Rive Gauche 

Woody, green florals open this exquisite beauty (Yves Saint Laurent 1971).  It’s sharp, a bit bold and yet incredibly complex. While there are certainly aldehydic florals and the pungent geranium and peachy rose in particular is noticeable (to my nose) they all blend together almost magically and there is a layering effect of various moods and ideas. It’d be easy to try to categorize it or compare it to any number of other famous and gorgeous French fragrances but it’s beyond that. Instead it hovers and shifts about and is remarkable for doing so… At once it’s airy, deep, heavy, elegant, demure, loud… and it’s just… well… exquisite. 

Top notes: aldehydes, bergamot, lemon, peach, green notes, and honeysuckle.  Middle notes: ylang ylang, geranium, jasmine, rose, gardenia, iris, magnolia, lily-of-the-valley.  Base notes: musk, Tahitian vetiver, oakmoss, amber, tonka bean, and sandalwood.  

Nose: Michel Hy

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