Collection Extraordinaire - Muguet Blanc (2009)

Collection Extraordinaire - Muguet Blanc by Van Cleef & Arpels
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Collection Extraordinaire - Muguet Blanc is a perfume by Van Cleef & Arpels for women and was released in 2009. The scent is floral-fresh. It was last marketed by Inter Parfums.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesNeroli, Peony
Heart Notes Heart NotesJasmine, Lily-of-the-valley
Base Notes Base NotesWoods, White musk, Cedarwood

Ratings

Scent

6.1 (36 Ratings)

Longevity

6.3 (28 Ratings)

Sillage

4.6 (22 Ratings)

Bottle

7.4 (30 Ratings)
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Sherapop

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Sherapop
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Light, life-like, limpid, lily of the valley
It must be difficult to compose true lily of the valley soliflores. I say this because I've smelled some pretty ghastly attempts. There is a budget synthetic substitute used in mainstream and drugstore fragrances which to me is just appalling. Fortunately, Van Cleef & Arpels MUGUET BLANC offers nothing of the sort.

This is a true soliflore. I honestly detect nothing but lily of the valley in MUGUET BLANC. Does it mimic nature? I have to say that I'm not entirely sure. My knowledge of lily of the valley derives primarily (or is that entirely?) from perfumes such as Dior DIORISSIMO, a lush lily of the valley, and Tauer CARILLON POUR UN ANGE, which is a super-green lily of the valley.

To me, MUGUET BLANC is far less complicated and much more clear, even limpid, than either the Dior or the Tauer. As a perfume, I like it less than both of those more complex compositions. But I have enjoyed wearing this creation, fleeting though it was on my skin. I was surprised, actually, at how poor the longevity was relative to the other members of the Collection Extraordinaire. I would not buy a bottle for that reason, but I do think that this is ten times better than Coty MUGUET DES BOIS, as it should be, at ten (or is that twenty?) times the price.
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SystemeD

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It's a hologram!
I had to compare Muguet Blanc to Diorissimo.

Where Diorissimo is warm and dense and layered with jasmine, Muguet Blanc is cold and sheer, an almost transparent lily of the valley fragrance.

Here is what I mean. I have a few drops from a vintage vial of Diorissimo on one wrist right now, and a few drops of Muguet Blanc on the other.

Muguet Blanc is a truer lily of the valley note. It is the tiny flowers on a cold morning. There is greenness here, crystalline and fresh.

Diorissimo has depth and complexity. It is a romantic fragrance, with notes of lily and a good deal of jasmine.

Muguet Blanc contains notes of peony, neroli and cedar. But you'd hardly realize this unless you concentrated very hard. (I do get the neroli, and something that smells like lily, and a very clean cedar in the drydown, but all of this is very subtle.)

Whereas Diorissimo is a lifelike portrait of lily of the valley in a tasteful and valuable art nouveau frame, Muguet Blanc is a hologram of the flower that deceives you into thinking there is no art, no artifice here. You'd swear it's real.

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