Par Amour

(2005)
Par Amour by Clarins
Flacon Design: Federico Restrepo
6.3 / 10     27 RatingsRatingsRatings
Par Amour is a perfume by Clarins for women and was released in 2005. The scent is flowery-powdery. It is still in production.

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Perfumer

Raphael Haury

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesCassia, Pink pepper, Black currant
Heart Notes Heart NotesCardamom, Turkish rose, Vanilla
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Benzoin, Labdanum, Sandalwood

Ratings

Scent

6.3 (27 Ratings)

Longevity

6.1 (14 Ratings)

Sillage

5.3 (10 Ratings)

Bottle

5.8 (16 Ratings)
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 01.08.2015
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jtd
Helpful Review    2 Awards
Sugar Frosted Wood Chips, but in a Good Way
Transparent rose, blackcurrant and cedar would make this sound like the recipe for a Lutens “bois de [insert note]” fragrance. But this doesn’t seem like any of the bois fragrances except for a shared sheer-but-sweet quality. This is more sugar-sweet than fruity-sweet, which would usually scare me off, but something in the undercurrent of this fragrance keeps it from getting too ditzy. I think it’s the peppery benzoin. As the scent evolves the sweetness and the blackcurrant fade and the cedar/rose combination wins out. The pepper lasts as well, enhancing both the rose and the cedar, and Par Amour ends up seeming like Barbie’s version of Parfum Sacré.
Sillage 7.5/10
Longevity 7.5/10
Scent 6.0/10
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Not Romantic but Fraternal Love
Given the name of this perfume, I presumed in donning it that I was about to take a leisurely stroll down a rose petal-littered path. Instead, wearing Clarins' PAR AMOUR, I found myself in the midst of a dark forest of leafless sandalwood trees studded with thousands of tiny pink peppercorns! There are surely roses in this perfume somewhere, but they are very challenging to tease out...

As a rose scent, I'd have to say that PAR AMOUR doesn't measure up. However, as an oriental woody, it is really quite nice. This strikes me as another case where the marketing image and the product diverge rather drastically--with what must have been disastrous sales effects. All expectations of sweetness and light (and roses!) are swiftly defeated with the opening spritz. There may be a few people around who associate love with pink peppercorns and sandalwood, but I'd venture to guess that they are rare indeed.

Yet those who might genuinely appreciate PAR AMOUR would never find out--driven away as they would by a fear of everything that this fragrance is NOT. I'm thinking of woody scent lovers, men and women alike. From the peppery opening to the last fade of the dusty sandalwood drydown, this is a warm, woody scent. The love in question seems more fraternal than romantic to me.
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