Ysatis 1984Eau de Toilette

Ysatis (Eau de Toilette) by Givenchy
Bottle Design Catherine Krunas, Pierre Dinand
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Ysatis (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Givenchy for women and was released in 1984. The scent is floral-chypre. Projection and longevity are above-average. It is being marketed by LVMH.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesAldehydes, Bergamot, Brazilian rosewood, Galbanum, Coconut, Mandarin orange, Neroli, Orange blossom, Citrus notes
Heart Notes Heart NotesHoney, Florentine iris, Jasmine, Narcissus, Egyptian rose, Tuberose, Ylang-ylang
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Oakmoss, Clove, Musk, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Vetiver, Civet, Castoreum, Precious woods, Bay rum

Ratings

Scent

8.1 (220 Ratings)

Longevity

8.6 (167 Ratings)

Sillage

8.1 (168 Ratings)

Bottle

7.7 (178 Ratings)
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8.5
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Serenissima
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Serenissima
Very helpful Review    16  
The art of fragrance weaving
"Listen, master of perfumes," said the ruler. "I intend to give a feast, to be crowned, of course, by a grand ball.
My charming wife needs a new scent garment for this - that's why I'm here!
But remember: nothing dark in colour, nothing heavy, nothing flashy or loud. But please also nothing insipid or boring.
My beloved wife is still fine and tender and dances like a feather!
Master of fragrances! Show what you can!"

The master of fragrances considered this task, even challenge, for a long time. Then he ordered his assistants to take baskets and jute bags and went out with them.
They roamed through gardens and meadows, fields and forests.
The containers filled with the most different things: Fruits and flowers, wood and whatever else seemed remarkable These treasures were sorted on the long wooden tables in the workshop by the helper with his skilful hands. While this was going on, the master was still checking his secret treasures in the old wooden chest: he kept valuable spices, oils and resins there. Fragrant treasures from another world!
When all this was done, he sat down at one of the big tables and thought.
Page after page he filled with notes, calculated, weighed, discarded.
The decision was made to use scents of white and yellow, natural earth and wood tones.
He would still think about the "certain something" during the practical composition.
Finally he closed the door to his workshop by himself and went to his scented loom.
He was the only one who could operate this one.

So he woven a prelude of bergamot, tangerines and various citrus notes; generously yet wisely added neroli and orange blossom scents that touched the heart and soul.
All this was still too empty: resin and wood aromas were needed.
The Non Plus Ultra of the top note was formed by sparkling, lively dancing aldehydes!
So far - so good!
A basket full of white-flowering beauties from the gardens stood next to the loom: they were noble and so absolutely feminine! Worthy of the wife of a sovereign! Thus, while singing softly, he interwoven iris and narcissus with tuberose and ylang ylang: oh, how that already smelled!
The royal rose was just as willing to submit to the scent pattern he had determined, as the always somewhat rebellious jasmine. (The boy could not deny his rural origin!)
Fruits, resins and wood, married with dreamlike flower scents now demanded something golden and valuable: honey was needed! So this fragrance became harmoniously round and soft, balsamic.
This still very airy fabric, however, urgently needed some grounding; it was too transparent, too fine.
Now it came down to the treasures from the secret chest: precious woods, oak moss and vetiver formed a first base. Cloves, sandalwood and patchouli brought spicy, sensual depth to the fragrance.
It already smelled tempting: but there was still a lack of eroticism, which should flatter the charming lady.
Warm, creamy, almost viscous vanilla was mixed with a few drops of bay rum, musk and beaver's horns were added. Oh, how beautiful! But the crowning touch was still missing: what could that be? Amber and civet form an incomparable conclusion here.
Here and there a little bit of touch-ups were made, until finally a fabric of great richness of scent and noble charisma was completed!

"Ysatis" is the name of the fairytale garment that was so wonderfully woven from these individual fragrance components.
A not everyday fragrance jewellery, which elegantly and sensually accompanies and entices.
Created by a master who loved women and only wanted to adorn them in the most beautiful way.

Long lasting and rich is this fragrance creation.
If no extraordinary opportunity should arise: "Ysatis" is happy to accompany normal days as well.
But even then: It's wonderful!
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Vieavecjulie
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Vieavecjulie
Top Review    24  
...Ysatis, a goddess in scented form...
"How does it feel?
She makes it sweeter than the sun
I get too tight I come andone
I bow my head to confess"

Ysatis fills me with deepest, olfactory contentment and happiness. I inhale this fragrance deeply and feel, to put it indecently, "high" through this divine perfume. I want more, more, more and I just can't get enough.

Ysatis is pure decadence. Lascivious, lavish and unapproachable. Besides Ysatis, there is no one else and they don't care what anyone might think about her. She knows she attracts attention and not even that touches her. The lady here is not to be underestimated. She's a hell of a girl. She knows what she wants and she gets it too - without big words.

Hardly pressed on the spray head, I am overcome by the opulence of the aldehydes, slightly fruity, slightly woody, slightly spicy and radiant. And then it hits the heart. What a divine tuberose! Flowing honey soaks them, rose petals gently refine. Jasmine & Ylang-Ylang intensify the wonderful experience. And it really is - an experience.

The base is a dream of Zibet, oakmoss, beavergeil and patchouli. Amber and a delicious rum note elevate this to liquid gold.

Ysatis is incredibly rich, luxurious and seductive. A dream.

Ysatis is made of material that will be remembered forever and always awakens the longing for a reunion.

Absolutely great.

(Vintage verse.)
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Trobaidiz
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Au secours !
Help, c ´est trop! Too many white flowers, lilies, daffodils, jasmine, orange blossoms... i suffocate, can't breathe, and that nectar isn't removed from my wrist. Dear Ysatis Adepts, please don't be angry, the world would be so boring and uniform if we all had the same taste. Ysatis, if my olfactory memory is not mistaken, Magnolia is similar to Yves Rocher's and I never liked him then either...
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Alex1984

43 Reviews
Alex1984
Alex1984
Helpful Review    3  
Ylang dreams
When I first tried Ysatis, it was the current formula. I thought it was nice but extremely weak and not worth the trouble.
But I really enjoyed the scent so I decided to hunt down a vintage bottle, finally securing one from 1984. It was this or nothing else.
And my, what a difference!

Immediately recognizable as Ysatis, this first batch is also out of this world, i.e. It contains everything that is missing from today's formula; richness, power, oakmoss and civet, strangely a leathery facet, creaminess, indulgence.
In a time when every powerhouse was focused mostly on tuberose (Poison), and oriental notes (Coco, Opium), Ysatis came to showcase the languid sensuality of Ylang Ylang, dressing it with exotic flowers, rich spices and mosses, and animalic notes to bring out the innate warmth of the flower. And it succeeds!

The opening, highly recognizable to anyone familiar with the scent, is a creamy, banana like ylang ylang, that is accompanied by jasmine (the dirty kind) and orange blossom. Not aldehydic on me.
Soon after, some carnation and bay leaf spice up the floralcy, making it grow wilder, more sensual, floriental. Becoming the definition of the word, Ysatis is spicy flowers dancing on warm skin. Sexy and sweaty, with just enough greenness to tone down the lushness.
But this doesn't last long. Mid development and the animalic breath of civet appears, to stay until the drydown, making the florals once again light up with fire.
There's a leathery feel that I don't know where it's coming from, which makes Ysatis even more dirty. Leather? Castoreum?

The rum note is missing from my nose, it might be there, hidden under the drunken flowers, contributing to the creaminess.

Smelling vintage Ysatis is a whirlwind of emotions. The current version feels diluted, flat and somehow 'cheap' in comparison, something more evident when you compare the two, and notice they share more differences than similarities. And because of this rich and layered complexity, the vintage works great on women and men alike.
Lovers of strong perfumes, skanky florals, orientals and vintages in general, this one is for you. Decadent, luxurious and power built, it struts through the streets letting everyone know Ysatis is here.
Amazing sillage and longevity.
Germanblonde

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Germanblonde
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My first grown up fragrance gifted to me
This was the very first fragrance I ever received, strangely from my boss way back when as a birthday present (No, he had no intentions of any kind, as an editor-in-chief he got a lot of samples, and so us girls got either gifted fragrances of books he received for reviews, But I received the big bottle and used it up eventually). It is not really me, but I liked it then and still like it today. I only wear it occasionally like a reminiscence for years long gone by, but it is almost too flowery for me to really LOVE it.
Isabelle1

47 Reviews
Isabelle1
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Gonna go to hunt...
I don't have Ysatis yet, but now after having red the review of "jtd" I want it, I will find a vintage sooner or later with "the golden cap" as "Matriarch" suggests.
So far I love some of the vintage eighties scents, poison, Boucheron, amarige, organza, honestly I prefer them to the amouages of which I have a few, they are good, but quit a few of the eighties are more to my liking, I simply love them.
I don't like eighties fashion, although I am very pleased with the return of the jeans which close at the waist, so more beautiful than the low rise jeans of which the band cuts in the "fat" of the hips. Almost every woman has that, as slim as one might be. The fragrances are about the only thing I like from the eighties, furniture etc....yack, but some of the fragrances ...yummie. It all depends in my opinion (nobody has to agree) how one behaves and how one is dressed...in a way like, a woman with pearls, little black dress and a loud fragrance...or black trouser suit, white blouse, pearls and again a loud perfume... That type, comme on dit en français "BCBG" even in casual clothing...
jtd

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jtd
jtd
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thank god the 80s are over
Givenchy Ysatis (1984) gives me some new thoughts on scent and memory. It comes from an era when I rarely wore perfume, and didn't pay attention to the state-of-the-art at all.  Still, I remembered it instantly when I found a perfectly preserved vintage specimen recently.

Ysatis is more nuanced than Dior Poison, less car-alarmish than Givenchy Amarige, less cartoonish than Boucheron by Boucheron. There's no doubt it's cut from the same cloth, though. It's a classic 80s signature fragrance.  In the 80s, an era noted for valuing assimilation and aspiration, a signature fragrance wasn't one that made you stand apart, it was one that loudly signaled your inclusion with a group, or affiliation with a type. No one of these fragrances was fatal, but together, they were nightmarish. (note: At this time I lived in New York City, a city of public transportation and confined spaces.) They made me appreciate the ridiculous slogan of the era: Just Say No.

So, memory.  I remember associating this perfume with the go-go sensibility of the 80s. It was a time of gross misproportion, of ill-judged dynamics.  The perfume and fashion of the era might have been set-dressing, but their were indicative, and Ysatis demonstrates the inappropriateness.

Example:  shoulder pads aren't my style, but I can understand their use in suits jackets dresses. In the 80s, shoulder pads were used in short sleeve T-shirts. Imagine a T-shirt so poorly fitted that the bulk of the voluminous fabric hanging about your waist must be tucked into your high waisted jeans. Slapping some packaging material into the shoulders of this T-shirt does nothing to mitigate its inattention to the human form. In fact, it highlights it. The person who wore this T-shirt/jeans combination wore Poison in elevators. Wore Cacharel Lulu to brunch.  Wore clouds of YSL Paris on the RR. Wore Amarige to the gym. You get the picture.

Ysatis shares the era's sin of volume, but it utterly typifies another great miscalculation of the time, which is the overuse of formality.  The market of smart sportswear had yet to be unearthed in the 1980s. The choice was often torn Levi's or a hideous dress, and the hideous dress usually won. A variation of an old bromide was reinvented for the 1980s: If it things worth doing it's worth doing... with ruffles, with chintz, with gris gris, with cheap adornment.  "Jewelry" was stated,"costume" was implied.

Seen from later eras, Ysatis could be considered tasteful version of the big 80s perfumes. But what is the value of a slightly more tasteful monster?  It’s like someone kicking you hard in the balls, but not as hard as he could have. Dominique Ropion is a master of the highly calibrated floral perfume. But for current use, Ysatis lacks the camp of Opium, Poison, Giorgio. They are dated and caricaturish, but they’re fun.  Ysatis, Ropion's tailored monster, is so busy sucking in her cheeks and posing she doesn't crack a smile.  

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Awesomeness

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Awesomeness
Awesomeness
Helpful Review    4  
Elegant, formal & moneyed
To me, Ysatis is elegant, formal and moneyed. Black taffeta gown, Tahitian pearls, Walborg beaded bag. Ysatis is a gorgeous, classic Perfume with a capital P.

Ysatis wears very similar to an oriental on me, just a tad sweet & spicy. The aldehydes & white florals (jasmine & tuberose) are too strong for my taste, giving me a headache. Warm weather is definitely not the time to wear a perfume such as this.

I often see the words 'old lady' associated with Ysatis. I think a better term is 'old-school': Ysatis is a beautiful, old-school perfume, just like how perfumes used to be made.

Turin says this is the first floriental, although it's technically a chypre. Nevertheless, give it a try. Sample first, buy second.
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Matriarch

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Matriarch
Matriarch
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Super Feminine, Perfectly Balanced & Almost Certainly Emulated by Elizabeth Taylor's White Diamonds
A favorite of mine over the past twenty years, I've gone through too many bottles of this sweet juice to count! It's a shame that it has been reformulated and has lost a measure of lushness and oomph. (Still worth owning, but buy a vintage bottle with a gold cap if you can find one.)

In my opinion, Elizabeth Taylor's White Diamonds was designed to emulate this exquisite fragrance....there are too many similarities for it be a coincidence and it came out 7 years later than Ysatis so it is possible. I can imagine ET falling in love with this somewhat pricey Givenchy scent and creating White Diamonds as a less costly version that could be afforded by the average woman.
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Lola82

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Lola82
Lola82
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Ysatis
I'm surprised that jasmine is not in the fragrance card i can smell pervasive amounts of it.
to the skin it brings out a soapish scent with an opening of aldehydes the civet i think makes it heavy and oily
i do notice a bit of coconut which suble but nicely done. the drying down
turns into an warm reisen of galbanum
with dry brazilian rosewood.
the heart is hard to detect but i can smell a bit of an honey note the drydown
is prodominly of sweet amber that is cloyish and strong amount of vanilla
and also a wisp of black liqcorice.
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Jazzy76Jazzy76 3 years ago
Finally I tested, after many years: what a good trip! Rich, warm, opulent, exactly like the 80es. The price is high, but it's my new must!

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