Arsène LupinArsène Lupin Dandy (2010)

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Arsène Lupin is a popular perfume by Guerlain for men and was released in 2010. The scent is woody-spicy. It was last marketed by LVMH.

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Pink pepper, Rosewood
Heart Notes Heart NotesViolet, Sage, Frankincense, Cardamom
Base Notes Base NotesLeather, Sandalwood, Gaiac wood, Patchouli



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Interesting Facts

Arsène Lupin is part of the collection "Les Parisiens". In 2011, the name of the fragrance Arsène Lupin Dandy was changed to Arsène Lupin.

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Shadow on the wall
The fine, but shady Monsieur Lupin leaves me somewhat helpless even after the third attempt (that's his business, too!), which is why this comment is somewhat shorter than usual.

As far as the novel character is concerned, much has already been successfully literarized here, which is why I would like to hold back a little with witty allusions and corresponding parallels. So let's start strictly chronologically: he already has a modern, freshly peppered top note once, but not a "douglasigen" everyday Brutalo pepper. Fortunately, this is kept in check by an almost sweet woodiness, so that Mr. Lupin does not slide into contemporary arbitrariness. On the other hand, he does not appear eccentric or loud in any way. Refined, polished modernity.

The same applies to the very clear violet note in the heart: floral yes, but no visit to the florist. Not more flower than fits in the buttonhole. Cardamom and sage make the whole more striking and masculine, the incense gives a certain depth and softness. Please: All defensively dosed! If you don't smell it, you won't notice. At the same time, the fragrance components have not been so alchemistically woven that their combination would create a fundamentally new, unique fragrance impression (unlike many of the house's great classics). Even a thief with self-confidence and airs and graces does not want to attract too much attention and remain difficult to grasp in case of doubt. Therefore, it is not surprising that the fragrance impression remains a little too airy and almost shadowy with all available classes. At the end, a slightly earthy patchouli woodiness returns (if I were a writer here, Lupin would have landed in the bark mulch after a successful prey by means of a rescuing jump out of the window). I like this one very much, but in my opinion it doesn't fit seamlessly to the brave, persevering violet. Altogether also here no classical, well-structured Guerlain Opulenz!

The name-giving gentleman criminal with the best manners is here provided with a quite comprehensible scent equivalent tailored to the fictitious body. It is well done and of high quality, no question about it. However, she does not want to connect with me, instead she withdraws without seducing me and leaves me, as mentioned at the beginning, somewhat perplexed. And my watch is gone, too.
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A Dandy Of A Release From Guerlain...
A superb outing from the house of Guerlain that is quite similar to Amouage Dia Man. As Dia Man is in my top 3, it is little surprise that Dandy is also right up my alley taste-wise.

Dandy, while sharing many similarities to Dia is a bit less refined, IMO. It has a more unpolished powdery feel after its bigarade top notes that do not quite reach the subtlety that Dia excels so well at. Dandy calls more attention to itself with its violet, sandalwood and patchouli heart, but it is also very complex like Dia and a very fine composition in its own right that if it were less expensive I would say would be a very good alternative to Dia Man for those who can't (or won't) pay Amouage money for their scents, but want the quality or close to it.

As it stands, Dandy is every bit as expensive, and maybe more. So as such, I still recommend Dia Man over it as it is the slightly superior scent to my nose. That said, Arsene Lupin Dandy is the best modern release I have smelled from the house of Guerlain to date and is a very strong release to be sure and well worth a sniff if you can find it. A very well-deserved 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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