First Impressions, Perfume

Elephant Love Medley: First Impressions of Histoires de Parfums’ 1889 Moulin Rouge

Histoires de Parfums’ 1889 Moulin Rouge draws its inspiration from Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 pop-musical hypomania extravaganza the famous Belle Epoque Parisian cabaret. It blends lipsticky notes of iris and rose with cinnamon, absinthe, musk, and patchouli to create a sensual and sophisticated powdery perfume. It’s like Etat Libre d’Orange’s Putain des Palaces without the shameless eroticism. It’s also like a What’s What of My Personal Biases. Let me explain:

  1. There are few nice fragrance houses I’ve fallen quite as hard for as Histoires de Parfums. Every scent I’ve tried of theirs has nuance and drama and intrigue and beautiful craftsmanship. They’re always well blended yet complex. I love their conceit (each perfume tells a story, often about a historical person, place, or time), I love their packaging, and–most importantly–I love their perfumes. Even Noir Patchouli, which is definitely not for me, but is also so good I wish it was.
  2. 1889 is the year I was born.
  3. When I was 17, I was really into Moulin Rouge!, so much so in fact that I can’t ever hear about the actual Moulin Rouge without thinking about the movie of the same name (plus an exclamation point). So while I know that 1889 Moulin Rouge has nothing to do with Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor’s Doomed Love Affair Fun Time Karaoke Hour, I don’t believe you.
  4. Since powdery perfumes acted as both my fragrant gateway drug and perfumed kryptonite, and since Moulin Rouge was mentioned in Fragrantica’s list of best powdery perfumes, my love for 1889 Moulin Rouge was as written in the stars as Satine’s consumption or another late night in the editing room with Baz Lurhmann. These things just happen. After all, I believe in truth, freedom, beauty, but above all things: love of powdery perfumes.
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