Parisienne, to me, is reminiscent of Paris Roses de Bois, a Paris flanker from several years ago. Both combine a softer version of the Paris rose with berry notes. Parisienne is a little sweeter, fresher and less powdery than Roses de Bois. Lovely scent, and the bottle is gorgeous.
Unfortunately I don't get nearly the depth from Parisienne that others are lucky enough to experience. All I got when I sampled this was a sweet blast that smelled like a cross between peach and cotton candy. It only lasted a few minutes before it was completely gone, not a trace left behind. It was reasonably pleasant while it lasted but I was not surprised since, overall, I haven't had very good luck with the house of YSL. I can wear both Yvresse and Opium very well and that's good enough for me. No sale for Parisienne though.
I loved the way this smelled on the magazine scent strip, but when I got a sample from Sephora and sprayed it on me, I just did not care for it. It actually reminds me of something my mom used to wear when I was a little girl. It smells nice but just didn't work on me.
My husband bought this perfume for me for easter!!! yes, im a lucky girl :-)
From the moment i first sniffed this in a magazine sample I was hooked, sneaking moments during shopping to run into the pharmacy or perfume store to steal a sniff or 2 of this gorgeous scent.
Its definitely heavy on the damask rose which always used to remind me of the more mature lady but YSL have successfully engineered a perfume with damask rose for the younger generation & its perfect.
True, it may not last all day like some perfumes but i find reapplication is actually a treat!! This scent wafts for minutes once you have left a room. continued >>
I've read so much about this perfume and the hype surrounding its launch really got my hopes up that it would be my next big fragrance love. Sofia Grojsman and rose - it had to be soft, powdery, and a head-turner! What it turned out to be, upon first sniff, was a watery mix of artificial berries and watercolor roses. I applied it only to a test strip and didn't give it another thought. I think my disappontment stemmed from the fact that this was not an in-your-face, sweet, powdery rose as much as it's predecessor, Paris, and I didn't really give it a chance on my skin.
Almost a year later, I stumbled upon another review for Parisienne, which described it as a powdery violet-rose. Powder? Violet? How had I not discerned those aspects when I had sampled it months ago? Intrigued for the second time, I found myself sampling it again, searching the aisles at Sephora (not affiliated) for a gift for a friend. While I found my beloved Flowerbomb might be a bit much for her, and Daisy might be a bit sharp and soapy, I thought Parisienne might just be perfect...sweet and floral, yet slightly woody upon my second test strip sniff.
I purchased a bottle for her and tossed it in a bag along with some other gifts. Later that night, upon opening the bag, I found a wonderful, dusty-violet accord wafting up into the air around me. I tore open the packaging and sprayed it on my skin, my pillows, my hair. I had to purchase another bottle for my friend :)
I've read that French women do not expect their perfumes to last an entire day...they adore cosmetics and perfume, and don't mind re-applying throughout the day. It is only an American expectation that the perfume should provide a lot of bang for the buck when it comes to lasting power. How appropriate, then, that this perfume is a throwback to the French woman. This perfume DOES NOT last for hours. You WILL need to reapply. I could not imagine shelling out what I've paid for higher-end Guerlain perfumes for Parisienne, considering that I expect to go through the bottle so quickly as it just does not last; however I picked up the one ounce bottle for $39 and it's perfect for my purse and (I think), rather a steal at such a price. What I've discovered about Parisienne is that this perfume starts out with a blast of berries and rose - more fruity than floral. But...wait for it...the woody violets bloom within minutes and what you're left with is a sultry, very vintage-feeling, very classic woody-floral, veiled by a touch of powder and a whisper of giggling berries that eventually fades to, well...light pink.
I'll see how I feel after my bottle is depleted, but I can imagine having this in my collection for years to come. It's not a come-hither scent. In fact, I'm going to a masquerade tonight and it would be the last of the perfumes I'd grab to leave an impression. This is a scent that a woman should wear for herself - it's subtle, like carrying around an exciting secret - like that new love affair that's just begun and you're hesitant to speak about because you don't want to jinx it. continued >>
This is a review on the Sephora sample. I didn't think I would like this which is why I ordered a sample instead. Well let me just say that I am in *love* with this fragrance. First spray, I smell a fresh bouquet of roses (not a cheap bathroom deodorizer). Then it dries down to a wonderful sweet smell. Its addictive!! The problem is it doesn't last but it is beautiful without being offensive or strong. Definitely a wonderful summer office or wedding day scent. I will be purchasing the full size bottle.
It's one of my favorite perfume. I smelled it in a magazine and told it to my boyfriend. So, I received an ensemble as a Christmas gift from him ! I have a bottle of perfume, a little bottle of shower gel and a little one of body lotion. I wear it on special occasions, and I got positive comments, it's really girly. My cousin told me that I smelled like a cartoon (doll) called Fraisinette in French (I don't know how it's called in English !). The only negative comment concerns the lasting, it doesn't lasts as long as I want (oh, and it's pretty expensive).
Aaaahhhhh, roses. I first encountered this lovely fragrance in a magazine sample, and never forgot about it. I mentioned to a dear friend that I thought it was luscious and beautiful, and surprise! A gift set of lotion, a purse spray flacon and a 3 oz bottle of it arrived for my birthday. The bottle is so beautiful, like cut crystal. The first whiff is sweet - candy-smelling, and dries down to soft roses and powder. I wear this during the day, in the spring and summer. It makes me want to put on a beautiful, fun summer dress and walk in the sunshine. It's wonderful layered, and reminds me of walking through my rose garden on a warm summer morning. I love it. Thanks so much, Cyn.
Love this fragrance. I got a sample of it from Sephora and tried it over several days. It's sweet, slightly powdery, with a full-bodied & musky drydown. Reminds me of the candy, Flavigny Violet Pastilles. Ironically, I didn't purchase a full size because I think this fragrance is a bit too heavy for daytime, and these days, my schedule doesn't allow time for night-out activities. continued >>
Yves Saint Laurent's Parisienne is marketed as what a beautiful parisian woman would smell like after a late night rendezvous with a big bouquet of roses. Yup, an orgasm spurred by roses.
Ridiculous marketing aside I think Parisienne is actually a pleasant scent. Although it is just an inoffensive vanillic/ berry/lychee scent it still is something that is quite wearable...just don't wear it when you want to make a statement. Perhaps wear it to somewhere were you want to appease others and be liked.