Libre

I very rarely review perfume on this blog nowadays. I used to have about a thousand reviews (?) that I’d written over a span of five years. But, I ordered some things from Saks (a store we no longer have in my area) and they sent me a sample of this new Yves Saint Laurent fragrance.

According to Fragrantica the top notes are: mandarin orange, lavender, black current and petitgrain. The middle notes are: jasmine, lavender and orange blossom. And, the base notes are: Madagascar vanilla, cedar, ambergris, and musk. The noses behind the fragrance are Anne Flipo and Carlos Benaim. It’s classified as an Oriental Fougere.

It’s pretty ordinary for a designer fragrance. At first its depth, unisex charm (think of a nod to 90’s men’s scents) and sharp lines reminds me a bit of something by Prada from the 2000’s. But into the drydown it’s very similar to my Chanel Gabrielle and Dior Joy. Too similar. As if those two aren’t considered derivative enough.

But…all that being said…sometimes ordinary is nice. And for matching a somewhat melancholy but pretty mood on a sunny, late summer day it’s perfect. I’d never buy it as it’s already far too redundant for my collection, but it’s genuinely enjoyable. At least, I think so.

The sillage and is mild, actually, at least with my chemistry. But again, for a summer day that’s nice. They picked the right time of year to debut it.