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    Default Arpège & Starwalker: A study in extremes

    Let's start with the better news: Arpège arrived yesterday at La Baie in Laval (see Véronique BTW, an absolute angel and gorgeous woman to boot).

    If you fancy manly and edgy fragrances - some off the Richter scale - this one if for you. Arpege delivers a hot and unadulterated slather of bitter orange herb complemented by a full humidor of wet tobacco. This is Dreamer meets M7, with a liberal shot of Tommy Bahama, just because. Unlike its recent sister issue, Dior Homme (all fluff and circumstance), Arpège takes the epitome of what manly-man fragrances have aspired to be over the years, and actually succeeds in bottling it.

    I can't say it's entirely up my alley (I prefer the girly-girl Dior as someone said), but for those of you who want clout and fragrance sillage as long as the Great Wall, be my guest. It's raspy in its delivery, like a shot of Jack Daniels. It only smooths out in the last few hours (say the last 12) and gets a bit creamy, but ever so slightly. Neroli and tobacco have been paired together but sugar-coated to make them digestable. Arpège, not so.

    All in all, a distinct change of pace from the sweet smoothies of this vintage year.

    Now for the less good news. Starwalker arrived today and was presented to me with glee and exuberance, and so ill-prepared was I for the fall.

    A wishy-washy melange of dry herb and again tobacco, the base is borrowed from other Montblanc fragrances. No height, no depth, no lasting power, no excitement, no sweetness, just an arid backdrop painted on a canvas of extreme mediocrity. Here we are, several hours later, and I barely detect Starwalker's basenotes where Arpège still singes my armhairs from five hours ago.

    Starwalker is truly a dull venture into perfumery and a sheer waste of olfactory privilege.

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    Default Re: Arpège & Starwalker: A study in extremes

    Arpège sounds like a check out. just when will it come state side?

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    Default Re: Arpège & Starwalker: A study in extremes

    Arpege PH is available at all Saks...a great scent..and lasts forever

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    Default Re: Arpège & Starwalker: A study in extremes

    I agree agml65...Arpege is a wonderful scent that lasts a very long time.
    Gary

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    Default Re: Arpège & Starwalker: A study in extremes

    Is this a Lanvin scent?

    I went to Sak's web page and didn't see Lanvin frags listed at all?

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    Default Re: Arpège & Starwalker: A study in extremes

    I am wondering if Bloomingdale's has Arpege yet? I do know that Saks had it exclusive for 4 weeks then in October it rolls out to Bloomindales and Nordstrom. Late November it bow to more stores doors.

    This one is catching my attention just a classic men's scent.

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    Default Re: Arpège & Starwalker: A study in extremes

    sampled it today...indeed a frag that last..to me, this little orient scent with in the base vanilla and tonka reminds me a bit of Amen (again !) but more veratile and refined, I suppose

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    and now, after 5 hours, the vanilla base is very noticable ! Longlasting indeed..

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    Renzo,
    Which frag are you referring to?
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    Default Re: Arpège & Starwalker: A study in extremes

    excuse me Graffham,
    I meant Arpège..

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