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My number one
Because this outstanding fragrance has now become my No. 1, I deleted my previous comment and am now reapplying it to give more expression to my enthusiasm:
Yeah, that's it, a megaduft, the best, my darling, Superscent, Nasenweide, and everything else ;-)
But fun aside, what counts is my respect for this perfume art and my fondness for this YSL. At the beginning the Ultime didn't have an easy time with me. Because just a year ago, it was a can't-decide-me-fragrance for months on end, although I can usually tell quickly whether I like a perfume or not. So why of all things this Flanker became a YOU fragrance for me seems a little strange to me from today's point of view. But perhaps the affection had to develop first, even if the flirting should last over half a year ...
When L'Homme Ultime is sprayed on for the first time, an attractive presence is immediately audible, casting a spell over its wearer. Because the fragrance juggles with two contrary attributes that I particularly like: fruity (slightly flowery) freshness on the one hand, and smoky peppery spiciness on the other:
It starts very refreshingly with the grapefruit, more fruity-soft than citric-herb, and already slightly fired by the cardamom. After approx. 15 minutes a fine, discreet floweriness is added, because we have already arrived at the heart of the rose. So the Ultime now seems a little more floral, more sweet, although still fruity and spicy. It is noticeable that this contrast of fresh fruitiness and spicy spiciness is always differentiated, i.e. individually perceptible. This is exactly what makes it so attractive for me and creates a high transparency in the fragrance, which also gives it a certain lightness. It is very balanced, because the two opposing directions are roughly in balance, which creates an almost noble aura, also supported by the cedar, which constantly contributes something smoky to the fragrance. Fascinating! And towards the end a moderate vetiver is added and sets another counterpoint. So the scent stands for a constant attracting effect ... and that quite persevering (lasts on clothes about 7 to 8 hours).
All in all a very valuable elixir, harmonious and finely tuned, almost too aesthetic, too perfect. So could it possibly be this attribute that kept me from ordering it at first?
... Wait a minute, this suddenly gives me a suspicion. Perhaps this beautiful fragrance was in the shadow of an even more beautiful one? Because my collection is also adorned by another designer fragrance that dominates the rose vs. spice theme and performs similarly well here at Parfumo. It's the Déclaration d'un Soir by Cartier, but it's much more "extroverted", which I particularly like. So could the Big Brother Little Brother Syndrome have caused my hesitation to include this wonderful Frenchman in my collection?
Be that as it may, after months of indecision the YSL Ultime was finally allowed to move in with me, so that I have been using it for about half a year now. The fact that he was able to develop into the top of my collection is probably due to several characteristics that are unique for me in this combination: It manages to be extremely balanced despite ambivalent scents, combines mild floral fruit with fine smoky spice, is light as a feather and transparent, relatively linear in scent, and that for up to 8 hours with good sillage. It is never intrusive, fits almost any occasion and season and can be worn at any age. What more could you ask for?
Finally, a little tip for perfumers who don't know him yet: If you like Armanis Profumo or Versaces Dylan Blue, maybe you should take a closer look at this YSL L'Homme Ultime ...