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Vintage magnetism… L’Aimant by Coty A Found Review and New Perspective From An Old Friend

Glorious Blooms

During the recent festival of roses, while flicking through the archive, I found one scent was missing…

That grand dame of cost effective aldehydes Coty’s L’Aimant.

Whilst I mentioned it in my “Baker’s Dozen: 13 Roses for Anyone Feeling Unlucky in Love”, The Dandy could find no evidence of a full review of the fragrance, though I knew in my heart of hearts I’d penned one!

Then I recalled… it was over at my dear friend Michael Lanier‘s website Scents Memory that this little tale had been told, in the days before The Dandy has a place to call his own.

The Dandy's Place, honest.

The Dandy’s Place, honest.

To see this little antique curiosity click just here or on that lovely flacon above and you will be transported.

Well it just so happens, as this recollection dawned upon your forgetful correspondent, that a certain M. Lanier was posting a review of… guess what?

That’s right… Coty’s L’Aimant! And it’s over on his fabulous new invention: a YouTube channel if you please!

To see our gallant friend in all his finery and very fine form giving his all on this fragrance simply click right here, while admiring that fabulous moving picture poster just below.

20th Century Presents LANIER2

And while we’re being all film star about things, you can also read an interview with Lanier here on The Dandy.

It’s another of our most popular and favourite posts don’t you know!?!

Talking of favourite things, our “gal pal” Iscent, mistress of the splendid scented emporium I Scent You A Day is just such an individual.

She is the Scheherazade of olfactory review, on a journey of 1001 nights in the fragrant world.

And also rather a fan of L’Aimant too, even daring to compare it with another iconic perfume in this charming list of “Smellalikees”.

Well there we have it, The Dandy…  feels he’s done his bit to set the record straight on a neglected, near forgotten ‘drugstore’ gem… one last tip try wearing this rose in creme perfume form and shimmered in powder for ultimate big screen effect.


Oh, and do take a moment to drop in on those dear friends if you get the chance.

Yours ever

The Perfumed Dandy.

The Perfumed Dandy


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Magnificently out of tune… Arpege by Lanvin The Perfumed Dandy’s Scented Letter 

Dearest Fragrant Friends

Taking a breather today before the home straight of our little “Fete de Caron”, I have been reading a pair of outstanding reviews by The Black Narcissus (one of my most preferred perfume writers) of two of my favourite perfumes: Caleche by Hermes and Arpege by Lanvin.

It occurred to me that while Narcisse Noir identifies the fragrance with the mother shown on it’s fabulous flacon, I have always thought of Arpege as being like a wilful child, demanding and diverting, on the cusp of maturity.

Then I remembered that, just as I was setting up home here, I penned a review of Arpege which the delightful Mr Lanier posted on his splendid Scentsmemory site by way of a housewarming celebration.

20th Century Presents LANIER2

So, I thought that I would share this early effort of mine with you and also hail two of the finest fellows in the whole of aromatic letters.

Therefore The Dandy presents his own review of Arpege by Lanvin…

… and salutes Messrs Lanier and Black Narcissus.

Do enjoy!

More Caron to come…

Yours ever

The Perfumed Dandy.

Post script…

It just occurred that you might also be interested in The Dandy’s review of Caleche by Hermes and this interview with Mr Lanier I posted some time ago. 

Also, I should clarify that though I thought the version of Arpege I was trying was ‘contemporary’, in fact being just a few years old it had escaped the ravages of the most recent reformulation.

That’s all. Promise…

Pip pip. 

The Perfumed Dandy


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