The birth year of a Parisian gentleman, Donatien-Alphonse-Francois, otherwise known as the Marquis de Sade. This man, whose licentious morals led to his oft-imprisonment, luxury was synonymous with literature. Bergamot is an initial flicker of light, the candle-flame by which the Marquis sits, hunched over the page. In a rare, liberated, and solitary moment, the Marquis works late into the night, the faint smell of davana sensualis, the fading traces of the floral perfume of a former lover, brought back to life by the Marquis through his pen.
Patchouli illustrates the softly smoky scent of this chamber, where candle emissions stain the sweet, cool stone walls. Coriander is a clean, sparkling effect, seemingly out of place in this den of iniquity, until it becomes apparent that this fresh scent is the herald of the coming dawn, of dew evaporating off of aromatic blades of grass. Cardamom is a cool spice, a grey-purple flavor that comes across as slightly steely; not unlike the iron bars that crowd the window to the outside world.
Cedar and birch are airborne fragrances, tempting remembrances of the outside world which is currently inaccessible to our Marquis. Yet, imprisoned as he is, this man knows no bounds that his imagination cannot vault. As he writes, he remembers: an incense thick chamber, wherein the object of his desire lies bound in leather, the animal skin melding with the sweet sweat (vanilla) of his partner and the luscious, piled texture (immortelle) of the fabric they writhe above.
The libertine writer would undoubtedly have enjoyed the audacity of this spiced, woody chypre. 1740 invites us to explore our deepest desires--and pleasures.
Top Notes: Bergamot, Davana Sensualis
Heart Notes: Patchouli, Coriander, Cardamom
Base Notes: Cedar, Birch, Labdanum, Leather, Vanilla, Elemi, Immortelle