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Cinéma (2004)
by Yves Saint Laurent

Cinéma information

Year of Launch2004
GenderFeminine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 244 votes)

People and companies

HouseYves Saint Laurent
PerfumerJacques Cavallier

About Cinéma

Tom Ford's last fragrant project before leaving Gucci in 2004.
The notes for the Eau de Parfum are above. The Eau de Toilette, launched in 2006 contains notes of: top: clementine, mimosa, cyclamen; middle: white peony, jasmin, amaryllis; base: amber, white musks, bourbon vanilla.

Cinéma fragrance notes

Reviews of Cinéma

Genre: Fruity Floral

Cinéma opens up with an irrepressibly perky accord of tart citrus, sweet fruit, and flowers that might have been the blueprint for today’s parade of trite, adolescent fruity florals. In fact as soon as I smelled it I was struck by the idea that the designers behind all of those twerpy pink-tinted bimbo juices sniffed Cinéma’s happy little amuse guele and mistook it for the entrée. More likely, they understood it’s appeal and then spent just enough on their concoctions to mimic it, without putting in any more funds (or thought) to extend it with anything substantial or intelligent.

At any rate, I digress. Cinéma itself is a clever and sophisticated scent: a light green-fruity floral that keeps itself elegant and balanced by avoiding excessive sweetness. A naturalistic, dark, and moderately indolic jasmine lends Cinéma some depth and mystery beneath its bright, pretty surface. Sillage and projection are moderate, so while Cinéma is not weak, it’s not distracting either, and would make a perfectly nice everyday scent. The drydown sets in after about four hours, and consists mostly of very soft, creamy woods and vanillic notes. Is it groundbreaking? No. But in an age when scents of this type are almost invariably idiotic, Cinéma is refreshingly smart, and that has to count for something.
11th June, 2014
Why Turin describes this as "sweet mimosa" is a conundrum, since it contains no mimosa, nor does its chemical composition even hint at that scent. [If you want the perfect mimosa, try Caron's Farnesiana.]

This is a decent powdery almond cookie-like scent - the musks, ambers and vanillas are dominant. The initial clementine is quickly gone. I don't get the middle floral notes at all.

Nothing terribly original here, just very nice. More the effect of a powder after bathing than a perfume.
12th February, 2014
This is a beautiful fragrance. It always makes me feel sexy. It's the right amount of floral, amber, vanilla, etc. Feminine and easy breezy to wear with a light hand, or more opulent, rich, and deep with a couple more sprays. Longevity and sillage are very nice. I just can't get enough of this. Oh, and I just have to mention that the bottle pictured is the pure parfum bottle, which looks different from the EDP/EDT bottle :)
07th May, 2013
I own nothing else like this. To me, it's a perfect combination of florals and musk/amber. It's subtle, elegant and a real catch for me. Sillage is ok and longevity doesn't seem to be a priority for this scent, but that just means that I get to keep it close to me for a few glorious hours.
03rd January, 2013

Cinema introduces that sort of common (fresh/warm) aldehydic/almondy/white powdery/musky oriental basic structure that is a cozy olfactory ambience for fresh fruity accents, sweet spices and some light/delicate floral patterns. I detect some pear, citrus (lemon-orange), a sort of heliotrope (but more likely benzoin)/jasmine/ylang-ylang/cinnamon chord and sweet/honeyed floral notes (yes, may be mimose among the others). Reminds me many perfumes around (combining inside some facets of those) from E.Coudray Ambre et Vanille to Burberry Brit Summer Edition for Women, passing through Organza, Teinte de Neige Villoresi, Phul-Nana Grossmith and Poeme. Pleasant, sophisticated but nothing new carring out.
23rd November, 2012
This is indeed a warm scent, and my favorite to wear in cooler months. My chemistry tends to swallow up perfumes and this one holds on with warm delicateness. It is a bit too strong to wear in hotter months though.
21st November, 2012

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