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Van Cleef (1993)
by Van Cleef & Arpels


Van Cleef information

Year of Launch1993
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 42 votes)

People and companies

HouseVan Cleef & Arpels
PerfumerAndré Girodroux
PerfumerPascal Gaurin
PackagingSerge Mansau
Parent CompanyInter Parfums
Parent Company at launchElf Aquitaine > Sanofi Beauté

About Van Cleef

Van Cleef is a feminine perfume by Van Cleef & Arpels. The scent was launched in 1993 and the fragrance was created by perfumers Pascal Gaurin and André Girodroux. The bottle was designed by Serge Mansau

Van Cleef fragrance notes

Reviews of Van Cleef

Rich and luxurious with its almost tropical mélange of fruity/ floral elements, a touch (just a touch and not a more prominent hint as in First) of honeyed animal feel and a strong acceleration over a cinnamon/neroli/raspberry vibe. Strong in its musk/galbanum/vanilla/honey combination. The marigold/bergamot/patchouli/vanilla association smells deliciously retro and conservative (scents a la Roccobarocco, Estee Lauder Knowing, Acampora Sballo or Gianni Versace jump suddenly on mind). The dry down is floral/oriental with a multifaceted congeries of classy whiffs. I detect some apricot but probably is an ostensible outcome elicited under my nose by the fruity floral blend plus sweet oriental elements and tonka. The base produces a sweet/bitter interaction of dry fruits and tonka with the support of musk and galbanum. For grande dame.
03rd December, 2012 (last edited: 01st August, 2017)
Nice aldehyde floral (orange blossom, rose & jasmine) with just enough gallbanum and bergamot in the top notes and cedarwood in the bottom notes to keep it interesting. In a fit of nostalgia, I bought Tiffany on line, thinking that I was buying Van Cleef. Sorry..I get my jewelers confused :) Memorable, if not inspiring, and one of my favorite green florals.
15th October, 2010
Very nice! A zingy, powdery aldehyde topnote, followed quite quickly by a somewhat nondescript floral melange. From one smelling of Safari, I think this is somewhat similar. Feels older than 1993, must have been a rather lacklustre launch. I imagine lady applying this every day as the final touch to her strictly formal wardrobe. Nice and I'd wear it now and again if given a bottle (pity about that bottle, btw, SO hideous).
24th August, 2009

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