When I think of the Marquis de Sade, for whom this perfume is an homage to, I think of… exploratory extracurricular activities. And 1740 smells like… exploratory extracurricular activities! However, with one key distinction: when I think of that original sado masochist, I think dirty. And I don’t mean the acts themselves, I mean unhygienic, un-scrubbed bodies, residual fluids, and (I have curious thoughts) about the pre-Charmin days of ablutions. Histoires de Parfums 1740, while smelling of delightfully devious acts, also smells CLEAN. The clashing bodies in 1740 have been well-scrubbed; there is a purity here that makes it easily wearable outside the house— no need to blush.
I declare 1740 skank free!
Now, there are probably those of you who would disagree with me, but for me 1740 is quite clean and appropriate—like the bedroom acts of loving, consenting adults. Try and tell me you’ve never gone to work with that special glow on your face…
Honeyed tobacco*, smokey leather, delicious caramel, maple, and labdanum come together to give Frapin 1697 a run for it’s money. If Frapin was an intimate moment of deja vu between strangers on the street, then 1740 is the intimate thrill of exploring the body of your soul mate after sharing a single malt whiskey.
Available at the Perfume Shoppe in Canada:$30 for 14mL
*Neither honey, tobacco, caramel, or maple are listed as notes, but I smell them, I swear I do!