First (1976) Eau de Parfum

First (Eau de Parfum) by Van Cleef & Arpels
Bottle Design: Jacques Llorente
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First (Eau de Parfum) is a popular perfume by Van Cleef & Arpels for women and was released in 1976. The scent is spicy-floral. The longevity is above-average. It is being marketed by Inter Parfums.

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First (Eau de Parfum)

This is a variant of the perfume First (Eau de Toilette) by Van Cleef & Arpels, which differs in concentration.
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Prince Edward Island in a bottle
I became acquainted with "First" in February 1992, when my then friend took me to his parents for breakfast and I discovered an impressive bottle parade on the ledge in the bathroom. I didn't sniff, after all, you don't just go to other people's things. In the bathroom, however, there was a delicate soapy scent in the air that I did not associate with the perfume.
Two weeks later I noticed that the scent of the bathroom clung to my boyfriend's mother - and that in a much increased concentration: we drove together in a car to a birthday party. Wow, the Sillage almost beat me to death back then and I had to endure that for over an hour in the car. Madame had dieselled herself before the departure, so that she absolutely still "smells good" on arrival. What should I say: the dose makes the poison and after the car ride was my attitude to First: bähhhh!

In the meantime, many years have passed in the country, the friend of former times is now my husband. My mother-in-law wears "her perfume" at our wedding, all family celebrations and other occasions. Since then the (empty) bottle collection has grown steadily and I have made peace with "First".
In 1992 I was 18 years old and tended towards softer perfumes, although these were not exactly age-appropriate, such as Lagerfeld's "Chloé" and "Paloma Picasso".
Today the range of perfumes that attract my attention is much wider and I also appreciate "First". I got a little sample from my mother-in-law and now I want to get to the bottom of the scent.

"First" starts incredibly soapy-dry. I can't perceive any sweetness and frankly I'm still holding my breath. Raspberry, mandarin and peach I can't see, but aldehydes and bergamot. The black currant should reinforce the impression of initial "dustiness". Also the carnation comes to the fore and it remains with a strict, harsh overall impression. After about 30 minutes, however, an exciting development begins, because now the more feminine fragrance components come to light, the Koofnote gradually recedes a little. A spring bouquet of lily of the valley, roses, daffodils and hyacinths unfolds its bouquet and becomes increasingly supple through tuberose. Unfortunately Vetiver comes to the fore shortly afterwards. I don't like vetiver... this fragrance unfortunately dominates every perfume that my husband gave to his sister-in-law in the past: Grey Flannel, Prada's Infusion d'Homme or Elite by Floris. In "First" Vetiver doesn't penetrate quite blatantly to the surface as with the men's fragrances, but it is still quite present. Vetiver belongs probably to her favorites.
All fragrance components that set softer accents remain very subtle: Ylang-ylang, amber, sandalwood, vanilla and honey... I can barely make them out. Nevertheless "First" gets a bit softer and warmer with time.
The soapy spiciness combined with classic flowers remains the same throughout.

Pretty interesting, because I haven't noticed this course with my mother-in-law yet (but I don't stick my nose to her wrist or neck all the time ;-))

The fragrance is clearly oldschool and with its course it puts me in a really different time:
As a young teenager, I devoured L.M. Montgomery's Anne on Green Forks novel: For me the scent of Prince Edward Island (idyllic island of Canada) fits to the turn of the century: Women wore long skirts, frills, brooches and artfully put up hair, with the clamp it went then to the church celebration. Sufragettes belong to England, but also fit well into the picture: Ridge, elegant, distant and powerful. And for those of you who know the book series: I imagine "First" more in Marilla or Diana Barry's mother than in Diana or Anne ;-
There are days when women do not want to smell "sweet", be it flowery, smoothy or sugar sweet. Sometimes it takes superior elegance, energy and strength. "First" is doing fine!
Apart from Vetiver, that something bothers me about First, I do not want to smell like my husband's ma, I have other perfumes for such days. But unlike in the past, I can now understand why my daughter-in-law discovered this fragrance for herself: She was almost 50 when he came onto the market, mother of 6 children, since the 50s and 60s "despite children" fully employed and basically had a busy life. But when she went out and bought socks, she went (to the sorrow of my husband and his brothers and sisters) and went into town with her hat and mittens. She was and is a personality, "First" fits perfectly to our "Queen Mum" ;-)
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