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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Perfume Review: Histoires de Parfums 1804 George Sand

A pineapple perfume is a rarity. A non-syrupy, grown-up, complex and wearable pineapple perfume is more precious than rubies. Up untill know I knew of four (Marina de Bourbon, Bahiana, Colony, Ananas Fizz). Somehow I did not expect to find the fifth favorite in a scent inspired by George Sand...although, if you accept Histores de Parfums' description of her as of a "woman who knew how to live to the fullest", the sinfully honeyed fruitiness of the composition in general and the presence of the juice-oozing, ripe pineapple in particular begin to make sense.

On my skin, pineapple in 1804 reigns supreme, overwhelming even tiare, which is ordinarily not a shy little blossom and rather hard to tame. I don't smell much peach, although I suppose its presence adds juiciness to the very realistic pineapple note. The beginning of 1804 is the smell of a freshly-cut ripe pineapple. The heart, with a touch of piquancy from clove and nutmeg, makes me think of some exotic sweet-n-spicy pineapple jam. The luscious ananas keeps going strong even in the drydown, keeping its sunny, tropical own against the nocturnal, brooding note of patchouli. Here in the base, pineapple is sweetened further by vanilla, which makes the already mouthwatering fragrance almost unbearably delicious.

A completely unexpected new summer favorite of mine, it is available at, $115.00 for 4 oz.

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Blogger tmp00 said...

This reads really nice- damn! I was hoping to save a few bucks this summer...

9:57 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Not gonna happen, my friend :-)

10:03 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pineapple is one of my favorite notes! I own and love Ananas Fizz, and a generous decant of Colony. buy unsniffed...

10:58 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an unusual combo: George Sand and pineapple. But guess, as you write, it's all about being unconventional. I look forward to trying it, although I seem to be going off fruit notes at the moment.

5:55 AM EDT  
Blogger Bradamante said...

I was wondering: aren't there two perfumes named George Sand? One by maitre parfumeur et gantier, and the above, by histoires de parfums?

If this is indeed true, I wonder how you would review the George Sand by maitre parfumeur etc. Any chance?

6:46 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

This one is denser than AF and sweeter and more realistically pineapple than Colony. If you really love pineapple note, I think it is fairly safe to buy unsniffed :-)

6:50 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I don't think I have ever been into fruity notes (well I am not counting the years of misspent youth :-)). But pineapple is one of the notes that always intrigued me.

6:51 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Isn't there even a 3rd one, no?
As for the other GS scent, to me it's more obviously george-sand-y :-)It is rich and heavy and spicy. Reminds me of Opium.

6:52 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I'm new to your lovely blog although have been enjoyably lurking for several months. Your review was delicious indeed...the scent sounds mouthwatering :)

7:03 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Welcome and thank you for unlurking! :-)

7:05 AM EDT  
Blogger lilybp said...

While this sounds lucious from one perspective, I can't imagine wanting to wear pineapple. Well, maybe on my head. . . .

7:38 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

:-) I can't imagine you in this one somehow either. But I can imagine you in darker, oakmossy Colony.

7:42 AM EDT  
Blogger lilybp said...

Colony, huh? Must look into that! But I am NOT buying any perfumes now (repeat until I believe it).

8:05 AM EDT  
Blogger lilybp said...

Oh, you mean the Patou, don't you? (MoRE COFFEE!!!) I have that (whew!)

8:08 AM EDT  
Blogger elle said...

Sounds like I will have two scents dedicated to GS in my collection now. This sounds delicious!

9:11 AM EDT  
Blogger chayaruchama said...

Lordy, lordy.
I'm NOT seeing that, my dear...

[ But I SURE AS HELL want to see the lovely auburn, hyacinthine Judith replete with pineapple, a la CARMEN MIRANDA-
That would just tickle me, in the best way !]

[Marinochka- check your mail, soon !
I've sent an unexpected, non-perfumed surprise your way...]

9:15 AM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

This is going on me to smell list; I adore the scent of pineapple. If you love the scent of pineapple you have to try Pre de Provence's Ananas soap, the perfect pineapple scent.

9:33 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you tried Caron Acaciosa?
Moi and pineapple don't really get along, but that's the one I can really enjoy. A pineapple-laced mimosa of a perfume, Mmmm.
George Sand was a scrubber for me, unfortunately. I had such high hopes for it:(

10:28 AM EDT  
Blogger Rachel said...

I too have been a lurker, but this review lured me out of hiding! I adore the idea of a pineapple scent and I treasure my bottle of Bahiana, but found the woods in Ananas Fizz to strong. But 1804 sounds delicious. Any idea where I could score a sample?

12:57 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Yep, Patou! Do you wear it?

8:57 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Have you tried Marquis de Sade, now that one is just pure awesomeness :-)

8:57 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Oh my gosh, I can't wait! Thank you!

8:58 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I must find that soap!

8:59 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Acaciosa has that powdery-dusty thing most Carons have on my skin :-(

8:59 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Perhaps MioMia sells samples? or Perfumed Court?

9:00 PM EDT  
Blogger lilybp said...

I like it, but I don't really wear it. need to try that Marquis de Sade.

6:28 AM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

Oh boy, here we go! I LOVE the deep, dark Colony, and wear it often; the only reason I do not own Ananas Fizz is that it disppears on me almost immediately. This one sounds like it's right in the middle as far as intensity. I must have it! You make it sound like it was dreamed up just for me, in fact... :-D

6:17 PM EDT  
Blogger Beth Schreibman Gehring said...

George Sand is one of my heroes......This sounds just beautiful and much like something that I've been dreaming of wearing this summer. Honeyed, pineapple, clove, patchouli , JAM.......All make me want to rush out and try this one. I love my summer fragrances to be practically edible:)

What a gorgeous, sexy review.

1:26 PM EDT  
Blogger Beth Schreibman Gehring said...

Oh....Need to clarify...I actually want all of my fragrances to be edible:)

1:32 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Unless it turns sweet on you, I think you will love de Sade.

10:40 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

It is definitely right in the middle, you will love it.

10:41 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Me too, not necessarily in a literal manner, but I know just what you mean.

10:43 PM EDT  

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