I was recently gifted the new perfume from Yves Saint Laurent in work, coincidentally on the very day I had smelled it for the first time and decided I didn’t like it. Within hours, it was in my possession and I thought that was quite funny. I decided to give it another go and have actually come to like it so I thought I would review it today to let you know all about it. Now that we’re approaching the *ahem* festive period, I also think perfume reviews are great in case you’re looking for a gift!
My only other experience with YSL fragrances before this was last Christmas’s Black Opium which I absolutely adore but if you are familiar with that one, let me start by saying, this is completely different.
First of all the packaging is sleek and classic in a sugary pink and black colour. It wouldn’t scream at you from a shelf but it is tasteful and means it would suit a lot of different age groups if you’re contemplating picking this up as a gift for someone.
The glass bottle is also clean and chic with a simple black bow tied around the neck and a small engraved YSL logo. The liquid inside is a light clear pink and again, I think this looks elegant enough to gift an older relative while still being pink and cute enough for a teenage girl.
But now for the important part, the scent. This is described as a sweet and fruity fragrance and I would definitely agree with that. When I got my first whiff of this, I definitely thought that this was way too sweet for me. The top notes are strawberry, raspberry, pear, Calabrian bergamot, calone, orange and tangerine. The heart is made up of datura flower, peony, orange blossom, jasmine sambac and Chinese jasmine. Finally it dries down to a base of Indonesian patchouli leaf, white musk, ambroxan, patchouli, cedar, moss and vanilla. In my experience, that is a hell of a lot of notes for a single perfume. I can definitely pick up on all of the very fruity top notes but it dries down quite quickly to a more mature base.
While I have grown to like it since my first experience, I still can’t imagine this being one that I would repurchase. To me, it’s inoffensive, light and fruity – perfect for spritzing on before work in the morning but not one that has me particularly excited. For an eau de parfum, I find the wear time quite disappointing with this too. It only lasts a few hours on me and then is completely gone without a trace.
All in all, I think this perfume is pleasant and if you or someone you know is into fruity florals, this could be one to consider. For me, it is nice but won’t be repurchased.
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