1740 - Marquis de Sade (2008)

1740 - Marquis de Sade by Histoires de Parfums
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1740 - Marquis de Sade is a popular perfume by Histoires de Parfums for men and was released in 2008. The scent is spicy-leathery. The longevity is above-average. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Davana
Heart Notes Heart NotesCardamom, Coriander, Patchouli
Base Notes Base NotesCedar, Birch, Labdanum, Leather, Vanilla, Elemi resin, Immortelle



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Submitted by Profumo, last update on 29.05.2017
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The pleasure of sadism
My favorite in HDP refrences is 1740, which literally captured "Marquis de Sade" in a bottle. It reminds me "the Quills", a movie narrating Marquis de Sade ideas. It is so odd as "Marquis de Sade", fascinating, sensual, tough (because of the leathery and labdanum notes, but soft at the same time (because of vanilla and cardamon) like "Marquis de Sade's" characters, and unforgettable at last. Patchouli has never been revealed so poetically in another perfume as it was happened in 1740. Smokey, Leathery, woodsy, and so earthy, harmonized with dry fig note so artistically. The opening of the perfume is a duality between harsh notes and powdery notes. However, I will call the powdery beginning as a bitter one. The very moment you wear this perfume, you may feel a heavy shadow surrounding your whole body. That could be called the devilish side of Sade which could be so fascinating an tempting at the same time. After half an hour, the spiritual side that owes this spirituality to notes such as cardamon and coriander arises and lets you feel the bright side of the perfume as well. This could be counted as the stage that you may either fall in love with or will hate this perfume. Now, Patchouli has been harmonized nicely with leathery, citrusy, gurmand accords, the result of which starts dancing in Elemi resin. In the dry down stage you may smell tobacco leafs, and smoky leather which could be nice ending for this perfume. lastly, although it is not that masculine as the color suggests, it still could be one of the best patchouli based perfumes that you may want to give a try.
Scent 8.0/10
Greatly helpful Review    9
Masculine? Really?
One generous test wearing was all it took for me to fall for this quasi masculine.
It started out in wisps of powder and something vaguely reminiscent of lipstick, Moulin Rouge's kissing cousin. The leather note emerged almost instantly, taking center stage, with cedar and patchouli never too far away.
This leather is no kid glove, nor a suede pouch, mind you. Think saddle leather instead. It's hard, polished from extensive wear and dry as a bone.
Cedar, which given its domineering nature can be a very difficult note for me, is truly cast in a supporting role here, rendering the fragrance even drier. It also encases the otherwise soft heart of this composition in a much needed corset, preventing it from turning into a spineless dollop of oriental sweetness even as the notes progress into dried fruit, spice and absinthe territory.
The drydown lingers well into the wee hours of the night and is delectable with tobacco leaves, brandy-soaked raisins and dates and still more smoky leather.
Like other offerings from this house it can be either an intimate whisper of a scent or a sillage bomb, depending on application.
The last thing this beauty needs is stereotyping by gender.
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Scent 6.0/10
Helpful Review    5
Immortelle Strikes Again...
Marquis de Sade is a hard scent to make out. It has an almost booze-like quality with quite liberal use of immortelle, dark candied fruit mixed with spices, then adding leather and tobacco as time passes. I am not a fan of immortelle, and as it contains a lot of it, I can't ever see myself wanting to wear this. That said, I almost want to give this one a positive rating, as it is rather well-done and lasts and lasts with above average projection.

I can certainly appreciate the effort that went into 1740's creation, and certainly feel it is worth a sniff... But if you dislike immortelle as I do, be forewarned that you may not like it much. To immortelle fans (maybe fans of Eau Noire, for instance), this should definitely be on your "to try" list. As for me, I will give it a strong neutral, almost a thumbs up. Not bad at all, just not to my tastes. 3 stars out of 5.
Greatly helpful Review    11
Perfume genres are based on composition (components): chypre (oakmoss), floral, gourmand, fougere (coumarin), oriental (labdanum), fruitchouli. Sometimes these categories are helpful. They hold together. For instance, I like chypres and I don’t like sweet gourmands. But there are exceptions that make the compositional genre approach less effective. That is, I’m inclined to like fougeres and I generally don’t like aquatics.

In my head I tend to use other qualitative categories that feel more functional to me. 1740 falls squarely into one. 1740 is large, full, expansive, rich. It’s rumbling, church-organ harmonious, full-bodied. Typical of the conundrum of talking about perfume, although I have a clear image of what this sort of fragrance is, I don’t have a good word to name it, to describe it. My fall-back is Huge Fucking Perfumes. The fragrances in this pseudo-genre aren’t necessarily alike in structure, they just wear similarly for me. They tend to fall into two subcategories: chewy/boozy (Mauboussin by Mauboussin, Kiss Me Tender, Daphne Guinness, l’Ombre Fauve) and dry (Sikkim, Mahora, Yatagan, Aromatics Elixir, Cuir d’Iris.) Some have a foot in each camp like Aramis’s JHL and Havana.

1740 is a huge fucking dry perfume. Leathery and tobacco-ish, dense but expansive, rich but not bubbly. This sort of fragrance tends to get pigeon-holed with aspirational gender goals. ‘It’s the sort of fragrance Cary Grant, Morgan Freeman, George Clooney...would wear.‘ Since gender is really fantasy, the original war/role playing online-game, with the gaming community historically being humanity, let’s expand the field. 1740 is the sort of fragrance that Michelle Wie, Jane Goodall or Gwen Eiffel... would wear. Worn for yourself, it’s the center point between cozy and stimulating. Worn for others, it projects confidence and contentment. For me, perhaps even more than other fragrances, a huge fucking perfumes deserve to be worn primarily for yourself. Others liking it, or not, is beside the point.
Bottle 7.5/10 Sillage 10.0/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 9.0/10
Very helpful Review    5
The perfect leathery chypre
Marquis de Sade is utterly pleasurable. It is deep, well-balanced, rounded, complex and one of the best leather scents around. The name doesn't bother me at all, wearing this fragrance is no torture, but paying the high price for the bottle is an act of debauchery. On the other hand, such a gorgeous, sensuous and outstanding fragrance is worth the money! And the fragrance lasts and lasts...
Bottle 7.5/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 8.0/10
Very helpful Review    6
Bountiful Unisex Floriental Leather
Histoires de Parfums 1740 is a bountiful floriental leather perfume with lots of texture and enough spice to balance the dark leather note. I would compare this composition favorably with 1876. Both are just gorgeous and have a chypre side, in this case thanks to the labdanum and patchouli notes. The presence of cardamom also contributes to a texture similar to one that I've encountered in several modern chypres, although this one is darker due to the leather.

This composition is definitely suitable for guys and gals alike, and I find myself unclear once again (same story with other offerings from this house) as to why 1740 is categorized by the house as “made for men.” There is so much oriental and chypre activity here characteristic of women's perfumes, in fact, that only the leather renders this unisex. Anyway, it's beautiful. That's the important point! Highly recommended for those who love oriental chypres with a light touch of leather.


Hermesh 23 months ago
Mildly bitter and spicy immortelle, dark, balmy and warm. With slight hint of sherry cask in the base.
Bottle 5.0
Sillage 7.5
Longevity 10.0
Scent 8.0

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