I received two Yves Saint Laurent perfume samples with the last batch that I ordered. One, was Black Opium, which I’ve already reviewed. The second is today’s entry, Parisienne. This is a somewhat recent addition to the YSL collection and seems to be intended for casual wear. In this post, I am going to go over my impression on how it smells, performs, when it should be worn, and if it is worth a purchase or not.
Notes include: rose, musk, sandalwood, vinyl, vetiver, cranberry, violet, peony
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My first impression of Parisienne is how much it smells like Midnight Romance, which I just reviewed a few days ago. The main difference between the two is that Parisienne is highlighted by the rose note while the Ralph Lauren fragrance is geared more towards raspberry. Parisienne also has supporting berry notes which give it a bit of juiciness but this one does take on a much more powdery kind of scent.
Parisienne is a softer type of perfume and while this EDP is noticeable, it is never ‘in your face’, and screaming out for attention. YSL made this one low key, sweet, and bright. The vinyl is an interesting note to have in a fragrance and adds a smooth layer that lasts throughout the wear. Again, it does have that powdery essence to it, sort of like a collection of cosmetics.
The projection on Parisienne is not bad. It isn’t a heavy fragrance but you’ll notice it is there. Eventually, it does start to fade into more of a skin scent. Longevity is also just decent, 6 hours give or take, is what I got out of it during testing. Not an all day beast but not one that craps out 10 minutes after application either.
Parisienne strikes me as more of a fun casual scent with undertones of sensuality, than something that is ‘sexy’ or for romantic type of wear. Much like, Midnight Romance, I see it as best in warmer weather but possibly not the extremes of summer…spring would be great.
Overall, is Parisienne worth a look? I’d say yes. However, when comparing it to Midnight Romance, I prefer the Ralph Lauren fragrance to this Yves Saint Laurent. The juicy raspberry note smells better to me than the rose. If you really like rose perfumes, this could be a great casual find for you. Parisienne doesn’t blow me away but it is a very good fragrance nonetheless.