Product Type: Yves Saint Laurent fragrances
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A Sentimental Scent
Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Eau de Toilette
Member Name: Ayesha-`
Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Eau de Toilette
Advantages: Lovely fragrance, lasts well, suitable for any occasion
Disadvantages: Bottle may look a bit plain
To the best of memory, save my mother's Chanel Champagne that I was occasionally permitted to borrow, this is the first perfume I was introduced to, at a fairly young age. On board a ferry, we were given samples, and I guess all the members of my family got one each because perhaps we were still cute. Since then I have 'borrowed' this perfume from others on occasions and perhaps part of my love of it stems from the memories it induces. Nonetheless I will try my best to talk about this perfume 'objectively'.
The sample I had was an almost exact imitation of the real bottle, the cutest and most impressive I have come across. Perhaps however, this is just because the actual bottle is pretty simple. A slender. metallic tube shape, it has a much less fragile feel to it than other perfumes. On first glance it may not look expensive or even fancy. This should not fool you into doubting its quality, because the design of a bright blue with bands of silver and black makes it look quite contemporary and smart. As it does not have the usual transparent glass exposing the perfume to sunlight, if I had a room with colours that matched, I would happily display it on my dresser. That is one of the first minor troubles, of course, as not many people own bright blue rooms.
Still, it is not unappealing in a strange way, and I actually like the tin feel of it, and the way it clicks open and shut.
The perfume has quite a generous spray, (I'm not talking about my sample here, just to be clear) and I do not generally like this about perfume bottles. Perhaps I need to accept that these companies are going to want you to use up the perfumes as quickly as possible in order to keep buying more. However, the mist is not over concentrated and I always try to spray just once and spread to both wrists and the neck.
I do love this particular scent, but I realise that might also be to do with my own personal experience of the perfume, which is something we will all find different. However, it does have a lovely fruity, flowery and fresh smell to it that I very much enjoy. It is actually very hard to describe in words, although those three words seem as close as I can get. I am no expert in distinguishing particular scents and this perfume I have always found hardest to do that with. What I can say is that unlike a lot of perfumes that tend to be only slightly different, this one is completely unique.
The scent is slightly strong, but for just this one perfume I do actually like that. It probably would give me a headache if overdone and I was stuck in a closed room, but so far that has not happened. I often wear this fragrance in the daytime or late afternoon, when out and about, but whilst I would not wear it so often as to ever risk getting bored of this perfume, I do think it can be worn at any time of day and is suitable for most occasions. If I were rich I would probably buy this as a 'daily' spray, but then I have to remember I would prefer it to stay special!
This perfume, unlike many, has stood the test of time, in terms of popularity. It has become something of a quiet classic, the type that you rarely hear about but seems to be liked by many. This can also be said for its physical fragrance, which seems to last all day or evening. It is the kind that will stick to your clothes too, so when you put your coat on the next day those pleasant memories (I hope..) will come flooding back as you catch the scent. Even with a small amount, I find this one lasts well, so it can be used for those all day events and long weddings or other parties that you socialites might attend.
This perfume seems to appeal to a wide range of people, and although it is an older and more classic perfume, I think it would happily suit younger generations too, since I even loved it from childhood. It really can be worn at any time of the day and in any season, but my personal preference would be in mild or cool weather outdoors as it is long lasting and still noticeable.
Well I think I found it a little difficult not to overpraise this fragrance, but I really do think that it is a purchase you would not regret. Right now I have too many perfumes and too little money, but this one is definitely at the top of my list. In the meantime I will continue to annoy family members by sneaking into their rooms for a quick spray!
Summary: A fragrance that for me brings back pleasant memories, but is also a lovely smell