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.
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.
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.
This is quite possibly my favorite fragrance ever. I smelled it in a magazine back in novemeber and this feburary I broke down and bought it. I also bought one for my friend. It doesnt last too very long, after about three hours its almost undetectable, and what little bit I am getting is much softer than the initial tartness. But I will continue to buy this bottle after bottle.
Nice scent, but I got bored with it quickly. Will keep and use occasionally, but not sophisticated and intriguing enough to become a favorite.
I've wanted this fragrance for so long now and I finally caved in and purchased it. This is such an elegant scent. In fact, I feel like it must be worn with a classy outfit. It's not too strong, and you might even think it fades quickly, but you'll get compliments all day. At first I was upset because I couldn't smell it on myself after a while - but everyone I was around was commenting on the scent and how pretty it was. It's a very clean scent and something that could be worn all year round. This is definitely my new favorite fragrance.
I'm in the minority but this perfume didn't work for me at all. I really, really, really wanted to like it, too. I sniffed a bunch of different perfumes at Macys and thought I liked this one the best so I bought it. Sadly, my poor nose was probably on overload, and I didn't realize until I tried it out at home that the vinyl accord scent in this really comes out on my skin. When I spritz this I get an initial blast of berries (or plum?) and flowers but then it quickly changes into this strange vinyl scent. It almost smells like vinyl pants and cigarette smoke on me. Not exactly the scent I was going for. The vinyl and cigarette scent remains for several hours before it finally, finally dries down to a nicer floral/berry finish, but it's not worth waiting around for that final dry down.