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Avant Garde (2011)
by Lanvin


Avant Garde information

Year of Launch2011
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 145 votes)

People and companies

PerfumerShyamala Maisondieu
Parent CompanyInter Parfums

About Avant Garde

Avant Garde is a masculine fragrance by Lanvin. The scent was launched in 2011 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Shyamala Maisondieu

Avant Garde fragrance notes

Reviews of Avant Garde

Lanvin Avant Garde is an agreeable sweet/spicy/pwodery/woody men's fragrance, very much in the spirit of the half decade of fragrances that preceded it. I'm thinking of YSL La Nuit de L'Homme, Burberry London for Men, and Mugler A*Men Pure Havane. Like these, it's an agreeable men's choice for nights, but also days, particularly in cooler weather.

Tobacco is Avant Garde's featured note, rendered spicier by additions of pepper and cardamom, given a hint of freshness via lavender, and sweetness by resins, and woodiness by, well, woods.

It's reasonably safe enough of an offering for those who fancy sweet tobacco scents, as the powderiness of it is limited enough, not really quite in the YSL L'Homme or Dior Homme category, very much remaining somewhat of a darker sweet/spicy combo.

Performance is quite solid, but, as it's been discontinued, I suspect the Lanvin Avant Garde, being available primarily through eBay and other sellers, is dramatically overpriced. Pure Havane is a better choice by far, and I suspect many others would be satisfied similarly by a recent formulation of LNDLH or London, for that matter.

A nice fragrance, a like but not a love, and really a statement, but as agreeable and reliable as most men's nighttime options that are viable for 6+ months of the year.

7 out of 10
11th September, 2018
Avangard like? Not really, but very good surely. It is a hybrid of YSL La Nuit de l'Homme and a bit more than a pinch of JPG Le Male.

In case that you own La Nuit or Le Male, Lanvin A.G. will be redundant I'm afraid.

A rather pleasant scent that won't make you stand out in your environment, however that isn't the point. More often than not, most of people just want to fit and blend in and that's where Avant Garde wins. Also, most of the people like to smell good without being burdened by great heaviness or complexity. Avant Garde does a good job at that as well.

Pleasant, simple, already seen. No matter the fact, one wants to see, or smell it to express myself correctly, again despite its more than obvious familiarity.

Originality 4/10
Scent 7/10
Longevity 8/10
Projection 7/10
29th October, 2017
Comparisons to La Nuit I'm unsure about. This fragrance has been on my list to try for a while. Having now done so it still remains on my wishlist. I was immediately put in mind of a sweeter Rochas Man, sharing the gourmand tag. La Nuit has more of a spicy, powdery sweetness; whereas this Lanvin offering is more syrupy, without being too feminine. Although it treads a fine line.
19th July, 2017
this is an amazing smooth fragrance.warm tobacco, honey and cardamon.
very quiet, elegant and sweet.. not synthetic at all.
this definitely competes quality wise with ysl and tom ford.
needless to say..amazing value for under 30 bucks.

14th November, 2016
Avant Garde was responsible for the most enthusiastic compliment to any fragrance I've worn. However, she had to bury her nose in my neck to smell it, so it doesn't compete well in crowded spaces. It does resemble La Nuit, EdB, etc but the beeswax is where it really becomes unique. Honey is ok as a note, but too much in a scent is kinda weird, so I like the beeswax better to attract some queen bees.
15th August, 2016
Avant Garde is everything YSL La Nuit wishes it could be and more. Avant Garde smells better and has a wonderful price tag for what you are getting in the bottle.

Like others have stated in their reviews, the beeswax note is what sets this apart. Some have also stated that this fragrance is similar to Eau Des Baux. Maybe. I can smell traces of similarities between the two, but to me, this leans more on the side of a much better version of La Nuit.
09th June, 2016 (last edited: 23rd June, 2016)

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