Tease, which is just appearing in stores this month, is Paris Hilton's tenth fragrance. Anyone who wondered about her staying power as a celebrity perfume brand can now put their mind at rest, I should think. Paris stays in human form (no more mermaids or fairies) for the Tease advertising campaign, which was reportedly inspired by her fascination with Marilyn Monroe:
Paris Hilton plays with the notion of Hollywood glamour, taking a contemporary, candid look at retro elegance – light hearted, saucy and as always irrestibly [sic] charming – for the launch of her newest fragrance, TEASE. Posing in a classic Hollywood setting, Paris Hilton brings a fresh, youthful appeal to the image of a blonde icon of the silver screen...1
The Tease fragrance, as you might imagine, puts the emphasis on contemporary — it's a fruity floral in the modern style, very fresh and light and clean. The opening is peachy and sweet, but it's too fresh and airy to be overwhelming and it wears just fine in the heat (the notes: Fuji apple, white peach, bergamot, sunny sea mist accord, frangipani, night blooming jasmine, tuberose, amber, blonde woods and warm sand). The heart is the usual mostly-unrecognizable blend of "flowers" that you find in most any celebrity (or low-end designer) fruity floral, and in this case, it's also fresh and airy — Tease is nothing like the big white floral that was Kim Kardashian by Kim Kardashian or Mariah Carey Forever.
The dry down is musky pale woods and just a hint of that "warm sand" accord: it's summery but not really beachy, and it isn't nearly as sweet as Paris Hilton Siren. The lasting power is reasonable enough, although I find that it gets a little flat and dull after a few hours.
When I reviewed Siren, I said it was "fine, maybe even marginally more than fine", and I won't make any greater artistic claims for Tease, but it's arguably easier to wear than Siren, and since it isn't so sweet, it's a bit more to my own taste. It's my favorite of the Paris Hilton line so far.
Paris Hilton Tease was developed by perfumer Steve DeMercado; it is available in 50 ($45) and 100 ($55) ml Eau de Parfum and in matching body lotion.
1. Quote via press release.
Nice review, Robin. I’ve been meaning to do a round up of the scent strips in the magazines for august for you :). Shall I post them here???
It would make more sense to post them in the comments after we post the August magazine article. Or if you don’t feel like waiting, post them under July:
It doesn’t really sound bad as a summery, beachy thing. I like the ad photo, and she doesn’t nearly rub me the way she seems to infuriate most people, so essentially… I won’t RUN to the cosmetic counter to smell this, but I’m not rolling my eyes either.
It’s not bad at all as a summery thing (it isn’t really beachy). But you could do way better if you didn’t have to have PH’s name on it. Still, it might be the only one of PH’s perfumes (other than her very first) that didn’t make me scrunch up my nose at any time during the proceedings.
“irrestibly [sic] charming ” describes Paris Hilton perfectly. At last, truth in perfume advertising!
If you can’t spell, Paris, please hire ad hacks who can.
Well, it doesn’t sound like total trash. I haven’t really tried any Paris Hilton perfumes (other than the standard cloud of mixed perfumes at Macy’s).
I don’t think they’re as good as some other celebrity brands, but then again they’re not as bad as some others….
I like those prices.
Esp. after they do to the discounters…
While there are about a kajillion other scents I’d rather loan out arm real estate to, I’m really intrigued by the “warm sand” accord in this. I can only really think of two scents that captured that oddly compelling idea: Serge Luten’s Chergui and Hermes’ Un Jardin sur le Nil. Both have that amazing, hauntingly dry sandy quality–I can totally smell the hot, dusty silica in them.
I’m guessing Tease ain’t exactly in that vein, but I’d be mildly interested to see if that sandy element translates to the skin at all. And does anybody have any other recommendations of beautiful, sandy perfumes? In this stinkin’ hot weather, I’m craving a kind of austere dryness in my scents.
LOL…no, not in that vein at all. More like the “warm sand” in Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess or J Lo Miami Glow or Matthew Williamson, none of which is what I’d call austerely dry.
Closer to hot dusty mineral stuff w/o sweetness: Terre d’Hermes, maybe, or Stephen Jones? Need to think for a minute.
I’m intrigued by that smell you describe (hot sand), but you get that from Jardin sur le Nil? I don’t get anything hot and dry or dusty like that. Maybe just a whisper of incense with the sharp mango…
I think I said this when you first posted that this was coming out, but I’ll say it again: I love that ad. I’ve even had moments of loving Paris. And I really haven’t thought any of her fragrances were terrible. (OK, true confessions time: I did own a bottle of Heiress at one point. It wasn’t really me, so I gave it away, but it had a great Mr. Bubble quality to it.) I’ll sniff this if I happen to be in Macy’s. If it’s any good, I’d *consider* buying it when it hits TJ Maxx and Ross.
I think it’s a great ad — easily the best she’s done so far, but as I remember, some people really hated it. I guess I do think some of her fragrances were pretty bad, but this one is not bad at all. Still think that Parlux in general has not done as well by Paris as Coty has done with J Lo or Arden has done with Britney, but this one beats some of theirs, and I’d rather wear this any day than SJP NYC, to name another Coty.
I love SJP NYC! it did really well here, because we did it as a limited edition and it was discounted from the beginning. The bottle is tacky as though!
Oh, I bet it did really well here too…the price was right even if the bottle was tacky.
That’s so funny, Miss Kitty–“Mr. Bubble quality”! Instantly brought me back to bathing my little ones in that strong, false, sickly-sweet-smelling bath syrup…which doesn’t sound that great to me for a new addition to my collection. I’ll keep saving for something Iris.
“Paris stays in human form for the ad campaign” — LOL! I do like this ad much better than her previous ones. I still haven’t tried a single one of her scents! The prices are certainly good.
The same sentence cracked me up!
Thank God she stays in human form! The mermaid and the fairy were a bit scary for me….
And she may soon run out of “nice” fairy tale characters…
Next march we could be facing a “Paris Hitlon Leprechaun” for st Patrick’s!!!! hehehehe
You know, I’ll say this for her: she’s game for anything. Not that many celebrities would put on a mermaid tail to hawk perfume.
You are so right!
That’s the only thing that piques my interest of Paris…she is game for anything and she is so marketing savy! I am not interested in her perfumes but I can certainly understand why Parlux distributes her designs and her perfumes. She can sell anything to anyone! I wish her good luck.
Jill, you can certainly live w/o trying them.
This review has inspired me to go and try… the Kim Kardashian. I love a BWF.
KK is an awful lot like Michael Kors, but not as good. Then again, it’s cheaper.
It’s got tuberose in it doesn’t it? Basically any fragrance which has the substantial scent of tuberose is destined to fail. Well here in NZ that has been the case. E.g Jean Paul Gaultier Fragile, Michael Kors, Estee Lauder Beautiful Love, Donna Karan Gold, Juicy Couture (the first one, although I do like it).
Oh, JC does very well here, as does the MK. Gold failed, but that was really a lily scent.
Yeah JC (the first one) did really well here at launch but now its a bit slower. I think the only reason it still sells is because Elizabeth Arden are behind it and have good relationships with a major fragrance player here in NZ. And if we think about Donna Karan, it’s only really her DKNY collections that keep her going, everything ‘Donna Karan’ has come and gone.
Except Cashmere Mist…otherwise, yeah, they’re not big sellers.
OH. I have some MK. Never wear it.
So you’re saying that I don’t need any of these? My wallet thanks you. (I am totally digging my sample of Vamp a NY anyway.)
You don’t need any of these. I probably need some of that Vamp — haven’t tried it yet.
Does anyone else think that this Paris Hilton Tease bottle looks like a cheap imitation version of the Cacharel Promesse bottle?
I actually saw it more as the bastard love child of Stella and something by Lancome.
Yeah. Could be anything. They’re all out of bottle shapes.
My local Belk’s has actually had this in for about a week or two or even perhaps three, and I actually brought myself to sniff it (and the testers for all the other Paris Hilton fragrances that were on display). I cannot for the life of me remember what it smelled like beyond “oh, some flowers”, I just remember thinking it wasn’t actually half bad compared to some of her other scents that I sniffed. Am I beginning some sort of slide into declasse perfume?
I’d agree with you though…not half bad compared to some of her others.
Yeah I didn’t think Tease was bad at all either. I’ll get me a bottle when it hits the discounters. I like the ad too. And the bottle. LOL on rather wearing Tease than SJP NYC Robin! Ure hilarious! Poor SJP! I hope she wows us next time! : )
Going to be interesting to see what SJP does next, isn’t it? Wonder if we’ll ever see that unisex scent she keeps talking about.
I think I am with George on this. This is just another way to market this perfume with all of the attention Paris Hilton gets. There is so many other fragrances one should try before opting for this one in my mind. Robin you are always up to date on your perfumes. I didn’t know Paris had put out a knew one.
“just another way to market” would apply to any/all celebrity perfumes, I guess. And come to that, just about any designer perfume too.
The opening notes sound like they would make a good chilled summer drink!
So Paris was just on the Late Late Show and she said she will be releasing her 11th fragrance in Dec! Tease just came out! LOL! O well. I guess nothing stops Paris. Maybe it’s a winter/Christmas scent? Or a new mens? I remember when her Just Me for men came out like 2 wks b4 xmas and I begged my parents to add it on to my list! LOL! : )
I watched that on YouTube this morning — very funny!
Hmmmm. They sure or trying to churn out her scents really quickly. Trying to fulfill her contract early???