Serge Gainsbourg Loved to Wear...{Celebrity Perfume - What Celebs Wear}

You can now smell Like singer Serge Gainsbourg if you wish to as Van Cleef and Arpels have released official information about his signature cologne which happens to be one of their offerings...

On the occasion of the debut of the biopic consecrated to the life of singer and French cultural icon Serge Gainsbourg called Vie Héroïque, Van Cleef & Arpels wishes to remind his fans that the signature perfume of "Gainsbarre" was none other than Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme.

The cologne was launched in 1978 as the first masculine of the house, two years after their debut feminine fragrance First...

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The men's fragrance, a leather and woody chypre, was composed by perfumer Louis Monnet of Givaudan.

The composition according to Interparfums who are the lincensee for the jewelry house revolves around three main accords. There are fresh and aromatic notes with thyme, basil, juniper, marjoram, tarragon, clove, hay, tobacco, sage. Then there is a "masculine floral heart": jasmine, tuberose, rose, ylang, galbanum; finally, the third main facet is woodsy with notes of patchouli, vetiver, cedar wood on a leather background, oakmoss, castoreum, cistus labdanum.

It is a jus that is perhaps more classic than one might have expected for the grungy dandy style of Serge Gainsbourg. I remember thinking it smelled like another perfume I knew, but can't recall the connection now. Need  to whip out a notebook more often. At any rate, you can now smell the perfume and know that it once scented the neck of the singer.

I had read elsewhere a testimonial from an actor explaining that it is for this reason and because of his admiration for S.G. that he wears Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme from time to time. You can thus rest assured that this is not a superficial commercial pitch where "the man with the cabbage head" sprayed once from the bottle and was caught on camera but an opportune reminder that it was Gainsbourg's (real) signature scent.

Via press release

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  1. VC&A PH is my signature scent, too. I've been wearing it constantly for a year now - I've smelled of it 24 hours a day 7 days a week since I fell in love back in July 2012. The scent is very regal, very gothic, very rich, very austere. It fits my personality perfectly, and it makes me feel great. One word of caution - go easy on the sprayer - just one shot on each side of the neck after your morning bath and one 'refresher' shot to the centre of the neck 12 hours later, and the scent will last all day and all night, until your next shower bath. Yes, it really is that potent, and WILL make you smell horrible if you wear too much. Fear not; just follow the usage schedule I mentioned and it's all good.

    • Thanks for your input. Your description of the personality of the perfume is evocative and might inspire others to give it a shot.

      Chant Wagner

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