Midnight in Paris 
Van Cleef & Arpels (2010)

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Van Cleef & Arpels
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Olivier Polge

Midnight in Paris is a men's fragrance launched in 2010 by Van Cleef & Arpels

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There are 73 reviews of Midnight in Paris by Van Cleef & Arpels.

Stardust Over Place Vendome (Domitille Michalon Bertier & Olivier Polge, 2010)

Scentrack: Grace Jones – La Vie En Rose

Although Midnight in Paris was not novel nor the best fragrance ever, it still created a strong cult following. In fact, it was very familiar, but somehow pushed all the right buttons. Clean and warm at the same time. Romantic like Paris. Fragile like love. Packed in a beautiful bottle with the star constellation above Place Vendome.
The composition starts with very shy bergamot combined with a strong herbal aspect resulting in an Earl Grey accord combined with a touch of rosemary. Immediately, rubber and amber accords surround the tea and propel the fragrance toward powdery and oriental territories. A very nice soft suede accord warms up the composition. The monotony of oriental and powdery notes is successfully disrupted by the pink floral touch of lily of the valley – a trick earlier deployed by Olivier Polge in Kenzo Power (2008). In my opinion, it is hard to distinct heart notes from the base ones. Suede, almonds, sweet benzoin, soft incense, resins, Tonka bean and amber are amalgamated in a big, oriental saga that lasts on my skin for ages.
Midnight in Paris shares many similarities with several Annick Menardo’s successful releases like Bvlgari Black, Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin or Yves Saint Laurent Body Kouros. While Bvlgari Black, a nominally unisex creation, is a contemporary ascetic creation, Midnight in Paris, marketed for men, is lavishly expanded toward both genders. Unfortunately, both fragrances are discontinued, but the idea lives on in Daniela Andrier’s Prada Luna Rossa Black. Still, it will be nice to see these late legends on the marker again to satisfy my fondness for romantic leathery, powdery orientals.



EDT version. Non-sweetened, bits of bitterness, slightly heavy, with a smattering of leather or suede. Kind of a throwback from the 70s.

It becomes a more fresh, green-garden accord with a lovely "cup of tea" mixed in. Seems powdery now. Also, seems unisex, to me.

A warm, cozy base. Nicely blended notes create an exotic, incense vibe. Three and a half stars overall.

Midnight in Paris is clearly based on Bulgari Black. The structures are analogous, built of the same two parts: sweet - floral - powdery on top and hard black rubber in the base. But MiP isn't a straight up copy of course.

In MiP, Black's antiseptic and spicy notes emerge in the opening gambit where they breathe pure air before sinking back down. Another difference is that MiP doesn't have the bitter - smoky, fruity, and then vetiver and green notes that Black has in the base ... or any sort of base at all really.

Broadly speaking, what MiP does is to take the bare rubbery bones of Black and wrap them in a vague softness of bubblegum pink. But despite that, these two works remain similar for quite a while. The difference is largely a matter of emphasis. It's almost like the profile has been turned inside out. Black is more boldly rubber, MiP is sweeter and more diffuse but they both have the two parts on show.

In practice, when it comes to wearing them, MiP's prettied up version is less challenging than the avant-garde rawness of Black. MiP is more middle of the road - which is what it aims for, but it still wasn't going to have true commercial appeal. It's hard to see how a sweet pink oriental with a weird black rubber undercurrent (and a medicinal twang on top) would be welcomed by your average punter in the scent supermarket.

On the other hand, because it was lighter and more rounded, MiP was easier to wear. But even so, its appeal was likely to have been felt mainly by parfumistas and those who read perfume blogs.

So, finally, was MiP an attempt to cash in on a rival's brilliant but uncommercial work by giving it MoR appeal? Or was it an homage to a great work of Art Perfumery that was - by then - largely defunct? Possibly both. The sad reality is though, even the less challenging one was too much for the average buyer - who voted with their credit cards and said No to black rubber a second time.


Decant sample, not sure of the concentration.

From November, 2014:

If you have a choice between the EDP and EDT, absolutely get the parfum. The EDT is a powdery, rubbery vanilla scent that sits in a higher, more feminine register than Bulgari Black and has quite a "women's makeup" smell to it. The leather and incense aren't very prominent and take a backseat to a benzoin/lily-of-the-valley combo that I have a hard time pulling off with a straight face. With the EDP, the leather is darker, stronger and mixed well with the smoky incense. The powdery floral aspect is restrained, and the benzoin and tonka are deeper and richer. The EDP is a very nice fragrance and suited for a man. It seems to be a bit of a better quality than the EDT as well. Along the lines of Dior Homme Intense, Arpege Pour Homme, and maybe even a distant cousin of A*Men, Midnight in Paris is one fragrance where choosing between the EDT and EDP can make or break your experience. I'm giving this a neutral since I don't like the EDT at all, but enjoy the EDP.

A gorgeous gem, albeit I have to exclaim that it is not for me. Not my style whatsoever, but that won't stop me from rating it positively! I'm reviewing the EDT.

Balsamic, smouldering, embracing, warm and passionate. Like warm candles.

This house conceptually used ideas from YSL Body Kouros, Givenchy Pi and Boucheron Jaipur Homme, without copying directly any of them, of course.

Whoever is a fan of warm, soft and balsamic fragrances, Midnight In Paris is a must have!

Originality 6/10
Scent 7/10
Longevity 9/10
Projection 8/10

We BN'ers love it, but apparently others don't since its discontinued. This is a review on the EDP.

There really isn't much to say, except that this is one the most perfect men's fragrances ever. Make sure you like the note of iris though. Iris can come off smelling "makeupy" and that's what it does here.

This is a blend of 2 already outstanding masterpieces: Bvlgari Black, and Dior Homme. Superbly blended, with a smooth creamy finish. Long lasting, projects enough to turn heads, and sophisticated. This is a confident mature man's fragrance. If you see the EDP, snatch it up, because prices will just keep getting higher.

I just can't express how well blended this is. Along with one of the best dry downs I've ever smelled. It kills everything in performance too.

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