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Paradis Perdu (2013)
by Frapin


Paradis Perdu information

Year of Launch2013
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 17 votes)

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PerfumerAmelie Bourgeois

About Paradis Perdu

Paradis Perdu is a shared / unisex perfume by Frapin. The scent was launched in 2013 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Amelie Bourgeois

Reviews of Paradis Perdu

On first blush, this reminds me strongly of Mona di Orio's Vetyver. Ginger isn't listed but it smells of green and juicy ginger. Paridis Perdu rises above the generic green barbershops with its use of spices. This is exquisite.
16th July, 2017
Being number 5 in a series of 16 reviews on critically acclaimed and noteworthy scents.

Paradia Perdu has the following notes listed on my sample. Top: bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, mandarin. Heart: basil, elemi, galbanum, grape blossom. Base: hay, labdanum, moss, musk, rosewood, vetiver, cedar.

As a result, it reads like the structure of a classic chypre. And in broad terms, that's pretty much what you get. However, there are a few surprises along the way. To start with, there are some subdued citruses, especially grapefruit, with an earthy rather than zesty edge. The heart is the most outlandish - vetiver joins the grapefruit, but there is also something there almost mentholated in character. At this stage the scent is sharp and fresh. The drydown emphasises a vetiver that is friendly and spicy, highly accessible and without the sharp edges of something like Guerlain's vetiver. Never overpowering, PP constantly challenges you to guess what is coming next.

I find it wearable, original within generic limits, and fulfilling. Possibly I am reading too much into the name and marketing, but perhaps the answer to Darvant's conundrum - that PP is wild but at the same time civilised - is a nod to the subject matter, the point in mythical time at which nature became as much an enemy as a friend.

Pretensions aside, this is a modern but generically correct take on a green aromatic chypre and would be recommended for those who have a taste for such things. No complaints from me about longevity and sillage.
05th September, 2016
This is a lovely scent and one which any fan of green should investigate. It starts with a strong galbanum note, supported by various herbs. Then, the citrus appears -- mostly yellow grapefruit which compliments the initial notes. Hay and light wood notes follow. Finally (and surprisingly, given its position in the pyramid) the bergamot appears and in fact remains for the duration of the scent. This is a plump, fruity-berry note and it is for this reason that the scent is not bottle-worthy for me. The fruity note is not what I look for in a green scent. It is a very good bergamot note, not faux or in-your-face (as that note can sometimes be in cheap men's scents). But, it is still a fruity note and those are not to my taste. Thus, I recognize the quality of the scent and commend it to your attention; but don't seek it out myself.
24th June, 2016
Frapin Paradise Perdu strikes me immedialtely for its initially elicited flashback evocative about the vintage Guerlain Vetiver. The extraordinary note of vetiver appears indeed by soon (but just for few minutes) heady, spicy, "kind of tobacco veined", smooth and exotic before that a really rural-citric-cedary-agrestic (but still spicy-fluidy) power a la Terre d'Hermes takes the stage with its baggage of tartness, leafiness and earthiness. Vetiver is still central but appearing now richer, more musky-floral, woody and green. The greenness is extremely aromatic and clearly influenced by a remarkably temperamental basil's presence. Basil is in here central as citrus and vetiver. Hay reinforces the cedary feel while I suppose the presence of spinaches "nails down" the general earthiness (dark and mossy). I find this stage simply amazing and full of effectively realistic nuances of a sort of ideal georgic (almost fairy-silvan) hidden universe full of ancient trees, immaculate fresh streams, dark caves, musks and green meadows. The stroke of genius is represented by the note of vine which enhances the natural viney-metallic feel of vetiver. The aroma insists aromatic, vetiver-centered, sour (central mandarine and lime) and progressively more oily-resinous and spicy. If you are in the woodsy-agrestic-boise aromas you can't miss this little gem. Despite its rural nature this fragrance is really dignified and structured, somewhat elegant and sober. One of the wildest (earthy, virile, almost organic) but at same time finally (paradoxically) civilized (musky-mossy) vetivers around. A quite virile and distinguished fragrance really daring and perfect for all the seasons. Pure olfactory nostalgia for a disappeared natural dimension. Excellent masterwork by Amelie Bourgeois for Frapin.
29th July, 2015 (last edited: 07th February, 2018)
Emoe Show all reviews
United Kingdom
first impressions always count for me in frags, and probably shouldnt, (some i now own i dislike the start but love the drydown)
this one is no different. it opens up way to green and fresh for me, hinting that its going to turn out totally wrong. but the herbs and fruit push that away quite fast and mix in, allowing that green phase to blend. and blend nicely.

but the kicker of any perfume is that long lasting drydown base, and Frapin havent let us down here. its a wonderful mix of fresh woody spice, amazingly grapfruity, (not the shockingly citrusy kind) which really does make me mellow out!
Another Frapin to add to any collection.
04th June, 2015
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
A very nice bergamot-citrus opening - with a good orange tinge- soon takes on a herbal side, with basil dominant on my skin but blending in with galbanum and other green notes. An overarching Vetiver is ever-present, an earthy root aroma of a dirty vetiver mixed with soil. Is the drydown mossy notes mixed with woods lead to a lovely finish.

The phases are quite overlapping and well-blended without losing structure, and the resulting development is very appealing. Sillage and projection are good, and I get about five hours of longevity of my skin. 4/5.
17th December, 2014

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