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Launched in 2001 by fragrance house Histoires de Parfums, 1804 was inspired by French writer George Sand and named for the year of her birth.
It opens with notes of lush Tahitian gardenia joined by, fleshy Corsican peach, and succulent Hawaiian pineapple – what a surprise from the usual bergamot/citrus start that other perfumes have. That fruit may make it sound sweet and fruity, but it’s not. Gardenia, which easily overwhelm other notes, is contained by the peach while the gentle citrus from the pineapple adds crispness.

Warm and spicy clove appears at the heart along with jasmine and lily of the valley which add  floral notes. Morrocan rose rounds out the white florals out. At the base, sandalwood gives it a woody dimension, patchouli gives it an earthiness while vanilla gives it a slight sweetness and white musk gives it an animalic facet - a slight ‘dirty’ note, almost like sweat.

In his book Perfumes (A-Z Guide) Luca Turin says: “If this fragrance fails to lift your spirits, you are in trouble.” 1804 is spirit lifting, but don’t wait until you’re in a funk to try it - it’s a stunner anytime.
Notes: Tahitian gardenia, Corsica peach, Hawaiian pineapple, clove, Indian jasmine, lily of the valley, Moroccan rose, sandalwood, patchouli, benzoin, vanilla, white musk
Type: EDP  
Parfumeur: Sylvie Jourdet

Price: $5.00