If you said the name ‘Paco Rabanne’ to me a week ago, it would have aroused memories of sweaty 90’s nightclubs and men adorned with FCUK t-shirts. It’s not a brand I really relate to or one I seek out, but this little bottle of Greek-inspired wonder has just knocked me off my chair and made me question it all. Twenty years ago Paco Rabanne was the height of fashion, but like Burberry check and the Daniella Westbrook episode, over-saturatuon turned its sparkle into something altogether more cringey. However, their new Olympéa is elegant enough to adorn any dressing table – while the scent itself is warm, sultry, sexy and fresh.
Olympéa has been designed for ‘a modern-day Cleopatra, the woman of all
victories.’ It certainly evokes the feeling of regality and magnetism,
thanks to the opulent bottle that’s adorned with metallic nods to the
Greek gods. (Yes, I know Cleopatra was Egyptian – I don’t write the
press releases!) Featuring notes of salty vanilla, green mandarin, cashmere wood,
ginger lily and hydroponic jasmine, it’s sensual and sexy without being
overbearing; it’s fresh and light without being filled with too many
citrus or floral notes. Many of these European fashion designer scents are too heavy and too musky for me, but this is right on the cusp: it’s exotic enoguh to wear in the evening, but certainly not to much to spritz on when you want to make an impression during the day. Who would have known that Paco Rabanne’s Olympéa was the fragrance to change my mind…
The Paco Rabanne Olympea fragrance is available now The Perfume Shop and in all good perfume retailers, priced £40.00 for 30ml. (Bottle pictured is 30ml)
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