VINTAGE - Coty Paris EDT - $4.49 for 1/2ml
Year Introduced: 1922 - Feminine
Notes: Aldehydes, hyacinth, lilac, heliotrope, carnation, ylang-ylang, musk ketone, Bulgarian rose, civet and vanilla
An excerpt from The Black Narcissus:
Across the lake, the city of Paris is now proliferating in all its creatively glittering, roaringly twenties condescension. The couture houses are in motion, and perfume is soaring; Chanel is taking the metropolis by storm and Francois Coty is in the last twilight of his alchemy (Paris was one of his very final creations), a miniature, boxed extrait of which I bought recently from a Kamakura antiquery, and which I had, I admit, initially dismissed with one cursory sniff as ‘just another of those powdery floral aldehydes - a l'Interdit (which I was never really fond of) - but which, now that I come to try this perfume again, at night at home in bed, I find to be fulfilling.
Sweet. Powdery. And then some. But also thick, uplifting, light, heady: all heliotrope, lilac, ylang-ylang and jasmine/Bulgarian rose (there is more than a hint of Patou’s Joy in the head notes, though that classic was yet to be invented, again showing this Corsican genius’ prescience): swoopingly feminine, musked, and melancholy (one can only imagine the pleasure that this perfume must have given to women in its heyday as they got ready for an evening. In this precious vintage formula, untouched for many years, hidden in the dark of its ornately decorated paper box, with her doomed-to-be Tonkin musks and powder-pressed floral essences, this Paris, is, in all truth, an anachronism: beautiful but almost unwearable, like a ghost, or a genie, that has been suddenly let out of its bottle full of Jardins Des Tuileries prettiness and alacrity, her optimism for the future and what possibilities there may be to come, still pitiably alive, and intact.
From a 1925 ad where Coty assigns their fragrances to various types of women, Paris is for brilliant sophisticated temperaments of the "delicately imperious" women of the world.
Paris has been discontinued.
We are decanting from an original eau de toilette version of this fragrance from the 1960s.