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"What kind of mother likes it?
when her only son lives in a brothel?"
This question was asked by a descendant of the Toulouse-Lautrec family many years ago in the television program "Ich tragen einen großen Namen".
The charming gentleman, who to my knowledge also bore the first name Henri, was the living image of a French nobleman; he asked this question, smiling friendly, in entertaining German, in the room.
Probably that's why I still remember her so clearly today.
Yes, but seriously: Which mother would like that?
This family can be traced far back in French history; even after leaving politics it still played a role.
In order to protect the extensive family estate from division of inheritance, the marriage took place again and again within the close relatives. Even the mothers of Henri's parents were sisters!
This finally also had a genetic effect on him: the only surviving son of the couple was small and, as his descendant reported at that time, he also suffered from the so-called "brittle bone disease". This was not yet recognized at that time; only the numerous bone fractures were frightening, which made the life of this man and artist so difficult and influenced.
This is certainly the reason why he felt so at home in the bohemian and artistic world around Montmartre that in 1884 he moved into an apartment with friends in a back building near Place Blanche: his artistic talent made him "one of them".
This was the location of the dance hall "Reine Blanche", which had to give way to the new building of the "Moulin Rouge" in 1889.
Now the mention of places like Montmartre, Pigalle and "Moulin Rouge" automatically leads me to the Revue-Theater and of course to Henri Toulouse-Lauctrec. His life in the Bohème and his works, especially his memorable posters, are firmly connected with it.
Which finally brings us to the fragrance "1889 - Moulin Rouge" by Histoires de Parfums. There live the fragrances history and this is also reflected in the name.
Curious, I tested this fragrance and a good dose of herbal absinthe developed almost immediately on my skin.
This drink, distilled from wormwood, anise, fennel and other herbs, is also called "green fairy" because of its green colour.
Also infused with water, Absinthe comes from the family "scratch in the throat and makes crazy in the head!".
Not so long ago, it was discovered that very strong consumption of Ansinth can damage vision.
But nevertheless: this spicy entrée is very appealing to me.
The freshness of the mandarin and the ripe spice of plum and cinnamon add to this; the thought of plum jam always comes to my mind immediately!
Here an interesting fruity fresh spice mixture develops; because the Absinthe aroma cannot be put so fast into the corner.
The result is a rather unconventional scent cocktail!
(A small glass of it, filled with something tingling, could already irritate me!)
The fully blossomed rose gives this slightly rural "street child" a certain noble touch, which is further enhanced by the elegant iris.
Bright golden strands of patchouli and heavy musk lead this fragrance composition into the semi-world, which we are all quite curious about at heart.
Only we don't have the courage to admit it honestly! HdP lets us at least get a taste of it.
A little bit wicked is this scent already; but also very fascinating.
To which the always a little dusty smell of fur (of which I can still remember well) contributes. Here the fur has been worn for a while, "spoiled"; it exudes a light leather aroma.
Thus an unusual fragrance melange develops, which surely does not please everyone; it is too unusual for that.
But she's very sexy!
A lady will certainly never be "1889 - Moulin Rouge"; this is probably not planned.
Therefore it is not a fragrance for the elegant lady or for business lunch - but quite wearable!
For an entertaining evening (only maybe not in "big wardrobe") "1889 - Moulin Rouge" is a great companion full of esprit with the desire to sing along loudly.
This spraying fragrance creature certainly feels at home in dance halls; you can spend a long evening with this companion without having to spray a lot.
Also an evening before a small bar, somewhere on a street at Montmartre, this smell survives surely very well. He will feel at home there for sure.
The fragrance develops vividly, Absinthe remains the dominant force for quite a long time: at least on my skin! - Not unpleasantly alcohol-heavy, but spicy, herbaceous.
Personally, I wouldn't wear 1889 Moulin Rouge. But it was a lot of fun for me to get to know this fragrance and to go on a journey with it into a very colourful, whirling world unknown to me.
The big revue staircase, lots of ostrich feathers and skirts waving around long, slim legs are of course part of it.
A world that fascinates and attracts - a scent that is not everyday!
What do I want more?
This filling is put to the "Wanderpröbchen". I'm almost certain she won't be there too long