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Paris Roses Enchantées

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In 1983 by Yves Saint Laurent launched Paris perfume. It was his ode to the city he loved. Paris is a real beauty with a fruity opening, lush rose at the heart softened with violet and BIG, just like everything about the 80’s was. For a long time it seemed like everyone was wearing it.

Then, in 2002, the first annual limited edition flanker to Paris was introduced and each year I would give the new offering a whiff. They were all nice enough, but they didn’t send any triggers to the purchasing department of my brain. Then, in 2005 Paris Roses Enchantées was launched and - BINGO! - we had a winner. I bought a bottle and then a few days later I bought another one. It’s the only way around the ‘limited edition’ trap!

Paris Roses Enchantées opens with fragrant garden roses – the kind grown in public gardens in Paris. They only bloom once a year, in spring, and for a while their perfume fills the air. Orange blossom is here too, light, delicate, slightly citrusy and sweet while violet adds its own powdery, soft, sweetness. As it blooms, the roses stay, but are joined at the heart by a lovely, fruity apricot note and the spring smell of lilac. Another popular garden plant, Lily of the Valley -  watery, green and aldehydic - adds another floral dimension to the juice. This floral bouquet rests on a base of white musk and sandalwood.

Spray it on your wrist and it dries down to an armful of spring flowers, mostly roses, with a hint of fruit, soft musk and sandalwood. It is as delicate as spring - there is no jammy apricot, no deep, dark rose, no heavy wood notes - while still having depth and dimension.

Roses enchantées means ‘enchanted roses’ and Paris Roses Enchantées is the scent of spring roses enchanted by violet, apricot, lilac, and Lily of the Valley, that break winter’s spell.

Paris is one of my favourite frags and I still wear it. But it is big and sometimes I don’t want a big Paris. Sometimes I want a Paris of enchanted roses.

NB: This was a limited edition fragrance that has been discontinued and is no longer available.

Notes: Garden rose, orange blossom, violet, apricot, lilac, Lily of the Valley, white musk and sandalwood.

Type: EdT

Parfumeur: Unknown

Price: $6.00