I'll take it
Hello, today I received my 5 ml spray sample of YSL Rive Gauche Pour Homme. Here is my initial review on this fragrance. One big spray on my wrist, and waited 10 seconds before taking a sniff. Sniff and what I get... yes this resemblance somewhat a barbershop smell. What I get is a very synthetic sweet and powdery note. Weird, but it has that Le Male vibe, but not as good as Le Male. Smells also like a floral air freshener. In my opinion, I really do not like Rive Gauche. I can see myself getting a major headache wearing this fragrance around my neck; very synthetic. Here is my initial grade for YSL Rive Gauche Pour Homme... 6/10 Not bottle worthy...I am so glad I did not blind buy this one...
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If I already didn't have one, I'd take it also!
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It's a good one for sure and a staple for many. Sorry you disliked it but you can't love them all.
Rive Gauche is good. No more, no less.
I do like the lavendar and patchouli, but the anise bothers me. The fragrance sometimes borders the smell of cardboard. It's development is strange. It neither brightened nor darkens, but just stagnates.
that is a fair rating..
it's an ok scent..
I prefer Prada Amber
Uh-Oh Change1, hope you have that fireproof suit at the ready cuz this is blasphemy to many!lol Seriously though, I have a can of this stuff and quite like....but strangely enough I don't wear it much, and I'm not sure why?! Guess I've just got many more scents that I find much more intriguing.
I love it. Reminds me of what the guys from mad men smell like.
One of the few frags I've gotten complimented on by the ladies. Synthetic? Hell you could say that about most any frag. Frankly this is only for a true man. No fem characteristics whatsoever. Literally smells like you just strolled out of a barbershop... not a salon but a barbershop. Nice haircut and clean shaven and ready to take on the world. This sissified world needs more concoctions like this. If you don't like it you're probably beyond hope for rocking a true charismatic fougere. Only real men need apply and all hyperbole aside I'm happy to own a can.
Keep it and try it again in a couple years time. I bet you'll like it later
I just bought the intense version of this yesterday. Sorry it didn't work out for you.
I've tried the recent version a couple times and its been just ok. I like the patchouli in the dry down but it doesn't warrent a buy for me. Is the older can version much different/better?
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In my case, it took me quite a while to get used to this barbershop style. But once I became comfortable with and interested for it, Rive Gauche became a "staple fragrance" my personal collection would somehow feel incomplete without.
I would not put on one FULL spray of Rive Gauche, as it can be really over-powering. I only wear 1/4 to 1/2 spray on each side of my neck, and that lasts more than 12 hours on my skin. Spicy first hour and then it develops into a smooth floral and a little bit sweet middle stage and a little bit dirty and woodsy dry down. It's a masculine scent for real men.
I also sampled it recently and loved it. Bought a can last week.
I love Rive Gauche Homme, it's masculine and downright fab. Powdery? I cant stand Powdery and certainly can't smell it in RG. Different strokes and all that.
I personally don't get the Le male association but can certainly see how RG might give off a minty vanilla vibe through the combination of anise, lavender, rosemary and coumarin. Come to think of it, the commonalities are not as obscure as one may initially perceive considering they're both basically, herbal fougeres with a nice minty clean freshness. They also to a varied extent share that classic barbershop talc accord. RG on my skin distinguishes itself from Le male by being a lot less powdery sweet and minty and a lot more herbal, earthy and smokey. But I can certainly see how that balance may vary on another person's skin.