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Arsène Lupin Dandy (2010)
by Guerlain


Arsène Lupin Dandy information

Year of Launch2010
Average Rating
(based on 73 votes)

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PerfumerJean Paul Guerlain
Parent CompanyLVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton

About Arsène Lupin Dandy

Arsène Lupin Dandy is a masculine fragrance by Guerlain. The scent was launched in 2010 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Jean Paul Guerlain

Arsène Lupin Dandy fragrance notes

Reviews of Arsène Lupin Dandy

Green peppery-spicy fragrance. Chypre/barbershop type fragrance. I get a powdery accord that knocks a couple of points off. Sandalwood and a light floral round this out. Not sure why this is "Masculine" it could easily be worn by a mature woman.
15th July, 2017
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United States
Funky Iris Leather

Aresene Lupin Dandy's opening reminds me of the leather/patchouli opening of Aramis, but quickly evolves into a light leather/iris accord that dominates throughout most of the progression similar perhaps to Dior Homme and MPG Iris Bleu Gris. It does last for several hours.

Arsene Lupin Dandy is a nice fragrance in its own right, but the $250 price tag for such a concoction is a bit off-putting when similar fragrances can be had for much less.
27th October, 2016
Along with its twin brother Voyou, Arsene Lupin Dandy is the last fragrance the great Jean-Paul Guerlain made for the Guerlain House.
In Dandy, Jean-Paul has taken a classic streamlined chypre form and infused it with a luxurious leathery oriental structure, the boldest violet note I have smelled in recent years along some galbanum, smoky woods and aromatic spices. In simple words, he made a highly elegant modern chypre. The whole scent has a cool green and slightly powdery ambience and dries down leaving a memorable aura that is neither overpowering nor absent. Dandy has a discreet quality to it. So discreet that it may seem elitist or snobby but it veers more towards the romantic and debonair instead.
Jean-Paul Guerlain is a perfumer that was never fucking around. He made perfumes not cosmetics. He stated that this was a perfume for him. I don’t doubt it since Dandy is aimed to people that love perfumes. With Chanel’s Pour Monsieur dusted, PdN’s New York ruined this could effortlessly be the heir of the masculine chypre tradition a genre that epitomized masculine elegance and has become increasingly spare. Only Amouage still dares to have Gold and Dia floating around and I suspect them not to be their best sellers. However, Guerlain in its “wisdom” decided to discontinue this graceful masculine. Buy it while you still can if you want to wear something of high-class and distinction.
22nd March, 2016 (last edited: 09th May, 2017)
Arsene Lupin Dandy Eau de Parfum is another one in the Jean-Paul Guerlain's sons congeries, a really interesting and articulated cozy concoction (despite we are a step underneath the Habit Rouge/Derby/Mitsouko/Heritage/Jicky's "and more" grandeur). Distinguished, spicy, orangy, resinous, intellectual, tobacco/incense/moss/patchouli/sandalwood mastered and finally divinely leathery (despite the leather could not be considered as a really standout note in my humble opinion). Dandy is really seasoned and rounded (with its delicious tobacco-leather-spices modern accord) but with an hesperidic and mossy secret classic chypre (vaguely vintage) soul. I detect by soon the cardamom which is anyway in my opinion less influencing than in the Voyou's less mature version. The note of violet is perfectly joined to sweet spices (I suppose nutmeg, cinnamon and further), woods, hesperides and leather in a really interesting "yet classic" accord (Heeley Cuir Pleine Fleur, Cuir Amethyste, for instance). Finally a touch of vanilla starts soothing the aroma with a whiff of balminess while the mossy sandawood becomes almost prominent. I see for sure the "spicy" connection with Amouage Dia but I think AL Dandy is also distant relative of Mazzolari Lui, Burberry for Men, Armani Cuir Amethyste and Canali Black Diamond. Anyway another great subtle spicy-floral leather to be enjoyed and another interesting concoction from an "Immense" maison.
04th November, 2014 (last edited: 07th January, 2015)
On the opening I'm getting strong notes of cardamom and citrus with pink peppers and powdery violets. This is surrounded by a soft ever-present sandalwood.

The opening is a little overbearing but it soon settles down to a powdery violets and woods accord with a dash of incense.

A rough opening that settles down to a very pleasant fragrance.
12th June, 2014
Genre: Leather

My first thought after sniffing Guerlain’s Arsène Lupin Dandy was “How marvelous.” My second was that it smelled vaguely and hauntingly familiar. It didn’t take me too long to figure out why, either. It turns out that Dandy is the only scent I’ve found so far that closely approaches Amouage’s subtly beautiful Dia for Men in style – and, to a lesser extent, in content. Like Dia, Dandy is a complex, sophisticated, and finely balanced composition centered on high quality labdanum (cistus), frankincense (olibanum), and iris root, with prominent cardamom, sandalwood, and bergamot accents.

How much alike do the two actually smell? Extended side-by-side comparison reveals many parallels, but the two are not close enough to be redundant. Dia is the spicier, sweeter, and more incense-forward composition, while Dandy, true to its name, is more powdery and more conspicuously floral, with a very potent rose note at its heart. I find it comically ironic that the only fragrance I know which in any way approximates Dia is both harder to come by and (did I ever think I’d say this) even more expensive.

All comparisons aside, Dandy is an impressive composition, and easily the most accomplished masculine fragrance Guerlain has released in some time. The scent opens on a very lively and pleasing accord of bergamot, pink peppercorns, and cardamom, with dry frankincense following very closely behind. The rose and powdery iris root slide in after a few more minutes, while mildly animalic labdanum and luxuriously creamy woods shore up the foundation. For all its layered complexity, Dandy remains remarkably luminous and transparent on the skin, with little of the Edwardian bombast one might expect from the name and the contents. Too bad this couldn’t have been Guerlain Homme.
12th June, 2014

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