Paris YSL fragrance
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  • What I love about it is its surprisingly sedate and elegant - but never boring - drydown

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      In my olfactory memory, this deliciously sweet and feminine fragrance - perhaps the most flowery of all flowery classics - will forever remain linked to the silent poetry of deep winter. Among the heaps of white snow, under the pale grey skies, the cool wind combing my hair, I felt like a reckless rose wearing this seemingly inappropriate (”non-wintry”) scent. And that is what my date of the moment saw in me: “You are like a rose,” he said. “Mmm - and you smell like one, too!”

      Indeed, Paris YSL (issued in 1983, by Yves Saint Laurent) smells just like one would image a perfect fragrant


      rose would smell in paradise. It is heady yet light-filled. It is full of joy and charm, reminiscent of a sudden sight of an enchanted walled garden full of the most exquisite and carefully tended roses, with sprays of other fragrant flowers here and there. (And in winter time, it’s not unlike a gorgeous butterfly stranded in a blizzard - which may be an incongruous image, but certainly a poetic one).

      And yet, this apparently quintessential “rose” is anything but. That first impression is actually composed of mimosa, orange blossom and linden (top notes). The middle notes are moss, violet and ylang-ylang, anchored in amber,


      • musk and iris (base notes).

        What I love about it is its surprisingly sedate and elegant - but never boring - drydown. At that point, the slightly melancholy essence of violet comes through; and the former joyful gala ball of assorted “roses” subsides into the image and ambiance of sweet after-dance restfulness. The dance is now but a memory: but what a wondrous and still joyous memory it is!

        (Interestingly, the musk and amber are practically inexistent to my nose, while I do perceive a hint of iris.)

        Alas, as many other legendary fragrances, Paris YSL has also been victimized by the “reformulation” craze. The version

        currently available on the market has an ominously “trendy” sub-note to it that is bound to horrify any fan of its former glory. To me, it smells like one of those “fancy” dishwashing liquids.

        My vote of 10 goes to the original fragrance; the reissued version would get 4 at best.

        * If you’re wondering why I keep adding the initials YSL to the name of the perfume: that is actually the “official” name of the perfume. For legal reasons, the name of Paris (the city) cannot be used in advertising anything but the city itself, unless you append something else (in this case, the initials of the fashion house).




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