Friday, December 06, 2013

Yves Saint Laurent L'Homme

Yves Saint Laurent L'Homme is one of two Men's fragrances that I want my guy to wear forever and ever (and ditch the obnoxious Bleu de Chanel--no more Brut/Axe type fougeres!). This one seems to go especially well with his handsomely tailored wool winter coat, new and devoid of strong, unwanted yesterday's cologne. Woody (Sephora lists both "cedar" and "cedarwood"), a little vanillic sweet with tonka, a little hesperidic with classic bergamot, and green with violet leaves, the initial impression is that of a modernized, slightly gourmand Geoffrey Beene Grey Flannel, Christian Dior Fahrenheit or Creed Green Irish Tweed.

It smells unmistakably like a Men's cologne but women can easily wear this warm and dry, slightly musky but very upscale, gentle and elegant scent. I have yet to find a cologne that smells this delicious in a woody men's scent, especially one so Green--it doesn't seem to overwhelm me at all, even in close quarters (still, one big spray will do on most days; it's gentle but has presence).

I'm wearing some now and I really enjoy it, but my true hope is that he can wear this, and I can be his YSL counterpart in Manifesto for Women, also redolent of vanillic tonka within the context of a gentle, clean and modern citric musk accord. The Men's is a little floral, but the Women's is even more so, although discreetly and in a powdery "skin scent" way, like Chanel Les Exclusifs Beige. That puts L'Homme in perspective; it could be conceptualized as a "skin scent" woody floral musk for Men, like "Beige Intense."

Launched in 2006, Yves Saint Laurent L'Homme has several flankers now that might also be worth checking out.