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A Dozen More Fragrant Reflections On Paris… The Perfumed Dandy’s Picture Postcards


Sweetly Smelling Friends

More moments from my recent sojourn across la Manche.

And the aromas to match.

Empty Streets, Vivid With Colour


Gold and Bright : Caron / Montaigne

Surprisingly Modern Gothic


Smoke From The South : Comme des Garcons / Avignon

Open Mouthed, Green Door


Drumbeat Knocker : Guerlain / Chamade

Flowers On A Window…


Are They Geraniums? : Creations Monsieur Dior by Dior / Dioressence

Chandeliers, Balconies, Boudoirs and Love Affairs


Consummative Kisses : Jul et Mad / Amour de Palazzo

The Gate To The Archives


Key To The Past : Jardins d’Ecrivains / George

Pink Parisian Roses 


Pale, Almost Without Smelling : Fragonard / Emilie

Palace Garden


Brought From The Chateau : Sisley / Eau de Campagne

Modern Maghreb

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Marrakech Leather Souk : LT Piver / Cuir

Left Bank Child In A Labyrinth


Juvenile Intellectual : Byredo / Baudelaire

Art Deco Temple


Angular Aromaticals : Guerlain / Vega

The Opera In Bronze


Music, Sculpture, Scent : Lanvin / Arpege

Too much to divert one.

Yet all paths seemed to lead to the same place.

Where? We shall find out in a flight of three scented letters this week.

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.

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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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