La Nuit De L’Homme by YSL: Not All Nights Are Heavy

Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit De L'homme Cologne Review

YSL La Nuit perfume is one of the many examples of how a fragrance can take the unpleasant and make it pleasant, by keeping it unpleasant, with the  unpleasant in this case – but only to some extent – being the spices.   Until the dry down, La Nuit De L’homme revolves around three main set of notes: spicy, clean floral and citrus:  the spicy side should be cardamom, although it feels more like ginger, as it’s quite rugged and […] Read more »

YSL L'homme Eau De Toilette For Men Review

L’Homme Cologne by Yves Saint Laurent is one of those delicate masculine compositions, where spices don’t scratch that much, the typical clean notes are stripped off, and it gets fruity and floral ones instead.   All the above of course in a masculine way. As fruity and floral notes are typically feminine, when they are applied to masculine perfumes, they can be defined by subtraction; I mean, they are masculine by virtue of what they are not, rather than of […] Read more »

Yves Saint Laurent Kouros Perfume Review

Why have I been feeling like sneezing for the last hour? Is it the chilly Irish December breeze? Or is it because I have been wearing Kouros on my wrist?   How to describe Kouros YSL? I might try and say that it’s very intense, very strong and very oriental. Incense, spices, and leather, maybe some florals, yet so strong to be transfigured: this is what it’s about. Or maybe I should put aside fancy terms and let my heart […] Read more »

YSL Perfume Parisienne A L’extreme Review

This is a special edition of perfume Parisienne, launched in 2010. The opening is full of peppery indefinite florals, confusing but promising. It seems like good things are about to happen. And after a minute or two, there it goes with dense, heady, boozy and velvety notes. Is it rose? Hmm, wait a minute… yes, and mixed with berries, which are very present and with their natural sourness.   It’s a rich and complex character, fruity and floral, dense and […] Read more »

Manifesto d'Yves Saint Laurent For Women

Manifesto by YSL is quite elusive at the start, but when it settles down a little, after about 30 minutes, a sign of quirkiness comes out, in the form of a waffle-like powdery sweetness. It’s still introverted and muffled, with fruits underneath.   As time passes by, Manifesto gets more complex. Warmer, first of all, with the addition of light spices and soft woods. Add to that a couple of floral notes coming and going in the background, and a […] Read more »

Perfume Baby Doll YSL should start with fruity and citrusy notes, but the truth is, I got the florals straightaway, and that was better, because fruits would have only been a meaningless prelude.   The bouquet has rose in the foreground, and although it’s nothing shocking smell-wise, it is very pink and flimsy, a quality that has a lot of ambiguity: between playfully young and maliciously adult. And this is where I got side-tracked. Here’s a brief and honest confession: […] Read more »

YSL M7 Oud Absolu For Men

M7 Oud was launched in 2011 as a flanker of M7 from 2002. I never tried the original (so far), but I understand that it’s so highly respected for its strength and oriental boldness, that this edition didn’t receive the warmest of welcomes. Over here however, there will be no comparison.   M7 Oud Absolu was my first contact with the aroma of oud wood, which is extracted from the resinous inside part of a tree called Aquilaria. To be […] Read more »

Opium For Women by YSL

 Quoting from Jean-Claude Ellena’s book  Perfume: The Alchemy of Scent:   Inspired by Estee Lauder’s Youth Dew and launched with a big advertising campaign, Opium was the French answer to the press campaign for Revlon’s Charlie, launched three years earlier in the United States and the first perfume to seek to sell a lifestyle.   If you never smelt Opium By Yves Saint Laurent before, all you heard about it is true: it is a boiling cauldron of incense, spices, […] Read more »