Arquiste The Architect’s Club is the 2014 launch from Arquiste. The fragrances all center around a historical time/place with the smells from the era and the location.
Arquiste The Architect’s Club is set in 1930s Mayfair, London, architects gathering in a smoky bar room, velvet, woods, leather. Created by Yann Vasnier, this is a great vanilla smoke scent filled with woods. It has an almost Guerlain feel to it at times – something about that smokey vanilla base – and the longer it is on, the softer and sultrier it becomes, as those architects’ eyes half close and they sink down into their chairs and let the world around them go a little dim.
Notes of juniper berry oil, angelica root, lemon peel oil, bitter orange, pepperwood, guaiac wood, oak, vanilla absolute and amber. There’s nothing Entirely New and Different in this for the vanilla lovers or the woods lovers. I’m not exactly sure what I really like about it, except I do. It’s soft and comforting and a little hazy. It reminds me a little of Le Labo Vanille 44 as well. The Architect’s Club has some of my favorite features. I didn’t find it as gourmandy as some did, so it never veered too far over in that area, keeping enough smoke and woods that it wasn’t a big frosted cupcake. It does have a little boozy vibe running around it.
I really liked it. It seems a little more mainstream than some of the other Arquiste fragrances – meaning it may have wider appeal – but I don’t feel like it’s a departure from their theme.
Oh, hell, I’m a sucker for a woody vanilla with a shot of gin. So?! Sorry not sorry. I also really love that new Jo Malone thingie, the Wood sage and sea salt. More on that next week. Let’s give away 4 samples of this fragrance to four commenters drawn at random. How’s your fall shaping up? Mine is insane so far – busy beyond busy at my job and business, plus filling in for vacationing people for three weeks. I’m so behind on everything, it’s ridiculous! Fan of Arquiste and the historical fragrance representations? Or no?