Ultraviolet 1999

Ultraviolet by Paco Rabanne
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7.3 / 10 188 Ratings
Ultraviolet is a perfume by Paco Rabanne for women and was released in 1999. The scent is floral-spicy. It is being marketed by Puig. Pronunciation
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Main accords

Floral
Spicy
Sweet
Powdery
Fruity

Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes
BlackberryBlackberry ChiliChili
Heart Notes Heart Notes
JasmineJasmine OsmanthusOsmanthus
Base Notes Base Notes
Vanilla absoluteVanilla absolute AmbergrisAmbergris

Perfumer

Ratings
Scent
7.3188 Ratings
Longevity
7.2144 Ratings
Sillage
6.6138 Ratings
Bottle
6.5150 Ratings
Value for money
7.532 Ratings
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 04.12.2023.

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4 in-depth fragrance descriptions
Stacia

134 Reviews
Stacia
Stacia
2  
The true alien perfume
Just as weird as you think it'll be.. IN ALL THE BEST WAYS. I had a sample of this years ago and it was one of those samples where I immediately knew I'd be getting a bottle. I went through several bottles of Ultraviolet, actually. For me, it doesn't actually smell like any of the listed notes. If I had to pick notes, I would say it's spiced apricots and violets. It smells like a new toy. It smells like a sexy outfit. It smells like clubbing. It smells like wasted youth. This is extremely unique, you will get noticed and you won't smell like anybody else. I had to give it a rest because it was becoming too reminiscent for me of a different era of my life that I am happy to leave in the past (the clubbing days). But if you're serious about expanding your perfume repertoire, just get this. It fills a space in your wardrobe you didn't even know existed. Don't overthink it... if you happen to not like it, I guarantee someone you know will be more than happy to take it off your hands.
2 Comments
1
Bottle
6
Sillage
8
Longevity
7.5
Scent
4ajbukoshka

47 Reviews
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4ajbukoshka
4ajbukoshka
Helpful Review 11  
"The Color Purple" and Me - Of Great Dislike and Inner Values
Good day, dear readers!

I start directly with a question: what is actually the (correct) plural form of Parfuma and Parfumo?
May I call you parfumi? Parfumas and Parfumos? Is the word even German, Italian or possibly even Russian?
Already at the introduction I seem to despair today. Wait until I take a closer look at the bottle.
By the way, you can find the perfume description from the next but one paragraph.

The color purple.
The one or the other, which has already read something of me, knows about my dislike of this color. I never tire of proclaiming it loudly.
"Purple", for me, is lavender appearing in droves, the smell of which I find unpleasant and far too strong from meters away.
Purple is also often infamous as the "color of unsatisfied women," and I remember too well the reaction, sounded in unison, when once in my life, at a wedding, I was forced to show up at the bride's request in purple drag, a pompous dress with a bow that measured about half my height.
"Purple is what comes out when you subtract from blue and red, respectively, what distinguishes those same colors. It is unsatisfactory in relation to the emergence.", had it once my physics teacher purred, perhaps the cleverest words of his career as a teacher and possibly at the same time an approach for the explanation of the meaning transfer of this color into a sexual context.
Purple was also the favorite color of an older "cousin" of mine whose clothes I had to wear as a child. What came of putting x number of too big dresses and tops on a child five years younger? Hopefully there aren't too many photos of that, because I was able to catch on very quickly and continue to help myself to my brothers' closet, in which you would never have spotted even a hint of purple. Since my brothers are pretty much the coolest people in this universe, it's probably clear to everyone what the conclusion is.
However, "The Color Purple" gave me the absolute overkill in another way: in the form of a film by Steven Spielberg, which I had to watch in the original English at the age of six (since it had not been dubbed into Russian, at least not at that time).
With a probability of almost 100% it is(e) a masterpiece, whose excellence, however, I can not recognize or even judge, because I will not watch it now as an adult.
"Purple" to me is the color of the stuff that nightmares are made of.

So this bottle has been staring at me from afar, in its bizarre "I'm a broken UFO trying to make one on Donna Karan" form.
Ugly, incredibly ugly and unwieldy at that.
That what is contained in such a vessel consisting of ugliness, can be well and gladly times beautiful and lovely, has proven next to the extraterrestrial jasmine bomb of Mugler Polli-Huhn^ already many times.
Therefore, I can not be deterred and dare death-defying the first spray (initially, however, on paper, because Paco Rabanne should now really not per se inner values and a heart of gold impute).
Fanning fanning. Uh là là. What is that?
A bit of spice and soap are in the air. Since the store is almost empty, that can only be from me.
So I spray a time on the wrist. It smells fruity and I have an association of a toy made of wood that smells of blackberry, on which you can rub and afterwards the fingers smell of blackberry (and are a bit discolored). There used to be something like that in our country, for example for department stores, I think anyway (I don't know the name, hopefully there was in Germany too).
The spice I can not define, but chili it is not for my nose. It is also rather several spices mixed together, because the impressions that reach my nose vary.
During a walk, this pleasant soapy smell (which I would have guessed came from aldehydes, the pyramid proves me wrong) blows around me, becomes more floral, creamy and makes me think of Nivea. Maybe it's osmanthus, because I have absolutely no idea what osmanthus smells like. But it seems like it would be a perfect dance partner to join jasmine in a long, ravishing waltz on the dance floor (I'd rather watch, with my two left feet).
A few hours later, the sweetness has subsided, the scent is still floral, slightly creamy, but above all feminine.
This is exactly how I have not smelled it before, so if "Ultraviolet" wants to allude to it being outside the usual spectrum: Okay.
He has not really pulled me out of the socks, however, my nose has flattered and my ego felt a little bit winged and the art of debauched exaggeration have the designers probably still a bit better on it than I am.
I would "Ultraviolet" alone because of the flacon already never buy and also is not a fragrance that seems to be created for me.
But he is beautiful, a choice that you could always make when you can not decide - and would always be right.
I can not imagine an inappropriate occasion for the comrade here - and would be very happy to be able to observe him once on a man.
This is then probably one of those things for which perfumistas and perfumistos invented the word "Immergeher".
Because "Ultraviolet", as abgespacet he may sound and look, always goes.

And the moral of the story?
Do not despise ugly vessels!
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^ Dear Polli Chicken, if you're reading this, you know I think purple is cute only on purple chickens and appreciate your expertise and charming nature above all else.
5 Comments
2.5
Bottle
7.5
Sillage
10
Longevity
9
Scent
ScentFan

332 Reviews
ScentFan
ScentFan
Helpful Review 4  
For the Grown Modern Woman
To me, Paco Rabanne has mastered the non-sugary, non-heavily-animalic modern scent for grown women. Like Metal, Ultraviolet is another winner with its lovely osmanthus heart, made interesting and fresh by paprika and pimento. A light touch of ambergris and vanilla in the base gives it warmth. This is a truly beautiful light scent for spring and summer. It projects and lasts enough so you feel like you're wearing perfume instead of a skin scent. The only downside is the horrible egg-shaped bottle which rolls all over the place and a top that hard's to get off. Get the flatter version if you can.
0 Comments
2.5
Bottle
5
Sillage
5
Longevity
7
Scent
Icekat

97 Reviews
Icekat
Icekat
Helpful Review 4  
Violets and Osmanthus Sprinkled with Pepper
Unisex, unusual and abstract, Ultraviolet is a cool, green, peppery blend of osmanthus and violets. The pepper is hit and miss for me in perfumes, but in this composition it is played well with other notes. Interesting combination indeed. It has cool and relaxing vibe which makes it a great perfume for spring and summer time.

The pepper is a bit overpowering at first, but then the composition settles into a nicely balanced scent of osmanthus with slight hint of violets. I am not seeing violets as listed note on this site, but I definitely smell it here. Not usual sweet-natured, predominant violets, but more like a soft violet layer underneath the osmanthus cover. The composition remains light and refreshing. There are woody notes towards the dry down, which make this scent softer and smoother with slight natural sweetness.

Overall this is a nice composition, but I do not think that it is a blind buy material. I would definitely test it first. A note for violet lovers – not my favorite one for violets. There are much better violet scents that showcase the natural beauty of this flower. But if you are looking for a light and unusual spring scent and enjoy spicy-green-floral scents then give it a try. Overall score 7/10.
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PurpleKatPurpleKat 5 months ago
9
Bottle
7
Sillage
8
Longevity
8.5
Scent
Purple bottled! Bright berries, spicy freshness, lush florals with slight salty-sweetness. Unique, enticing scent that is so addictive to me
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OstaraOstara 8 months ago
7
Sillage
6
Longevity
3.5
Scent
Fruity, plasticized violet with undertones of aspartame, blunt woods & the nose tickling warmth of pepper. Wears like an itchy sweater.
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Jazzy76Jazzy76 4 years ago
5
Bottle
6
Sillage
6
Longevity
7
Scent
In this scent which seems to come from the space the osmanthus and the berries dominate the accord with a warm-bitter result.Average sillage
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