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I have been wearing this perfume on and off since it first came out in 1993 at this time it was called Champagne rather than Yvresse. The Yves Saint Laurent Company had to change the name due to a legal action from the winemakers of champagne who wanted to protect the champagne name.
This perfume was created by Sophia Grojsman and the crystal bottle was designed by Joël Desgrippes to resemble a champagne cork.
The box itself is a rather shinny gold cardboard box with a bits of red writing on it. The packaging is pleasant to look at but nothing special in my opinion though YSL are trying I think to make it look opulent. However the glass bottle for this perfume is actually one of my favourites to have on my dressing table the cork style bottle is very cute and the gold metallic wires and foil that are designed to mimic that of the a champagne cork certainly do add some sparkle and these appear to help the light reflect in the bottle. The gorgeous amber nectar of the perfume inside resembles more a delicious dessert wine rather than bubbly champagne though.
Top notes: nectarine, anise, mint, violet, cumin
On first spritzing this perfume I notice elements of peach with a hint of apricot, to my nose this always seems like a good quality jam rather like those Bonne Mama ones. This sugar sweetness is soon dampened down by the cumin giving just a hint of spice warmth. The mint then makes an appearance and seems to just tingle with a burst of freshness. In some ways rather than champagne which this perfume was trying to capture it is reminiscent of a Bellini cocktail to me.
Middle notes Otto rose, blue rose, lychee;
After about ten minutes the rose notes start to develop nicely on my skin and it is a nice soft unfolding of the different rose elements. I find its rather like walking in a rose garden at a country house in that the different beds of rose capture your senses depending on which way you turn .It is the same with this perfume on some days I notice a sweet rose and other a more stronger smell Otto rose that is more heady and evocative of romance.
Base notes of oak moss, patchouli, vetiver, vanilla cedar
This perfume I find last a good 6-8 hours on my skin and after about an hour or so of wearing the perfume I find the base notes are more present. There is a nice earthy and woody blend of patchouli, oakmoss and cedar. I guess continuing the garden analogue for a moment it is like stepping in to a warm summer forest after the rain where the scents of the trees provide a rich tapestry of colours and scents for all the senses. I actually have never noticed any of the vanilla in this perfume when I have worn it myself but strangely when a friend borrowed some of my perfume one time I noticed this note on her. I guess that is in some way the beauty of perfume it can alter a bit on different people.
Overall and recommendation.
I think this perfume is a love blend of fruit, floral and woody notes. It is not a combination I have found with many other perfumes and for this reason alone I like to have a bottle of this one in my perfume collection. I find that this is more of a weekend and evening-out style perfume for me as I think that it is quite a strong perfume and I worry about it being to over powering at work. I find that two spritz does seem to go a long way as the smell develops and unfolds nicely during the day rather than fading quickly into nothing. I actually think this is a very happy bubbly perfume as it seems to lift my mood when I wear it and make me think of walks in gardens and woods all of which are happy places for me. With its warm rich yellow tones in the bottle does seem to be a snap shot of summer in a bottle. I think this scent is suitable for warm days but not those where it is too hot as the sweetness can then end up feeling a little too cloying and sickly. It is also perfect for those horrid wet days in winter and autumn where you want a nice pick me up and to remember the sun. I would definitely recommend this perfume to people who love a good perfume that develops and unfolds as you wear it as it is a complex perfume. At around £32 for a 125 ml bottle I think it does present a good value as a little goes a long way.
Yves Saint Laurent 'Yvresse' is described as "an exhilarating fragrance scented with nectarine, oak moss and the otto rose. It beautifully harmonises between fruity and floral."
This is not a new fragrance from YSL. It was created in 1993 by Sophia Grojsman (also responsible for Eternity by Calvin Klein). Nor is it a cheap fragrance - expect to pay around £40 for 60ml edt on the high street. I have been wearing this fragrance on and off for at least 15 years, and it remains a favourite of mine.
The outer card packing housing the bottle is a classy gold box, and the glass bottle itself in the shape of a champagne cork. (Until renamed this fragrance was sold under the name 'champagne' hence the bottle shape - which was kept on rename).
I would describe the fragrance as 'fizzy' and slightly spicy more than fruity. I am not fond of floral fragrances generally, and feel reference to floral is misleading. Slightly woody/mossy I would agree with.
I find Yvresse is not sweetly scented, rather balanced.
It belongs to the fruity chypre group, and has quite a complex combination of notes. This is probably what I like most about it. Top notes include Nectarine, Anise, Caraway and Peach. Middle notes include Cinnamon, Jasmine, Iris and Rose, and base notes inlucde Amber, Patchouli, Musk and Vanilla.
If fragrance comes in seasons, then I think this is more suitable for autumn and winter wear, than warmer months and that these cooler seasons suit it best.
It is more an evening fragrance than everyday, although I have worn it more recently in the day, with many questions asked about it's name (in a complimentary way incidentally)
Another favourite of mine by YSL - to help give you a nose for this one - is Opium. This fragrance is less heady, and less 'oriental', but I'd say spicy. It is heavier than Y and Rive Gauche though, fruity rather than floral, with greater staying power.
Mind over matter, maybe, but this fragrance always gives me an exhilarating lift, and a bit of feel good factor on a dull day (dull mood). One of life's little pick-u-ups! I would definitely agree with the manufacturer's description there.
The bottle dispenses a measured squirt, which is useful, and initially the fragrance appears sparkly. I find it has good staying power for skin types where fragrance often quite quickly disappears.
It is worth exploring a tester on the high street, and then shopping around for a value buy if you like what you smell.
I last bought mine from Cheapsmells for around £22 which is about 50% off the high street price!
I believe the product is restricted to the edt in just two sizes.
Yves Saint Laurent Yvresse EDT For Her / A fruity, audacious opening / A flowery, fruity character / An exhilarating structure / Yvresse is an exquisite fragrance that exudes femininity and radiance / It is a tribute to the woman who sparkles, joyous and scintillating.