Wow. So much perfume experience recently! Need to sort this all out. Anyway, let’s go on with my magic box of Histoires de Parfums minis. The next chapter of this book is 1826 a.k.a. Eugenie de Montijo.
Another spicy cocktail by HdP but this one is a powdery patchouli with cinnamon and vanilla. Officially the accord is:
Top notes: bergamot and tangerine
Middle notes: white flowers, violet, ginger and cinnamon
Base notes: patchouli, incense, vanilla, amber, woody notes and musk
Honestly, the top flies my nose by, I don’t smell any citruses at all. For me, 1926 starts directly from violet and cinnamon accompanied with strong non-confectionery vanilla, incense and patchouli. Well, at first it smells slightly woody but then it’s a pure powder and spice. When I read the reviews telling about drug stores and vulgar citrus I feel like we are talking about different perfumes. Perhaps, it’s just my skin and nose but what I am 100% sure is that there is nothing vulgar or inelegant.
Another name of 1826 is Eugenie de Montijo, the last empress of France. Her full name was Doña María Eugenia Ignacia Augustina de Palafox y Kirkpatrick, 16th Countess of Teba, 15th Marchioness of Ardales and 1826 was actually the year when she was born. She lived to the age of almost 100 years and – well – that is quite an interesting story to at least read about this woman’s life.
In this case, I can agree with the perfumer, the last empress could have worn a perfume like this if it was invented those days.