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    Default Any one tried Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight in Paris Pour Homme

    It's created by Olivier Polge and Domitille Bertier so it should be good


    The notes include black lily of the valley accord, citron, bergamot, matcha green tea, styrax, benzoin, tonka bean and incense.

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    Default Re: Any one tried Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight in Paris Pour Homme

    I don't think this is available yet. Is it?
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    I tried it briefly. I was most impressed. It smelled uncannily like its name. My first thought was "instant classic".
    I was also smelling other things so I didn't give it full attention, don't really know how it develops and may be wrong in my assessment but I would definitely recommend an early sampling.
    This was the first time I have actually been impressed with a new frag which smells different in a long, long while.....could even restore my heavy cynicism about the future of perfumery...but I'm getting ahead of myself, need to resample...
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    wow that sounds good hirch_duckfinder because I was becoming worriedsince I learn that it will be released in september.

    with two noses Olivier Polge and Domitille Bertier behind this I would think this should be an instant classic as you have said and look forward to sampling it asap

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    sounds good and the name's just plain cool! there's nothing more attractive than a midnight in paris.

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    The name is cheesy as hell, and the bottle couldn't be more generic...lets hope this turns out to be as good as h_ds initial impressions are, cause god knows this house needs a hit ..
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    Default Re: Any one tried Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight in Paris Pour Homme

    I am looking forward to trying it. Which is more than I can say about other upcoming releases.
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    Really, REALLY great fragrance, done in the best traditions of master Olivier Polge. It starts sweet and powdery, but fresh at the same time. After couple of minutes notes of tonka beans and woods start to work and the scent becomes something in the middle of Dior Homme Intense and S. T. Dupont Pour Homme Intense. It is not irisy as DHI and fresher than Dior's fragrance, but has the same strong sweetness and belongs to the same type of scents. Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight in Paris is a good development of Mr. Polge's signature and deserves

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    Default Re: Any one tried Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight in Paris Pour Homme

    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    I am looking forward to trying it. Which is more than I can say about other upcoming releases.
    I'm with you. I really want to try this and cannot wait til it hits North America. Theres actually a few interesting releases this year ( and unfortunately unnoticed on Basenotes). Salvador Dali pour Homme, M Generation, Arabian Nights ( a Bogart fragrance), St Dupont Intense...etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AntonPan View Post
    . It is not irisy as DHI and fresher than Dior's fragrance, but has the same strong sweetness and belongs to the same type of scents.
    Doesn't sound like my type of fragrance but who knows...

    I would have preferred a modern take on the old classic Van Cleef pour homme...make the leathery tones of the current formulation less harsh, improve the rose note, add some good ol' iris in the heart notes, and make a luscious incense laden base ala one of the Amouage's...now that would be a Midnight in Paris..
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    I remember hearing about this a couple months back. I'm angry cause just yesterday I was in NYC and maybe could have tried this. Oh well. In time, in time..
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    Quote Originally Posted by zztopp View Post
    Doesn't sound like my type of fragrance but who knows...

    I would have preferred a modern take on the old classic Van Cleef pour homme...make the leathery tones of the current formulation less harsh, improve the rose note, add some good ol' iris in the heart notes, and make a luscious incense laden base ala one of the Amouage's...now that would be a Midnight in Paris..
    That sounds good. But I would also add a civet note to mimic the smell of dog sh*t on the sidewalk. Then it would truly remind me of Midnight in Paris.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    That sounds good. But I would also add a civet note to mimic the smell of dog sh*t on the sidewalk. Then it would truly remind me of Midnight in Paris.
    LOL - yes daytime in Paris is bad enough:
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    I can't wait, but here in Lisbon only in September

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    I want to try this myself.....Will this be at Neiman Marcus?
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    I was in a Neiman Marcus yesterday and they had this for sale. Didn't see a tester out though. Darn, should have asked.

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    Default Re: Any one tried Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight in Paris Pour Homme

    Just picked up the Eau de Parfum for $115 but haven't had a chance to try it yet. The SA said that there is an Eau de Toilette
    version, same size (125ml) for $95.

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    Thanks for the info.....This looks and sounds very interesting!
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    Hmm. I think that edp version will be extremely similar to Dior Homme Intense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Just picked up the Eau de Parfum for $115 but haven't had a chance to try it yet. The SA said that there is an Eau de Toilette
    version, same size (125ml) for $95.
    No 50ml size?

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    Default Re: Any one tried Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight in Paris Pour Homme

    I tried the EDP today. I liked it - I thought it had a Bulgari Black vibe to it. I need to do some further testing.
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    Default Re: Any one tried Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight in Paris Pour Homme

    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    I tried the EDP today. I liked it - I thought it had a Bulgari Black vibe to it. I need to do some further testing.
    Maybe that's it. I've spent the last two days trying to figure out what the drydown kept reminding me of. I think this one is a keeper myself.

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    Default Re: Any one tried Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight in Paris Pour Homme

    I tried it yesterday via card. Granted there were a billion things I was trying, but I didn't really care for it. It was sort of nondescript, and it felt incomplete to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    I tried the EDP today. I liked it - I thought it had a Bulgari Black vibe to it. I need to do some further testing.
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    Just picked up the Eau de Parfum for $115 but haven't had a chance to try it yet. The SA said that there is an Eau de Toilette
    version, same size (125ml) for $95
    Who is carrying this ?

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    Default Re: Any one tried Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight in Paris Pour Homme

    Quote Originally Posted by scentimus View Post
    Who is carrying this ?
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    I`m giving a full wear of this one today. My impression is that it`s a well-crafted fragrance, may remind other fragrances, but it doesn`t have that generic watery aura that is common in mainstream male launches. The lilly is a little bit hard to pick at the first time, but after sprayng it generously, i could see that the perfumer used a similar lilly that you can find in The Dreamer by Versace. Just pick the dreamer aroma, take off all the amber, and reduce that luminous lilly to 30-40% of the concentration in The Dreamer, and then you get the "black" lily in Midnight In Paris. It`s a safer floral, that doesn`t have the intention to shock or dominate the aroma, but just give a nice touch, as if the flower as used in a night suit for a daring touch. You notice the leather that supports this shiny, not so fresh, lily from the beginning, and it`s a leather that reminds me more of Dzing! then of Bvlgari Black. When i give a single spray on my arm, i detected that smoky, leather accord in Bvlgari Black, but after giving a proper wear, it seems more close to the leather found in Dzing, but less animalic, as if they have treated that leather in a citrus-tea fragrant-water, just to give the leather a pinch of freshness. The base is sweet, but not nauseating, a creamy vanilla with some tonka beans and something slightly incensed. The curious of this fragrance is that, on me, it seems to keep disappearing and reappearing during the first moments. I get the leatheary lilly, then for a moment i don`t get nothing, and then again i notice the leather, the lily, the gourmand accord, and the nothing again.
    I`d be nicer it was more daring, but it`s not bad the way it was done. A clever, classy composition that seems to take calculated risks for avoiding shock the average consumer. This is my only critique about it, it could have been more daring than it actually is.

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    Default Re: Any one tried Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight in Paris Pour Homme

    I broke down & bought it the other day and am finally getting around to a side by side with Bvlgari Black.
    Granted - they are slightly similar in the mid-notes but BBlack just can't keep up in the drydown.

    Black turns into a musky vanilla bomb then just fades into an attempt at 'leather' (?) - while Midnight stays bright with its incense, tea, benzoin/tonka mix. MUCH much better.

    They both have their place, but I'll probably be letting Black go in favor of Midnight.

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    I sniffed it today at the store. I'm with MTGPROX that it smelled unlike all the current male designer scents, but it still didn't seem THAT interesting. It had a floral vanilla faux-benzoin kind of vibe that reminded me of a more interesting Balmain Amber Gris, but it still had the vibe of a better current womens designer scent, which was interesting, especially sold to men, but not anything mindblowing.

    However, the comparisons to Bulgari Black are piquing my interest - does it have the rubbery tea note? Or is it reminding you of Black just because of the sweet masculine vanilla?
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    I got a sample of this yestersay, and I have to say that I like it! rickbr does an excellent job picking it apart above.

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