The contemporary Arpege by Lanvin ($31) still references its mother scent in the 1920s graphics, and its scent is as gorgeous as its packaging. With high powdery floral notes doused with honeysuckle, jasmine, roses and orange blossoms, and lower accents of vanilla and sandalwood, its recommended use is romantic. It hasn't strayed far from its flapper era predecessor... Ah yes, do consider the gravity of the orginal 1927 Arpege, in one of the "most recognizable bottles in history." A scent connoisseur is sure to have a bit of historian in her, and this vintage direction is another V-Day option for all the floundering men reading. (For a full account of the subtle differences between the Lanvin Arpege original and reorchestrated, click away.)
Editor's Note: Amongst the Outblush staff, we have something of a difference of opinion about the loveliness that is Arpege. A second editor who wears it regularly feels that anyone who tries it looking for flapper-style sex-in-a-bottle might be surprised to find what a gentle, warm-and-fuzzy scent it can be. It's a triumph of 20's style and glamorously aldehydic, to be sure (aldehydes are the chemical notes that characterize Chanel No. 5) , but the depth and softness of the florals underneath serve to remind us that the Lanvin emblem represents the love of a mother for her daughter. Let us know what you think, readers.