Le Smoking (2012)
by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz


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Year of Launch2012
AvailabilityIn Production / Limited Edition
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About Le Smoking

One of six scents created in collaboration with the Denver Art Museum and inspired by their exhibit Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective.

Reviews of Le Smoking

Complex and multi-layered, this is a truly daring scent.

It steps outside the comfortable realm of pipe tobacco, warm, cherry/honey humidor – and strikes out for the cigarette no man’s (or woman’s) land, where more than one attempt to duplicate or improve the iconic Caron Tabac Blond has failed miserably.
Le Smoking succeeds admirably.

First a bitter blast of what seems to me a mix of patchouli, vetiver and actual cigarette smoke, it certainly grabs your attention. It then rounds these edges, removing the sharpness and adding a sophisticated, amberish warmth that nevertheless does not abandon the central cigarette smoke accord.

Most creators in the past have gone for the obvious re-creation of the unburned cigarette tobacco, but Le Smoking revels in the actual smoke, rising from a lit cigarette.
The effect is that of a nicely perfumed woman, sitting in a Mediterranean hotel lobby, smoking a very fine gauloise. If Audrey Hepburn were a smoker, it would be she, Givenchy hat and veil in place, waiting for Cary Grant to join her for a tisane.

Unique and quite splendid!
07th February, 2015
Tobacco Chypre

Blond tobacco bolstered by herbal and balsamic notes hovers enticingly over a classical chypre accord before drying down to a sensual softly leathery skin scent. I am gobsmacked. This stunner from 2012 YSL Retrospective Collection is a throwback to the grand green chypres of yore and a timely reminder that classical perfumery might be down but not dead. Average in terms of sillage/projection it lasts about 4-5 hours on my skin. Not bad really. In all honesty for a scent this good I'm willing to overlook such relatively minor quibbles. In fact I look forward to reapplying it!


bergamot, blackberry, clary sage, galbanum, hyacinth, neroli, Bulgarian rose absolute, carnation, Chinese geranium, grandiflorum jasmine, honey, marijuana accord, orris root, oakmoss, castoreum, incense, leather, Peru balsam, tobacco absolute.

Pros: Sssmokinn...!
Cons: Nothing I cannot forgive"

06th September, 2013

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