Reviews and Problems with Van Cleef & Arpels First
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20 December 2013
Summary: Pay no attention to the price and packaging ratings from me, as I only purchased samples. Apparently, you must specify price and packaging ratings even though they don't apply, so I split the difference. I'm not a big fan of the aldehydic perfumes. I don't hate them, but they are generally too overpowering to my nose and obscure the other notes that are supposed to play along. I can't get all of nuances with aldehydes. I like them okay after they dry down.
Summary: In my mind First has something in common with Hermes' 24 Faubourg. Both smell complex, classy and expensive (although First is actually not that expensive any more.) The difference for me is that 24 Faubourg is not as lush; it has a slight dry austerity about it that actually appeals to me very much. First, on the other hand, does not know where to stop. It almost embarrasses me a little.
Summary: I have the EDT in this, and while I find it only so-so on its own, I like layering it with different scented lotions and body mists! I think my favorite is with a soft vanilla--it really helps highlight the different notes, whereas on its own for me this becomes a mishmash of powder and aldehydes, which gives me a headache if I allow it to continue in its unaltered powdery state for too long.
Summary: I guess I must have tried the new formulation too, because although I experienced First as a lovely, complex floral with a carefully orchestrated cascade of notes, I couldn't help noticing some kind of sour, stagnant base note kind of muddying it up. It's subtle but it ages the scent prematurely. As the other notes are so interesting, I'd love to smell the original.
Summary: 3 1/2 lippies. Notes are floral black currant, jasmine, narcissus, sandelwood and vanilla, according to FragranceNet.After a week of sampling the horrible to mundane I was surprised to find this winner. First smells expensive and sexy, yet it still has class and flair. Though, I'm not sure I will purchase a bottle as First has a strange note that doesn't agree with me.
Summary: I have mixed feelings about this one. It is a great work of art as a perfume. However, it has a strange note to me - almost a buttery or a stale note at times. For that reason, I don't always feel I can wear it.
Summary: Had friend who wore this and she only wore one squirt, making us run out of the room. We could not wait till she finished the bottle. That being said, it did have a decent dry down-hours later-Much later! Which does attest to it's staying power. A little dab will do ya- a spray form is just too, too much!
Summary: First ist ein sehr blumiger Duft. Die Kopfnote ist heftig, schwülstig und dumpf, sehr gewöhnungsbedürftig. Das Dumpfe verschwindet so nach und nach, zum Glück, sonst wäre dieser Duft bei mir total durchgefallen. Ich mag keinen pudrig-staubigen-abgestandenen Theatergarderobenduft. Herz-und Basisnoten werden weicher und klarer, mehr wie ein frischer Blumenstrauß. In meiner Nase überwiegt Jasmin, aber auch Amber und Honig riecht man etwas heraus.
Excerpt: Quando si dice van cleef &arpels si pensa subito a magnifici gioielli che si possono ammirare indosso alle dive di hollywood..o nelle vetrine di selezionatissimi ed esclusivi neg ozi ,ma il marchio non è attivo solo nel campo dell'alta gioelleria,settore sempre più esclusivo ma anche nella profumeria,dove esordisce nel 1976 con first,il primo profumo targato van cleef&arpels..i tempi dei monili importanti sono lontani e per sopravvivere è necessario ...