Van Cleef & Arpels is a luxury French jewelry, watch and perfume company. It was founded by Charles Arpels and his brother-in-law Alfred Van Cleef in 1896. The pair opened their first shop in prestigious Place Vendôme in 1906. They gained notoriety for their use of precious stones and their expertise and innovation in stone-setting techniques. the Arpels family emigrated to the United States and opened their first American boutique in New York.
The company's first foray into fragrances came with First for Women, in 1978, a classic floral aldehyde scent. First has remained a popular choice and inspired a number of flankers over the years. Other notable releases include men's classic Tsar (1989), Feerie (2008) and the Collection Extraordinaire, a luxury line whose first fragrance was introduced in 2009.
Today a rose blossoms in the Collection Extraordinaire.
Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire is now complete thanks to the blossoming of a rose. On the refined and emblematic vial, adorned with a monogram of the House initials, drapes the signature of a new scent: Rose Velours.
The rose has reigned upon gardens, been the muse of poets and an emblem of femininity for centuries. Today, it begins a new chapter and blossoms within an enchanting new fragrance.
Since the dawn of time, the rose unquestionably - near unrivaled - embodies a majestic queen.
The top notes sparkle with the citrus freshness of Italian bergamot interspersed with the delicacy of the discrete violet leaf. The middle notes are signed off by a rose absolute and its voluptuous scent, ornamented with accents of honey and sweet, powdery absolute of iris.
Introducing the Rose Velours by Van Cleef and Arpels.
From sleep-drenched morning to evening mist and setting sun, the rose exudes throughout the day its many facets. Lemon zest and honeyed sweetness delicately adorn and embrace its gentle, woody fragrance.
In a delicious whisper, the precious rose is forever gathered to scent this fragrance. To the tactile softness of a magnificent rose’s petals is added a velvet touch to embellish the fragrance’s name. Velvet petals - an exquisite sensation of softness, a smooth and gentle sigh.
I love this scent by Van Cleef Arpels as it gives me a very mysterious scent that lingers on. I love how it's a very sexy, deep note that definitely embraces everything about a woman but still keeping it very feminine and girly! Perfect as a night/evening wear perfume, great for that romantic dinner date. Your date will definitely want more of that scent!
The Collection Extraordinaire showcases the finest of materials. For this magnificent rose, Antoine Maisondieu composed an exquisite box and selected an absolute, the quintessence of luxury and an exceptional substance!
A Van Cleef & Arpels jewellery collection inspired by lush scenery encircled by palm trees, California Rêverie is evocative of paradise on earth. The Paysage d'Opale, Desert flower and Big Sur sets of jewels illustrate this beautifully.
California, the legendary place of imagination, of desires and dreams. A radiant, sun-blessed paradise.
Introducing the California Rêverie
California Rêverie, a new creation in the Collection Extraordinaire by Van Cleef & Arpels, transforms the myth into a perfume.
Noble and intriguing jasmine sambac comes to the fore in the base notes of this fragrance. This sacred white flower, the queen of perfumery, first blossomed in warm and humid climates. Originally growing in India, this fragrant jasmine has since spread to many other lands. Representing purity and hope, its intoxicating scent is now used to create perfumes.
I love this scent as it's great for daytime wear! It's light and airy, which makes me think of tea time and cakes, but there's still a freshness coming from it due to the scent of lovely jasmine flowers and a very calming undertone as there's hints of vanilla essence. It's super feminine and has very cheerful tone.
The Collection Extraordinaire has traditionally been inspired by the most beautiful creations and has always emphasised a particular ingredient. With fresh, shimmering top notes that scintillate together very well.
The Collection Extraordinaire's signature bottle bears its number, its reference and the seal tag of Van Cleef & Arpels.
For more info, do check out www.LuxAsia.com and head on over to the Van Cleef & Arpels store at Starhill Bukit Bintang if you would love to purchase one today. You can get them at Parkson KLCC and Pavilion too.
Retail Price of Collection Extraordinaire:
45ml-RM329 (WM), RM346 (EM)
75ml- RM609 (WM), RM640 (EM)