Can Can by Paris Hilton seems to be the epitome of the commercial fragrance in 2007, with a capital letter C, and even two as you can see on the packaging.
To come into existence the scent seemingly had no choice but to pillage left and right.
Image-wise its ad visuals draw heavily on the Lady Marmalade iconography from the movie Moulin Rouge by Baz Luhrmann -- fine. This influence was officially acknowledged as an homage paid to the movie and that song in particular. And sometimes a good perfume needs a little help from popular culture to make its mark more ostensibly........Here is a video of Lady Marmalade as sung in Moulin Rouge,
The juice itself unfortunately offers few redeeming features if any. The composition is a gourmand fruity-floral with woody overtones. Scent-wise it is a cruder version of Nina by Nina Ricci (2006) mingling florals, fruits, toffee, and a sandalwood dry-down in the most predictable manner. It is cloyingly sweet but is counterbalanced by some lighter citrusy notes.
The fruity-floral accord is not wholly unpleasant with its green edge but the cheap quality of the materials that were put in the bottle mars any attempt to charm.
There is a hint of a nutty nuance like peanut butter in the mix that makes it stand out a bit from the competition.
More generally it can be likened to other milky fruity-florals like Live Luxe by Jennifer Lopez and others except that it leaves the shores of laid-back and girly and becomes a dumbed down version of that style of fragrance.
I find that the perfume actually smells hazardous as the quality of the ingredients has been so shamelessly cheapened down. Can Can seems to be intent on drilling a hole into your brain with every throw of its stockinged leg when you persist in smelling it from up close. Do not attempt to do the same at home, you could fall.
I will not name the perfumer here as I feel confident that he must have been tickled and tortured under the feet with the feather featured in the advertisement until he gave into the constraints of mass-marketing.
Top notes of clementine flower, cassis and nectarine; middle notes of wild orchid and orange blossom, and bottom notes of soft musk, amber and woods.
Available for $45 and $54.
If you would like to win a sample of Can Can to see for yourself, please leave a comment and I will draw two winners on Friday November 9th 2007.