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Lanvin Arpège Eau de Parfum

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Dry down is smoother (as expected) with the powdery feel of Iris and a slight animalic note (unexpected, like citrus and urine). What I particularly like on my skin, however, is that when the opening dries down, I experience an underlying layer that. In fact, the dry down is very reminiscent of Clinique's Aromatic Elixir - but without the pulsing migraine that the top notes of that distinct perfume used to induce in me. Starts with sparkling aldehydes, Bergamot and Peach, then its spicy floral heart Ylang ylang, Iris, Rose, Jasmine, and Coriander.

I guess it would be hard to dislike this considering it does smell like Chanel N° 05 and I’m on N° 05’s side of history (yes, it’s amazing, revolutionary, sensual, erotic, it’s not overrated at all and does NOT smell dated. I do understand that these associations don't correspond to reality: Jeanne Lanvin created it for her beloved daughter, on her musician daughter's 30th birthday, and the name means "arpeggio" in French: broken chords, or the notes of a chord played individually instead of simultaneously.For me it leans too far over into the territories I avoid: it's got that strong aldehydic vintage-y thing that just really isn't my fancy. The assembly is closed with a silver plug with two interlocked rings symbol of loyalty and eternal compromise between high fashion and perfumery. Maybe I don't know what happened to my sense of smell, but the aldehydes and the muskiness makes me queasy.

I get the impression that "lacquered wood" quality is alluding to things like grand pianos and the interior of violins and celli, in keeping with the perfume's musical theme. Arpege is an extraordinary accord of rare and precious flowers, with Jasmine, Violet and Sandalwood among the fragrance notes.Smells like a nursery, pleasantly so, but I almost want a dirty diaper in there to make things more interesting. One could argue that this would be a rather mature selection, particularly for women, but we might want to examine what it means to be "mature" enough to wear a fragrance. In October 2009 the house of Lanvin presents Arpege 120, their popular fragrance created back in 1927, reformed in 1993. This perfume was created by Jeanne Lanvin express request, founder and designer of the prestigious haute couture Lanvin, to gift to her daughter for her 30th birthday. If Arpege Extrait were a novel, it would be To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, with its reminiscences and whispers of Greek Gods and Goddesses - Hera, Persephone, Circe and Athena.

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