Y Yves Saint Laurent Eau de ParfumOn October 1, 2020 by admin
In the time of Corona, with many of our work and social meetings being moved to Zoom, it was a short span of time before the glamorous PR events I have been invited to for years as a celebrity makeup artist would also move to Zoom. It’s a strange new world and some of us are adjusting better than others.
A couple weeks ago I was invited to YSL’s introduction of their new face of Y: Lenny Kravitz. The party would be on Zoom, featuring a performance by Aminé and some prominent DJs.
Hours before the event I was emailed downloadable backgrounds and instructions for how the party would go down. Additionally, a package was sent to my home with an event badge, ingredients for the “YCONIC” cocktail, and of course the Y eau de parfum.
Let me preface this by saying I’m already biased. I love Lenny Kravitz and I think he’s the perfect choice for this fragrance. I saw him live years ago and was blown away by his stage presence, the talent of his band, and his rockstar energy.
As a guitarist myself I also admire the genres he has spanned throughout his career while always coming off as authentic. His vibe reminds me of Prince (whom I have also seen live- #humblebrag), in that he can wear an earring stack that rivals any I’ve ever worn and not lose an ounce of masculinity or sexiness.
Okay, Lenny-love out of the way, let’s talk about this fragrance. It is housed in a simple bottle with a deep navy fading top to bottom and topped with a black, textured cap that bears the YSL emblem on the top . The color scheme is fitting as Yves Saint Laurent was the designer popularized the pairing of the colors navy and black. A silver Y cuts through the side of the bottle, descending to a strip that bears the brand’s full name.
It looks very masculine and gives me “Bleu de Chanel” vibes. I would not be surprised to smell aquatic notes from a fragrance packaged like this; thank God that’s not what I get.
Immediately upon spritzing I get the top note apple, with the bergamot coming off as a bit soap-y. It smells sweet and clean and it’s something I could imagine a woman wearing provided she was in a modern, tailored, and minimal outfit.
As the scent settles, the vetiver and cedar pop out. It becomes more decidedly masculine as the apple burns off. The sage begins to cut through sharply, which is offset by the sweet cream of tonka that begins to unfold. I’m starting to smell the amber woods.
A bit later, the sweetness begins to leave, but the soap-y ness and woods remain. It definitely smells more like a freshly-showered man.
At it’s finish it is mostly wood notes with geranium and juniper. It wears decently close to the skin, so it wouldn’t be overwhelming for work or a hot day.
Perfumes always have a character I associate them with. If this perfume were a woman, she would be city-dwelling, wearing straight leg jeans, a white mock neck, a navy blazer, brown belt, and hair pulled back in a sleek low pony. She probably has a high-powered creative job. I could see her working at a magazine or in advertising. She’s the type who you can tell came from a wealthy, but humble family and she isn’t uncomfortable wearing worn loafers or carrying around an old leather briefcase provided it is good quality.
If a man were wearing this I could see him wearing an old, but clean Rag and Bone T-shirt, ripped jeans, doc martens, and unkempt but perfectly styled hair. He’s into obscure bands and plays bass on the weekends with his punk metal band in dive bars. If he were in the year 2005 he would have chipped black nail polish and eyeliner.
Nowadays he’d skip the manicure, but might have his girlfriend blend eyeshadow under his eyes for his band’s gigs. He writes all his lovers poetry while smoking cigarettes on his fire escape after a tryst. He’s the kind of guy I would crush on, knowing a relationship with him wouldn’t work out for anybody.
In short, Y is a comfortably unisex fragrance that wears easily on any man or woman whose style treads the line between genders and has the confidence to rock it. Lenny definitely has what it takes to be the face of this fragrance, with style and steez that is unapologetically exactly what he likes.
It’s not exactly what I gravitate for in a fragrance, but in fall or winter it could convince me to put on straight jeans, loafers, and tuck in a simple button down, pop some thick chains on my neck, smear liner under my eyes, and head to a cozy speakeasy with some friends.
I would enjoy smelling this on a creative- type man who has a distinctive style with a touch of arrogance. I think it would pair quite well with a good quality t-shirt and a leather jacket.
What types of fragrance do you like to smell on your significant others? What kind are you drawn to yourself?
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