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Van Cleef & Arpels First

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Overall 6
6.0

Scent fades quickly

pearlgirl, amazon.com
14 March 2014
  • Summary: The scent is great, however, it fades quickly, so even though it was a good price, ultimately, it is no bargain. Disappointing.
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Overall 6
6.0

Good smelling, but fast fading perfume.

Stella Toulbendjian, amazon.com
24 February 2014
  • Summary: Smells great but fades away fast. You need to reapply it throughout the day. If you don't mind doing so, I'd recommend it.
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Overall 6
6.0

User Review

highrise, makeupalley.com
14 January 2014
  • Summary: To me, First is the absolute epitome of the fragrance of 'expensive French-milled soap'. It begins with a bright burst of jasmine, and then quite quickly settles into a long, clean and rather retro scent (circa '76), including that slight bite as with many aldehydic florals. I would align it with Molinard de Molinard in that sense. It took a while to warm to First (of one can even do that with this slightly lofty, elegant creature!
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Overall 6
6.0

User Review

djr0125, makeupalley.com
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.
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Overall 6
6.0

User Review

kittyc, makeupalley.com
6 June 2013
  • 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.
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Overall 6
6.0

Used to be great.

Sunnie K., amazon.com
24 March 2013
  • Summary: Smelled old. Not new. That is all I have to say about this product. Used to be a fantastic smell. This smells like it has been sitting in a box for years.
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Overall 6
6.0

Pleasant, Proper Fragrance

Sue Katz "Honey Bee", amazon.com
24 March 2011
  • Summary: First by VCA is a very rich and opulent fragrance created in the mid-1970s. The florals are blended wonderfully, but First is also an aldehyde. That aldehyde aspect is very prominent in the opening, and it's not to my liking. However, the drydown is quite pleasant once the aldehydes and florals pass, wearing more like a woody on me. For an EdT, this is extremely well done and long-lasting.
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Overall 6
6.0

Earlier arrival

Luciana, amazon.com
4 January 2008
  • Summary: Personally, I didn't like the product, but it was a gift to my sister, and she really loved it. She has been using this product for more than 5 years. It arrived earlier than scheduled, in perfect conditions.
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Overall 6
6.0

User Review

sarakat, makeupalley.com
24 July 2007
  • 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.
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Overall 6
6.0

User Review

LadyMedb, makeupalley.com
1 February 2006
  • 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.
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