1873 - Colette (2001)

1873 - Colette by Histoires de Parfums
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1873 - Colette is a perfume by Histoires de Parfums for women and was released in 2001. The scent is citrusy-fresh. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesGrapefruit, Orange, Citric notes, Tangerine, Bergamot, Lime
Heart Notes Heart NotesLily-of-the-valley, Orange blossom, Spring flowers, Violet, Lavender
Base Notes Base NotesVanilla, Caramel, White musk



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Submitted by Lobelia, last update on 30.04.2018
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Bottle 2.5/10 Sillage 5.0/10 Longevity 5.0/10 Scent 5.0/10
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1873 (Histories de Parfum)
This fragrance opens with a whirlwind of tart citrus notes, sweet orange blossom and milky caramel. The resulting accord is fresh, fruity and most of all sweet, to which lavender adds an interesting herbal touch. It ensures in fact the initial accord is not too sugary. As the fragrance progresses, the citrus notes disappear to reveal the beauty of the orange blossom, whilst the caramel note turns from gooey and to crystalline. Together with the lily note, the two help creating a "dry" orange blossom experience; it is not floral and airy, but rather powdery and sugared, like candy. In its sweetness and sheer power the fragrance reminds me of Bal d'Afrique without is sweaty, spicy undertone. The fragrance becomes lighter as it dries down and the strong caramel note calms down considerably. The dry down can be described as a caramelised musk.
Scent 4.0/10
My least favourite from HdP
To me, the "worst" in line of a normally great range.
This does not smell like Colette and 1873, but like one of the recent Dolce&Gabanna fragrances (reminding me of their "La Luna" in particular).
A rather screechy, floral something with no refinement, devoid of fun, let alone new ideas. Mainstream companies tend to do much better when it comes to such fragrances, i.e. "modern florals". If you're into white florals with orange blossom and lily-of-the-valley accords, get a mainstream floral and save some cash.
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Bottle 7.5/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 8.0/10
Reminds me of Coney Island--The Perfume
The folks at Histoires de Parfums are obviously very big into intertextuality, so perhaps they will not mind my beginning my review of 1873 with the observation that this perfume reminds me a lot of Bond no 9 CONEY ISLAND. And not at all without reason, having just espied the notes: lots of citrus on the top, and caramel on the bottom.

Yes indeed, these two compositions are definitely neighbors on the grand olfactory map, although in this composition the dominant citrus is grapefruit, while in CONEY ISLAND it is lime. I had thought that CONEY ISLAND exhausted the members of its own genre, but here, too, a confusing and unexpected cacophony of notes yields a rather thought-provoking perfume. The lavender in the heart here is a bit strong for my liking, but then I almost always find lavender too strong in any perfume in which it is detectable. Based on the dominance of lavender, I'd predict (having yet to take a peek) that The Holey[sic] Book rates this composition very high, since LT loves lavender (along with all masculine-leaning feminine perfumes...). Well, let's test the hypothesis:

Yes, indeed, as predicted, 1873 gets four stars, although strangely it's been reviewed by TS, who regards it as a grapefruit perfume in the same category as Guerlain Aqua Allegoria PAMPLELUNE. Oh well, I’ve always suspected that she was quasi-anosmic anyway... She regards 1873 as “excellent, clever work” and CONEY ISLAND as “harsh and rather empty up close,” a phrase which quite accurately describes her own “reviews”, IMNSHO...

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