After sniffing this perfume and recoiling, then spraying it on my arm and suffering through an hour of not scrubbing it off, hoping for a miraculous transformation in the dry down (and not getting it), a light bulb went off in my head.What did this and the other "NOPES" I had sniffed before have in common?Now I know to avoid perfumes--and *never* blind buy ones--that have one or more of these elements in combination because it seems I will *always* catch soapy-to-a-fault, sour, thick, dusty, musty, mothball, fecal, and/or urine notes in these perfumes, and I find them suffocating to boot. Finally, I have the 1993 relaunch in the clear 'boule', this the strongest golden liquid. Its strange how the older formulas are fragile and potent at the same time.Alas, lots of beloved vintage classics are scrubbers for me because of this aversion. I leave this review only because perhaps it will help other newbies-to-the-fragrance-world understand why a perfume loved by so many might not do it for them. It is as iconic as Chanel no.5, Shalimar and Joy, yet it keeps morphing into it current incarnation each decade, unlike its contemporaries. Memories of pearls, furs, gloves and heavy powdered makeup that are mostly forgotten today.
) that turns down the aldehydes and focuses on warmer notes.Got a vintage bottle of this off of ebay and had to return it. It is heartbreakingly beautiful and somewhat elusive.The fascination with Arpege is that it carries these mysteries that we will never solve.Its the loudest Arpege ever gets almost to the point of shouting "hey don't forget me!!!" Its later 2006 reformulation seems to loose something, yet echoes the classic.New package is work of art director of the house of Lanvin - Alber Elbaz, whose main theme was mother-daughter relation, i.e.sketches of Jean Lanvin and her daughter Margaret, dressed in gorgeous violet dresses created in Parisian style.Lanvin celebrates 120 years of the house with sketched black flacon with golden details and pink hearts around mother and daughter.The new flacon of Arpege 120 has been available in two amounts, 50 and 100 ml, since October 2009.Eclat d'Arpege from 2002 is whole other story and continues to sell well.This is perhaps the most vivid evolution of a perfume I have witnessed in modern history.