September 8, 2009

Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne Review

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The Muse wonders if the romance of Paris can be captured in a single bottle of fragrance and the answer is yes with Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne Eau de Parfum.

Like the rose, Paris is about the romance, elegance, and sophistication of a city that has the charm of a small quaint village. The romance and softness of the rose and the beautiful city come together in this beautiful floral blend that’s sure to please those who like feminine perfume blends.

Jump ahead for the a review on Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne.

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This October Yves Saint Laurent will launch Parisienne for women fronted by model Kate Moss. The blend was created by Sophie Labb้ and is a soft, romantic scent sure to evoke memories of romance, love, and Paris (if you’ve had the pleasure of visiting or in your mind’s eye).

Although the top base of the fragrance is a fruity blend of cranberry and blackberry it’s the middle notes and heart that come out to play at first spritz. With a perfect heart of Damas rose you’ll quickly take note of the strong, floral blend of rose. The Muse is partial to rose in her fragrances as it tends to go a bit sweet and candy-ish due to my body chemistry. The heavier base note of rose is slowly blended in with hints of powdery violet which is every so subtle causing the rose to become more floral and pronounced.

After dry down you’ll notice that the scent morphs into a slightly woodsy erotic blend. It contains hints of patchouli which I’m not partial to but the rose manages to blend out any harshness from the herb evoking a more masculine mystery that tops the feminine core.

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For the most part the blend manages to keep it’s strong note of rose which is what I enjoyed so much about the scent. Although rose can be heavy and cloying this manages to remain soft, romantic, gentle, and beautiful. The simplicity of the crystal cut bottle with golden motif and YSL emblem makes a beautiful edition to your vanity and is matching with the charming perfume itself.

If you’re a lover of rose scents that have a slightly complex edge yet manage to remain feminine and floral, Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne should appeal. Considering it’s an Eau de Parfum it carries a strong throw and lingers quite long with two or so sprays. The Muse liked it very much and is Muse Approving it for purchase.

It’ll be available in October for your purchasing pleasure in various sizes in prices ranging from $39 to $85.

Are you a fan of YSL fragrances?

What are some of your favorites?

Planning to haul Parisienne?

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Mollie

    Hi hi hi Muse, it’s SilkFinch posting under *gasp* her real name. =)

    I looooove rose perfumes as well, but the only problem I seem to have is that they do tend to, nowadays anyway, smell artificial. I think my favorite ROSE!!! (because it screams rose) perfume thus far was The Body Shop’s Moroccan Rose. But I had to take it back, as something in the base made my skin itch.

    I’m looking for something more complex now though; do you think the YSL might be worth a smell? I’m fairly gender neutral when it comes to scents… I don’t like smelling TOO girly, but rose is the exception to that rule.

    Oh and I read your Bath and Body Works post with the fragrance widget- it matched me with Vanilla Noir, which I actually had a lotion of already. I love that stuff. Generally I’m not a B&BW fan, but Vanilla Noir is great. It’s gourmand without smelling like a cookie, if that makes sense.

    Their new PS. I Love You scent has a dominant rose note, and I’m debating checking it out. My everyday floral right now is Butterfly Flower, and I also have a couple of dwindling bottles of perfume: Kenzo Amour and Givenchy’s Absolutely Irresistible. (Haha, both presents… I can’t wait for Christmas.)

    • the Muse

      hey! ha it’s good to meet you under your real name ๐Ÿ˜€

      I really enjoyed Moroccan Rose from TBS as well. This is a bit more complex as it has many other notes making it full on floral with one squirt but dry down it morphs and becomes something exotic and almost gender bending. I really enjoy sweet, sweet stuff and not so much floral but rose is my downfall ๐Ÿ˜€

      Ha that’s cool that BBW picked up on your favorite ๐Ÿ˜€ I tried PS I love You but I really didn’t like it. It went musky on me….wasn’t really digging on it. I got a new Kenzo scent that people have been yammering at me to review, I’ll be telling you about it soon…kinda digging on it ๐Ÿ˜€

      Ha! me either! Gifts please ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Mollie

    Yay, please do! Which perfume is it? I haven’t been following Kenzo too much lately.

    • the Muse

      ๐Ÿ˜€ will do Mollie!

      Um it’s Kenzo Amour Florale and the new one in the funky bottle forgot the name doh!

  • Ginger Partington

    It sounds a bit like Voleur de Roses by L’Artisan Parfumeur and also their classic Mure et Musc, which can smell a bit like vinyl on some people. Parisienne is very simple, and after all, it is advertised as a dumb, happy tourist. “Le portrait d’une femme incroyablement libre. Libre de penser et d’agir. Elle nโ€™est pas nรฉe ร  Paris mais Paris lโ€™a adoptรฉe.” It seems this fragrance lacks structure of any kind, so it’s effect is sweet and uncomplicated. Hairspray… mixed berries… roses… cannabis.