Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne Perfume

YSL Parisienne

Yves Saint Laurent recently came out with a new perfume called Parisienne, and I was sent a bottle to review, so here goes!

Now I must tell you I am no perfume expert, but I do own quite a few perfumes, most of them in the “floral” range. This one fits rights in.

When I first sprayed it into the air (which I normally do because if I hate the smell I do not want it on me all day long) I thought it was too strong, and there way no way I would like it. After a minute or two though it mellowed out, and I started to think maybe it wasn’t so bad.

I decided to go one step further and actually spray into the air, then walk underneath it to get a light “dusting” on me, as it were. The first scent (after initial overwhelmingness) that I got was of rose. I happen to love rose scents, some of my favorite perfumes have rose in them. After about 5-10 minutes I started to smell a slight muskiness to it. Normally I cannot stand musk scents, they make me nauseous and seem extremely strong to my sensitive nose. However this was very subtle, and still mixed in with the flower note, so it actually was pretty nice.

After that initial test, I wore it to work the next day. The Hubbie actually didn’t mind it, which is saying A LOT because he’s really sensitive to smell, especially in the morning, which is when I sprayed it on. He dislikes musk more than me, but this didn’t bother him at all.

As far as staying power I really can’t comment on it. I’m one of those people who can no longer smell perfume on themselves after like an hour, so I have no clue if it was still on me or not after all day. I have heard though that the reason we can’t smell it anymore is because our noses adjust to the scent, it’s not that it’s worn off. So whatever that’s worth to you, there it is!

Even though packaging isn’t really the main reason I would buy or test anything out, I have to say the bottle is really attractive on this perfume. Some perfume bottles just are so 80’s or look way over the top fancy, but this looks somehow very sexy and Parisian to me.

Overall I really liked this perfume and would recommend it to anyone who likes florals mixed with very subtle musky scents.


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  • October 28, 2009

    I have been wanting to get this perfume because I have smelled it in a couple of magazine samples. Also, I am of the opinion that if you can smell perfume on yourself all day, you’re wearing too much of it.

  • October 28, 2009

    i spotted it at sephora a few days ago, it smells amazing! definitely worth trying :)

  • October 28, 2009

    I also smelled this in the magazines. Smells really lovely. Something I would really like. I love wearing perfumes. Nothing nicer than a beautiful scent. I spray perfume on me when getting dressed and also before I go to bed. I have a a big variety of fragrances. Mostly florals. I can’t imagine not wearing a scent. I like to many to have a signature scent. It drives me crazy when a person just wears a scent for special occasions. I always want to smell nice. I’m always complimented on my choice of scents. I’ve been stopped by strangers who ask me what I’m wearing.