Arpège (1927) Extrait

Version from 1927
Arpège (1927) (Extrait) by Lanvin
Bottle Design Armand-Albert Rateau
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Arpège (1927) (Extrait) is a popular perfume by Lanvin for women and was released in 1927. The scent is floral-powdery. The longevity is above-average. The production was apparently discontinued.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesAldehydes, Bergamot, Honeysuckle, Lily-of-the-valley, Neroli, Peach
Heart Notes Heart NotesGeranium, Iris, Jasmine, Camellia, Coriander, Lily, Lily-of-the-valley, Rose, Ylang-ylang
Base Notes Base NotesAmbergris, Benzoin, Musk, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Vetiver

Ratings

Scent

8.0 (151 Ratings)

Longevity

8.2 (97 Ratings)

Sillage

7.6 (91 Ratings)

Bottle

8.4 (100 Ratings)
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 23.07.2019.

Interesting Facts

Next to aldehyde, Parfumer André Fraysse also used the aroma chemical Ambrarom Absolute, a labdanum gum extract ethyl ester, in this creation. His brother Hubert, founder of Synarome, introduced Ambrarom as a replacement for ambergris.
Different concentrations of Arpège are distinguished by name, e.g. 'Eau Aprège' indicates the EdT and 'Arpège Eau Délicieuse' the nonalcoholic version.
Arpège was named after the musical term 'arpeggio' in honour of Jeanne Lanvin’s only daughter Marie-Blanche, a talented musician.
The flacon is quite legendary in itself. The black glass orb, boule noire, in Art Deco style was created by Armand-Albert Rateau, which artist Paul Iribe then decorated with a stylised golden image of Jeanne Lanvin and her daughter. The House's emblem was born.
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Coutureguru

223 Reviews
Coutureguru
Coutureguru
Very helpful Review    10
Beauty beyond compare ...
I love Arpege. It's just that simple!

I was inspired to try this beauty some time ago, when I first read The Guide. From Turin's list of 'masculine feminines' (and I haven't been able to source all of them to try) this one is definitely the star. I had always wanted to try it anyway, as in one of my favorite songs by the legendary Eartha Kitt she croons " ... you didn't give me anything ... not even Arpege you beast!".
I've done a fair amount of research and it appears that Arpege was regarded as Chanel no. 5 for the masses early on in it's life. While this may be so, I find that these days it outstrips no. 5 on every front ... but I'm not here to review Chanel :o) ... suffice it to say that in a head to head of current formulations, to my nose Arpege definitely comes out on top.
The opening blast of peachy Aldehydes is gorgeous ... clean and uplifting, leading to a glorious symphony of florals combining beautifully with each other like the mind boggling bouquet of a florist shop. The Camellia and Jasmine here are the triumphant winners in this floral race, made superbly wearable by the velvety base. The Sandalwood and Vanilla create a gorgeously smooth bed for the florals to rest upon.
Sillage and longevity here are just stellar! I do believe from my reading about this fragrance that the current formulation is as close to the original as one can get. Apparently, Arpege wasn't as good as it is now post World War 2. On this I cannot comment but I'm quite enchanted with the way it currently presents :o).

I will always have a bottle of this timeless classic in my collection.
jtd

484 Reviews
jtd
jtd
Helpful Review    10
scent and memory
My mother only wore perfume occasionally. Out to dinner, to an event of some sort, to a family gathering she wore Lanvin's Arpege. To a wedding or Something Special, she wore the Eau de Joy that her brother had brought her from Paris immediately after WW II. She still had it in the 1970s. That's how infrequently she wore it.

God, that Joy was lovely. Put me on the couch, get me talking and you'll probably find that that's where the perfume fascination started. But it was the Arpege that suited my mother. It was simple, didn't require any effort or reaching. If the Patou was called Joy, the Lanvin could have been called Contentment.

As my mother's dementia advanced, I bought her a bottle of Joy EDP hoping it would prompt a reactions or that she'd simply enjoy it. I was disappointed when it didn't actually elicit any response at all from her. But then again, perfume is my thing. It was never hers. What I've done since is to buy an ounce of Vintage Arpege extrait. Every now and again I'll put it on, put my feet up, sniff my wrists and remember this remarkable woman.
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LadyRogue

166 Reviews
LadyRogue
LadyRogue
Helpful Review    5
Moody Lady
I must admit it was no love at first sniff between me and Arpege. It was a gift and when I smelled it I didn't feel an 'oomph', and since there are so many perfumes and so little time, I am ashamed to say, somehow it ended up in the back of my perfume cupboard. Unnoticed in its black box.
Till the day I was watching the DVD of "A Single Man" with Colin Firth. There is a scene in it where he is in a shop and purchases something and the sales-lady hands it to him, he smiles, leans in on her to sniff and says: "Arpege? wonderful!".
It was then that I remembered that I owned a bottle and wondered how it would strike me after all this time?
Well, I'm glad Mr Firth brought it -again- to my attention! ; ) It is indeed a gem that one needs to discover in peace, its aroma is sultry and a bit moody. It's a capricious musky scent to me, it seems to change with my mood. I don't smell the comparisons to Chanel ?5 but like I said, it's a moody Lady. A true French classic bottled in a charming black bottle with a story of its own. Try it, and be transported to a whimsical Paris and smell like the Beau Monde.
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Missk

1165 Reviews
Missk
Missk
Helpful Review    4
Creamy aldehydes
Arpege was an extremely surprising find for me.

I dismissed it before trying it because I had assumed Arpege was your classic, sharp aldehydic fragrance that only suited the more mature consumers. How wrong could I be?

This is no Chanel No.5. Arpege may be powdery and sophisticated, but it has such depth and elegance that somehow makes Arpege intriguingly sexy on the skin.

As a young woman, not even 20 yet, Arpege doesn't make me feel old or predictable. In fact, I feel very comfortable wearing Arpege, sexy almost.

It's mostly powdered jasmine, lily of the valley and ylang ylang to my nose, with a touch of spice. Very feminine and floral. I really cannot stop smelling my wrists with this one, which shows that aldehydic fragrances are really growing on me.

I must add that I am so much in love with this fragrance that I have ordered a mini straight away. However something tells me that a full bottle will be sitting on my dresser very soon.
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Lola82

362 Reviews
Lola82
Lola82
Helpful Review    2
A Sweet Version of Chanel no 5
Lanvin's Arpege is an warmer softer and
sweetish younger sister to Chanel no 5
The opening starts with an aldehyde note
but unlike Chanel's aldehydes which has an dryer more harsher drydown of citrus
and Bergamot. But in Arpege it's more
diluted and more softer to the senses'
The note of amber subdue most of the
aldehydes and an strong presence of
peach makes it sweet.

The powdery note of Irises raises above
the dominering note of amber the ellusive note of Lily of the vally and
the quietness of the elegant Calla Lily
floating though the notes
The bottom notes dries down to an dry
spicy coriander turnes to an powder
nuances of rose. after an hour or two
it turns to an fiery Sandalwood and the sweetness of vanilla the inner raisan
of benzoin and the very bottom of patchouli with it's grounded support
that comes in most perfumes.

Lanvin's Arpege with one spray conjours
images of the famous moniker Louise Brooks Lulu In Berlin i can picture
her wearing this in the movie Pandora's
Box a woman is sliped to an downward spiral into deprivaty and lust
walking though the shadowery streets of
berlin

Or picturing an first class Luxury train
compartment in 1935 elined with Sepia
toned marble tiles with gold bording
in a style of art deco smokey quartz
mirrors facing each other side by side
as your walking though an dimly lit hall
fashioned into an triangular shape with luxurious heavy drapery of different hues of brown An oriental rug fills the compartment of splender.
these are the emsemble cast of Charactors in the voyage of the damned

The sad crying clown a failed WW1 British Officer who save his men from the battle of Somme of 1916 A suicidal
Ballirina an penniless artist and his
subservent lover an Disponsed Count
and his devoted servent M.R Bhulagamskam and an faded beauty
who looks faded 30 years ago has stuck
to alcahol and her cigerettes with her gouldy wigs and her fake spiderweb lashes and bright blue eyeshadow

One of the Grand dame of perfumes
along with chanel no 5 Guerlian's l'heure bleu shalimar and Vol de Nuit.

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