Category: Gérald Ghislain

Histoires de Parfums 1969 (2006)

(Florynce Kennedy by Richard Avedon, 1969) Perfumers Gérald Ghislain & Sylvie Jourdet As a decade, as a phenomenon, the 1960s represents everything from naiveté to revolution.  I assume in this case 1969 refers to the expansiveness that followed the 1967 Summer of Love.  You know, the hippy thing. (“Parfum de Révolte”) To my nose, though, 1969 seems far more contemporary. …

Histoires de Parfums, 1740 (2000)

Perfumer Gérald Ghislain Perfume genres are based on materials and notes: chypre (oakmoss), floral, gourmand, fougere (coumarin), oriental (labdanum), fruitchouli.  Sometimes these categories are helpful and they hold together.  For instance, I’m fascinated by chypres and uninterested in sweet gourmands.  But there are exceptions that make the compositional genre approach less effective.  That is, I’m inclined to like fougeres and…