A Bite of the Pineapple… 1804 Histoires de Parfums

There’s something gloriously silly about pineapples. They make you think of fun, of sunshine, cocktails on the beach, they seem a fantasy-picture of the easy life. And without actually loving heavy use of fruity notes in perfume, there are a few pineapple perfumes that I really enjoy.

With Histoires de Parfums’ 1804, perfumer M. Ghislaine writes that he aimed at a perfume which reflected the generosity and sensuality of George Sands. I don’t think many would have thought of linking pineapple and George Sands, but as an inspiration- why not?

The author, born 1804, who wrote under the pen-name George Sand, is perhaps then as today equally famous for her writing as for sporting male clothes and having numerous famous lovers; amongst them Musset who called her “The most womanly woman” and Chopin- the latter recorded in her book ‘a winter in Mallorca’.

1804 George Sand is almost as solifrutti as they get. It seems like everything else in there is only there to support the sense of a tropical pineapple on the height of its dripping ripeness. To begin with it’s taken with a pinch of a beautiful peach. Then a soft downy heart of white flowers, which seem to turn tropical, probably because of the delicate spices added, and then a musky warm-skin-toned dry down. And over all this there’s always the juicy pineapple. Light-hearted, loveable and golden is what comes to mind describing it. I very much enjoy the sensual adultness of this perfume, at no point am I confusing this with any product aimed at teenagers. In best HdP fashion this is such a well composed, and with all its exoticness still an ultimately French perfume, I very much envisage a leisurely summers day sipping a Flirtini* in the south of France. On me the perfume wears quite light, perfect for summer.

Kitty pineapple

If you think I personally got my inspiration from the kitty photo, that I wanted to share for quite some time, well, you might not be completely wrong. The kitten belongs to my friend whom I happened to stay with (between flats) when this photo was taken. I think it just proves the point; everyone wants a bite of the pineapple.

Notes according to Histoires de Parfums’ page:

Top Note: Tahitian Gardenia, Corsica Peach, Hawaiian Pineapple
Heart Note: Clove, Nutmeg, Indian Jasmine, Lily of the Valley, Rose of Morocco
Base Note: Sandalwood, Patchouli, Benzoin, Vanilla, White Musk

A few links to perfume reviews of Histoires de Parfums 1804: The Non Blonde, Katie Puckrik and  unseen censer

Top Note: Tahitian Gardenia, Corsica Peach, Hawaiian Pineapple
Heart Note: Clove, Nutmeg, Indian Jasmine, Lily of the Valley, Rose of Morocco
Base Note: Sandalwood, Patchouli, Benzoin, Vanilla, White Musk
– See more at: http://www.histoiresdeparfums.com/intl/products/1804.php#sthash.f9Bkngbb.dpuf
Top Note: Tahitian Gardenia, Corsica Peach, Hawaiian Pineapple
Heart Note: Clove, Nutmeg, Indian Jasmine, Lily of the Valley, Rose of Morocco
Base Note: Sandalwood, Patchouli, Benzoin, Vanilla, White Musk
– See more at: http://www.histoiresdeparfums.com/intl/products/1804.php#sthash.f9Bkngbb.dpuf

*And the recipe for those ‘official sex and the city’ Flirtinis are one part vodka to two parts pineapple juice and two parts Champagne.

 

12 thoughts on “A Bite of the Pineapple… 1804 Histoires de Parfums

  1. Ha haaa what a wonderful photo! Flirtinis all round!

    • Yes, we need some of those- soon- the weather is right for it. And I LOVE the photo, it always makes me laugh.

  2. Unbelievably cute photo. 🙂
    Hmm, I need to re-smell 1804, I love pineapples, both eating them and smelling them (or smelling of them). 😉

    • Thanks Ines, I think you should re-try 1804, to me it’s much more about pineapple than ananas fizz. However, there is also some musk that I don’t know if that’s the sort that bothers you. Let me know ones you try 🙂

  3. I came for the perfume, I stayed for the amazing kitty pic…

    I can’t seem to wear food notes that I don’t eat and sadly pineapple is one of the many things i don’t eat. This sounds fun and quirky though, I liked reading about George Sands and boy am I glad I didn’t miss that great pic!

    • She’s a very well documented kitty, so I can’t promise she won’t be my muse again at some point 😉 Perhaps a ‘Little ball of fur’-post?

      I understand that food notes can be a problem, I have that too. Usually I dislike melon notes (I am also allergic to most melons), but then there is ‘Parfum de Therese’- which is a wonderful perfume.

  4. Asali, what a fun post … and speaking of pineapple perfumes, have you tried Patou Colony (vintage and discontinued, I believe)? I’ve not tried it, but it always comes to mind in those rare times when I hear the word pineapple coupled to perfumery. Colony was supposed to be very, very good.

    Ah, that kitty photo! I remember you mentioning this kitty on a couple of occasions (like when she fell asleep on some chocolate candy … I remember you describing that scent of warm kitty fur and chocolate). Goodness, she’s adorable!

    • Ah, Suzanne, you know me too well. Yes, not only tried, but I have a bottle of Colony and it’s gorgeous stuff. I’ll write about that one too at some point. Pineapple leather chypre.

      And yep, that’s her falling asleep on the ‘lindor’ chocolate balls smelling quite wonderful, that truly needs to be bottled. I’ll pass on the compliment 🙂

  5. Kitty+pineapple! Two of my favorite things!

    As for this perfume, I will take the flirtinis and leave the 1804 for others. 🙂

    • 😀 I think we need a flirtini party! I am happy you like the combo, perhaps the pic should have been part of ‘the greatest perfumes never made’, can you imagine kitty fur and pineapple notes (said the crazy cat lady)?

  6. George Sands as “solifrutti” – haha! I adore the pineapple as a motif, or in chunks, preferably fresh. I thought I was familiar with all the Histoires de Parfums scents, but this one escaped my attention. I have a sample of Colony somewhere that Suzanne mentioned, and I do remember liking its distinctive and unexpected pineapple note. My favourite story about the fruit is when my old boss was telling his two year old daughter that he would be home late, because he had a big meeting that might run late. ‘A big meeting?’ she inquired. ‘Yes, really big.’ ‘Is it like a pineapple?’ she rejoined, quick as a flash. That has always stayed with me. She must be in her mid-30s now!

    • Cute story.’Big like a pineapple’, I guess it’s what the kitty would say 😉

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