I had heard of this Lanvin and was many times on the verge of buying it but having read many negative reviews and -somehow- never having the opportunity to sample it, I always left it on the shelf in the shop.
Until one day I was in Paris and browsed a small perfume shop that had it on sale for a ridiculous low price for 100ML. Having never sniffed it I decided to buy and sample it in peace, and if it REALLY would disappoint me, I have good homes for fragrances that don't suite me, but, this is Lanvin, the same house that gave me my beloved Rumeur, Arpege, Oxygene and Jeanne! All wonderful and unique characters that I love and enjoy using, so, how bad could it be?
Before I get to the juice let me first comment on the bottle. It is -obviously- the same shape and basic design with the same logo (mother & daughter) as the original Arpege, except the Eclat bottle is see-trough and has some additions to the cap. Around the cap are two golden rings, one is bigger than the other, and on the top of the cap is a smokey solitaire rhinestone held by three prongs. Two wedding bands and an engagement ring are represented here.
From the Lanvin website:
"Art director Alber Elbaz designed a top that features two entwined wedding bands, symbolising love and the union of two Arpege perfumes, two periods, and the House. A powerful testimony to filial love, and love in general."
This symbolism also tells a lot about Lanvin's idea behind the juice; it was created to be romantic, tender, loveable, pretty and timeless. Is it?
Upon first application I really had a moment where I thought: "where is the perfume?" Smelling my wrists thinking: "this smells like it skipped all the note steps and went right to the drydown! A fleeting 'hours-on-my -skin', drydown! What happened here?"
I applied a second spray and decided to wait. As I went about my business I suddenly noticed a whiff of a wonderful soft and citric note! Clearly the Sicilian lemon lost all its shyness and was dancing on my wrists, then the petit grain and next a peach blossom shyly joined in saying: "YUM! Did you think we don't know how to evolve?! Mais non!!".
(I think this is the stage where most people compare it to D&G Light Blue, but to me it's only a faint memory of LB--LB is far more citrusy, a wake up! sporty, busy and edgy scent, whereas Eclat is more subdued and the peach blossom with petit grain notes tame the citric sharpness down to a powdery vibe.)
The quickly following middle stage is all about a lush peony on a bed of wisteria that is impatiently waiting for a lovely musk note (that somehow also drags along a delicious honey vibe!) to bring it to the dry down.
It's soft but not hard to notice, it does have character. It's a stubborn scent hiding in a velvet cloud. On my skin it opens up like a flower in a vase, one needs to give it some time and body-heat and if you're lucky, this Lanvin will enchant like a magical potion.
It is indeed a very, very romantic scent, lovely, addictive and well made, but, this is a moody Lanvin that demands the right chemistry...However, IF you are a match with this beauty (like the rings symbolise) you have a uniquely, soft, yet full bodied french darling that is suitable for all occasions and seasons. I LOVE my Parisian bargain 100ML bottle and enjoy it as much as everyone around me. I hope the first or next time you try this, your chemistry will allow this scent to show you its true beauty, because it is truly, a wonderful scent.
Silage is: "It's like true love, you know I am here for you...one beautiful whiff after another". -- Longevity is (as I have discovered) much depending on how many sprays you apply: I use it on my wrists, decolleté, and if I really want to be engulfed, one spray on my shirt. This combination gives me about 5+ hours of magical yum. Try it BEFORE purchase! and give it some time to get acquainted with your chemistry, it worked for me, it can just as well work for you! Good luck! : )