I’m unpacked, we’re definitely in the rainy season, and I really want a holiday. Not on the cards, though. Still, it’s the thing that flits in and out of my head. Even a long weekend to the local dog place with cottages where you do training would suffice. I’m loving the house, but it’s that ‘a change is as good as a rest thing’ of travelling even for a short period.
Anyway, I think I’ve sampled Lanvin Arpege a dozen times in different permutations over the past 25 years (I tried to find a pic of the oval bottle, but no go — so this is from the Lanvin website — I think it might be the My Sin bottle).
In any case, I find myself thinking about Arpege a lot.
I have always found it quite beautiful, but it just doesn’t speak to me to an extent that I want to own it and I’ve never been sure why. So, I don’t own a bottle.
Dating from 1927 and apparently reformulated in 1993 it’s easy to call Arpege ‘classical’. Notes list includes bergamot, aldehydes, peach, orange blossom, honeysuckle, orris, rose, jasmine, ylang, coriander, tuberose, violet, geranium, sandalwood, vetiver, patchouli, vanilla and musk. Sort of a kitchen sink of perfumery notes.
On me, Arpege is a powdery floral, but with a gentle pongy undercurrent. I get more flowers than fruit and there’s something lovely and rough (maybe the orris) that keeps the fragrance from flying off into sweet floral land.
I associate my father with Arpege, as it’s one of the only fragrances he commented on when I stuck my wrist under his nose. I recall doing this on a visit years ago on the subway after we’d been somewhere (maybe Bergdorf?) where I’d probably done a bit of a makeup and perfume haunt (with him and a much younger child trailing in my wake). He was fulsome about it which is interesting as I don’t ever recall him commenting on the perfumes my mother wore (Jean Naté and L’Air du Temps).
The other thing I love about Arpege is the bottle – that black (lacquered?) oval with the small gold embossing and the gold striated cap. Incredibly classy. And tactile.
So, is this one of yours? Do you have a fragrance that is almost but not quite a keeper that you return to every once in a while?