Ysatis (1984) Eau 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, Rosewood, Galbanum, Coconut, Mandarin, Neroli, Orange blossom, Citric 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



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Bottle 10.0/10 Sillage 9.0/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 9.5/10
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.
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.
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...
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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Scent 4.0/10
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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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Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 9.0/10
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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.
Bottle 5.0/10 Sillage 10.0/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 8.0/10
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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.
Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 8.0/10
Very helpful Review    5
A classic beauty that never aged
Ysatis is fascinating. Powdery, elegant, beautiful and classical.

I had really expected something extremely outdated, strong and aldehydic, however this is no Chanel No.5, Ysatis is different.

The fragrance opens with soft aldehydic notes, creamy coconut and refreshing citrus, balanced out by subtle spiciness. The scent throughout has a likable powdery-incense quality that is both unique and sensual.

A previous reviewer mentioned the prominent honey note which adds a sense of happiness, which I certainly agree with. The honey, vanilla, coconut and ylang-ylang does create a delicate sweetness, however the galbanum, patchouli, cloves, civet and oakmoss, give Ysatis a damp greeness which can be bitter at times. Animalistic yet refined really sums up this fragrance well.

I don't get much in the way of white florals here, it's more powdery and fresh than anything else to my nose. The lasting power is truly worth the price as its richness lingers on the skin for days. Ysatis is strong and powerful with a lot of character. I recommend.


Jazzy76 9 months 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!+2

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