Arsène Lupin Dandy (2010)
    by Guerlain

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    hedonist222's avatar
    Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi

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    leather but atypical

    It's not leathery like Knize Ten, Cuirnde Russe and Bandit. It's a sweet'ish violets, cardamom & leather with a subtle myrrh & sandalwood dry down.

    I enjoyed the opening & dry down more than the middle bits. At certain points it becomes neatly identical to Cuir Amethyste (which I own& enjoy).

    But where C. Amethyste is dominated by birch & vanilla accord, Dandy is predominantly myrrh, sandalwood & the Guerlinade but severely toned down.

    Pros: above average complexity
    Cons: a bit uninspiring in the middle section

    25 May, 2013

    Marais's avatar
    United Kingdom United Kingdom

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    Mmmmmm, this is lovely. A creamy suede leather, violets and cardamom (one of my favourite notes in perfumery) on a Guerlinade backbone. Warm, enveloping and more-ish. Yes, it is similar to Dia Man, but bolder, less shy. Sillage and longevity are good. Well worth the money in my book.

    15 March, 2012

    Persolaise's avatar
    United Kingdom United Kingdom

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    A gentle, discreet, well-blended take on sweet, powdery violets and pale woods. The prominence of its floral accord places it within the small category of feminine perfumes pretending to be masculine, scents such as Dior Homme which dare to go against the received wisdom of market research and choose to play the gender-bending card. One of the main reasons why Olivier Polge's creation worked was because it didn't settle for half-measures, but Le Dandy doesn't have the same boldness, uncertainly hovering somewhere between Habit Rouge and Lutens' Bois De Violette. It's pleasant and inoffensive, but also rather thin and certainly not interesting or complex enough to justify its high price tag.

    11th November, 2011

    drseid's avatar
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    A superb outing from the house of Guerlain that is quite similar to Amouage Dia Man. As Dia Man is in my top 3, it is little surprise that Dandy is also right up my alley taste-wise.

    Dandy, while sharing many similarities to Dia is a bit less refined, IMO. It has a more unpolished powdery feel after its bigarade top notes that do not quite reach the subtlety that Dia excels so well at. Dandy calls more attention to itself with its sandalwood and patchouli heart, but it is also very complex like Dia and a very fine composition in its own right that if it were less expensive I would say would be a very good alternative to Dia Man for those who can't (or won't) pay Amouage money for their scents, but want the quality or close to it.

    As it stands, Dandy is every bit as expensive, and maybe more. So as such, I still recommend Dia Man over it as it is the slightly superior scent to my nose. That said, Arsene Lupin Dandy is the best modern release I have smelled from the house of Guerlain to date and is a very strong release to be sure and well worth a sniff if you can find it. A very well-deserved 4.5 out of 5 stars.

    07 November, 2011 (Last Edited: 02 June, 2012)

    Castrensis's avatar
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    Initial impression was that this reminds me of Halston Z-14, largely because it was my father's signature fragrance growing up & this evokes the masculine greats of the 80s-- but that is where the similarity ends. Initially boldly citrus, as this develops a violet/leather accord take precedence poured over a sandalwood base with the olibanum, patchouli & cinammon singing backup. The lightly lemony olibanum contrasts well with the earthy patchouli & spicy cinnamon. The labdanum gives a slight amber/mossy/vanillic vibe that adds depth & complexity without weighing the fragrance down, smoothing & adding a creaminess to the composition.

    A spectacular & definitively modern take on a classic formula. This is moving straight to my wishlist.

    12 February, 2011

    mrclmind's avatar
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    Dandy has a very vibrant opening of green violet leaf, bergamot and orange. The citrus notes burn off quickly leaving the floral green violet note to carry into the heart notes of pepper, cardamon and santal. It's a striking and bold statement, while remaining quite tasteful and very pleasant. The dry down is very resinous and slightly mossy, being mostly labdanum, frankincense and tree moss, with woody remnants of santal and patchouli. Neither of the Arsène Lupin duo are quite as long lasting as I would have expected for being EDP in concentration, yet the longevity is still quite respectable. Dandy is the obvious popular one in that it has a bolder, almost niche like quality about it. At first the similarities between Dandy and Chamade pour Homme seemed too close, but upon further wearing, it's obvious that those similarities are purely superficial at best. The Arsène Lupin duo are two of my favorite releases from 2010, and although many scoff at the high price tag, in my estimated opinion they are both worth the investment.

    26 January, 2011

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