Paloma Picasso perfume can best be described as elegant, dramatic and sexy. Definitely not a fragrance for wall flowers or someone looking to fly under the radar. It will appeal to a woman who is drawn to a feminine fragrance with masculine undertones or maybe is just plain tired of all of the uncomplicated, pretty floral scents out there and wants to change it up.

This lush, chypre fragrance was created in 1984 by perfumer Francis Bocris for internationally acclaimed designer Paloma Picasso. Paloma, the daughter of artist Pablo Picasso and Francoise gilot, was born into a world of artistic genius. Her creativity can be found in her jewelry designs for Tiffany and crystal creations for Villeroy & Boch as well as her namesake fragrance.  Despite being a child of the 80s, era of the hideous giant shoulder pads, leg warmers and big hair, Paloma Picasso doesn’t smell dated. If anything, the scent reminds me of some of the newer niche perfumes that sell for triple the price.

Paloma says of the fragrance: “It is a fragrance for women, not girls. It is sophisticated, not naive or innocent.”

Paloma Picasso manages to strike a balance between its rich floral notes, lemony brightness and warm patchouli accords. It somehow suggests both strength and vulnerability. Included in this unique blend are notes of lemon, bergamot, ylang ylang, hycinth, jasmine, lily of the valley, clove, iris, mimosa, Bulgarian rose, sandalwood, cedarwood, patchouli, oakmoss and amber.

Paloma states: “As jewelry can please the eye and the hand, so fragrance can please the senses…revealing new sensory delights layer by layer. It is an intimate ornament that becomes part of your identity…a part of the mosaic of your life.”

This perfume has been popular for a while and so beware of knock-offs. Always buy from a reputable source.




  1. Sue Nair says:

    Why does Paloma Picasso perfume does not last longer as it used to be? I feel cheated.