1924. Coco Chanel meets Hugh Grosvenor, 2nd Duke of Westminster, and discovers British high society and the excitement of horse racing. Most of all, she adores retreating to the Highlands, on the Scottish moors, where the land of green expanse is patterned with crystal-clear lakes and surrounded by rocky forests. The intensely woody notes of Paris-Édimbourg evoke this mysterious green power.
Paris-Édimbourg fragrance notes
- juniper berry
- cedarwood, vetiver
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Paris-Édimbourg gives me flashbacks of this, sending me to where my sense of wonder is domiciled deep in my brain, awakening it. Sure, we can imagine that this would be an attractive wear for someone who wishes to feel well-groomed and well-heeled, and pontificate on its utility and function. Pondering whether it has appropriate sillage for a retreat to the Hamptons would feel so disingenuous for me. Thinking about childlike fascination feels more authentic, so I will go with that.
The astringent, quenching qualities of the top notes simmer into a smokier, herbaceous heart, with the juniper berries eclipsed by rosemary and thyme sprigs, a subtly smoky wood, and a cool, fuzzy green not-quite-berry-sweet musk. This is something I'd wear for a jaunt to Vermont to complement my surroundings and lean into wonder; that's more my speed.
There is a masculine crispness to this juice in the very opening that gives a lively feeling of gin & tonic with a smooth peppery lift. That initial blast stays for a few minutes and slowly subsides into a light sweet woods & green aromatic goodness. The opening is not completely gone as it hangs in there for a bit, it just becomes lighter through the wearing and is gone within 2-3 hours just leaving the aromatic wood sweetness. This is also much more than a summer freshie, with depth enough to endure cooler temps and even shine in them. It may perform slightly better than others from this line, but one should not expect sillage or longevity to be much above average here. I love fragrances like this, where woods and aromatic accords take center stage, and this is a good one in that genre.
I like this the least of the Paris collection, but it's a great collection, so that's not much of a complaint. That being said, I'm giving it a neutral.
Still waiting for the vetiver to arrive.... expecting the green, fresh aspect rather than a dark, smoky vetiver.
Reminds me of older versions of Penhaligon's Blenheim Bouquet, but exhibiting a less strident, toned down masculinity for the 21st century.
I rather like this, and it is a welcome change from the usual screechy, bergamot-heavy, aquatic kind of summer scents.
But it becomes a skin scent very quickly, and lacks projection or sillage. It's an eau de cologne : 'intensely' from the marketing blurb above, is not a descriptor of this scent.
Mostly this really reminds me of Vetiver&Juniper soap by Crabtree and Evelyn.