get me wrong, I like Spicebomb. I think it’s a good scent. But if you want a cut above, 1899 is it. It’s got the same pink pepper/cinnamon accord that drives Spicebomb, but features the other qualities I mentioned above.
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    Yeah, prefer 1899 to Spicebomb. Much more elegant and well-rounded. It's one of my favorites period.

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    Default Re: Histoires de Parfums 1899 Ernest Hemingway

    Own and love it.
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    Default Re: Histoires de Parfums 1899 Ernest Hemingway

    Question: wouldn't a 'niche version' of Spicebomb be something like Ambre Narguile rather than 1899?

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    Your hopes for it are pretty spot on I would say. I own it and love it, and would say it’s a classier and more we’ll rounded version of Spicebomb. I love Spicebomb, but side by side Spicebomb comes off a bit sharper. Hemingway has about identical performance to current batches of Spicebomb on my skin, where the original SB formula has way better performance for me. If you want it for the reasons you stated though, I don’t think you will be disappointed.

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    Last edited by Trauerkraut; 13th March 2019 at 06:57 AM.
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    Default Re: Histoires de Parfums 1899 Ernest Hemingway

    I have and enjoy 1899. It has a definite presence yet never felt intrusive. Never smelled Spicebomb though so I can’t comment on similarities...

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    I'm kinda indifferent to 1899. It's pleasant, but like a lot of the HdP creations, there's a fuzziness to its construction that I find kinda frustrating.

    Also, am I the only one who gets a definite licorice note while wearing this?

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    Default Re: Histoires de Parfums 1899 Ernest Hemingway

    Quote Originally Posted by freewheelingvagabond View Post
    Question: wouldn't a 'niche version' of Spicebomb be something like Ambre Narguile rather than 1899?
    PdM’s Herod shares some similarities with Spicebomb too, and is a nicer, richer, more rounded scent (I own both). Same with Tobacco Vanille by Tom Ford. Also Eau des Baux, CK one Shock.. all better takes on the same theme

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    Default Re: Histoires de Parfums 1899 Ernest Hemingway

    Yes - very similar to Spicebomb. Own it and love it.
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