I first tried 'Paradise' by Alfred Sung over a decade ago while in college in suburban Northern California. It stayed on my sweaters and jackets all day and was strong, sporty and very aquatic.
Some reviewers that have complained about its performance and poor longevity. Well, my bottle is brand new in its original sealed department store wrapping and its just as strong as I remembered.
Of course, being an aquatic fragrance, its not going to last more than a few hours like the rest of them (with a few exceptions here and there), so I was not expecting a 8+ hour wear out of this.
I am getting a good 5-6 hours out of a liberal application (a dozen sprays to neck, shoulders, chest, wrists) and its very strong for the first couple hours with little to no dry down. Initial notes are grapefruit, citrus, amber and marine elements, and it gives off a sharp, aquatic 'sport' character.
But it seems there isn't enough of the base notes in it to carry it much further once the top and middle notes begin to fade, which I am guessing is why people are saying they only get a few hours of longevity out of this. For the price, you can simply apply more of this juice to get more duration out of it.
Overall, this is a strong, aquatic summer scent that is cheap and works well at the pool, beach, or in any warm, tropical or humid environment.
Bought this blindly based on the mostly positive reviews on here. I could have done without Paradise for sure. Although it isn't bad, it's quite boring; plus the cap is a pain getting off. Longevity is very poor too. This is said to have a papaya note, which I honestly don't get. I get a citrus opening, a bit sour, but not in a bad way.. just think zesty. It's like a zesty citrus slightly tropical opening with a soapy vibe as well. Dry down is very boring. A faint musk with faded citrus top notes. It's gone in 2 hours anyways.
Do you know what really ruins most aquatic fragrances? There is a common theme which apparently can't be avoided in order to keep the 'fresh' aesthetic alive; most aquatic scents have too much cardamom and very flimsy base notes.
The very essence of the genre is in the impossibly fresh top notes (which never last). Modern men's fragrances have overwhelmingly avoided the early 90's floral approach to mid range after many failed attempts, and likely because there is a huge American bias in our mindset which states "flowers=women." The bases of these then fresh-but-not-floral creations resort to clouded or screechy synthetic woody bases which do absolutely nothing to support the rest of the development. This means the fragrance is a burst of money-grabbing top notes followed by a precipitate nothingness, a vacuous anti-fragrance borne of the wanting for the opening to last forever (as it is the only selling point) and an immediate need to bail the water out of the boat as the vessel quickly sinks.
Paradise smells as lovely as many dozen fragrances just like it, but only for half an hour. After that it is the same forgettable, sinking ship that most aquatics bring to mind.
If I smelled this on a passerby I couldn't tell you with any degree of certainty what it was.
Great fresh scent, perfect for summer. Lacks longevity
One of THE most pleasing of summer scents. The marine notes make it so refreshing. Pity it fades away so soon. Still, it's a thumbs up for me.
I neither understand nor agree with the poor reviews of this fragrance. It is a very pleasing citrus scent with a warm quality underneath that lasts 4-5 hours on me. The sandalwood and musk in the bottom notes present themselves together with the papaya and grapefruit, then settle back into a glow of citrus in the drydown. I get no resemblance to Issey whatsoever and the tropical sense lasts much longer for me than is being reported here. All of the great qualities of highly-rated aquatics are present in Paradise, with that additional oceanic greenness that helps this fragrance feel warm and sun-kissed. During the drydown stage, the base is similar to Polo Blue, but with the papaya replacing the cucumber. Wonderful.
18th January, 2014 (last edited: 21st December, 2014)