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1899 Hemingway - Histoires de Parfums

Because we don’t have a vast bank of smell descriptors to dip into when describing scent, we often borrow from other sensory realms in a way similar to synaesthesia. That’s when you perceive with one sense but interpret it through another. For instance, experiencing colours when you hear music.

In its rendering of a tulip, Amsterdam has a play between modalities. Perfumer Giorgia Navarra exercises some serious perfumery sleight of hand using saffron and a mix of pink and Szechuan peppers to create the impression of a rich, dark red colour and a healthy shot of aldehydes for waxy petals.

Like a lot of flowers, it’s impossible to extract fragrant essences from tulips, so whenever you see them referenced in a list of notes, they’re always a recreation. However, we love Amsterdam for not just recreating a smell, but also its deep delve into texture and colour.


  • Elemi, Szechuan Pepper, Saffron,Pink Pepper
  • Rose, Tulip
  • Cedar, Musk, Amber

Perfumer: Giorgia Navarra, 2017.


Volume: 10ml eau de parfum.

Ingredients: Alcohol Denat, Aqua (Water), Parfum (Fragrance), Hexyl Cinnamal, Geraniol, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Citronellol, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, Amyl Cinnamal, Citral, Farnesol, Eugenol, Coumarin

Manufactured in the United Kingdom

Selected and Decanted by: Hoohaa, Wadebridge House, 16 Wadebridge Square, Poundbury, Dorchester, DT1 3AQ

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