With such greats as Arpege and Rumeur coming from its hallowed halls, you would expect that a Lanvin perfume is a safe bet. Sadly not, although that doesn’t in any way undermine the two aforementioned jewels in their crown.
I recently tried Lanvin Jeanne Lanvin Couture for the lofty reason that it was being offered as a tester in my trusty local Superdrug. They really work their fragrances in old Superdrug and always have at least four testers and four special offers on at the counter. I have to be careful. It’s the equivalent of kids seeing a Kinder egg at the supermarket checkout. It’s hard to resist pester power when its yourself that you are pestering. I only went in for some shower gel.
But I digress. Lanvin Jeanne Lanvin Couture was a hit with me for about four minutes. Initially I got bright, sparkly Mandarins and a hint of pretty Peony. However, after ten minutes the Mandarins went sour on me and I was presented with a poor, synthetic Pineapple scent that reminded me of the dreadful Parfums Gres Hommage a Greta Garbo Mythos (see my earlier review-it was not a favourite). Despite having a promising selection of notes with Raspberry allegedly being dominant (and no Mandarins or Pineapples listed at all) all I could smell was synthetic cheap fruit and not much else. The most prominent note in Mythos was shockingly bad fake Pineapple, and sadly, this is what the alleged Raspberry was like to me when smelling Couture. One good point is that longevity is about nine hours, making this value for money, if it suits your skin. One bad point is that longevity is about nine hours and I hated it. Couldn’t get rid of it. It was more permanent than Barnacles.
Gorgeous bottle, good name, lovely packaging- dreadful smell. If you’ll pardon my weak pun, I give it a big raspberry.