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Paris (1983)
by Yves Saint Laurent


Paris information

Year of Launch1983
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 380 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

Vintage... Deep, dark - like I imagine a winter afternoon in Paris might be, as I've never been there. This is a very deep, floral frag. It has a slight, syrupy sweetness - almost honeyed. A bit of toasted nut aroma comes from somewhere. Two notes that stand out the most are mimosa and geranium... Flowers here, are muddled and mixed with a touch of starch thrown in. It's beautiful.

I don't feel the need to dissect this one too much further. It smells old-school. It's refined. It could or may, be required wearing by women of a certain attitude for life, I imagine. I cannot think of any lover of florals, not adoring this... The orris in the heart is outstanding. The base exposes some extra love, with musk and heliotrope notes. All in all I am glad to have finally experienced Paris, in its vintage form and splendor. It IS a classic.
01st July, 2019
Paris EDT opens slightly sharp. It's ozonic, aldehydic and soapy. It then gradually morphs into a smooth powdery flower bouquet. Rose, hiacynth, violet, mimosa, lily of the valley, jasmine and other flowers interlock with one another. I can hardly pick either one out of the bouquet. It has a floral-type of sweetness, and it smells perfume-y. It doesn't smell unpleasantly synthetic, but it certainly doesn't aim to smell like real flowers. It's an artifice, cleverly structrued and well refined. Glamourous as it is, Paris EDT is surprisingly airy to my nose. I didn't find myself wearing a heavy velvet coat. Instead, it wears like a gauzy aura gently hovering around me. I doubt if the EDP has the same texture, though.

However, I do find that Paris is from an era other than our current one. Paris is like some timeless icons such as Audrey Hepburn : people admire their elegance and beauty but one does not necessarily wear exactly the same way as they do in their times. I admire and respect them as an inspiration. I'd occasionally treat myself with a few spritzes of Paris EDT to be embraced by its grace.

By the way, Paris EDT has a moderate sillage on me even with a few spritzes, but it lasts a good 12 hours and survives a shower.
21st January, 2019
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 links up in several directions.

The soft pink and milky rose 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) but the rest of the profile has a hard and dry quality which comes from the other, more conventional use of ionones, violet-iris. It gives Paris an edge, an unfeminine feel that isn't 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 dyed spiky 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 style floral but a modern new blend of feminine and masculine that had something apposite to say about the changing gender politics of its time. It was, possibly, the first feminist floral.

It's also very powerful and can get overwhelming if you overdo it.

24th October, 2018 (last edited: 13th December, 2018)
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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

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