What Would Casanova Wear? – Review: Histoires de Parfums 1725 Casanova

1725 Casanova is part of the masculine side of the Histoires de Parfums line up, but since I had great success with another masculine offering – 1740 Marquis de Sade – the gender assignment barely registers. And by the way, slowly but surely I’m getting really good with those numbers…  :)

1725 Casanova was created by Gerard Ghislain and includes notes of bergamot, citrus, grapefruit, licorice, lavender, star anise, vanilla, almond, sandalwood, cedar and amber.

1725 starts out with citrus and lavender, bracing and fresh. The opening is probably the most masculine moment of this perfume, because the later development is anything but what you would expect from something labeled lavender fougére.

1725 soon morphs into a spicy heart dominated by licorice and anise and then on to a delectable gourmand base where almond reigns supreme gilded with lovely accents of sandalwood and ambery vanilla.

1725 is quite airy and light, despite the notes sounding heavy and opaque, the perfume is definitely not. It has a shy sillage and lasts about four to five hours on me.

I am reminded of By Kilian A Taste Of Heaven and also a little bit of a 1000Flowers Réglisse Noire version sans lavender.

I find 1725 very interesting and easy to wear and I wouldn’t mind smelling this on myself just as much as on my husband.

So has this anything at all to do with Casanova?

1725 sounds nice, but I'll stick to my Fracas!

Nope. I my opinion this perfume is as far as it gets from the idea of a man of his reputation. I would put Casanova in Fracas or Bal á Versailles without thinking twice. ;)

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37 Responses to What Would Casanova Wear? – Review: Histoires de Parfums 1725 Casanova

  1. chris says:

    Bal a Versailles is just perfect for Casanova, Grand and Opulent with a lot of skank. ( Great photo of Donald Sutherland from Fellini’s Casanova BTW ).

  2. lady jane grey says:

    Musc Koublai Khan => Casanova ?
    Nevertheless, 1725 sounds very interesting (perhaps too tame & yummie for Casanova, especially for the Donald Sutherland one…). TT ! (to try)

  3. Alexandra says:

    That’s Donald Sutherland – good grief I didn’t recognise him! And yes – Bal a Versailles all the way for that image.

    A citrus/lavendar opening is never going to grab my interest, but the base sounds intriguing. You haven’t convinced me to try 1725, but you have convinced me to check out Reglisse Noire as the non-lavendar version.

  4. andreawilko says:

    I didn’t recognise him either although his son is now the double image of him in the photo.
    I keep looking at the samples for this line (they offer them at great prices which is a bonus) but I can never remember which ones to try so have never gotton around to it. The citrus / lavendar opening is never going to grab my interest either but there were a few others that I would like to try when I accumulate some money back. ;-)

    • Olfactoria says:

      It is not easy with those numbers… but slowly I’m getting the hang of them ;)
      As a rule, I seem to like the named ones of Histoires de Parfums more, than the year collection.

  5. Meg (olenska) says:

    For me, 1725 has always reflected Casanova the librarian rather than Casanova the libertine. I imagine he kept vocation & leisure separate… so 1725 is his work-safe perfume, while Bal a Versailles is pure Friday night. :)

    • Olfactoria says:

      Good thought, Meg! Although who celebrates Casanova for being a good librarian? That is certainly a first, I believe. :)

      • Meg (olenska) says:

        Library workers have to stick together. :) However, I hesitate to vouch for his skills as such– could be he was constantly under reprimand for texting his girlfriends, or sleeping when he should be shelving, etc….

        • Olfactoria says:

          I’d say that is highly likely, given his propensity for a busy nightlife. On the other hand, I bet he was extremely charming with his female clientele… and if his boss was a woman, he was Employee of the Month fairly regularly, I’m sure.

  6. taratamarisk says:

    My comment got swallowed! Was just saying that although this contains 4 notes I often have issues with (grapefruit, anise, licorice & almond), I do like A Taste of Heaven and have no doubts it’s well done if you think it’s good. I’m getting to know this line through you, which is great.

    I think old Casanova looks rather camp in that pic, to say the least. Fracas is definitely a better fit!

    • Olfactoria says:

      Sorry about the missing comment! *shakes fist at wordpress* That notes list really unites all your enemies, but maybe it is the one to sway you towards them. :)

  7. deeHowe says:

    Hmmm… Well, I love ATOH, so this is a must try! :)

  8. Suzanne says:

    Although this fragrance didn’t do much for me, I loved your post! Love thinking about Casanova wearing Bal a Versailles or Fracas … genius choices for him, Birgit!!!!

  9. flittersniffer says:

    I don’t care for licorice or lavender, so as far as I recall this wasn’t a hit with me. But I quite agree with the excellent suggestion to put Casanova in Bal a Versailles, which – most atypically – I own and like!

    • Olfactoria says:

      That is indeed extremely untypical!!! How and why did you even try it? I love such seemingly contrary perfume loves, they make this whole game so much fun!

      • flittersniffer says:

        I can’t even remember now – I may have fallen under the influence of a racy friend on Basenotes. : – )

      • flittersniffer says:

        Because I had the discovery set, and didn’t know better? Possibly didn’t check the note listings first…

        : – )

  10. I love your choices too Birgit but today I’m wearing Ambre Russe and think that would do for him also.
    Portia xx

  11. Paulette Gretchen Potter says:

    I would put him in Mandragore by Annick Goutal….spicy and exotic, made from the Mandrake root!

  12. Joan says:

    I could see him in Fracas or Bandit.

    I like the kind of sunny, androgynous man represented by Habit Rouge, myself.

  13. Fernando says:

    Yup, you’re exactly right about Casanova’s fragrance choices.

    This one sounds interesting, but I’d probably go for A Taste of Heaven first.

  14. I really need to get into the Histoires line more so.
    I gave many of them a brief sniff last time I was in London and wasn’t impressed by a single one :(
    They all seem to have that light airy quality about them, and despite the rave reviews many give them, I have yet to be initially impressed. I think I need to try harder!
    The Editions Rare appeal to me much more though, but they are difficult to sample.
    The licourice and lavender notes intrigue me though, the combination sounds great, I can imagine the spicy anise making the medicated aspect of the lavender stand forward a little more. Lovely stuff :)

    • Olfactoria says:

      For some reason this is a line that can be dismissed easily, I did so myself for quite some time. But I’m glad I took a closer look and ordered some samples.

  15. Dionne says:

    Ok, you had me at Réglisse Noir.

  16. These Histoires de Parfumses have a habit of not being what you expect – I do like my liquorice and lavender together so I will definitely seek this one out. Thanks for the heads up!

    • Olfactoria says:

      That is true. and the numbers don’t guide your expectations at all, because when I see 1725 there is a blank and no olfactory association. That is a good thing on one hand, but also makes it easy to dismiss the whole line too quickly.

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