Prétexte 

Prétexte (Lanvin 1937) starts off bright and truly pretty with romantic and sublime florals. A delicate iris is dramatic and yet balanced by the castoreum and ladylike patchouli. Rose, sweet civet and elegant oakmoss are spacious and rather grand… staring off into a lush green and light expanse. And then comes a vanillic sandalwood with…

Mystery Lanvin

When I purchased these two unmarked bottles of vintage Lanvin fragrances at an antique store (the bottle is a Lanvin bottle) they came in a set of three.  Not realizing what I was looking at I only took home two of them.  Now I know that Lanvin seems to have sold their most popular fragrances…

Scandal

The well-regarded perfume blog, Perfume Shrine, notes that Scandal by Lanvin (Lanvin 1931), is widely held as one of the most, if not the most, exquisite leather fragrances ever created.  Frankly, I can see why… What a perfume. Good grief. It’s beautiful, sweet, sensuous, feminine leather with a razor sharp edge.  In my estimation, Scandal is almost…

My Sin

Today I’m wearing my vintage bottle of My Sin by Lanvin (Lanvin 1924).  It has all the pop and fizz of most classic 1920’s fragrances with a hint of something that smells like luscious ripe fruit.   Actually, it smells like a piece of fruit so ripe that if consumed would be quite intoxicating.  Given…

Arpège

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…