Paname by Keiko Mecheri
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Paname is a perfume by Keiko Mecheri for men and was released in 1999. The scent is spicy-green. The production was apparently discontinued.
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Fragrance Notes

Green notes, Absinth, Spices, Vanilla, Tonka bean, Woody notes

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Scent

7.182 Ratings

Longevity

7.470 Ratings

Sillage

5.664 Ratings

Bottle

7.460 Ratings
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 22.04.2021.
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Art

55 Reviews
Art
Art
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Dedicated to Absinthe
Paname is dedicated to absinthe. I've often seen it compared to Douce Amere by Serge Lutens. I can say that there are some similarities between them, however Panama is a bit lighter and more gourmand. For me, this perfume is like one big memory of a variety of sweets: licorice, chocolate, Turkish delight, vanilla milk, sweet wipped cream....They were delicious yet not sugary-cloying thanks to the drop of bitter absinthe, pinches of spice and some woods. In the base it settles like a pleasant powdery sweetness with a joyful and carefree character.
9.5
Scent
8
Longevity
7
Sillage
8
Bottle
Pollita
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Pollita
Pollita
Top Review    17  
And again one says goodbye
They're all leaving me, so now Paname too. When I wore this the days, I read here me fright that Mrs. Mecheri does not produce this any more. That's another favorite from my collection that's gonna leave me. The best thing I can do is to give him a nice comment before he leaves me altogether.

Paname is therefore also declared as men's fragrance. Interesting. So Amouage's Reflection is not the first men's fragrance I own. I met Paname many years ago. In the meantime I have certainly the third or fourth bottle in use. What made me curious about him at that time was the comparison with my beloved Macadam from Il Profumo. In reviews I read that Macadam fans might like this one too. The grades are totally different, but let's see what the sniff test brings. This one was an absolute bull's eye! I fell in love with the absinthe, the spicy finish and the delicate, flattering vanilla. Personally, I always found Paname to be clearly feminine, but in principle it doesn't matter whether it's a men's, women's or unisex fragrance. We wear whatever pleases and point! And a man who smells like that? Even a fine performance!

Paname has accompanied me in almost every situation of my life. He was allowed to go into the office and to the fair and I liked to wear him privately, both at home and when going out. He never touched anything and always fitted perfectly. And I have always felt great with this delicate schnapsig-vanillig-spicy breath in me.

I only discovered SL's Douce Amère later and yes - I find them very different and think you need both! DA starts a bit spicier and without any green. At DA I also notice notes of coffee liqueur which I cannot sniff out here. The base note is also slightly different, although both are dominated by vanilla at the end. The Mecheri is and remains from beginning to end the darker scent of both. I also smell dark chocolate here, even if the pyramid doesn't say anything about it. Paname is also quieter, which is why I never found him out of place in business.

It hurts to lose this one, too. It's gonna take a lot of years of my life, it's gonna be a sad goodbye. At the same time, however, I am looking forward to discovering new fragrances that will enrich my life for years to come.
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Sherapop

1239 Reviews
Sherapop
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Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder...
I seem to be developing a taste for absinthe. The first time I tested Keiko Mecheri PANAME, I had never encountered a detectable absinthe note in a perfume, and I think that I just did not understand what I was smelling. I made some vague and incomprehensible remarks about there being better licorice choices out there. What? Perhaps I was influenced by a picture of wormwood which looked an awful lot like licorice root and then inferred that the latter was supposed to be a focal note of this perfume. Who knows?

Anyway, what I find today, more than a year later, is that absinthe is by far the most dominant note of this perfume. What is odd, however, is that here, in contrast to other absinthe-heavy fragrances--including Tokyomilk Dark ARSENIC and L'Artisan Parfumeur FOU D'ABSINTHE--the absinthe is rendered rather sweet by a big dose of tonka bean.

Now that I've finally gotten to know absinthe in its savory, greenish glory, and I no longer mistakenly think that this perfume is an olfactory neighbor of Bvlgari JASMIN NOIR or anything along those lines, I continue nonetheless to be confounded by PANAME. I've noticed that it smells very differently at different times, sometimes very sweet and sometimes less so, but the absinthe is always shining through.

The juxtaposition of a characteristically masculine note with tonka bean I also encountered relatively recently in Hermessence VETIVER TONKA. In both that case and this one, I initially felt that the combination was discordant, and I never really surmounted that feeling completely. However, I do feel that the quality of this perfume (as of VETIVER TONKA) is quite high. It's just a matter of deciding whether sweet absinthe (or sweet vetiver) is a taste worth acquiring.
5
Scent
7.5
Longevity
2.5
Sillage
5
Bottle
Dolby

68 Reviews
Dolby
Dolby
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Paris by night for the goody-two-shoes
Another rather faint, thin on the ground, and too discreet for its own good fragrance.
What a shame!
I would have thought, with a name like Paname, which, by the way, is the French slang name for Paris, that it would be a vibrant and exciting perfume, one seriously sexy concoction with a tinge of raunchiness.

Nope, nada, rien ... It’s all very polite, proper, and dainty.

I understand the use of absinthe at its heart since this was the drink of predilection of such bohemian luminaries as Beaudelaire, Rimbaud, and Toulouse-Lautrec, the latter spending most of his life hanging around the Moulin Rouge cabaret and nearby brothels of the late 19th century.

So, full mark for the inspiration, but the final outcome is too cute, subdued, and lacking.
Would have been better to call it “Joli Paris”.
9
Scent
7.5
Longevity
2.5
Sillage
5
Bottle
Louce

6 Reviews
Louce
Louce
Helpful Review    0  
The green fairy´s low dance
„Green notes“ listet above as top note of Paname are usually guarantor for my disfavour.
Grassy, fresh and healthy natural scents do not touch me. But there is this dark, velvety green, that I first met in „Narcisse Noir“ by Caron, that amazes and charms me.
This „low“ green is the green that embraces me in Paname.

The note „absinth“ is surprisingly recognizable. Truly absinth-like, it is deep, sweet herbal, spirituous and dark-green. It is reminiscent of the hard liquor absinth and it brings with it some association of intoxication and soul-floating. Fresh, but in a restrained, paradoxical way anti-fresh in the same time.
„Low“ as well.

The vermouth note is tributary to the absinth, but nevertheless recognizable. It gives a dry, slightly bitter accent and underlines the acerbic spirituousness.

Paname is not loud. It intrigues with an unusual orchestration of „green“ and demands attention for a fine composition of deep and low effects.

In the late middlenote and distinctly with the drydown, Paname turns sweet, tonka-creamy, calm and very harmonically melodious. The sweet herbal aspects become sweet spicy aspects and a woody tone gives stableness, while the dark and low green melts into cream.
In the end, the interesting, demanding and challenging perfume turns "nice".
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