Paris-based niche line established in 2000 by Gérald Ghislain, a graduate of the ISIPCA perfume school. The original offerings, Parfum d’Auteurs, were inspired by historical figures and named for their respective years of birth: 1725 Casanova, 1740 Marquis de Sade, 1804 George Sand, 1826 Eugénie de Montijo, 1828 Jules Verne, 1873 Colette and 1876 Mata Hari.
A line of five traditional Eaux de Cologne (lavender, amber, vetiver, natural, and honeysuckle) appears to have been discontinued, but newer series include the Soliloquies (formerly Parfums de Couleurs), which "plays with classical perfume notes" (see reviews of Noir Patchouli, Vert Pivoine & Blanc Violette) and the Cult Books series (1969, 2006; Ambre 114, 2007).
The Histoires de Parfums fragrances are generally available in 120 ml bottles, but there are also "Nomad kits", each consisting of three 14 ml sprays in a neoprene pouch (see images here and here). As of this writing, you can choose any 3 scents for the kit, or even 3 of the same scent.
Recent fragrances from Histoires de Parfums
Recent releases include Tuberose Trilogy (Tubereuse 1 La Capricieuse, Tubereuse 2 La Virginale and Tubereuse 3 L’Animale, 2009), 1889 Moulin Rouge (2009), Défilé New York (2010), Pétroleum, Ambrarem and Rosam (2011), Music-Hall, Le Parfum (2012), Veni, Vidi, Vici (2012), 1899 Hemingway (2013), Make Perfume Not War (2013), 1831 Norma, 1875 Carmen, 1890 La Dame de Pique, 1905 Madame Butterfly & 1926 Turandot (2014), Fidelis (2015), Ceci n'est pas un Flacon Bleu / This is Not a Blue Bottle (2015).
The Scent of Departure
The Scent of Departure is a new brand from Gérald Ghislain. The line features reasonably priced fragrance named for city airport codes. The initial launch in 2012 included 14 cities: Paris (CDG), London (LHR), Milan (MIL), New York (NYC), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), Dubai (DXB), Abu Dhabi (AUH), Doha (DOH), Singapore (SIN), Tokyo (TYO), Hong-Kong (HKG), Seoul (ICN) and Bali (DPS).
Alice & Peter
Another new brand launching in 2012 with five cupcake-inspired fragrances: Bloody Orange, Fancy Choco, Showy Toffee, Cheery Cherry and Wicked Berry.
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