Arpège pour Homme 2005 Eau de Toilette

Arpège pour Homme (Eau de Toilette) by Lanvin
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Arpège pour Homme (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Lanvin for men and was released in 2005. The scent is sweet-spicy. The production was apparently discontinued. Pronunciation
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBitter orangeBitter orange Mandarin orangeMandarin orange NeroliNeroli Pink pepperPink pepper
Heart Notes Heart NotesIrisIris JasmineJasmine NutmegNutmeg
Base Notes Base NotesPatchouliPatchouli SandalwoodSandalwood Tonka beanTonka bean VanillaVanilla

Ratings

Scent

7.5173 Ratings

Longevity

7.6122 Ratings

Sillage

6.6109 Ratings

Bottle

6.7116 Ratings
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 29.12.2021.
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8.5
Scent
8
Longevity
7
Sillage
8
Bottle
HugoMontez

52 Reviews
HugoMontez
HugoMontez
   4  
The forgotten Iris
Lanvin is not known for beeing a great fragrance house nowadays but it's definitely one of the greatest for his history. Arpège, My Sin, Scandal, Rumer, are very important releases. Unfortunately I never smelled any of them.

In the masculine isle, there's nothing groundbreaking and, the only one still available is the 97 Morillas creation simple called L'Homme. Basically 212 without the green cut grass.

But in 2005, the same year of Dior Homme, Olivier Pescheux created a iris based scent for men, but for some reason, this became a shadow of the Dior and was discontinued a couple of years later.

This starts off with a fresh mandarin note mixed with the iris. A bit sweet and fresh. Different from the Dior which starts more powdery. The structure is different and don't expect this as a similar experience rather a different side of a coin.

This became more creamy and sweeter, and also more floral bit due to the added neroli. The drydown is more about tonka. Dior is woodier and drier, and the bergamot makes it more fresher in the opening. This is more about a creamy Tonka with a sweeter opening (not cloying neither a contemporary sweet bomb) and a slightly powdery and defined floral iris-neroli.

Fantastic and remarkable, but overshadowed by the (superior) Dior Homme, which is a masterpiece and a must have, although, I think this is an example of a good iris scent and it's a pioneer of this genre along with Dior, so, for that reason, and because it's damn good, I recommend it, if you can find a bottle for a good price, like I did. Usually this one is not very pricey in the online second hand market and it's a great addition to your collection, so picked it up.

Longevity is ok. I get a moderate projection and 6-8h of longevity. The quality of the composition is fantastic and the bottle is cool. There's nothing wrong about this scent, only that is discontinued a long time ago. But you can still find good deals on it.

A pioneer of masculine iris based scents, and brother of Dior Homme with a different facet that needs more attention

4/5
WildGardener

301 Reviews
WildGardener
WildGardener
Helpful Review    3  
On a different scale
This feels like the original Arpège has been sandwiched between two masculines, M7 and Fat Electrician.
It's got the white flowers, aldehydes and fizzy elements of the Eau de Parfum - even if the fizzyness has a 'lemongrass' feel to it, and Arpège pour Homme also keeps the balsams from the original. These are reinforced by the kind of deep ambery sweetness you find in M7. In fact ApH reminds me of M7 more than anything else, even though there's no oud in it. And to avoid the "brown-study grimness" of M7 (great phrase by Luca Turin - by the way) there is a pale and nutty-cream smoothness - which was popular at the time and later appeared in Fat Electrician. Finally, there are some original touches: the green-orange feel of the fizzy note; and nutmeg, which confirms a masculine direction, and also helps tie the composition to the base.
Although it's not very original, Arpège pour Homme makes good use of its sources and even improves on them, especially M7. It may be a bit too sweet for some (it is for me) but if you like M7 this could be a better choice; it's lighter, less grim, and there's more going on.
8
Scent
8
Longevity
7
Sillage
7
Bottle
Smellavision

177 Reviews
Smellavision
Smellavision
   0  
This must be my favourite oriental male featuring iris...
Opening with slightly waxy plastic notes from the iris, somewhere in the vein of Dior Homme (of which I am not very fond) but not quite so "lipstick-like". While the opening finishes quite fast, within about 15-20 minutes, the heart and drydown is really rich nice and creamy featuring some similarities to Jaipur Homme with the nutmeg acting as stand-in for Jaipur's cinnamon.

The scent is very original and different from most other male scents. Warm, powdery, spicy and woody at the same time. The most prominent notes are anise, pink pepper and nutmeg layered on a bottom of vanilla, tonka, patchouli, sandalwood and some florals.

It's more of a home or date scent, than suited for work or clubbing but has great longevity and a very decent projection. Not overly masculine, so I could imagine this one being worn by the ladies too. Good stuff if you should find it at a reasonable price.
ColinM

516 Reviews
ColinM
ColinM
Helpful Review    2  
Underrated keeper
Arpège pour Homme is an unpretentious scent which I’ve always considered fairly underrated for its value. It is not a masterpiece and not even a “great” scent, but it’s a good, solid mainstream fragrance which would surely fit many perfumistas’ shelves – if they only knew how actually good it is. The genre here is the sweet-powdery-ambery-spicy “metropolitan” and contemporary à la Dior Homme, plus a slight similarity with the equally underrated Jil Sander Man by Wasser & Menardo: here, as in Arpège, there is violet, sandalwood and a soft, polished, synthetic leather note (which I don’t see listed for Arpège, but I clearly smell it). Arpège pour Homme is somehow halfway these two, but spicier, warmer and more Oriental than both, especially in the first stages of its evolution. It opens with sandalwood, violet, spices (comprising also a “juicy” red pepper note), cardamom and tonka, amber, a refreshing yet subtle and silky citrus-bergamot breeze, a woody-balsamic note and a light, mellow and soft leather note. Soft, clean, effortless and “office-safe” elegance, with the right amount of versatile “mainstreamness” but without smelling generic or boring. I used this scent some years ago, right after its release, and I recall it was not a commercial success as I remember buying it for pennies in a mall; once I finished my bottle (which occurred quickly as back then I used mostly 1-2 scents at a time), I did not buy again until now. And now that I smell it again, I realise how distinctive it was, as it did not remind me any other scents – and I surely tried hundreds in the meantime. So, anyway: a bit mainstream, but not dull at all. As I said, the reference may be Dior Homme, not for an actual similarity of notes (well, just a bit), but more for the general inspiration behind this scent; it’s one of those mid-2000s sweet, mellow, soft and slightly feminine scents aimed at a sort of “urban”, thirty-something and office-safe kind of elegance, a bit glossy and trendy too (did we have the term “metrosexual” for this?). Finally, the drydown of Arpège is even better than the first phase, as it’s woodier, smokier, a bit darker and more dry, less “rich” than the opening, still irresistibly powdery and soft. Perfect sillage and solid longevity. Quite unisex too. It’s discontinued but you can still find it for cheap – and my advise would be to grab it, in case.

7,5/10
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Scent
7.5
Longevity
5
Sillage
7.5
Bottle
MasterLi

375 Reviews
MasterLi
MasterLi
Helpful Review    2  
Soft Unisex Oriental... yet discontinued?
Why discontinue something like this? Arpège pour Homme is a wonderful soft oriental for men that is a mix of tonka bean, iris, pink pepper and vanilla... with touches of jasmine, sandalwood and amber in the base. It's so soft and sexy, I can't see anyone who wouldn't like it!

Right from the beginning I get Mandarin Orange and Pink Pepper... followed by jasmine and settling into iris and tonka bean (a lot of tonka bean), before turning into a sandalwood & vanilla combination. I think it's innovative and unique enough to stand out from many of the male fragrances... it's sexy in an edible, yummy way (like you almost want to eat it)!

When I wear this I think of one thing... smooth Jazz music! Imagine being in a blue-lit underground jazz bar with a smooth, cool sound playing in the background... a little Miles Davis perhaps? There's a guy sitting at his table, enjoying a cocktail with a female friend... the band keeps playing, never too loud. They are enjoying the company, the conversation, the soft mood, the unique atmosphere of the place... and I think this is a fragrance that would create that atmosphere.

Some have said it's similar to Dior Homme... well I would say there is a 60-70% similarity, but this is more "oriental" (it has more tonka bean and vanilla). Also the pink pepper makes a nice touch which wasn't in Dior Homme. The main difference is the leather that was in the Dior which is absent here. I actually find this one more similar to L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme in the "soft oriental" category.

A lovely, pleasurable and non-offensive, seductive fragrance. Why was this discontinued? We may never know. Smooth, soft and sexy. R.I.P. Arpège pour Homme!
6
Scent
5
Longevity
5
Sillage
5
Bottle
Miaw2

339 Reviews
Miaw2
Miaw2
Helpful Review    3  
Great oriental
That's a very refined and elegant scent that lasts for many hours.

Sweet but not overpowering, the iris and patchouli notes gives it a sweet powderiness feel. So, yes, it's a bit powdery, but in a good way.

Suitable for colder days.

Sillage and projection are average, more like a skin scent, but with a very good lasting power.

Updated January 2014

Statements

EstbienlaEstbienla 1 year ago
8.5
Scent
8
Longevity
7
Sillage
8
Bottle
Product stopped but what a shame for them because it's one of the only perfumes of wool to be worthy of the house.
HugoMontezHugoMontez 2 years ago
8.5
Scent
8
Longevity
7
Sillage
8
Bottle
Fantastic Tonka Bean, Vanilla and Iris combination. Discontinued and very underrated but a true gem. Grab a bottle if you can!! A Must! 4/5

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