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…

Paris 

Incredible sandalwood and violet mingle with rose and iris in Paris (Yves Saint Laurent 1983).  Other spicy, opulent florals cascade from a depth of warm cedar, cassia, amber and musk. This plush scent is perfect for late winter with its springlike floral cheer and charming cozy notes.

Black Opium

Black Opium (Yves Saint Laurent 2014) is incredibly sweet and beautifully sharp.  On my skin the notes of coffee, orange blossom, pink pepper and a very strong vanilla are easiest to decipher… It’s a very modern fragrance, and in my humble estimation (and I mean that sincerely) I can’t easily connect the olfactory DNA of…

Opium

Opium, a wildy spicy scent of the late 1970’s (Yves Saint Laurent 1977)  is Bianca Jagger’s red lipped insouciance, plush leather and a hot disco beat in a bottle.   Oh and add something almost a little scary to that too. With hauntingly dark balsamic notes and a rich base that holds the sensual notes…

L’Homme Sport

Sweet, leather-like citrus notes comprise Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme (Yves Saint Laurent 2014).  This is a powerful, manly, sexy and clean scent.  It’s instensely fresh and more than a bit dapper.  L’Homme is meant for a man who isn’t afraid of making an impression – there’s a great deal of sillage and it lasts for…