Arpège (pronounced [aʁpɛʒ]) is a 1927 perfume by Lanvin. It is considered to be one of the world's classic scents.[2]

Fragrance by Jeanne Lanvin
TypeWomen's fragrance
TaglinePromise her anything, but give her Arpège


The fragrance has been referred to as the "fragrance of 1000 flowers" and its official name is a derivation of the musical term arpeggio.[2] In fact, the perfume contains some 60 floral essences.[3] Like Chanel No.5, launched six years earlier, it is considered an aldehydic floral perfume.[4][5]

It was created by perfumers André Fraysse and Paul Vacher for Jeanne Lanvin and presented to her musician daughter Marie-Blanche on her 30th birthday.[2][3]

The bottle designEdit

The original black bottle with a gold top was decorated with a gold illustration of Jeanne Lanvin and her daughter, created by French fashion illustrator Iribe.[2]


In 1993, the perfume was reformulated by Hubert Fraysse, brother of André and founder of fragrance manufacturer Synarome.[6][7]

A special edition minaudière (evening bag) was launched in 2013 to mark the 85th birthday of the perfume.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Groves, Ellen (August 25, 2006). "Lanvin adds Rumeur to Fragrance Franchise for Fall". Women's Wear Daily. Fairchild Fashion Media via HighBeam Research. Archived from the original on November 15, 2018. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d Geary, Cecilie (27 June 2012). "Top 15 scents with classic appeal". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Lamont-Djite, Tara (11 January 2013). "Perfume Perfection: Lanvin's Arpège Minaudière". Harper's Bazaar. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  4. ^ Helbig, Catherine. "What are Aldehydes?". Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  5. ^ Vosnaki, Elena. "Myth debunking 1: what are aldehydes, how do aldehydes smell and Chanel No. 5". perfumeshrineblogspot. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Lanvin Arpege – pefume review". Now Smell This. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  7. ^ Groom, Nigel (30 June 1997). The New Perfume Handbook. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 321. ISBN 0751404039. Retrieved 10 July 2014.

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