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I have been wearing Paloma Picasso Eau de parfum since it first came out back in 1984. Initially I was attracted to the Bright Red Box and the dark coloured bottle. Paloma Picasso is a individual fragrance, it is elegant, sophisticated and perfect for daytime and evening. People always comment, when I wear it and always ask what perfume I am wearing, the fragrance lingers and gets you noticed. I love it and would recommend it to buy for that special lady in your life - or maybe to get that special lady in your life.
This perfume is amazing,a real man magnet,every time i wear this i get loads of comments from strange men who always ask what is that gorgeous smell.It may not be to everyones taste as perfume reacts differently on womens skin,but it always gets comments when i use it.
Paloma Picasso in both its Eau de Parfum and Eau De Toilette form really packs a punch in terms of depth of fragrance and longevity on the skin. Having been a fan and used this on and off over a good many years I think that it has stood the test of time in many ways. Am reviewing this now as I also reviewed the Urban Retreat Rendevouz Body Wash, which has a very similar smelling fragrance to this and would make a good match for fragrance layering.
This was the first fragrance from Paloma Picasso, famous daughter of the artist Pablo Picasso. I did think at first the fragrance would be a let down when it was first launched, so didn't get around to trying this for several years after its 1984 dip into the world of perfume.
Paloma Picasso is packed in a strict looking red and black signature style, that holds the unusual shaped almost elipse shaped bottle. If you want to find that seductive siren or vampy vixen within, then this fragrance will suit you down to the ground.
Its a heady strong smelling perfume that will suit being worn at night, when its deep seductive base notes of warm oak moss, iris, exotic sandalwood, musky evocative patchouli, simmer amongst rich amber, musk and sweet honey. These are what give this perfume some real oomph! The fragrance designers say that Paloma Picasso is a Rich chypre based fragrance with a mossy, woody blend.
It wasn't always called Paloma Picasso, being called Mon Parfum originally, it won two FiFi awards. The FiFi Awards, in case you are curious, are the annual Fragrance Foundation Awards which honor the industry's achievements and are considered the 'Oscars' of the fragrance industry. One of Palomas' favourite themes, being a circle within a circle was the inspiration for the perfume bottle and it drew hints from a Tiffany earring she had designed. I still think elipse shaped is a better way to describe it but can see the link to the thought behind it.
Top notes or the pretty bits that lighten things up are: lemon, bergamot, angelica, hyacinth and ylang ylang. Mid or heart notes/ the bits you can't put your finger on but recognise when its pointed out to you are: rose, jasmine, mimosa and cilantro. Base Notes/ the bits that pack a punch and have staying power are: oak moss, iris, sandalwood, patchouli, amber, musk, honey.
Price wise you can pay anything from £19.99 upwards, depending upon bottle size and choice of EDT or Eau de parfum. Can be over powering but great when worn for the right moment.
The Paloma Picasso signature scent has that dangerous poisonous look to it. It comes in a red box with a black bottle, could be a bit intimidation for some. Be careful with this, you must be able to carry it away.
The smell is rich, powerful and bitter. You won't smell cheap with this. A woman wearing is a super vixen and has that black widow danger to it. I think is one of those things like liquorice and marmite, either love it or hate it. One thing is clear is going to make an impression on you.
The scent is described of smelling of many florals, citrus, woods and greens. I say if you love chypre and floral this could be the one.
I think this is a real perfume!
I do not find this perfume easily accessible within the UK which is unfortunate but you can find it online to order. As far as I remember it does not come that cheap either, no surprise here. But at least you won't run into anyone else at the party/ supermarket wearing the same thing
I've been wearing this perfume for years and its definitely the one that gets the most unsolicited positive comments, and the one that causes my boyfriend to follow me round the house sniffing!
I have problems with perfume as my skin seems to 'turn' many of them - particularly the strong and/or flowery ones - into something disgusting that prompts rapid opening of car windows and gagging. I also find many strong perfumes on other people quite nauseating, but not this one. So, although I found the other reviews interesting, I have to say, given my feelings and problems with perfume, I wouldn't have sought this one out based on them and thought I'd give my slightly different point of view.
It is definitely strong but, unlike the other reviewers, I do wear it during the day - just not too much. Its warm, classy and sexy and although it may have florals in it I'd not describe it as floral. Rather its slightly spicy and bizarrely a little fresh even though its so strong. I'm very fussy about perfume and find it easier to describe what it is not (things I avoid) - its not sweet, sickly, cloying or 'girly'. It doesn't have the nauseating (for me) undertone of violet or geranium that many strong perfumes do as well as those I'd describe as 'grannyish'.
In terms of if it will suit you and you'd like it - what else I will or won't wear is possibly the best indicator. I wear First by Van Cleef & Arpels and, in the summer Issay Miyake; I avoid like the plague Chloe, Poison and anything in a purple or pink bottle.
Christmas is a mere 13 weeks away so naturally you will all have started your Christmas shopping. What can you get for your loved one. PALOMA PICCASSO I know its not a young and trendy perfume ( I've been buying it for years) but it still smells as gorgeous now as when I first started wearing it. Paloma Piccasso is the daughter of the famous artist and this was her first perfume, she followed this up with a lighter version packaged in gold but out of the two I prefer the this one "the original" THE LOOK***** It's packaged in a distinctive bright red box ( Paloma had a thing about red, she brought out a lipstick but only in red, no other shade was available) The box has black and gold writing on it with the name Paloma Piccasso. The bottle itself is an unusual black oval shape again with gold writing and it looks very classy THE SMELL***** I have always had nice comments when I wear this on nights out. It smells quite musky and woody when first applied but after a short while it mellows to a sweeter, warmer, luxurious smell. It is very distinctive and once you have smelled it you will recognise it anywhere. It's quite a powerful perfume and is more suitable for a night out than during the day. The scent lasts a long time and only a small bit is needed or it can become overpowering. THE PRICE***** It's quite an expensive perfume, I usually pay around £32.00 for a 50ml bottle so I drop hints at Birthdays, Christmas and Valentines day. You can buy it in Binns, Debenhams or sometimes Boots. At Christmas there is always a nice gift box around which includes the body lotion which is gorgeous, and sometimes a soap to match it. They are usually quite a good price. WHY YOU SHOULD TRY IT***** I recommend this if you are looking for something a little bit different to what you normally buy or try it as a sample, You can quite often get it as a minature size (it looks like a bl
ack polo in the minature) and it comes boxed with a few others. Duty Free shops usually stock them. So go on try it!
I was gently day-dreaming and thinking of spag bol for dinner, sitting on the bus on my way home, when (sniff) I realised (sniff) there was a wonderful fragrance coming from in front of me. The girl, somewhat smartly dressed and newly made-up, was obviously on her way out for the evening. “Mmm, that’s lovely”, I thought. “I wonder what it is. I’ll have to take a trip down to my local department store and try and match it.” And then I realised how long it would actually take, testing three or four perfumes at a time (the most a nose can distinguish before getting confused). There must be hundreds of different kinds of perfumes. My imagination went into overdrive... It would take months. I would have to go out of my way to test every single perfume ... in my lunch hour ... late night shopping ... every Saturday .... before (and after) every holiday in the duty free/paid shops. I could ask the shop assistants for help, of course. “Excuse me, I’m looking for a perfume.” “Yes, madam” she would say, “What is it called?”. “I’m not sure, it’s sort of flowery, and rich, and strong, and really, really lovely.” No, that definitely wouldn’t work. But what was the alternative? Well, I could just ask the girl herself, of course, but my British reserve was holding me back. One doesn’t talk to strangers on a bus. I was feeling hot at the thought of it. Bit embarrassing - I’d definitely go red - someone else might hear. Oh, but this is ridiculous, I told myself, she might get off the bus at any time, and you’ll never know the name of that perfume. You’ll always regret it. Quick, girl, before you change your mind! And I made my appeal ... “Em, excuse me, I’ve noticed that lovely perfume you’re wearing.. Would you mind telling me what it is?”, I daringly asked.
220;No, not at all” she said, looking rather flattered, “It’s Paloma Picasso”. Wow, I’d done it! And I now knew what it was. And she didn’t mind at all! What a pathetic dollop I’d been! I bought some the next day, and have loved it ever since. **** Paloma Picasso is the daughter of the painter Pablo Picasso, and designed jewellery and fashion before turning to scents in 1984. This was her first fragrance, and was immediately successful. Now the most important part - to describe the smell. It has notes of bergamot, neroli, lemon, jasmine, Bulgarian rose, ylang-ylang, coriander, clove, patchouli, vetiver, sandalwood, oakmoss and amber. Are you any the wiser? No - well, I’ll give you my version of what the smell is like ... --- Deeply floral, slightly spicy, feminine and expensive (yes, I reckon a smell can be expensive!) In my opinion it is not really a day-time perfume. It is strong, not knock-em-dead at 20 paces strong in the way that, say, Dune or Poison is, but definitely too powerful to wear at work at a meeting in a confined room. Although I have in the past, when needing a boost at the beginning of a stressful day, put a little on my wrists, so that only I could smell it. Do you find with some perfumes that after a couple of hours you can’t smell them anymore? Even though others can? Your nose just becomes acclimatised to the fragrance. Well, I find Paloma Picasso doesn’t do this. I can still smell it after a few hours. The bottle has a pleasantly tactile oval shape, and is made of opaque black glass. You can therefore keep it on your dressing table if you want to. Did you know that perfume should normally be stored in its box in a cool place, out of the sunlight? It otherwise deteriorates rapidly, sometimes within two or three months. This perfume is distributed widely, and is packaged in a dis
tinctive scarlet box with a black flash, so you will be able to find it easily. It comes in several strengths and sizes. Eau de toilette is the weakest, but will last two or three hours, eau de parfum is stronger and will last five or six hours, and the “real thing”, perfume, is strongest of all and will last for ages. The cost varies, according to the strength and size, but starts at about £25 up to a startling “don’t even ask” £96 for the perfume. The average buy, probably a 30 ml bottle of eau de parfum is normally about £35, but you may be able to find it on special offer, at £25. The range includes bath & shower gel, body lotion, body cream, deodorant spray and soap, so that you can get an all-over “layered” effect. So, the moral of my story is, accost a stranger and you may come out smelling of roses, (and bergamot, and neroli, and lemon ...).
This is a perfume that I have been wearing for years. It is spicy and heady with floral undertones. The scent is a little difficult to describe, so try it on you skin next time you're in a department store. Paloma Picasso has a pretty unusual scent, and I have not found anything else like it. It is not really a day-time perfume, but a perfect scent for an evening out. The packaging is bold and striking - a black or gold glass oblong with a clear glass middle. It lasts well, and you'll still be able to smell it on your skin the next morning.
With brisk citrus top notes and rich jewelled heart, Paloma Picasso redefines French elegance and introduces it to a new generation of sophisticates /