Didn't like the undertones
by Sydney on Dec 24, 2016
I was hoping it would have a slightly sweeter undertone but to me it smelt very musky.
by Jaclyn on Dec 8, 2016
I would have given this the worst rating, though I respect why some might like this, I would find it interesting in an older home of a European, I don't know why, maybe I smelled it once and that is what it reminds me of. I would never in a million years wear this, never been so sure, though like I said I could respect it on some and even like it on some, say a lady in an antique store.
classic french scent
by ALESSANDRO on Nov 16, 2016
it smells like a classic French perfume,too flowery in my opinion
by Kathleen on Jun 11, 2016
Fantastic aldehyde floral w/jasmine. Elegant, luxurious, classy, French. I could imagine an old school Hollywood movie star wearing this. Love it, it is right up my alley as I like the older type fragrances. Lasts long on the skin as most of the older perfumes tend to be. Definitely a classic.
Not for me
by Alishia on Jun 10, 2016
This does kind of remind me of a light Chanel no 5 which does not smell good on my skin at all. This has a very classic feel to it.
A time capsule of classiness
by Sharon on Jun 10, 2016
Arpege is one of those deep, dark and rich fragrances that's sultry, and reeks of confidence and power. True olfactive masterpiece. Arpege is a smooth, near-perfect blend - like each note was casted for a specific role. When you turn on a black & white movie and you're rendered jealous that you missed out on this time period of pure classiness and timeless style - Arpege is like that black and white movie, that vintage beauty icon. A time capsule of classiness.
That being said, if you're the type to think "black & white movies are boring" then Arpege may not be for you. Falling for Arpege is similar to falling for an old movie or an old blues song - it's about discovery and appreciation of a different time. If you love fragrances and their rich history... you long to know more about past compositions - even if they've been reformulated into a ghost of their former selves (which I'm sure this one is). Though, I will say - unlike other vintage aldehydic classics, Arpege lacks that extreme fizziness that tends to tickle your nose (and make you feel like you're about to sneeze). It's also less animalic - and to me, that makes it a little more friendly or approachable than other similar vintage powerhouses.
A True Classic
by Gail on May 20, 2016
Very "old school" and elegant. Intense aldehydes. A bit strong, but great if used sparingly. "Promise her anything...but give her Arpege".
by Rose on Apr 12, 2016
This has an aldehydic opening similar to the classic Chanels, especially No 5. Arpege is more woody (sandalwood) though, with a hint of vetiver which gives it a far less floral feel, makes it slightly different.
It will feel quite dated for a younger generation, but I find it satisfying for its lovely complex French style. I'd not wear it often, maybe to a family occassion where it would be enjoyed by more mature women. If you like this, you'd probably love Bois des Iles by Chanel (not cheap!) but Arpege is very affordable nowadays.
Having said that, styles change, and people seek more distinct perfumes these days. For a while everyone wanted to smell natural and simple (Jo Malone etc) which is still welcome when you want something simple for daytime or summer, but sometimes a full-on perfumy perfume is what's wanted and this is ideal for those occasions. It's not heavy or heady as such, there are no catty civet notes, huge florals etc, it has an elegance and it's most definitely classic in tone.
I can appreciate it
by Callie on Jan 13, 2016
My mom adores this perfume. It was her first time smelling it and I asked if she ever remembered and women in her past to wear it. She hadn't (which was slightly disappointing, I was hoping for a story), but she loved it nonetheless. It's a light scent and she says it reminds her of the plain Avon cream, and it really does. If you have ever ordered from Avon this is what their lotions smell like - or at least used to years ago. I'm surprised I found this scent welcoming because I don't really like many of the aldehyde scents, but I'm sure it's due to the lightness of this scent. However, the only reason I would consider a larger bottle is due to the low cost and the bottle is beautiful.
by Moomoos on Apr 19, 2015
if you've smelt chanel no. 5, then it smells a lot like arpege. avoid if you prefer no. 5, but try it out if you like aldehydes...
still a favorite
by Brenda on Jan 23, 2015
This has always worked really well with my body chemistry, so I've always loved it. And it is distinctive in a way many modern scents aren't. Try it on your skin and see. Like another reviewer mentioned, this one won't tell you anything if you don't put it on your skin. If you're lucky like me, then you'll smell the magic.
by Stephanie on Nov 18, 2014
As soon as I sprayed this, I thought of an old lady, and not in a classic way, like an old closet way. I wanted to try this because i wanted to find something similar to Chanel No.5 but this is definitely not it. Yes, it has the aldehydes, but it also has a sour, stale smell to it as well, nothing like Chanel at all. The dry down is slightly softer, but not much. Try Miss Dior or L'Interdit if you're looking for something good with the Chanel No.5 vibe, but you won't truly find it with anything but.
Reward = gorgeous fruity finale!
by Heather on Jul 5, 2014
Arpege is softly smooth, well balanced, sort of powdery, very feminine, and merely beautiful!
First, I must tell you that you have to wear this perfume on your skin. If you spritz your clothes, you will never experience the Arpege adventure. It seems to be stuck in the aldephydic phase and never evolves into the full fragrance and into the dry-down.
So, the opening is totally filled with aldehydes (smells a lot like No. 5 or Ysatis) with ylang-ylang very present. It's dark and adictive and it lasts a good while. Then the sandalwood shows itself and tones down the strong aldehydes, with some flower and spice notes!
After a few hours Arpege absolutely leaves the aldehydic/white flower stage for a more fruity oriental one. There's a beautiful combination of dried apricots and/or peaches with some cloves and coriander (love coriander!)
I feel like I'm wearing 2 different perfumes in one long experience - Arpege-1 and then Arpege-2! It's quite a ride! The gorgeous fruits are well worth waiting for...trust me!!
by Mario on May 6, 2014
smells very similar to chanel no. 5. probably too similar...the aldehydes do it. both a wonderful scents with only small differences...smell both and decide for yourself...