Wednesday, February 01, 2006


Van Cleef & Arpels Birmane

I'm wearing Van Cleef & Arpels Birmane today. I bought this two years ago at Marshalls for $15.99 I believe. I hadn't worn it in a while as it hasn't been one of my favorite fragrances but decided upon it last night and again this morning.

The notes according to Osmoz are:
Top: Bergamot, Pineapple, Rosewood, Lemon
Middle: Rose, Orchid, Orris, Heliotrope
Base: Vanilla, Tonka, Sandal, Musk

I've seen it described elsewhere as: Launched by the design house of Van Cleef & Arpels in 1999, BIRMANE by Van Cleef & Arpels is classified as a sharp fragrance. This feminine scent possesses a blend of: top notes including fruits and freesia, lower notes combining jasmine, red lily and white rose. Hints of musk and tonka bean. It is recommended for casual wear.

I'm not crazy about the top notes as the pineapple gets to me for some reason. I love the way pineapple smells, I love to eat it (especially in cake) but in fragrance, it irritates me! I do get jasmine and freesia at first but once it dries down I can't detect it anymore. The middle notes linger the longest on me, it's more earthy/rooty than anything else. Slightly sweetened by the bottom notes but not too much. The staying power is fantastic and I prefer this one in colder months but it can really be worn year round.

The reason I don't wear it more often is the top notes but once I get past them I love this fragrance. I really should just apply it and let my blow drier zap the top notes for me!

Birmane is discontinued but you can find it for $21.58/3.4 oz. at Scentiments

Hey! Congratulations to you, Ms. Runner-Up you!
Sounds nice, nice review!
Victoria O
The bottle looks a little like Guerlain's Vol de Nuit, doesn't it?
♥ Yay and wow! Runner up ain't bad for my first nomination ever!

The bottle does look a bit like Vol de Nuit.
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