I always lament the change from summer to fall. I could live in shorts all year round and the prospect of cold winter nights for months is not something I look forward to. But soon enough, I wake up on a day like today (crisp, sunny, cool, refreshing) and I quickly remember the joy in the change in seasons. The other things great about the change of seasons is the breakout of all those fragrances that are best suited for the fall. 1697 is one of them.
WHAT I SMELL: 1697 opens up with a carmelized booziness. It’s sweet, slightly leathery and “yummy” in the way that you almost want to taste it. As it dies down, out comes a thickened chocolate/cocoa goodness. It’s very gourmand, but not too sweet and is somewhat buttery. The drydown stays away from being too sweet and you’re left with a very nice vanilla/patchouli blanket.
1697 Notes: cabreuva, davana, Jamaican rum, cistus, pink pepper, jasmine sambac, hawthorn, ylang ylang, clove, cinnamon, dried fruit, rose, ambergris, tonka bean, myrrh, patchouli, cedar, white musks, vanilla
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: I find that 1697 is very similar to Ineke’s Field Notes from Paris, although 1697 has a boozier finish. It’s like an innocent cup of hot cocoa with a secret shot of whiskey!
THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE 1697: boozy, tasty, buttery
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT 1697: Grain de Musc, Now Smell This, Bois de Jasmin
BOTTOM LINE: 1697 is pleasant, but is a fragrance that I would not wear on a regular basis. It lasts a long time and has decent sillage – it’s good, not great.
- Bone Rating: 3.5 out of 5 possible bones
- Scent: Oriental Spicy
- Classification: Unisex – leans a bit masculine
- Nose: Bertrand Duchaufour
- Expense: $155 for 100ml EdP
October 13, 2012 at 9:40 am
Sounds good. Would you describe the chocolate as more milky chocolate or dark, bitter choco?
October 13, 2012 at 9:52 am
It’s not bitter at all… very smooth.
October 13, 2012 at 11:36 am
I think I would like bitter chocolate (or something similar to HdP 1969)
Still I’ll give it a chance. Frapin is available in one of the niche perfumeries in Poland.
October 13, 2012 at 2:54 pm
Yummy. I love perfumes with chocolate feeling, and if there is some booze is even better.
October 13, 2012 at 3:55 pm
I’m with you on that!
October 13, 2012 at 5:31 pm
I had a mixed reaction to this perfume. The first time I tried it I thought there was something unpleasant an hour into its development on my skin. The second time I didn’t like the opening but then enjoyed how it lived on the skin. I will probably test it more at some point but the bottom line: I do not think I’ll ever need it in my collection. I wish I could smell in this perfume what Birgit (Olfactoria’s Travels) and Dee (Beauty on the outside) can.
October 14, 2012 at 6:20 am
I wore it all day the other day and found it to be pleasant and nice but not something that took me over the edge. When I wore it as i wrote this yesterday morning it didn’t agree with me so much and was almost headache inducing. Of course, I think that had a lot to do with how much I had to drink the night before 🙂
October 13, 2012 at 5:38 pm
Houndy, am I crazy or is that a slice of bacon in that mug? This sounds interesting but I think I’m going to stick with my possible full bottle purchase of Field Notes from Paris instead.
October 13, 2012 at 6:02 pm
I’m with you, I’ll probably by Field Notes as well. And yes, that is bacon. It’s the best pic I could find of hot chocolate and whiskey 🙂 Maybe it’s good??!!
October 13, 2012 at 10:46 pm
You had me in the palm of your paw and then when you said it reminded you of Field Notes From Paris….. well I was baying at the moon. I love that stuff. Great post!
October 14, 2012 at 6:15 am
Field Notes is better in my book…so therefore, you and I have excellent taste 🙂
October 14, 2012 at 10:22 am
Oh I blush at the complement!
October 13, 2012 at 11:14 pm
Sounds interesting…will need to investigate specially since it is reminiscent of Field Notes from Paris (which is FB-worthy but I have been holding back because I still have to try the others in Sampler #4).
October 14, 2012 at 6:16 am
I know, I don’t know why I am holding back on buying Field Notes either because it really is a wonderful fragrance.
October 14, 2012 at 8:23 am
I’m doing the same thing and I don’t know why. I know Field Notes is going to be the one but I still want to give the others a good try. I will keep 1697 on my radar though to try as well.