The base consists of: sandal, vetiver, patchoulis, vanilla and musk. The beautiful figures on the black misted background representing mother and daughter (wife and daughter of the perfumer), who are getting ready for the ball.
The first whiff you get is fresh uplifting aldehyde booziness with a peach and neroli. The ladies who have sported Arpege in all it's glory include Rita Hayworth, who made it her signature scent, but who was one of the biggest fragrance collectors in Hollywood.
She had a perfume addiction problem but there was no therapy for it then!
This perfume was created for Jeanne Lanvin's daughter Marie Blanche who likened the perfume to musical arpeggios playing in the air as she sprayed it using an atomizer.
There is a pretty ballerina girl living in this perfume. The scent in fact throws up the same notes which are a pleasure to identify.
Arpege was worn by Eva Peron "Evita" the First Lady of Argentina in the late 40's .
She wore it alternating with her favorite Miss Dior.
It does scream day wear but it can be worn in the evening as well. I make sure to spray after a shower and let it dry a bit before getting dressed. I've sampled lots of perfumes, but never got such a shockingly strong and clear scent of poop before. 5, and though it was very in-your-face, I never found it to be nasty like this.
There is also something of the boudoir in this perfume. To me the scent is very maternal..that makes any sense. Maybe this one has been reformulated as well, with disastrous results.
No matter who wears this, it's feminine, quite lady like. She is indeed very youthful but not so young as to have no taste.
It's a romantic perfume and I always wore it with my husband present and next to me at dinners in restaurants and at parties in the evening. It turns to powder, still smells of soap, has a bit of greenery going on, patchouli leaves, some light musk, moss, amber and vanilla. She has good taste and she is a high society daughter.
I want to take this morning Valentines Day to express how I feel about Arpege, one of the most beautiful vintage classic fragrances ever made.