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Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme (1978)
by Van Cleef & Arpels


Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme information

Year of Launch1978
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 392 votes)

People and companies

HouseVan Cleef & Arpels
PerfumerLouis Monnet
Parent CompanyInter Parfums
Parent Company at launchElf Aquitaine > Sanofi Beauté

About Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme

Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme is a masculine fragrance by Van Cleef & Arpels. The scent was launched in 1978 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Louis Monnet

Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme fragrance notes

Reviews of Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme

Back in the day, when synthetics were used to reinforce natural oils and not replace them, even masculine perfumes had a richness and quality that is now rare to find.
And this is one such. An aromatic fougère on a leather chypre, it was half brother to Azzaro pour Homme - they were born the same year.

I can't say how modern VC&A compares to the Azzaro because it's not made any more, but in the original form I think I prefer this, even though it smells 'old'. Its a combination of leather and lavender - skank and sophistication that drives VC&A. This gives it a sort of gravitas which is very much out of style, totally unsuited to the cult of youth that now engenders high street perfumery.

A sad loss for old farts...


5ml Miniature bottle
20th November, 2020
I have the 3rd formula and it's just like the original formula , it's classic soap leather musk scent that turns into a Barbar shop only difference is the oakmoss, I spray this stuff I feel like I'm in a black suit with a top hat on in a pre Victorion age ..old school dark mysterious, this is for a fall day dress all in black and gray with a black leather jacket the 2nd version the all black box is to avoid and aswell is with the all green box of tsar , 1 St and 3 Rd formulas are the best and almost exactly the same just less Oakmoss and it's place is treemoss and oakmoss on both tsar vca and VCA pH the projection and longtivy are both very good , I always get u smell so good , and some say wow u smell so different but good then compare then what the guys today wear , very manly , in this what lacks in alot scent on today's shelves in department stores , this for 35-40+ men to wear , j can't see a young man wearing this
15th September, 2019
Too much musk and castoreum for me...
Wife made me wash this one off.
Maybe 3 sprays from a travel atomizer was too much? I suppose one spray to the air, then walk through the mist would be the right amount?
Either way, this isn't for me. Too bad, because I'm a big fan of Tsar and had high hopes for VC&A PH.
18th June, 2019
This is what an upscale soap, like Irish Spring, would smell like. It's beautiful and unmistakable in its beginning notes and comes through all the way to the finish line. I'm referring to the vintage bottles of VC & A if you can still find them. I had 1 bottle from the early 2000s and just bought another one from someone who didn't know what he was selling (most vintage VC & A Pour Homme sell for $75+).

Because of the reformulations of classic fragrances to push forward the bottom line of the companies that make them, it's a major reason why I'm trying to find and buy vintage fragrances. I've tried some of the current formulations and I just don't like them.
10th January, 2019
The current formulation suffers from the same problem as the modern version of Tsar: an incredibly successful beginning, but barely perceptible persistence. Some say that the current version (black and brown box) is very close to the first one, others that is so far away that it is unrecognizable. I have not tried the original formulation, but I can say that the pefume that you can now buy for just 30 $ has one of the best openings I've smelled in my life, surpassing a good amount of high-priced niche fragrances. It opens a dark and decadent atmosphere, a heavy vagueness of a green gotic rose (similar to that of Lyric Man, no doubt) surrounded by woody and floral nuances drowned by the gloom of an atmosphere of unbearable saffron. It resembles the luxurious "Saffron Rose" by Grossmith, showing that suffocating atmosphere of saffron and rose among the exhalations of the melted wax of burning candles. Warm, really romantic, full of dramatic virility (as if it were the truly poetic version of Lyric Man), the combination quickly turns into a soapy climate (still really dark and dirty, similar to Jasmin Kamá by Rania J. but tremendous, masculine and earthy) increasingly prominent and dry. I have rarely felt so attracted to a fragrance, distinguishing that perfect and unique balance that qualifies the great perfumes, along with a deeply sordid and challenging invitation that completely escapes the standard category of the great classics (that's why we reject them as "conventional").
Magnificent, yes, for thirty minutes. In one hour the perfume has completely turned off, not only on my skin, but also on the perfumery papers. It is true that there remains a ghostly and dense memory, now clearly earthy and sharp (a barber's fragrance) of what the opening was, but it can hardly be smelled. That is all. If I smell the original formulation, I will review this criticism. Until then: a perfume of longevity and projection scandalously low, but so good at opening, it deserves a thumps up.
31st October, 2018 (last edited: 09th November, 2018)
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United Kingdom
To my nose this smells like a lavish bar of rose soap in a luxury hotel - potent yet subdued. Floral, clean and classic. I don't detect any leather note however it dries down to a white soap with a touch of cigarette ash and asphalt, similar to Quorum. Love it.
19th October, 2018

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