Category: Van Cleef and Arpels

Van Cleef & Arpels Tsar, 1989

  (image source unknown) Perfumer Philippe Bousseton I tend to talk about the fougère as a stern, towering perfume and it often is. But Tsar reminds me of how gentle the genre can be. Despite its ridiculous name, and blocky pseudo-Deco bottle, it’s one of the cozier fougères. Lavender and coumarin don’t crash against each other quite so much as in…

Van Cleef & Arpels First, 1976

Perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena Florals as a category often get maligned by perfume hobbyists. They’re considered quaint and liking them demonstrates a sort of naivté about perfume. ‘There, there, darling. In a few years you’ll find your way to the chypres and leathers.’ I couldn’t disagree more, and First is my evidence. Well-executed florals demonstrate beauty in the same way that…