"Mon Paris" BY YSL | Fragrance Review
I didn’t get this one at first. Upon first spray I was ready to roll my eyes and declare that another fashion house had fallen prey to the sweet fruitchouli plague that is currently in vogue amongst commercial perfumery. Because this is most definitely a scent for those who like gallons of sugar on their fruity patchouli. And then a little bit more, just in case. But then I realised something. If you Google the top selling fragrances in France, you will also find a list of the sweetest and fruitiest scents. The truth is that fashionable French women adore this style of perfume. The streets of Paris are a breathing tapestry of Lancome’s La Vie Est Belle, Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle and of course, the princess of sugary confection - Guerlain’s La Petite Robe Noir.
With this in mind, Mon Paris is a fitting tribute to its namesake.
The press release claims the scent to be a ‘dazzling fragrance, with an intoxicating floral heart and dark chypre base’. I would say this is more of a strawberry and raspberry scent, mixed with a clean patchouli. The sugar fizzes and tickles, before being dampened by the spicy patchouli. This reminds me of a sunny day at the fruit market in the heart of Paris, before the sun dips behind the horizon and you wander home for pastries.
And this stuff lasts. Eight hours after I sprayed it on my hand, I could still detect the dry-down. Not the faint hint you usually get either, but a genuine impression of the scent itself. This is a tribute to the quality of the juice and one that is rarely found these days in commercial fragrances.
So if you are the type of person who admires Paris fashion, but can’t quite mimic that wonderful nonchalance, then this is the perfume for you. Whatever you’re wearing, if you trail this perfume then people will find themselves transported to the streets of Paris in springtime.
Review | Helen Easson
Photography | Wono Kim (& Cover Image by Emma Gelaude)
Top: Bergamot, Raspberry and Strawberry
Heart: White Peony, Jasmine Sambac Absolute, Datura and Orange Flower Absolute
Base: Patchouli, White Musks and Ambrox
View the dreamy campaign by YSL if you love all things Parisian (including French Actor Jérémie Laheurte)...hot hot hot!
Mon Paris by YSL is available in various department stores. 30ml EDP - $117, 50ml - $168 and 90ml - $245 NZ dollars.
Helen Easson is a self-confessed beauty addict, with a particular weakness for beautiful perfumes. An international freelance writer and author; Helen lives in Auckland, New Zealand.