This Fall, Guerlain takes inspiration from famous and iconic mystery novel character Arsène Lupin which was created by writer Maurice Leblanc in 1905 to compose two new masculine fragrances meant to reflect the two contrasted Janus sides of the "gentleman cambrioleur" (gentleman burglar.) The new colognes are called Arsène Lupin Dandy and Arsène Lupin Voyou (Lout) and are part of the Les Parisiens collection which already comprises three masculine scents: Derby, L'Ame d'un Héros, Chamade pour Homme...
The duo of perfumes was created by perfumer Jean-Paul Guerlain who no doubt identifies with Arsène Lupin, a great seducer of women, but also a man of the shadows, like perfumers for the most part are or prefer to be.
I personally loved reading the adventures of Arsène Lupin as a kid/teen.
Dandy is described as an "oriental leather" fragrance. Its olfactory inspiration is the vision of a bouquet of violets left on the leather cushions of a De Dion-Bouton, a Belle-Epoque brand of car. The pairing is said to be ultra-chic yet unexpected combining a dark, powerful and slightly smoky leather accord with a "powdery velvet flower."
The composition is refreshed by bergamot and bigarade, spiced up by pink peppercorn and cardamom, enveloped in sandalwood and patchouli and made balmy with cistus and olibanum. The resulting effect is that of a smooth, warm and golden leather skin.
Voyou is said to be a vivacious woody aromatic. It is inspired by the motif of an Arsène Lupin escape from law and order while still finding the time to seduce a beautiful, fresh woman. Notes include bigarade, aromatic herbs, mugwort, coriander, a dash of pepper, sandalwood, patchouli, benzoin, rose, white musks.
Guerlain view Dandy as more of a fragrance for the connoisseurs while Voyou is seen as aimed more towards "young gentlemen." The flacons are set within a wooden frame which is darker for Dandy and lighter for Voyou.
The eaux de parfums will launch from September 27th, 2010 in the Guerlain boutiques in France. In the US, expect to see the fragrances on counter from October 1st, 2010.
Price: 165€ for 100 ml
Via press release