Avant Garde (2011)

Avant Garde by Lanvin
Bottle Design: Centdegrés
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Avant Garde is a perfume by Lanvin for men and was released in 2011. The scent is sweet-spicy. It was last marketed by Inter Parfums.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Pink pepper, Black pepper, Juniper
Heart Notes Heart NotesBeeswax, Cardamom, Lavender, Nutmeg
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Benzoin, Georgywood®, Tobacco, Vetiver, Cedar

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Scent

7.3 (127 Ratings)

Longevity

6.7 (85 Ratings)

Sillage

6.6 (87 Ratings)

Bottle

7.5 (97 Ratings)
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Elysium

241 Reviews
Elysium
Elysium
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A Warm Symphony of Sweet Tobacco, Beeswax, and Cardamom
Oh boy, Avant Guard has such a sensual and savory redolence, it reminds me of waffle cone smell with creamy vanilla, white sugar, whipped butter, a hint of coffee and wafer cookies blend. Of course, I know that almost none of these notes are mentioned, yet on my skin, it creates this sweet and yummy scent! It is a harmonious sweet, spicy, powdery, and woody fragrance, which I'd associate with YSL La Nuit de L'Homme, Burberry London for Men, and Mugler A*Men Pure Havane just to mention a few. Not closely akin to any of these ones, but it's damn good in its own right. A unique and overlooked gem.

If you like YSL La Nuit de l'Homme kind, then there is a huge chance that you will like this one, either. Though, the beeswax note is what sets this apart, which gives it a luscious, edible honey accent. The beeswax is natural, mellow, and rich, and it's what gives the juice its unique profile. This is probably the best beeswax fragrance on the market. What I get from this fragrance is a gorgeous beeswax, cardamon, benzoin and tobacco combo.

That said, I blind bought this one. At first, I was worried by the "sweet" description. Sweet scents often put me off, as I'm not a fan of the cloying tonka bombs or candied clubbing scents such as 1 Million original for instance. Luckily Avant Garde gets it right, confidently combining sweetness with maturity. It is an oriental woody fragrance, exploding with the warm spiciness of black and pink peppercorns, the freshness of bergamot, and the resinous juniper. Let the initial booziness of the alcohol vanishes, and then you will be caught by this formidable overture. The spices are well balanced and not pungent, so if you like fresh and spicy tones, this could be the fragrance you’ve been looking for.

Its dandyish heart notes beat wildly with an armful of lavender, sprinkled with fresh spices touches of sweet nutmeg and bitter cardamom, and then gathered together by beeswax to give the juice its honey inflection.

The dry down releases notes of vetiver that mixes its savage intensity with the enveloping warmth of benzoin, the ecstatic spirals of a tobacco accord and the woody amber facets of the avant-garde Georgywood. Tobacco is Avant Garde's featured note, rendered spicier by additions of pepper and cardamom, given a hint of freshness via lavender, and sweetness by resins, and woodiness by, well, woods. It's somewhat powdery, with gentle florals and spices behind the honeyed beeswax. I can definitely smell the benzoin giving it a smooth creaminess that could be mistaken for vanilla.
By using Georgywood, there’s an amber quality that compliments the fragrance’s top notes. It’s worth noting that the tobacco and Georgywood combine to give a strong and lasting touch that makes the cologne very long-lasting, by my count up to three hours.

It's reasonably safe enough of an offering for those who fancy sweet tobacco scents, as the powderiness of it is limited enough, not really quite in the YSL L'Homme or Dior Homme category, very much remaining somewhat of a darker sweet-spicy combo. Avant Guard is a pleasant choice for nights, but also working days when you have a meeting or if you are dealing with people, being it not offensive, particularly in cooler weather. It is a safe cologne that a man can’t go wrong with. Great for guys who like a masculine woody scent. It is very lasting and works great for the night out. The bottle is amazing and feels like a smooth and sensual black cobblestone! Think of this as a more vigorous La Nuit De Lhomme with an added sweetened tobacco note.

Smell it, my friends.

-Elysium
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MrHonest

52 Reviews
MrHonest
MrHonest
3
LNDL opening - spicy honey vanilla drydown. Love it.
Business suit heaven. That's how I feel every time I wear this. It's starts off with a distinct similarity to LNDL with the sweet cardamom, but the beeswax-vanilla combo makes it more interesting. Yeah, I know it's benzoin, but that's just how it smells. The scent quickly takes a turn to the sweet side, adding amber and a touch of lavender and spicy nutmeg. I don't know what Georgy-Laforge wood is but I certainly don't get vetiver. A touch of tobacco reminiscent of Versace Dreamer comes out in the base, but it basically dries down quickly to amber, benzoin and beeswax.

LoL, this may sound strange, but I SWEAR that there is like 30 minutes somewhere in the mid when it reminds me of a deli sausage. I know, right? WTH? I'm thinking that it comes from the pepper, beeswax and nutmeg but I can't be sure. Whatever it is, it just makes me laugh every time. Apart from that (and the rather TAME performance), the rest of the fragrance is absolutely stellar. Longevity is average and projection is below average, but is easily solved with a travel atomizer. Thank effing goodness for those...

If I was to describe Avant Garde in 3 words, they would be elegant-handsome-refined. Another 3 would be stylish-modern-classy. And let's not forget modest-comforting-sexy. It's a real win for Lanvin and the value is hard to beat. Highly recommended for the modest gentlemen who enjoys sensual scents.....and.....sausage?
LookOut

14 Reviews
LookOut
LookOut
Helpful Review    3
Spicy vanilla cake, yum!
Hooo man this scent! Tried it out in the store after seeing it being recommended on the forums by someone. After sniffing it on the paper strip, I HAD to spray it on my arm!

In the opening it's a lot cardamom and pepper, so very spicy. Then it dries down to this creamy scent (no idea what makes it so creamy, I'm guessing the beeswax with the amber and benzoin). Some people talk about a cake smell, and I totally get that as well. But it's a cake smell with spices (as mentionned, kardemom and pepper) to keep it manly. When it has settled for a while, the tobacco starts to take over, so it starts to lean more towards Tom Ford's Tobacco Vanille at that point..
10.0/10
Grehn

9 Reviews
Grehn
Grehn
Helpful Review    5
best fragrance ever and still very underrated!
this is the best fragrance ive ever tried!!!, this is the most underrated fragrance on the market out there, Rolf&viktor spice bomb smells like a worse copy of this and this fragrance was introduced 1 year Before it, spicebomb is popular and much more expensive than this even if this is the "the original" and also the better of them!

i Think this smells very much of the beewax, vanilla and smells mint even if it isnt mint in the notes, have been thinking a lot of that, because it really smells like mint!.
the only bad thing i can say about this is the longevity and i strill feel like i want to give this more than 100%, that says it all about this scent i Think!!! :P

A DEFINITELY BUY!!!!, best fragrance ever in my opinion!!
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DPArtist 66 days ago
The dark, sleek and beautifully curvy bottle reflects the elegance & simplicity of the liquid within. Honey & light spices, gentle seducer.+3
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SamuelGustav 14 months ago
Really nice designer scent, better then some more popular ones. Very aromatic affair, not too sweet which is a plus+1
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Elysium 3 years ago
Absolutely a beeswax masterpiece! A sweet earthy aroma of honey, pollen and propolis like a mouthwatering Greek Custard Pie with syrup.+3
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