L’Homme Libre, one of the most recent masculine fragrances from Yves Saint Laurent (which seems to be recently rebranded under the name Saint Laurent Paris) has filled me with mixed emotions. The first minutes subsequent to spraying two whiffs on my wrist seemed to be quite OK, then it followed a mid development, which I considered totally dull and after this, the dry down and the extreme dry down managed to wipe some of the bad image developed in my mind.
L’Homme Libre is a flanker to 2006’s L’Homme Yves Saint Laurent and was developed by perfumer Carlos Benaim. Arrived on the market in September 2011, this new masculine fragrance belongs to the woody spicy olfactory group and for me, represents the type of summer fragrance that is appropriate is almost any occasion.
The first perfume of the series, L’Homme Libre seemed uninteresting to me, then in 2009 La Nuit de L’Homme arrived on the market and started to capture my attention, but with 2010’s La Nuit de L’Homme I felt utterly convinced. Following with this line, I sampled last year L’Homme Cologne Gingembre and it seemed a well-behaved fragrance, that’s why I’m waiting to sniff La Nuit de L’Homme Frozen Cologne, this year latest release, which should be enchanting (from what I read so far!).
The listed notes for L’Homme Libre are bergamot, pink pepper and patchouli and in case you want an unpretentious smell, these should do just fine. The flacon that contains the fragrance is, as you already guessed by now, a replica of the original, with the same cylindrical shaped bottle, allowing the soft blue hue liquid to be seen and the transparent stopper which got somehow larger and exhibits its famous hexagonal form. The face selected to appear in the advertising campaign is Benjamin Millepied, French ballet dancer and choreographer, better known as Natalie Portman’s husband (they got married in 2009).
Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme Libre Perfume Details
- L’Homme Libre by Yves Saint Laurent is available in 40, 60 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette Spray and complementary products in the range, such as: 100 ml After-Shave Lotion and 200 ml Shower Gel; the lasting power is average (6 to 10 hours) and the sillage is good.
- Olfactory Group: Woody Spicy
- For: Men
- Year Introduced: 2011
- Perfumer: Carlos Benaim
- Recommended Wear: Day
- Dress Code: Casual
Benjamin Millepied Video for Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme Libre