In the House is a feature on EauMG. I’m collecting my experiences from years of perfume sampling and putting together a quick brand overview. There are so many perfume lines out there that it can be overwhelming. My goal with this is to quickly introduce people to niche and indie lines that may be of interest to them.
Who’s in the house? Arquiste Parfumeur
The History & Perfumers: Arquiste is a newer perfume line by fragrance aficionado, creative director and architect, Carlos Huber. The compositions are meant to “transport” the wearer to different times and places throughout history (Huber himself specializes in Historic Restoration). The perfumers behind are professionally trained, “superstar” perfumers Rodrigo Flores-Roux and Yann Vasnier.
My impressions of the brand: The style of the perfumes are “lush” without ever being heavy. These are the type of perfumes that one can wear in warmer climates. And many of the perfumes are what I call “dapper florals”.
I have always thought of Rodrigo Flores-Roux as this god of orange blossoms (Tom Ford Neroli Portofino, all the John Varvatos). And within the Arquiste line, I can smell his sense of pride for his art, his culture and his heritage in these perfumes. I love that there is a heavy Mexico-centric focus in the Arquiste line (Huber and Flores-Roux are both Mexican). It’s a beautiful country that should inspire the perfume world with its heritage, history and abundance of aromatics.
Yann Vasnier is a versatile perfumer creating perfumes for niche brands like Parfums Divine and Parfums DelRae as well as big hits like Marc Jacobs Bang and Lola. I’ve always admired Vasnier’s ability to adapt to the brand that he is working with. You can see a sample of his range within the Arquiste line – delicious gourmands to citrus chypres.
And to disclose some of my bias, I’ve met all three men in person and they are incredibly charming. And they love perfume. Sales associates in New York have told me that Huber is a “real perfumista” and you get that when you speak to him.
Brand’s strengths: Sophisticated “daily” fragrances. Approachable without being dull. I also think these are great perfumes for warmer climates. If I lived somewhere like Florida or Texas, these are the perfumes that I would wear.
Brand’s weaknesses: Price. Which as you know is subjective*. This could also be a strength or a weakness, but most of the line consists of florals. What I’m saying is that the brand’s strength could also be its weakness depending on if you like this style or not.
I have tried: All of them except for the ones being launched in the summer of 2014.
My favorite/s from the line that I’ve tried: Aleksandr. I think I’m in the minority here because it seems that most people love the gourmand Anima Dulcis. Anima Dulcis is great but there is something about the coolness in Aleksandr that I love.
My least favorite from the line that I’ve tried: Anima Dulcis. This doesn’t mean that I dislike it. I have reviewed it and I find that my skin amps up the sweetness making it chocolate syrup on me. I have smelled it on others and its much more complex on them! I hate to pick a least favorite and for me, this is it. But, I do think it’s the best luxury chocolate perfume on the market.
You may like some of the perfumes in this brand if you like: white florals, citrus florals, fragrances for warmer climates or if you are looking for a well-crafted “everyday” fragrance.
Does the brand offer samples or a discovery set? No. There isn’t a official discovery set or sample set. However, many of the retailers of this brand offer samples for purchase.
Available products by this brand: EDP perfumes. There is a candle collaboration with Cire Trudon.I love this Merida-inspired candle.
Price range: Perfumes come in 1.85 oz bottles with prices ranging from $165-$195. The candle collaboration retails for $90.
My Top 3 “must-try” picks:
Anima Dulcis – It’s a sophisticated chocolate. And one of the perfume community’s favorite from the line. If you have to only try one, try this one.
Aleksandr – A cold violet leather for dandies. My personal favorite.
*Flor y Canto – A big tuberose with bitter marigold, a Day of the Dead altar.
*Infanta en Flor – If you don’t like tuberose, substitute Flor y Canto for this “summer leather”.
You can find Arquiste on Facebook and Twitter. I also recommend following Carlos Huber on Instagram. Viewing his Instagram is like taking a much needed vacation. You find yourself stumbling into little cafés across the globe or enamored with quaint cobblestone lined with moss. It’s that delightful feeling of being lost in a faraway city and loving every second of it. Also, he’s cute. There, I said it.
*Update 6/5/14 – I’d like to say that the price is set and it’s objective. But, worth is subjective. I also think words like “expensive” are subjective. Anyway, what I should have said is that the price will deter people. This was brought up in the comments. See below.
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