After a long week, I brought out the epsom salts and Bayer and then doused myself in vintage Arpège by Lanvin (Lanvin 1927). It might seem odd to use perfume when you already have a headache, and perhaps it was foolish, but I figured if I could just find the right scent it might actually help my headache (caused by stress and lack of sleep). And, I guess it wasn’t so silly after all, because vintage Extrait de Arpège was the perfect soothing elixir I needed.
According to Fragrantica.com Arpège has top notes of:
Honeysuckle, Peach, Neroli, Lily-of-the-Valley, Aldehydes and Bergamot
middle notes of:
Camellia, Coriander, Iris, Lily, Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, Lily-of-the-Valley, Rose and Geranium
and base notes of:
Amber, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Musk, Benzoin, Vetiver and Vanilla
It’s powdery, floral, and refined ease. It has a personality reminiscent of pure French Lavender oil, although there isn’t a Lavender note in the perfume listed. Like Lavender oil, it fits in marvelously in a myriad of circumstances. You can’t really go wrong wearing this scent. It’s dignified and honorable but there’s that Aldehydic friendly sparkle and Benzoin surge that make it more than a bit alluring in an old-world, fantastic sort of way. In the late dry down it retains it’s virtues but also becomes a slightly intoxicating skin scent.
I’ve been wearing it all weekend actually. It’s calming and that’s exactly what I need. 🙂
Have a lovely rest of your weekend… Until Wednesday.