Rive Gauche, Mmmmmm!!
1970's. At the time, it had a big dollop of Sandalwood.
I have been told that reformulations killed it.
Well as luck would have it a bottle of this gem from the American years 86-92 I was able to find. Those old Butane bottles are the best. This scent's all as I remember. Adelehyde blast, almost metallic Bergamot. Balanced, Billowing Bouquet of Jasmine and Muguet and Non cloying Rose. Gosh this is gorgeous! All plush in the drydown of Quality Wood, Oakmoss and Savon.
I can wear this! And will!!
Thumbs up for the Vintage!
26th January, 2016 (last edited: 20th August, 2016)
An odd green floral/wood scent that is pleasant, but unremarkable.
Turin gave it 5 stars and named it a "reference rose." The rose is very very faint and gives us the green note. It combines with peach, muguet and jasmine and floats above "dark resins," such as vetiver, sandalwood and musk.
Top notes: Peach, Bergamot
Heart notes: Rose, Jasmine, Muguet, Geranium, Orris, Ylang
Base notes: Vetiver, Tonka, Sandalwood, Musk, Oak Moss, Amber
Certainly nice, but there are better green roses out there (Jacomo's Silences, Dior's Diorling and Laurent's own initial scent, Y, come to mind).
RIVE GAUCHE by YSL is an exceptionally recognizable and generous fragrance.it is a artistic example of what a real Classic fragrance should be.A noteworthy combination of Fresh Fruity notes and a bouquet of Feminine floral that accords with a Precious Woody base notes to make a Delightful,Ladylike,Discreet, Everlasting,Sophisticated and Classy.
However it is not too strong but has a presence which is lasting and completely impressed my olfactory senses.It is also a versatile fragrance for any occasion especially perfect for someone going to a board meeting. suitable for a Demure and Stylish lady. Anyway a wonderful classic fragrance but not in a old fashioned way.
Longevity?Very Good on my skin.
I got married in 1982 in this scent. I can't wear a lot of scents because they cause a migraine but this one was nice. I hope they did not mess it up when they re did it in 2003. I have not seen this perfume since my wedding bottle became empty.
Body chemistry matters
This scent smelled AMAZING on my friend. Soft, rich and creamy, with a hint of soap. On me, it took on a chemical face with a raw edge that lasted for hours. I finally gave it away. Ah, chemistry.
Pros: Long lasting