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Alaia is the first perfume launched by the Tunisian fashion designer Azzedine Alaia. As a lover of architecture, Alaia has created a spicy floral inspired by his childhood memories of water flowing over sun heated brick walls, a contrast of cool and warm. The fragrance focuses on a unique structure to create a timeless scent. Cool fresh mountain air picks up pink pepper along its way to settle amongst a sophisticated floral gathering. Here the sun lies within a rosy and fresh freesia filled valley. Throughout the fragrance, there is a spicy undertone of leather adding depth and intrigue to carry you to soft musk and powdery finish. A fragrance created to be timeless and admired.
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Alaïa Alaia Paris rating and reviews
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3.6 out of 5
Not my type
This perfume is a little strong for my taste. It has a heavy smell if that makes any sense. You definitely don’t need a lot.
Nice amount of leather but too powdery
35 to 44
Too Mature for My Tastes When Paired with My Body Chemistry
As with all perfumes, it's down to three things: 1.) the composition of the perfume2.) body chemistry (and how a perfume reacts to it)3.) personal tastesWith Alaia Paris, the top notes were appealing, but it didn't end well for me -- the dry-down and base notes ended up smelling too mature for my personal tastes. I found myself trying to wash it off to escape it. On the plus side, if you do enjoy the way this perfume smells on your skin, it's a very lasting fragrance.
I loved it...It's worth every penny.
This had a scent that I didn't mind wearing all day and it last a long time.
Love the smell
Smells fantastic! So delicious and sexy. This one is definitely for going out or seducing someone. Bravo Azzedine!!!
It’s different on me one day to the next. One day it’s beautiful and interesting and the next it’s wet concrete.
The first notes are a little skanky on me, and the drydown is much smoother. It’s nice but I think a sample is enough for me, I don’t see myself wearing it very often
25 to 34
This is a nice perfume and I do wear it but it’s not one I would have purchased for myself. I like it enough to wear it but I prefer more clean scented perfumes.
way too sweet
A laïa Paris
Omg, this smells so good i got so many compliments on this fragrance i am pleased
Not my style
It’s not bad but not something I choose to wear. I can smell the leather, which I like. I don’t imagine a man wearing this-i imagine a mature, classy woman wearing it-but maybe I’m wrong-on the right guy it may smell good. If you’re into strong scents with notes of leather and musk-try it out! All together, It’s a little too in your face for me. Not a good scent to wear to the office, it may offend some nostrils because it is a little strong.
This sent was NOT for me. It was very very strong and had a grandmotherly smell. I’m sure it would be great on some but for me and my husband it was a no right out the gate.
45 to 54
Floral with a hint of bad girl
I like this fragrance a lot. I’d found myself constantly choosing pretty and girly florals and then grew disappointed when I was getting similar scents every time. Duh, you’ve got to branch out and try new things then. So, when I saw pink peppercorns and leather in the same fragrance with florals I figured why not. I wasn’t disappointed! It still has the lovely florals I love, with a zing from the peppercorns and a hint of leather in the dry down blended nicely with a soft musk.
35 to 44
Overwhelmed by old lady smell
Way too strong and overbearing sent.
I don't like it on me!
Baby Fresh, anyone?
Just...YUCK. Smells like that pink "Baby Fresh" perfume from the 80s that was marketed to preteen girls. I didn't get any of the inspiration alluded to in ScentBird's written description of Aläia - I got old lady covered in baby powder with a hint of cheap florals. I'm not usually this brutal with my reviews, but I feel like I was duped by a disingenuous description. I obviously wouldn't recommend, but to give some context, that's coming from a person whose favorite scent is Maison Margiela's "By the Fireplace" from their REPLICA line...Aläia is quite possibly the furthest scent away from that. It smells like what someone who doesn't know any women thinks women would like.
Lovely fragrance but just not for me
September Review 3
Not at all a fan of this scent. It’s very grandmotherly. It’s overpowering and takes over the room.
45 to 54
This is a 3.5, rather than a true 4 . . . . It's nice
While this is a unisex scent, I think this would be a little sweeter than most people that prefer scents marketed for men would prefer. However, to me, this is a fragrance that anyone could wear. And, I feel anyone can wear it because it's a bit of an enigma. Despite having lots of floral notes, it truly reads as more sweet (like sugar) than floral. It is not cloying and overly sweet. While leather is listed as a note of this one, I on my skin it's barely detectable. It does have an aquatic/ozonic feel to it, as well. To be perfectly honest, this reminds me of a Bath & Body Works scent that they market as unisex. You know the ones that they call, "Clean Laundry" or "Fresh Country Air" or things like that. That's not to say that it smells bad, but it's that type of nondescript, somewhat sweet, inoffensive scent. You can wear it any time, just about anywhere and most people would just say that you smell clean.
45 to 54
I am very impressed with this fragrance.
25 to 34
Mature but versatile
This is yet another scent I feel will be unfairly called “a grandma” scent. I feel like that often means someone likes lighter, uncomplicated scents. This one reminds me of “Interlude” by Amouage. It is very complicated and complex and a bit strong. It dries down and is spicy.
25 to 34
Grama, is that you?
This has been lumped into the "scents to hand over to mom" pile. Like old lady scents, then you'll love this! I... do not like to smell old.
25 to 34
A little too musky for me, gave it to my mama.
This is a powerful long lasting fragrance so one must love leather scents to enjoy it. In my opinion it is only suitable to wear as an evening, winter scent. Unfortunately the dry down does make me quite queasy. If you love this, I would suggest being careful not to overspray.
This fragrance makes me feel classy and sexy. Just pure elegance. Tones of compliments. Must have!
Not a fan. The spice stood out too much for me.
I liked it, I feel like it is more of an warm scent.
This is a very nice scent. A little strong initially with the spicy note, but then opens up to a nice floral tone. Lasts longer than other scents.
My favorite smell I just love getting my scent bird every month
I'm not a fan of the open note, but fell in love with the warming notes, they are so lovely🌞 I recommend this scent..
Sweet smelling. Fruity?
Thought I would like it, but wasn't my type.
Loooooove this scent, strong, lasts all day and smells better the longer you wear it. smells more woody on me than floral but I love it so much, very sexy.
The leather and violet notes are beautiful! Like it the longer it sets on the skin.
Not my type of scent, but could be used formally - black tie.
Has potential but smells a little bit too much like perfume. Like I'm walking through a department store... not my style. But I will wear it on special formal occasions. I think it's suitable for such.
Though it's a pretty fragrance, it's way too floral for me. I hadn't realized how much of a perfume this was going to be. I gave it to a friend since I wouldn't use it.
Not a fan. Not only did it wear down REALLY quick on me, but I was thankful for that because it made me smell like bug spray 🙁 I'll stick with the brands I'm more familiar with.
The smell is amazing!! I get so many compliments when I wear this perfume and the scent lasts ALL DAY.
I like this scent its just the right amount of flowery/powdery mix.
My husband calls this the Catholic Church perfume. It makes me chuckle but he's right and that's actually kind of the point of this fragrance. This is supposed to smell like a scent memory from its namesake's childhood; cold water being thrown against hot bricks. My husband's Catholic Church reference is pretty pertinent as well, the cold and warm nature of this fragrance is similar to the scent of warm incense and cold marble that is a Catholic church service. And the metallic note is oh so stunning! This is a serious date night fragrance for any season.
Beautiful sultry night time fragrance. Velvety and Musky. I would buy a bottle for sure.
So sexy and so mature and amazing. If you appreciate a really layered sexy sophisticated scent, this is for you. This scent surrounds you with an aura of genuine confidence and that intriguing mystique that makes your posture just a little bit straighter and your swag just a little bit more daring. Love this. Exactly how a Parisian perfume should smell.
Very older lady to me!
This scent smells amazing 😍😍
Had never tried this before, but love it! Very big band era, reminds me of my grandmother's hayday! :)
I thought this scent would be so interesting given its notes, but it ended up being incredibly boring and cliche.
It smells good, just not the scent for me. The smell is muskier/woodier than I am attracted to. I just wanted to try Alaia!
Beautiful, very mature scent. I get compliments on it often.
This is my favorite deluxe sample I have received since the beginning of my subscription!! It definitely has staying power, yet not overpowering. The pink pepper, velvety musk, and woodsy notes make it a winner! The floral notes are subtle which, for my preference, is a bonus!! I will certainly consider purchasing a full-sized bottle!
Didn't like the initial scent when I first sprayed it but I must say I am a fan. It smells "older" at first then if it works with your chemistry dries to a light, sweet, woody scent that lingers
My first Scentbird perfume. I had hopes leather and musk meant a hip/youthful version of the dark edgy perfumes. I was mistaken. This smells much more "mature", if you know what I mean. As a whole, this is a beautiful, intense fragrance, but be aware that it may leave you feeling like you borrowed perfume from your Gran.
I love this! It starts with a fresh, mineral note and then dries down to a mellow floral/musky scent. Very easy to wear, but more complex than many department store perfumes.
It smells heavenly!!!! Received so many compliments on it. I love it!!!
I LOOOVE this perfume! Tried it on at Saks and I'm def buying the bottle!
Im really liking this scent
This smells of licorice and leather...and mellows out to a sweet and a subtle flowery scent...You can get lost in this scent...Smells fantastic...I am glad I redid my "profile" to look for new scents...I had never heard of this perfume until I found it in the Scentbirds list...Bravo for finding this...A wonderful scent for a cool day in the fall or winter...Perfect for date night...
not what I expected. Wouldn't purchase full size.
This is a good scent to try if you are wanting to test the waters on something different and exotic.
I really felt that at first this had a "fish" scent...I know it is more of the peppery scent but I have to say...no go...
Boring as hell; fresh/peppery/aquatic. Smells like a million other perfumes on the market, with poor lasting power to boot. Not impressed.
It is a great scent for fall. I like intense fragrance for this season so it is perfect for me. The smell lasts for a long time as well.
Love love love this scent. It's really strong at first but after a minute of cool down it's amazing. Will definitely be looking for this as my next perfume purchase.
My first scentbird scent. I had no idea what I was getting into I only knew that I liked this designer. I was so relieved to find I liked the scent! Its really elegant without smelling like my grandmothers coco chanel or something, one spritz is perfect so this is going to last! I accidentally left it at my cousins house and she told me she tried it and loved it too.
I really love this perfume. I will buy it from here real soon.
Like the scent
It's pleasant. Nothing groundbreaking, a little more screechy than I would have liked. It's a musky, snuggling scent.
The first time I sprayed this, I got an initial blast of florals, followed, surprisingly, by an intriguing wet stone/cement note. Second time I sprayed, all I could detect was the ubiquitous default accord of modern-day perfumery—pepper, fruit, and flowers—which pretty much played the same tune on my skin until the dry down. I had to really press my nose to my wrist to try and suss out anything beyond that. What I got was a bit of citrus and spice (cinnamon?), maybe some leather. But so what? This thing has zero projection, I don't even see the point of wearing it. I tried, I really did, spraying with abandon on both wrists, décolletage, neck, etc. Nope. It didn’t even envelop ME in its own cloud. After about an hour, it started its dry down into a musky woody accord of no particular distinction. Very disappointing.
This has a nice flowery smell. its not overpowering. perfect for a special night out.
I like this scent a lot. Somewhat powdery at first but then turns sweeter as it wears. Mature, elegant, evening time scent.
Very pretty, but I view this as perhaps more of a scent for fall. Can't wait to try it again in colder weather.
Beautiful, classic scent!
Not a fan. I wanted a strong smelling perfume but I didn't want to smell like a grandma. It's gonna be a long month until I get another one.
Ehhh, not impressed. Gave it to my mom, she loved it.
It has become one of my favorite perfumes thanks to Scentbird. It is elegant, addictive, long lasting, it has soft floral tones and musky undertone. You can wear it for any occasion. It is perfect for me. (
I wanted to like this one and was looking forward to trying it. I've seen the scent a lot in the latest magazines. I wasn't a fan of this. It smelled very strong and had an "old age" smell to it. Very generic and not an updated scent.