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…

First de Van Cleef & Arpels

After an initial opening of strong green floral aldehydes, First (Van Cleef & Arpels 1976) is a balanced, stunning 70’s floral fragrance.  A crystalline narcissus, warmed by sweet fruity notes and spicy rich base notes is ethereal and sublime.  First de Van Cleef & Arpels is lovely. Top notes: black current, aldehydes, madarin orange, raspberry,…