Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme (1978)
    by Van Cleef & Arpels

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    H.D.'s avatar
    Netherlands Netherlands

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    To me VC&A PH is elegant and sophisticated, it sort of conveys a certain 'savoir vivre'.
    It's a classic dark scent with a very appealing 'Old World' aristocratic feel. A bastion of a certain way of life.
    It's a beatiful rich, dark classic gentleman's scent that I love to wear.
    In short it's the Château Lafite of the world of gentleman's fragrances.

    04 January, 2014

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    I remember once trying an experiment in 'persistence of vision'. You stare at a flag like a tricoleur, or a union jack, or the stars and stripes, for about two minutes without moving, and then turn and look a t a blank white wall. On the wall, you see the flag, but with all the colours and tone values reversed, like a negative.

    I think the same phenomenon is at play here, in the olfactory sense. As the fragrance evolves, the disappearing first wave leaves behind it a perceived negative. This negative seems to work well as an accompaniment to the emerging bitumen and charcoal of the base. This fools you into thinking you smell good.

    However, try this: spray it on something in the room. Leave the house for the day, and come back several hours later. Sparing yourself thus the olfactory fatigue and 'persistense' effect, you walk into the developed fragrance unmitigated.

    Old peoples's homes. Decay. Cough syrup. Dandylion and Burdock cordial. Wizened academic with elbow-pads. Smoker's curtains. A mantelpiece with a plastic quartz carriage clock beside photographs of cats. Coffee-and-cream slacks and cardigan. Mothballs. Post office. The man who collects the twist ties from loaves of bread, because they might be useful one day.

    To smell yourself as others smell you.

    24 December, 2013

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    Classic dark Fougère

    The vintage version:

    Bergamot and juiper berries with a hint of green start it off, and soon vetiver, patchouli and orris are mixed in. Further along castoreum and labdanum blend in well with the typical oakmoss. The moss is not very harsh and not too dominant, but blends in well with the musk and the leather notes in the base. Interestingly, the whole process lasts less than two hours with little development on my skin after that. Good silage and projection with a splendid longevity of nine hours. Dark, rich but not very loud on me. A great classic.

    24 September, 2013

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    Man of War

    My man darvant forced me into a blind buy that I will never regret.

    Read his review and take out your CC.

    Pros: Strong and and relentless
    Cons: Wish its topnotes could last forever"

    14 September, 2013

    Tripfall's avatar
    United States United States

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    I suppose what qualifies a cologne as old school is the olfactory equivalent of gravitas. This one has it in spades thanks to the amber-incense combo in the base, slightly dirtied up by the musk. It's clean and soapy without being ingratiating. It doesn't require a suit to go with it, just good grooming and reticent self-confidence.

    01st March, 2013

    Letitbenose's avatar
    France France

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    For sure VAPH is classic masculine (by the way I really can't imagine a woman wearing this one) But it smells too dated to me. The scent is very soapy and heady, which doesn't make it very inviting to my nose. Plus, longevity is... scary. Even though VAPH is not a fragrance I'd buy, I think it's a pillar for the genre. Hence my neutral rating.

    15 January, 2013

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