YSL Mon Paris: It’s Not Mine After All

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I tried YSL Mon Paris in Boots today, and was eager to get my mitts on it, being a fan of the original iconic YSL Paris with its violets and roses. I was all hopeful and friendly towards the pretty bottle. I figured it must be covetable since it was chained to the perfume counter (like me).

But oh dear. It’s happened again. A flanker has been added on to a classic and come out smelling like a mass market overly sweet rent-a-scent. Harsh words? Maybe, but it’s not the first time this has happened. Fans of YSL Paris, that perennial Sophia Grojsman classic, may well be disappointed by Mon Paris. I certainly was. Do not buy blind.

YSL Mon Paris opens with pink flowers: sweet and sugary. You may find Note du Jour jasmine sambac in there, and some peony too. I usually like peony, but this is messy and overly sweet. Then comes lots of sticky fruit: strawberries, raspberries, pear. The basenotes are allegedly patchouli (two types if you please), ambroxan ( which is musk mallow- a plant based musk sub) and white musk. I would say the patchouli is faintly discernible, but crowded out by pink candy, rather than the mossy punch I’m looking for. (The blurb mentions a classic chypre base, but I don’t know where that went. It’s certainly not here)

This smells very much like Miss Dior ( the modern one, not the Originale) Dior Poison Girl and Black Opium without the coffee. It’s a sweet, candy floss, candy shop fruity floral that has little of any originality to offer. It’s as far from YSL Paris as can be.

Now I should add at this point that all my reviews are just my personal taste, nobody’s forcing me to buy it, and I guess they don’t make it like this unless they feel there’s a demand. There IS a demand, and they didn’t have the likes of me in mind, so I will go back to my quiet collection of retro mossy stuff and no more will be said on it.

Yves Saint Laurent will never lose my love and loyalty  because they made Paris, Rive Gauche, Y, Yvresse and Opium. But I’ll sit this one out, thanks.


YSL Mon Paris is widely available. Try Boots or Debenhams.




12 thoughts on “YSL Mon Paris: It’s Not Mine After All”

  1. I love your optimism and unprejudiced mind. You are open to trying everything. But inevitably, it WILL always be just a Flowerbomb, La Vie Est Belle monstrosity.

    This is inevitable.

    1. Hi Ginza! Always a pleasure! You are so right. It was another bandwagon. I left the shop, followed by Hope and Naivete.

      best wishes

    1. Hi Laurels and thanks for dropping by.

      Oh I know- Black Opium? I had to scrub it off. Typically- it was of course, very long lasting, which always happens with the ones you don’t like, doesn’t it!

      best wishes

  2. I totally agree with you. Both, this perfume and YSL Baby Doll are way too sugary for me. Sometimes I like sugary, but I guess I was expecting more flowers in it. Good review, as always !

    1. Thank you Genevieve! Such a disappointment when they do this!

      best wishes and thanks for dropping by
      Sam x

  3. Good evening! I would have to disagree with you, I tried it today and it smells like a zillion bucks on me and seeeeeeexy as crazy! Sorry to be so cocky but I have a hard time finding perfumes, since I either HATE them or end up giving me a headache -for real-. I do believe it depends on your personal odor/skin to make a fragance great, dull or even stinky. See my mom is blond and Im a brunette and the same perfume smells completely different on us. That said, I trully respect your opinion yet I believe one should at least give it a try 😉 Best wishes, Syl.

    1. Hello Sylvia and welcome! I am quite happy to be disagreed with. Perfume is entirely subjective, as is this blog. There’s room for us all.

      Enjoy Mon Paris. My motto is: if you like it, wear it!
      best wishes
      Sam x

    2. By the way, my hair is red and my best fume-head friend is a brunette. We often disagree on scent, but never fall out. Unless she visits me wearing Womanity! Then we might fall out…. Now there’s a theory worth exploring… x

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