Rive Gauche has a couple of meanings associated with Paris and with Yves Saint Laurent. First, there is the southern bank of the river Seine in Paris that bears this name; second there was the debut of YSL in ready-to-wear line, a collection traded in boutiques under the name Rive Gauche. Continuing with this, the third meaning comes from the perfume for women named simply Rive Gauche, introduced by Yves Saint Laurent in 1970. And finally, the fourth and probably the last (until now!) meaning is represented by Rive Gauche Pour Homme, a fragrance launched in 2003 as an aromatic green and developed by perfumer Jacques Cavallier.
The fist tome that I sniffed this scent was back in 2004 and I should say that it is a shame that Rive Gauche Pour Homme turned into hard to get by these days. 8 years ago, I had a friend who had just bought it and was praising his newest acquisition. The fact is that Rive Gauche Pour Homme is impossible to get unnoticed. The fragrance possesses an undisputable elegance which is faithful to the YSL line and on top of that it has the advantage of already holding a classic aura.
When you apply the scent on your skin you perceive almost immediately the fresh spicy accords mixed with some woody notes to bring balance to the composition. Rive Gauche Pour Homme opens on an interesting blend of bergamot, star anise and rosemary, in which the last one is fighting for prominence for about 20 minutes, until the fragrance reaches its mid development. Then, the composition turns more floral, thanks to the enchanting aroma of lavender (I like lavender in any combination), juxtaposed by geranium and close. The perfume ends in a mixture of vetiver, Guaiac wood and patchouli that develops fine on the skin, leaving an intense trail.
The bottle that holds Rive Gauche Pour Homme is a re-interpretation of its feminine counterpart, in which the color scheme of silver and black emphasizes the elegance of this special perfume. Overall, Rive Gauche Pour Homme is a classic perfume that transmits elegance to the person who wears it.
Rive Gauche Pour Homme Yves Saint Laurent Perfume Details
- Rive Gauche Pour Homme by Yves Saint Laurent is available in 75 and 125 ml Eau de Toilette Spray and complementary products in the range, such as: 100 ml After-Shave Lotion and 200 ml Hair & Body Wash; the lasting power is average (6 to 10 hours) and the sillage is good.
- Olfactory Group: Aromatic Green
- For: Men
- Year Introduced: 2003
- Perfumer: Jacques Cavallier
- Recommended Wear: Day and Evening
- Dress Code: Casual