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Paris (1983)
by Yves Saint Laurent

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Paris information

Year of Launch1983
GenderFeminine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 362 votes)

People and companies

HouseYves Saint Laurent
PerfumerSophia Grojsman
PackagingPierre Dinand
Parent CompanyL'Orťal Group > YSL Beaute
Parent Company at launchSquibb > Charles of the Ritz Group

About Paris

Paris is a feminine perfume by Yves Saint Laurent. The scent was launched in 1983 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Sophia Grojsman. The bottle was designed by Pierre Dinand

Reviews of Paris

Paris is a reworking of an old early-modern trope of perfumery - the rose-violet, but in conception and form it's very much a perfume of the late twentieth century.

At the core of Paris is a version of Sophia Grojsman's Hug Me rose that performs some kind of molecular witchery with ionones, and in so doing it spreads itself in several directions.

The soft pink and milky rose itself is set on a ground of mimosa-like pollen-covered lilies and a musky formica table top note which makes it close to Oscar for Men (2000).

The rest of the profile has a hard and dry quality that comes from the other, more common use of ionone, violet-iris. This gives Paris an edge, an unfeminine feel that is not contradicted by the neutral muskiness of the base.


This epicene floral of soft pink rose and dry hard violets was something quite new. Paris gave a previously unheard of toughness to a traditionally feminine form, and it did this at a time when a generation of women musicians like Siouxie of The Banshees, Nina Hagen and Kim Wilde were creating names for themselves in the macho post-punk world of New Wave. Their style was a most unladylike image of black leather jacket and spiky dyed hair; traditional notions of femininity were being challenged, both in fashion and in perfume.

Paris wasn't just a hard nosed rerun of a traditional feminine floral but a modern new blend of feminine and masculine that had something aposite to say about the changing gender politics of its time. It is, possibly, the first feminist floral.

It's also very powerful and can get overwhelming.

****
24th October, 2018 (last edited: 25th October, 2018)
Suvana Show all reviews
United Kingdom
The true 80s Paris was indeed a roaring beast that would tackle you to the ground in a pink powder swirl and stuff your throat with roses. I adored it and wore it for years, until changing tastes made it impossible to wear in public.

Note, I do not usually like rose perfumes.

The reformulated version is a little more sparkly and fizzy but has entirely lost the bass velvet growl of the original, and as a consequence seems rather run of the mill.
03rd March, 2018
Iíve got a miniature that says Paris but the cap is pink, so I donít know if Iím reviewing the right version. The listed notes donít speak much. Thereís just too many things to distinguish anything. Itís not bad enough for me to give it a neutral review. Itís a nice floral scent. But thatís pretty much it.
18th January, 2018
The dancer Gustav Klimt 1916-1918
22nd April, 2017
Salutation.

As the name suggests,Paris always reminds you of this lovely beautiful city.the scent is just like the city,a song of light and darkness,of sunny days and hot nights,of deep love and flirty affair.I believe that's a scent for romantic retro-style woman somewhat older than 25.
Classic,Powdery,Floral,Gorgeous,Woody,Ladylike,Romantic,Heavenly and Absolutely French Style.

With the first spray you can feel 80s chic,it's powdery yet fresh and clean.the heart is a explosive blend of jasmine,violet,ylang ylang and above all rose.the base notes dries to an dry woodsy texture of sandalwood,with a musky accord of the iris and the finishing touches of warm amber for a perfect Powdery sweet floral elixir for a elegant lady.

The scent is very suitable for women who has self-confidence and born to be madame.when she walked by me in the hotel in Paris,I clearly remember myself turning towards her and smile dreamily as if I was entranced.the scent would be suitable for a romantic dinner candles in a fancy restaurant theatre night in Paris.definitely for Autumn weather.Paris,I miss you!

Sillage?Impressive.

Longevity?Very Good on my skin.

7.25/10
20th November, 2015
Oviatt Show all reviews
United States
I have to admit it--I do not really like the scent of roses. Beautiful to look at, less so to smell--to me, anyway. On top of that, I have yet to find a scent by Sophia Grojsman that I like.... That all said, Paris is an amazing scent, a screaming rose chypre with violets and orange blossom in a supporting role. If a woman loves the smell of roses and wants a pedal to the metal way to shout it from the rooftops, this is the way to go! Beautiful packaging and marketing. I once was in Paris and bought a bouquet of flowers for someone who had done a favor for me. I ended up carrying them around for an hour or two before I was able to deliver them, probably looking like a besotted suitor, trying to screw up the courage to call on a girlfriend. That is what Paris the perfume reminds me of and yes, I gave this woman roses even though I do not like them; she did and that is all that matters!
29th October, 2015

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