3.1 Arabian Horse (2012)

3.1 Arabian Horse by Pierre Guillaume
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3.1 Arabian Horse is a popular perfume by Pierre Guillaume for women and men and was released in 2012. The scent is leathery-animal. The longevity is above-average. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesGrass, Plant juice, Wild flowers, Narcissus absolute
Heart Notes Heart NotesHorsehair, Leather
Base Notes Base NotesAnimalic musk, Cypriol, Woody notes, Amber

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Scent

7.9 (37 Ratings)

Longevity

8.2 (30 Ratings)

Sillage

7.3 (29 Ratings)

Bottle

7.2 (33 Ratings)
Submitted by Apicius, last update on 23.05.2020.

Interesting Facts

Originally created as a special piece for the 10th anniversary of Parfumerie Générale, the fragrance was released as a regular part of the range in 2014.
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A little off is also over
At first I smelled my sheepfold in Normandy and all my dear woolly colleagues appeared in my mind's eye. Wet straw and lanolin. After a few seconds it smelled like goat when the alleged leather came through. Maybe it's different for people who only visit riding stables, but my neighbours had both goats and horses and a friend still has exactly this combination today. I visited his white goat Norma and his horses in September. Norma smells like 3.1 Arabian Horse. He practically never rides his horses, even if he has saddlery in his stable. The (former) neighbours ride more often but mostly such a horse stands around and eats grass or runs sometimes here, sometimes there and smells not like goat.

Yes, well, if you concentrate, you can also think of the goat smell as leather. But once you've smelled the goat, it's more like "Norman goat" than Arabian horse.

But since the goat smell is very good, i.e. authentic, I wore it to the evening video and family tester M, who also knows and visited Norma, whined from time to time "mäh", when I had just gesticulated with my arm and a gush of goat smell came up.

Towards the end, the perfume became harmless and smelled of Amber.

The shelf life is quite okay with 6 to 7 hours. The Sillage was not so strong now, but at work I would definitely not recommend it, unless you work all alone, or on a farm with goats. Maybe you can wear it in equitation. I wouldn't recommend it for other sports. I'd find it a little strange to go out unless you're attending a farmer looking for a wife event. It is definitely unisex, even if it smells like female and not like male goats. There are goats in each season, therefore I see there now no problem.

Since it smells so authentic of goat, I keep the sample and will perhaps use it to travel olfactorily to rural Normandy and in thought feed Norma, the white goat. People with similar rural experiences can certainly enjoy this fragrance. People who don't know any goats might think it's a horse with leather clothes and enjoy it
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arabian horse
The name fits. From the very opening Arabian Horse creates a setting that evokes equestrian affairs. It smells like farms, barns and steeplechases. The topnotes are strong and urgent, but the stables-and-tack mis-en-scène is just exposition and dramatic build-up. The heartnotes are the reveal. The pacing of the perfume reminds me of the actual experience of approaching a horse. At a distance I think what sublime animals horses are. Then, each time, as I get close I'm taken aback. Fuck, they're huge. Same with Arabian Horse. As the perfume sweeps into the heart, there you are with the horse and, fuck, it's huge.

The waxy animalic sweetness is offset by a bitter green-tinged floral that gives a raunchy touch. Narcissus flowers are earthy and have a hay-like aroma. Narcissus absolute (I smelled it just once) is even more fecund than the flower. It smells of hay, yes, but it also smells of horseshit, not a bad scent by any means. Think of horseshit as filtered hay. Narcissus is one of those perfectly balanced, good-with-the-bad materials. It also has one of the most animalic facets you'll find in a botanical, which lends a credulity to the perfume's image. Still, it's only one part of the picture. The thickly layered musks have a trippy, arpeggiated circus-calliope feel. Together with the narcissus they creates an aggresive tone, balanced but mobile. More suspended or poised than settled.

The horse angle is brilliant. The scents of leather and wood play with an equestrian-lifestyle fantasy. Polished saddles and stirrups, form fitted johdpurs that sound a crisp crack when struck by a crop. It's the subdued kink that I imagine Guerlain want you to long for every time you see an Habit Rouge ad. If you're into an equestrian fantasy scene, this is the scentscape of your kink. Down on all fours with bridle and bit, mucking out the stables. Catherine the Great would have dug this stuff. But the perfume can be taken in another  way. For those of us too effete to have such vivid drama, Arabian Horse is also a well-layered woody-floral chypre with a solid dose of leather. It even has a background whiff of the flotsam found at the bottom of a purse. Arabian Horse hits the same spot for me as Jean Kerleo's brilliant 1000 for Jean Patou--tightly composed yet animalic.

I didn't follow the release of Guillaume's remixed perfumes and when I first smelled Arabian Horse (3.1) I didn't know it was a reworking of Cuir Venenum, one of my favorite perfumes by Guillaume. Both perfumes create atypical leather notes and use them to build imagistic, suggestive perfumes. They don't so much smell alike as pursue their compositional goals similarly.

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