Histoires de Parfums 1969 Review: A Scent That Smells Like The Moulin Rouge

I’m not an impartial reviewer. What I mean is that I’m not a bitter art critic looking for faults. No way. My life is too short to write about things I don’t like. This Histoires de Parfums 1969 review will reveal this perfume as a weakness of mine. I love it, and I want to clarify that I’m not imposing my tastes on anyone. I’m just sharing an olfactory love that I have.

So, let’s get started.

My Story With Histoires de Parfums 1969

My Histoires de Parfums 1969 Bottle

What does 1969 smell like? It smells nice. Sorry, it’s a reflex every time I see the mythical year of 1969. Niche fragrances tend to classify all their perfumes as unisex, which is fine by me as I believe anyone should smell however they want. Histoires de Parfums 1969 is not a mass-use fragrance trying to be the new 1 million. That’s not its purpose. And I’ll clarify, I like 1 million, and I have nothing against popularity.

I bought my 0.46 oz decant back in 2015, and since the first time I smelled it, I realized that this oriental gourmand was going to be to my liking. 1969 evokes for me a boozy atmosphere. But in an elegant setting. Imagine sipping champagne on a terrace with the person you love the most. It’s that refined for me. This champagne smell is wrapped in a scent adorned with coffee, chocolate, and patchouli. Here’s where things start getting tricky.

Many people hate patchouli. And that’s fine! Everyone is different. But this perfume review is a positive one, so here I come. For me, it’s a very mild patchouli that plays in the background, kind of like that type of bassist player we cannot hear and swear they could stop playing, and no one will notice. I’m sorry. I jest.

The whole combo of booze and sweetness results in a vague intense chocolate smell that lingers curiously in a semi-fresh kind of way. I freakin love it.

Who Do I See Wearing Histoire de Parfums 1969 

I see a man or a woman wearing 1969. It’s a genuine unisex fragrance. It requires a person with courage, as the sweet treats I described above are always charged with eroticism. Don’t panic, though, it’s not a raunchy fragrance that inspires carnal sensuality or will launch a new sexual revolution.

To me, it’s chic. It is ideal for someone who knows about fashion and likes to dress nice and radiate a sophisticated aura. Nothing wrong with that.

Serg V

I've been obsessed with fragrances for over a decade. I have sold fragrances for a living and written about them in places like Fragrantica and Scentbird. Here I recommend my favorites to make the world a better-smelling place.