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I was given a 50ml bottle of Paul Smith Extreme for women back in 2003. It was a gift from my father, no doubt purchased at Duty Free on one of his work trips. At the time I was thrilled with the gift, at 16 I was very easily impressed with a designer name!
Paul Smith is a highly regarded designer, originally specialising in menswear but more recently designing womenswear too. Paul Smith items most often seen in the UK shops are watches, pens, belts, shoes, furniture and of course fragrances.
The box for Extreme has the stripy design associated with the Paul smith brand. Rather than the usual smart straight stripes this box has a wavy version which creates a funky retro feel. The box displays the usual information and the brand name, simply seeing the Paul Smith name on the box raises your expectations. The bottle is very simple in design. It is quite a solid square bottle made from clear glass. The only detail is on one side of the bottle where there is the obligatory Paul Smith stripes, again in a slightly wavy style. The stripes reflect through the bottle which does make it a little more interesting. The lid is also glass and lifts to reveal a perfectly functioning plastic spray pump. The overall look is quite funky but very simple and it lacks any femininity, in fact it is almost identical to the men's version of the fragrance. I much prefer a more pretty and feminine design. I don't really like the Paul Smith stripes for women's products generally. I think they are better suited to men's products, for example I love my husband's Paul Smith stripy wallet. The only aspect of the bottle I do like is the glass lid. So often, even with high quality designer brands, the lid of the perfume bottle is plastic. The glass lid exudes quality. The perfume is very light pink in colour and can clearly be seen through the bottle, adding the only feminine element.
Paul smith intended the perfume, released in 2002, to be sophisticated, elegant and modern with oriental and floral scents. It is recommended for evening use. The top notes of this fragrance are Blackcurrant, Italian Mandarin Orange, Green Tea and Bergamot. The first sniff of this perfume is quite powerful and overwhelming, perhaps explaining the extreme name. It doesn't smell as light as I usually expect top note to, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. I can definitely smell the orange and bergamot but I would struggle to name the other notes. The heart notes are Cassia, Freesia and Lily of the Valley. The scent does become more floral as these notes develop and it still smells quite heavy. The base notes are Sandalwood, Amber, Patchouli, Vetiver and Cedar which add a musky scent to the fragrance. Over all I would describe the fragrance as sensual, heavy, warm and slightly spicy which does give an oriental feel. I do quite like the scent but I wouldn't say I love it. I think it is quite unusual and I can't really compare it to any other perfumes I have tried so this is quite a good selling point. It is describes as "original" and I think this is the case. I don't think the fragrance is very feminine, not to say it is better suited to a man just that it isn't a particularly pretty, girly scent. I think it is appropriate for day or evening use and for any age. I would say it is better suited to winter than summer as it isn't particularly light and fresh.
The initial smell is strong but the top and heart notes seem to disappear fairly quickly and the perfume didn't have great staying power, needing frequent reapplication. Usually this would make a perfume bad value for money but it is definitely possible to pick up a bargain with this one. The standard price for a 30ml bottle is £20.00 but I have seen it in department store as low as £10. It is also available in 50ml for £31.00 but on Amazon you can pick it up for £18.69 and 100ml for £37.00 or £20.95 on Amazon. The designer label and great price make it an ideal gift, although be aware that whoever you give it to may have spotted the bargain prices themselves.
In summary, a pleasant designer perfume which is quite heavy and sensual. The packaging and poor staying power let it down in my opinion but at a bargain price it might still be worth a try.
I first discovered Paul Smith Extreme for Women a few years ago. I was bought a 30 ml bottle as a present by a friend. I had heard of Paul Smith before being bought the perfume but in terms of clothing ranges - I didn't realise that Paul Smith also produced fragrances.
The box that the fragrance comes in is predominantly black with the front of the box incorporating the signature Paul Smith multi-stripe. I think that considering the box is quite plain, the multi-stripe does look good against the contrasting black. The bottle is a bit of a disappointment. As I mentioned I received the 30 ml bottle, the lid is about as big as the bottle itself. It is a really plain bottle that is all clear glass apart from one side of the bottle that incorporates the Paul Smith multi-stripe in the same way the box does. The only redeeming feature of the bottle is that when displayed the multi-stripe reflects through the clear glass bottle and does look quite pretty.
This perfume is described as a 'classic with a twist' and as 'original'. The top notes of this fragrance are a fruit infusion consisting of blackcurrant, Italian mandarin, orange, green tea and bergamot. The heart notes are a floral combination of cassia, freesia and lily of the valley. The base notes include amber and musk mixed with sandalwood, patchouli, vetiver and cedar for sensual but feminine undertones. Judging by the components that make up this perfume, it should be my ideal scent. I absolutely love fragrances that are floral, fruity and light. This fragrance is all of those things but seems more floral than fruity and seems to lack something. It is very light but has a light smoky smell to it. I very rarely use this perfume and despite the fact that the bottle I have is quite small, it still contains quite a lot of perfume.
This perfume is a very light scent but you don't need to apply much - quite a lot comes out in just one spray. I have found this perfume to be reasonably long-lasting and quite subtle. I think that this scent is quite a young perfume - I would say ideal for teens and young women but a woman any age could get away with it. It is nice perfume that is probably best worn during the day.
I think that this perfume is quite reasonably priced if you look in the right places. I have seen it in some shops and it has been really overpriced. The cost varies vastly from place to place.
Overall, this should be an ideal scent for me but I found it a little disappointing. It is a nice floral and fruity scent that comes in a very plain bottle. I would recommend this perfume.
I got a bottle of this last Christmas. I had never used Paul Smith Perfume up until then, and didn't really feel drawn to them. I know they were designer, but they just didn't stand out for me. Since I got this as a present then it is a great way to try a new scent, and if I didn't like it then it wasn't my money that was wasted!
I have since looked online for this and see that you can pick the 100ml bottle up for as low as around £15-£17. Being the 100ml I would have thought this brand would be around £25-£30 so was surprised. I wonder if the person that bought me this bought it so it would look like it cost her more? Who knows.
The box and bottle look quite simple. I have long thrown the box out, but the bottle looks like the Dooyoo picture. A square bottle and the glass is clear so you can see the light pink liquid through it. The trademark Paul Smith stripes are down the side and bright, and the lettering is small and quite simple looking on the bottle.
So how does this smel? It is pretty strong when first sprayed and a bit overpowering but the settles down quick enough and is not too bad a scent when settled. This is more a fruity scent with fresh notes mixed through it. I have looked online and see that the notes in here are Blackcurrant, Freesia, Mandarin, and Amber Musk. Sounds all ok, and you have the fruity, slightly oriental and floral bases all covered. I would say the scents I smell the most are the Amber Musk which is a Sandalwood kind of scent in my view and a slight dash of mandarin which is nice and it lightens up the scent that bit. It isn't overall that bad a scent, but it just isn't what i tend to go for. It smells a bit cheap in some sense, but also it seems to smell nice enough in others.
I would say this would be more suited to perhaps late teens or early 20's women. It's nice that it isn't all 1 kind of scent, but I prefer more all Fruity scents ot Light ones, not a mixture of both of them.
This lasts a good enough lenght of time as well. The initial strong scent wears off about half an hour, and the light scent on this on your skin seems to hang around for a few hours afterwards. Although I do reapply my perfume through the day more just to freshen up I would say this was needed with this one as I couldn't smell this at lunchtime.
I have tried other scents in the brand after trying this one and they were alright, but this one just isn't for me.
I first started using this perfume several years ago. It was bought for me as a Christmas present and my first opinion of it wasn't a great one. Since then I have came to like the perfume a lot, it is actually one of my favourite ones if not my favourite. My first opinions were not great because the smell is slightly overpowering but once you have got over that initial shock, and checked the box to make sure it is actually a woman's perfume, you can really appreciate the other smells that make up the perfume.
The packaging is funky, the box and the bottle itself are decorated in multi coloured stripes, the design matches the smell of the perfume perfectly, and it is designed for that of a funky, fun and different type of perfume. I can say I have never smelt a perfume such as this one. That is something I like about it, the different and unique smell about it can totally show your personality. For me it is important I find a perfume to match my personality. Many people say a perfume is a perfume and it is suitable for anyone. But me, I think differently. A person's personality can be matched to that of the perfume they wear, I can't say this is totally accurate for 100% of people but in most cases you can tell.
Fresh - worn by those in their mid to late teens
Floral - worn by women who want to feel more feminine
Fruity - worn by more casual women
Oriental - worn by women who are more exotic
These are just a few examples but it does tend to be the case that perfume is picked to matched the personality of that person, this is not always done consciously and most of the time it is a sub conscious decision. People are attracted to those perfumes that will define who they are. I don't see many (in fact any) people going into perfume shops and hand a list of their personality traits over to the sales assistant! It's a sub conscious decision based upon who you are.
The perfume I am reviewing is actually a combination of floral and fruity scents, from that you can then pick up that I am a casual person, I don't like to overdo it but I also like to feel feminine. You know it doesn't describe who I am down to a 'T' but what it does do is help enlighten my personality and bring about a sense of who I am.
I have only ever seen the perfume sold in 100ml bottles and this will cost you around £15. To me this is a very good price to pay for a bottle of perfume, and this one in particular does last a long time as you don't have to spray much to be able to smell the scent. The perfume is made up of fruity and floral notes of mandarin, blackcurrant and freesia with sensual base notes of amber musk. This does sound like a strange combination of scents but with most perfumes you will be amazed of what they are actually made up of. Smelling the perfume now, I can definitely not smell any blackcurrant so don't be worried you are going to smell like a boiled sweet! It definitely smells very fruity, fruitier than floral, but once you get over the initial sweet scent you start to smell the musky amber which tones down the fruity smell. The sweet fruity smell is like a quick burst which you smell first but then the musky smell settles in and the overall smell is calmer and very pleasant indeed.
Once sprayed onto your skin or clothes, you can immediately tell that people will be able to smell you when walking past, but after 30 minutes or so, the smell settles down and is more of a lingering natural smell, rather than a 'look at me now smell'. It's not something for everybody, my partner hates it, and he says I smell like a pepper! It does smell a little bit spicy but as it doesn't contain any spice ingredients I don't know how. It is just a very different smell; you will either love it or hate it. It doesn't last on your skin for a full day, but near enough. It can be used for any occasion; I wear it in the day, at night and on special occasions. It's just a versatile perfume and will smell right whenever you decide to wear it.
I would recommend you give it a little squirt the next time you are in a perfume shop, if it's for you, then I highly recommend you buy it!
I was bought this perfume as my first christmas present by my boyfriend, and honestly have got to say i was really disapointed with not only the smell itself but also the bottle and packaging.
The smell is very overpowering, and smells quite like pepper, however is descibed as "a sensual, lively and elegantperfume with notes of Italian mandarian and blackcurrant mixed withfreesia". I have to say this statement is far from the truth!! I only sprayed one spray of the perfume into the lid of the prefume and the smell lingered around for hours. It is very strong, and does not smell anything like womens perfume (i checked and it definatly was!!!)
The bottle and packaging is also not very appealing, and is quite plain for such a highly priced perfume, and very masculine. The packaging is mainly yellow-orange-red wavy lines throughout the front and the two sides of the box. The bottle is clear and square with Paul Smith Extreme written at the bottom left corner, and the wave pattern on the side of the bottle. The men's fragrance is alot more appealing than then woman's.
I hate to say it but I ended up selling this perfume on ebay, as it really was not for my taste, and I couldnt even manage to palm it off to my friends!
Overall I would not recommend this perfume, there are a lot sweeter smelling perfumes around for the same price, and this is definatly not worth the money.
Each to there own i guess! I got this present as a MISTAKE! I was ment to get the one in the black box which i LOVE! but instead i got this! Pricey! For a tiny little bottle (30ml) it was £20! The smell was AWFUL! I sprayed it on and it was like a strong pepper smell, I thought i'd leave it for abit to see if it got any better but it didn't. I would never recomend anyone to buy this and if i ever smelt it on anyone i'd probley be sick! The only advantage to this product was the cute little bottle and box it came in and the fancey colourful pattern on the side! It was deffo not worth the money and if i got it free i wouldnt even give it someone as a gift it was that bad! I can't say what age range would were this because it was not even an aquired smell!! DISCONTINUE!!!
The great thing about fragrance is that the branding doesn't matter once you've made your choice. So while Paul Smith is not a brand I'd usually buy, and the bottle is boxy with what feels to me like a cheap plastic lid, it's really what's inside that counts.
If you've read my other perfume reviews you'll see I'm no expert (sorry!) But to attempt a description... This is a very light perfume which smells to me slightly of chilli. I know that sounds quite bizarre, but maybe that's why they called it 'Extreme'. It's definitely an unusual scent - nosecatching (to coin a phrase) - and I have had several compliments on it while wearing it to work.
... Yes, I wear it to work - so for me it's a second-string perfume which I wouldn't usually wear out or on a date. But it's definitely an individual scent which many of my friends really love.
I was bought Paul Smith Extreme for women as a present from my brother after his return from a holiday.
It is a very musky smelling perfume, and quite strong. I would not recommend it for people who usually like something sweeter or more floral. I must admit, it's not my favourite fragrance, and does seem to smell nicer when worn in the evening for a night out as opposed to during the day.
The scent does last for a long time, which is great as the fragrance from so many other perfumes I've tried disappears only a few hours after you've put them on!
The bottle is very attractive and stylish, with retro-esque stripes in shades of orange, red and brown.
As the scent is quite strong and specific I wouldn't recommend this as a present for someone if you don't already know their taste in fragrance as it could be too overpowering.
Paul smith Extreme Eau do toilette 50ml womens perfume. For my birthday in february my friend bought me some i had not heard of the name really amongst sprays before . I knew he did clothes but not perfume. It's a very sweet smell , fresh last the whole day if you have a squirt in the morning. Nice size spray too you can put it in your handbag with no problems. Most people stick to the big names like armani, Calvin Klein, ralph lauren etc but this is a lovely present for someone . There are not many sprays that he does but think there is a mens one too. Price is not too bad either for a nice fragrance. Good seal on the perfume too screw on top so wont spill any in your bag if you haven't put the top back on properly like other perfumes. Would recommend the fragrance for a present definately for someone.
My daughter introduced me to this wonderful fragrance, and it´s so adaptable to the differant chemical reactions of each of us. On her it smells fresh and young and memorable. On me it is more subtle and smells more sophisticated, the best "bit" is that the perfume lasts all day and well into the evening making it very good value for money. I am not a fan of sweet perfumes or cloying fragrances and this wonderful creation covers all occasions and even when I wear it my daughter will ask "what perfume are you wearing?" even though she is also wearing it. It´s such a novelty to find a perfume that spans two generations and yet manages to suit us both so well. I always look around for a bargain and as this perfume lasts so long I really do think it´is very good value for money with staying power.
At first spray you may find this scent a little overpowering but it very soon settles down into a soft flowery perfume that is wonderful for wearing during the day. I find it perfect for putting on just before I leave for work in the morning and the handy screw top bottle means I can reapply it in the afternoon to wake myself up after lunch. Many colleagues have asked me what perfume I was wearing since I bought this and the main comments I have had are that its a very clean feminine smell. Just the right kind of scent for work then! If you are unsure what to buy a girlie female relative as a present then this would be a pretty safe bet as it comes in very luxurious packaging, smells great and is a very reasonable price. In fact if my fiance is reading this then get me some for my birthday darl!
I recently bought Paul smith extreme woman, eau de toilette for my girlfriend who by the way is a perfume junkie. She is definately addicted to buying all different perfumes. Initially when she sprayed the perfume it seemed to be very overpowering but after a few minutes it definately mellowed. The scent is very fresh, clean and quite sweet and does last several hours once applied. After using this product my girlfriend did experience some irritation so may not be suitable for women with sensitive skin. Overall the actual product itself is very good value for money. At my local chemist i paid fifteen pounds for a thirty mill bottle which in my opinion is extremelly good for a well known designer perfume. The bottle is trendy and stylish and comes complete in a well packaged box. Ultimately if you are looking for a gift for someone special or just want to treat yourself then i would definately recommend this to anyone
Im a massive of perfume, and i bought this perfume online just from the description and i have to say it is superb.
The smell is kinda vanilla like, but strangely initially it smells like playdoe! Now this may sound horrible, but on me after a few minutes of spraying the smell is delightful. Ive had alot of people comment on the lovely smell of this perfume, so its gotta be good right.
The bottle itself is really chunky and kinda cool looking, loads of colour and strips on one side, and looks good on your dressing table
This is expensive perfume, and i tend to try and get a cheap tester to say on the costs. My recommendation is to be bold and try this perfume, it has never let me down and the smell you may find overpowering at first, but work with it and im sure you'll love it as much as i do.
It seems to last a long time too, which is always very good.
Overall this is a good perfume, paul smith is a good name too and my partner always loves it when i wear this perfume, apparently its very seductive!
Liking another one of Paul Smiths fragrances when I saw this I had to buy it if even in the minature bottle just to test it out! I love my fragrances and use them all the time so more the merrier is welcomed into my boudoir!
Who Is Paul Smith???
Top menswear designer in the main. More recently he has manoeuvred into womenswear, watches, pens , belts, fragrances, shoes and furniture he's got his fingers in a lot of pies. He has shops scattered around the Uk but he's most popular in Japan.
Glass square bottle with small black writing on the right hand side telling me it is indeed Paul Smith - Extreme. There is a stripy multi-coloured pattern on the left hand side 'wall' of the perfume. Odd it's only one side of the bottle the rest of the bottle is plain glass! Now mine is the miniature version of the bottle of the larger bottle so is a pour out bottle but the larger sizes are spray action and all have a round glass lids. It's nice enough but when you see the bottle and see the name it's kind of misleading to what fragrance your getting I think lol
What Paul Smith Says About The Fragrance....
Introduced in 2002 by Paul Smith, Paul Smith Extreme is a refined elegant aroma. Sophisticated and modern blend of oriental and floral scents, gives a lasting impression. This refined scent possesses a blend of exotic florals. Paul Smith Extreme is recommended for evening wear.
My Opinion Of The Fragrance....
Unusual! This is one very individual and unique smelling fragrance I can't compare to anything I've ever smelt before. Very sweet, warm and exotic with a hint of spice still managing to stay fresh, crisp and clean. At first smell to my nasal passages it has this smell of pencil sharpenings that was really odd. That smell soon settles down when on the skin and it gives way to a really is floral fragrance with no undertones of fruits or anything else. It's flowers which actually makes a nice pleasant change!
For me this hasn't got different 'notes' like many other fragrances do in the way you can sniff it and you never get a different undertone to it is what it is! It's one dimensional is the way best to describe it I think lol though I must add I don't mean flat! I can sit fo ages sniffing at fragrances and marvelling at how one minute they can smell of one thing and then another or I can spot an ingredient I hadn't noticed before. not with this one.
I like this one but why such a pretty fragrance has such a silly name I don't know cos for me it does nothing for me in describing what you get!
This is really feminine and sophisticated perfect for the over 30's to 70's. It spans the ages. It's very strong at first but not in an in your face way though like the advertising says yes it makes an impression and if your near anyone (when you first spray it one)you don't have to get up close and personal for them to be able to smell but it's smooth and blended. Though strong, floral, exotic it is an uplifting sexy smell. It's not light and airy it's deep, sexy and sensual.
The only problem with this fragrance is yes when first sprayed or poured on as in my case it is really strong and I could understand why people may not like it at first sniff but after an hour the smell almost disappears which means you put up with that or you need to 'top up' quite regular. For me after an hour I could hardly smell anything and I didn't like that as I preferred the strongness I got when I first applied it. It really does disappear quite quickly this one and that's fine if you like almost none existent fragrances or at the very least an incredibly gentle fragrance.
For me once you've worn it a while as I've pointed out it's really delicate and for that reason I would say anyone could wear it as it stops being so noticable. It is classified as a evening fragrance and that's very true if your going to keep topping up if your not then this is very much a daytime fragrance in my book. Economical for daytime and the light sprayer amongst us not so much for a night out and lairy amongst among us!
It's a nice enough fragance but nothing outrageous. I personally think anyone can wear it and I guess at least its versatile enough to wear as a woman once but it's not really that 'me'. Its a bit too calm for e and I can't be bothered to put in the energy to gt me smelling nice and I'm certainly not carting a bottle of perfume out with me on the town thank you very much. As for decanting it can bugger off! I have a life ta.
Not really worth my effort to be honest.
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Olfactory group: Floral woody
I bought Extreme as a Christmas gift for my boyfriend's sister-in-law. As I didn't know what perfume they normally wear. I was looking for something fresh, unobtrusive but still floral and feminine enough for her to like it.
I spotted this perfume in the shops because of its packaging. The mainly yellow-orange-red wavy lines throughout the front and the two sides of the box catch the eye immediately. The clear bottle is simply cut, squared with Paul Smith Extreme written at the bottom left corner of in the unmistakable signature logo.
The cool waves appear again on the left hand side of the bottle - why not at the back I do not know - it gives the bottle a 'psychedelic' effect when you look at it through the liquid. The bottle has a screw-on lid, which is a great plus, not seen very often nowadays!
Top notes: freesia, mandarin
The composition of the eau de parfum is light yet long-lasting. It has a fresh top which is quite strong and spicy, probably that is why it is called extreme: it has a rich, peppery feel to it without it being masculine - I find it a nice achievement.
Middle notes: blackcurrant, heliotrope
The spicy freshness soon subdues into a floral middle, this is where I like this fragrance most: it is still fresh but becomes flowery and powdery sweet, thanks to the feminine heliotrope. Heliotrope is a flowery plant originally from Peru. It has a wonderful, vanilla-like scent and is a popular garden plant in England.
Base notes: cedar, sandalwood, amber, musk
This floral middle phase lasts for about an hour after that it settles into a fresh and woody base where the floral sweetness is taken over by the sensual amber and musk.
The overall impression is a mixture of orange peel, freshly cut grass mingled with wild flowers and fresh cedar.
Excellent choice when you just want to feel fresh and feminine, not overbearing but still wearing an original not one-of-a-dozen type of perfume. This fragrance will appeal to all age groups as it is quite a neutral, everyday, fresh and clean scent.
A matching Extreme for Men version is a perfect choice when buying for a couple. The two scents complement each other and present a nice duo package.
Staying power: 4 / 5
Originality: 4 / 5
Composition: 4 / 5
Value for money: 5 / 5
Overall value: 4 / 5
Hope this review has helped you.
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Paul Smith Extreme; for women is a sensual, lively and elegant perfume that wears as perfectly in the day as it does in the evening / With fruity top notes of Italian mandarian, green pear, pink peppercorns and blackcurrant mixed with freesia / The base note of patchouli, vetiver, amber and musk mix with sandalwood and cedar for sensual but feminine undertones.