Eclat d`Arpege Gourmandise : My first Lanvin purchase!

Here’s a first for the blog – a fragrance review!

I can now finally say I’ve bought something from Lanvin! No, unfortunately it’s not quite a designer dress or handbag but on my way back from the Far East the other month, I picked up this little beauty. Eclat d’Arpege Gourmandise EDP.

Possibly the cutest decorated perfume bottle ever, the bottle features a French macaron and treats theme. Tres mignonne non? (thanks GCSE French)

Eclat d’Arpege Gourmandise is a limited edition of the original Lanvin Eclat d’Arpege fragrance. I’ve not heard of the original but stumbled across this little beauty in Duty Free!

The official scent description according to Frangrantica is Sicilian lemon and lavender openings, with a heart of green tea and sweet peach blossom wrapped in lebanese cedar and white musk.

Personally, I’d describe it as lemony white musk, sweet whilst still smelling sharp. Lovely.

Definitely check out Fragrantica to see what ‘notes’ make up your perfume – you’ll probably be able to see a pattern! Almost all the perfumes I love (like Benefit and Chanel Chance) are described as white floral, citrus, musk and fresh..

My personal perfume preference is towards light, citrusy smells which are sweet but aren’t too fruity. I don’t really like heady, heavy scents normally so this Gourmandise is perfect for me.

My previous go-to was Benefit Maybe Baby which has sadly been discontinued, so I’ve had to find a new signature scent! Signature scent? You know, that smell where everyones like, “oh whose cardigan is this – sniffs – ah, I think it’s Zoe’s”  

Or something like that… 

Moving on – here’s more of the bottle! 

Not that I’d ever buy perfume based on the bottle, (well actually, I probably would, I’m weak)  but the cute bottle really did help cement my decision when I smelt it in Duty Free!

It does smell quite similar to Benefit Maybe Baby – both white musk based with peach notes, but Eclat d’Arpege Gourmandis is more citrusy, and Maybe Baby more fruity.

The official photo is so cute – I love the french treats theme!

What do you look for in a perfume? Do you have a favourite?

What about a signature scent? 



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Zoe Bayliss Wong
Zoe Bayliss Wong

Zoe is a Forbes ’30 under 30′ finance pro, style writer, presenter and panellist, working for a fashion startup and trying to live that best life in the most IRL way possible.

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  1. hannah
    August 20, 2013 / 1:14 pm

    Oh the bottle is so pretty! Time to admit a sure blogger faux pas right now… I have NEVER tried a macaron! And my boyfriend tells me I won't even like them because of their coconut-y flavour! My favourite scent is Naughty Alice by Vivienne Westwood xx

    • Zoe Dubs
      August 22, 2013 / 8:48 am

      OHHHH my days. You NEED to try a macaron. Go for a flavoured one, they don't taste that coconut-y! I recommend raspberry, pistachio or my fave- SALTED CARAMEL x (well deserved of all capitals)

  2. Mademoiselle Lala
    August 21, 2013 / 4:52 pm

    This bottle is too cute and I want to buy it just for the sake of having and admiring it! Is that bad? 😉

    • Zoe Dubs
      August 22, 2013 / 8:48 am

      I think, in blogger terms, that's considered normal 😉 x

  3. beautyqueenuk
    November 28, 2013 / 4:12 pm

    That really is a stunning bottle xBeautyqueenuk xx