As an escape from heavy woods and intense incense, sometimes I want to take sanctuary in a simple pleasant floral. In the same way that wearing something floaty and cool on a hot day offers relief, sometimes I want the simplicity of a floral like Yves Saint Laurent Paris.
Ignoring the faintly Turkish Delight overtones, to me , Paris has two notes: Violet and Rose. There’s other stuff too, like Soft Musk and a hint of Powder, but it is Violet and Rose, like two fragrant sisters, who sit firmly in the centre of this bouquet of a scent.
There’s no Fruit. There’s no Vanilla, no foody Praline, no cheap basenotes. I mean, this is Sophia Grojsman here! It’s simply fresh flowers, it’s pleasant to be around, and it’s light and airy.
Created in 1983, I have distinct memories of the Sixth Form Common Room in school in the late Eighties, and one co student in particular loved to marinate herself in this before 9am. However, unlike other Eighties heavyweights around at the time (yes I’m old), too much Paris was never as bad as too much Poison or too much Giorgio Beverly Hills *shudder*., which were also popular at the time.
Naturally, Paris the fragrance doesn’t smell like Paris the City. Paris the City actually smells of Body odour, cigarette smoke, wine, asphalt, traffic and wafts of expensive perfume and coffee. A wonderful smell actually, but it would never sell if you bottled it. Although having said that, I bet someone somewhere would create it and someone somewhere would buy it. Maybe Library of Fragrance could make “Dirty City”. I know they’d do a great job.
Paris the perfume is mainstream, easy to get hold of and frankly, adorable. The price stops it being totally ubiquitous and the fragrance trends of the last two years have changed, making Paris not so common now, and frankly, a refreshing change. There are flankers, but this is the original and best. Don’t makie the mistake of seeking this kind of classic quality among the flankers. (*cough* Mon Paris *cough*)