Hiya Perfumed Posse, Arpege has been part of my life since I can remember. One of the Aunties wore it and I have a memory of Mum having a bottle at some stage too, but that might be a confused memory mixed up with my Auntie. We used to love the Arpege ads and that tag line, Promise Her Anything but Give Her Arpege, was genius. Exactly the tag to pull the men in for birthday and Christmas buying. Even now, though a little less strident and a bit squeakier in the open, a modern Arpege bottle is wearable fragrance.
Arpege by Andre Fraysse for Lanvin 1927
Photo Stolen Fragrantica
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot, aldehydes, peach, orange bloom, honeysuckle, orris
Heart: Rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang, coriander, sensitive plant, tuberose, violet, geranium
Base: Sandalwood, vetiver, patchoulis, vanilla, musk
Today I wear the modern incarnation and Arpege still holds onto its memory, no it is not exactly the same as my vintages and has more of a nail varnish feel up top and the base feels less grounded and furry, less ferociously cuddly but I still smell great. Better than 90% of the other department store offerings and better that at least 30% of the niche.
Aldehydes give an oily metallic sheen to fruit and flowers so magically blended that I don’t want to parse the notes I just am happy here blissing out on the big, juicy, slightly outrageous gorgeousness that is Arpege, even today.
It’s a beautiful day in Sydney and I’m doing random cleaning in between blogging, the second load of washing is just about ready to be hung and I’ve fed and walked the dog. On Monday there was a special on Australian Brie at the supermarket and I bought half a round so lunch will be brie, canned beetroot, butter, pepper and pastrami on open toasted sandwiches with a cuppa (one of my favourite lunches of all time). MMMMMM. Life is quietly good.
Photo Stolen Fragrantica
So, as a special treat to myself I’m going to add a generous few swipes of my vintage Arpege parfum and eat my lunch. It’s the little things that make some of lifes shit more bearable. When I spend a little time enjoying my great good fortune and floating away on a cloud of fragrance that it really does chase the blues away. I have a home (a bit messy and no show home), work (pays and I love it), food, friends, books, my dog, some lovely sunshine today and fragrance. Today I will count my blessings and WAFT on a raft of Arpege.
Here’s one of the old Arpege ads, enjoy!
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