Current formulation is fantastic and you basically can't get anything else like this, of this quality, for so little money. Don't bother hunting after the old stuff unless you just happen upon it, it's not necessary. As with the current Magie Noire, if this were packaged with a Serge Lutens label it would be acclaimed as a stunning animalic throwback. Paloma smells very much like itself and nothing else--sour soapy floral chypre over woody honeyed animalic base. Great on a guy, great sillage, great longevity. Go to TJ Maxx and get it.
OMG, this has GOT to be in my Top 10 of all women's fragrances! I wear it mostly in the colder winter months when it can really radiate with your body heat. This bottle sits alongside YSATIS by Yves Saint Laurent, another fragrance I reserve for winter because of its warm ambery tone. It used to sit alongside my Fendi EDP, until I used that up and Fendi decided to make the STUPID move of discontinuing their classic namesake fragrance. Balenciaga also did that with their namesake men's EDT (Balenciaga), which was a classic in my opinion. I just don't understand how companies can discontinue their namesake original fragrances. I was disappointed when Gucci discontinued Gucci Pour Homme (with the Italian ribbon design). NONE of their subsequent fragrances even came close to their namesake fragrances. When will the madness end? Leave well enough alone. Nonetheless, I hope Paloma Picasso is never discontinued because it is one of the last of the "classic" fragrances still available. A+!!!
A sensual,almost dangerous fragrance where the dark hue of a forest at dusk is paired with aloof and proud florals.PALOMA PICASSO is a feminine,sexy and confident you either love it or hate it.Whether you are in jeans or a gown,this draws forth your feminine sensuality as nothing else can.it drives the men crazy with its seductive scent. Gorgeous,Dark, Sensual,Rich,Classic, Mystreious,Strong and Provocative.
A strong blend of bergamot,corinder and carantion meld over a rich heart of patchouli,ylang ylang,mimose and jasmine while a deeply sensual and animalic marrige of civet,oak moss,amber,sandalwood and musk provide depth nd a elemnt of mystery in the dry down as makes an elixir of pure womanly seduction.this is very enticing for evening wear.perfect for autumn and winter.in one word timeless.
Longevity?Very Good on my skin.
Paloma Picasso is a quite respectable modern chypre, perhaps a tad tacky at the opening, but good and compelling enough. It shows a soft and mellow feel of sweetness which makes it somehow more lively, cozy, relaxed and juvenile than other dirtier, more austere or more "adult" chypres, together with an overall green-floral breeze (heliotrope too?) which cleverly contrast the classic chypre notes - "heavy" flowers, vetiver, oak moss, tamed-down castoreum (I don't get much civet). These are basically the strengths of this scent – the balsamic-fresh and slightly minty breeze, and a silky-sweet feel halfway floral and resinous, really pleasant and warm. Both features manage to blend with the classic chypre structure, at the same time contrasting it, and that is what makes Paloma Picasso appealing and "safe" for any fan of chypres, yet quite unique, and as I said, overall brighter and more playful. Somehow, it smells like a "watercolour chypre", if you want, yet vibrant and sharp. Not a masterpiece and not even a "must" in my opinion, but a nice and well-executed fun variation on a classic theme.
A pleasant, but unremarkable floral chypre that opens big (with a blast of menthol), then quiets down to a coriander/rose projection, dry yet fragrant.
I just don't get all the hype about this scent - my sample is an edp.
Barbara Herman was impressed - "green, floral, woody, spicy, mossy, animalic" and dubbed it a 1940s type chypre with an overdose of castoreum. Turin gave it four stars and dubbed it simply, a "floral chypre," noting it reminded him of Cabochard and Givenchy III. [I do not find that similarity.]
Top notes: Coriander, Rosewood, Bergamot
Heart notes: Rose, Geranium, Tuberose, Jasmine, Muguet, Ylang
Base notes: Patchouli, Vetiver, Amber, Musk, Civet, Castoreum, Benzoin, Oakmoss
Impressive on first meeting as a celebrity scent, but unable to keep up its interest over time.
Paloma Picasso opens on a big, brash accord of green jasmine, patchouli, peaches, and bergamot. The scale is huge and the intent is clearly to impress, then dominate. A rich rose note soon arrives to underscore the jasmine, while moss and labdanum base notes tie the bergamot into a recognizable chypre accord. In both its sheer mass and its basic structure, Paloma Picasso smells like a jasmine-based variant on the rose chypre style of its mid-1980s contemporaries Paris, Beautiful, and Knowing. Which is to say that it’s completely at odds with the current trend of minimalist chic.
While no fan of olfactory minimalism myself, Paloma Picasso’s flamboyance probes the boundaries of good taste. It aims at glamour but winds up smelling garish, and I can’t help feeling self conscious when I’m wearing it. A few hours with Paloma Picasso leave me craving a nice, brisk eau de Cologne. Or a shower. Paloma Picasso doesn’t smell especially bad - it’s just that unlike Beautiful, Paris, or Knowing among the rose chypres, Opium among the monumental orientals, or Boucheron among grand scale florals, Paloma Picasso doesn’t quite have the elegance or grace to offset its heft.
As you may deduce from my comments so far, sillage, projection, and endurance on the skin are all enormous, so Paloma Picasso’s in no danger of going unnoticed. The big, bold floral chypre doesn’t develop so much as (very slowly) fade away into a soapy rose, moss, and amber drydown that clings to the skin well past Paloma Picasso’s already lengthy active lifespan. I can understand the affection this scent garners, but I don’t enjoy it much myself.