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Ultraviolet for Her / Ultraviolet (1999)
by Paco Rabanne


Ultraviolet for Her / Ultraviolet information

Year of Launch1999
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 76 votes)

People and companies

HousePaco Rabanne
PerfumerJacques Cavallier
Parent CompanyPuig Beauty & Fashion Group > Puig Prestige Beauty Brands

About Ultraviolet for Her / Ultraviolet

Described as an oriental with a twist.
The packaging is unique.

Ultraviolet for Her / Ultraviolet fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Ultraviolet for Her / Ultraviolet

rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
This opning is quite intriguing. The pimento that starts it off is bright and fresh; the yellow capsicum is quite mild; a sweet pepper that is not that sweet.

The drydown with its kinmokusei osmanthus keep a high standard, and merges seeminglessly smoothly with the top notes. At this stage this is still a good scent.

The base combines a somewhat bland ambergis. A restrained elegant vanilla also emerges.

I get moderate sillage, good projection, and nine hours hof longevity on my skin.

An interesting autumnal creation, displaying after developing a brightness and elegance that, alas, suffers from a reduced standard of quality in the base, when it becomes more generic. Overall not bad at all, and -just- in the positive realm. 3/5
30th November, 2020 (last edited: 01st December, 2020)
Spiced, peppery, warm opening.
On of the most beautiful osmanthus notes, ever, takes over in the heart. Very fruity with still, hints, of peppered things. Little green things - just lovely!

Tiny, little tea leaf nuances.
A subtle vanilla. Another note reveals itself - I'm guessing ambergris. I can't really describe it. Overall, this is quite unusual and quite wearable, for a spicy floral.
07th October, 2019
Chili, purple fruits and vanilla on the gourmand side, woody-powder and salt-fatty ambergris on the other.

In some magic way, the chilli and purple fruits evoke an ethereal twang that's a bit like UV light ... but not exactly. But then Ultra Purple doesn't have the same ring to it. Clever none the less.

The rest of the profile is a version of the 'Don't eat me' anti-gourmand theme, originally found in Angel. But where Angel tied us in knots - by giving us candyfloss and showing us poison - Ultraviolet is more superficial. Instead of mixing up our instincts, it goes straight for the stomach; like I've eaten the wrong mushroom and it's making me feel sick.

Ultraviolet doesn't work because there are two incompatible themes going on : the UV part - which could work as a tricky chypre, and the indigestible gourmand - which is best forgotten.


Sample vapo in plastic purple coque
18th September, 2019 (last edited: 19th September, 2019)
Fruity, sweet and fresh. The pepper is on the heavy side (perhaps an understatement) which lends to a certain warmth while the fragrance still comes off as very clean. It's ultimately very synthetic which makes picking apart notes challenging but I do detect berries, apricot and violet along with vanilla.

Certainly this is a slightly unusual fragrance but hasn't quite managed to become anything really special. It's projection is light so I can't imagine it being particularly offensive unless over sprayed. I've read people describing it as an older ladies scent but I would have to completely disagree. This is a fresh, young fragrance, I'm sure aimed at late teens and twenty-somethings. Even going by the name and the bottle, that seems a reasonable assumption. I think the tendency towards overly sugary sweet, gourmand fragrances can sometimes lead people to think that anything outside of that bracket is for an older generation but this would suit a younger person wanting to stand out from the crowd a little.
28th September, 2016
Eos Show all reviews
United States
Paco Rabanne's Ultraviolet is a fruity, plasticized, sweet violet fragrance with an undertones of aspartame, blunt woods and the nose tickling warmth of pepper. The overall character is sweet, powdery and woody, but it feels dischordant as a whole composition and therefore never exhibits the main virtue this type of fragrance: comfort.

Instead of feeling like cashmere, it feels like a soft wool sweater that never stops being just a tad bit itchy. Its a pass for me.
29th October, 2015
It literally smells like "nothing." I cannot identify a single note and whatever is there disappears within a few minutes.
27th September, 2015

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