Product Type: Paul Smith fragrances
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Paul Smith Extreme Woman - Retro to the extreme
Paul Smith Extreme Woman Eau de Toilette
Member Name: maxwell_star
Paul Smith Extreme Woman Eau de Toilette
Advantages: Designer brand, pleasant warm heavy sensual perfume, high quality bottle, retro feel, good price
Disadvantages: Box and bottle not my taste, not great staying power
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.
Summary: Not the perfect perfume but a good price so worth a try