Van Cleef 
Van Cleef & Arpels (1993)

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Van Cleef & Arpels
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Pascal Gaurin
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Serge Mansau
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Van Cleef is a women's perfume launched in 1993 by Van Cleef & Arpels

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There are 4 reviews of Van Cleef by Van Cleef & Arpels.


A stunning green floral chypre. Go home take a shower, wash your hair, put on these sexy shorts with a nice shirt a few spray this lovely on and get your on with your day. Brightly sparkling, mildly sharp, timeleassly elegant, unaffectedly chic, guilelessly sexy and richly aromatic.

Van Cleef has many notes of a gorgeous bouquet of flowers plus the very dry&refined green galbanum-a must elusive, powerful element, honeyed marigold adds sensuality, lovely herbal notes, plus delicious orange blossom and a wonderful sweet balsamic base that lasts for ages. Fabulous on a rainy spring day. The openings strange and edgy. The middle is a nice mix of wild, bitter and still seeet herbs and flowers. The dry down is sweet and woodyl, it comes across just like a grand-chypre.

All of the notes are very-well blended. It inspires a feeling of complete freedom of choice with amazing adventures in an exotic far away land. Suitable wear to a seriously fancy occasion. Classy and stylish lady scent. A must try for chypre lovers. Strong sillage and amazing longevity.


Rich and luxurious with its almost tropical mélange of fruity/ floral elements, a touch (just a touch and not a more prominent hint as in First) of honeyed animal feel and a strong acceleration over a cinnamon/neroli/raspberry vibe. Strong in its musk/galbanum/vanilla/honey combination. The marigold/bergamot/patchouli/vanilla association smells deliciously retro and conservative (scents a la Roccobarocco, Estee Lauder Knowing, Acampora Sballo or Gianni Versace jump suddenly on mind). The dry down is floral/oriental with a multifaceted congeries of classy whiffs. I detect some apricot but probably is an ostensible outcome elicited under my nose by the fruity floral blend plus sweet oriental elements and tonka. The base produces a sweet/bitter interaction of dry fruits and tonka with the support of musk and galbanum. For grande dame.


Nice aldehyde floral (orange blossom, rose & jasmine) with just enough gallbanum and bergamot in the top notes and cedarwood in the bottom notes to keep it interesting. In a fit of nostalgia, I bought Tiffany on line, thinking that I was buying Van Cleef. Sorry..I get my jewelers confused :) Memorable, if not inspiring, and one of my favorite green florals.


Very nice! A zingy, powdery aldehyde topnote, followed quite quickly by a somewhat nondescript floral melange. From one smelling of Safari, I think this is somewhat similar. Feels older than 1993, must have been a rather lacklustre launch. I imagine lady applying this every day as the final touch to her strictly formal wardrobe. Nice and I'd wear it now and again if given a bottle (pity about that bottle, btw, SO hideous).

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