Rive Gauche (2003)

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Rive Gauche (2003) by Yves Saint Laurent
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Rive Gauche (2003) is a popular perfume by Yves Saint Laurent for women and was released in 2003. The scent is chypre-floral. The longevity is above-average. It is being marketed by L'Oréal.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesAldehydes, Honeysuckle, Green notes, Peach, Bergamot, Lemon
Heart Notes Heart NotesMagnolia, Iris, Gardenia, Jasmine, Ylang-ylang, Lily-of-the-valley, Rose, Geranium
Base Notes Base NotesSandalwood, Tonka bean, Ambergris, Tahitian vetiver, Musk, Oakmoss



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It was the '70s
when I discovered the scent. A classic, like his name. The typical colour combination of the flacon is a trademark of YSL. The perfume opens powdery and creamy yet discreetly and surrounds the lady with an aura of elegance. The flacon adds extra charm to a bathroom. A must
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Rive Gauche
is for me:

-slightly sweetish
-not intrusive
-the lost powder breath

It starts very clean almost creamy and even reminds me a bit of Nivea :-D
This impression remains with me for about 20 minutes, until the most beautiful powder note shows up.

I've smelled that scent so many times Since I was little, I was looking for this incomparable powder breath, which many ladies dragged behind them.

At some point I was sure: it's Chanel No.5
But after a while this becomes unfortunately so harsh and any note spoils the fragrance I have tried all variants again and again the same way. Although he has these beautiful echoes, he was not.
An edt I gave away once and it smelled on the other person just as bitter in the finish.

Until I accidentally hit rg.
Sprayed on and only found him like this, Lala Not bad directly but doesn't have to be now.
Get out of the store and after a short time this smell rises in my nose.
The light, slightly sweetish, absolutely divine powdery breath.
It sounds dry and powdery but never harsh On my clothes the next day he smells light powdery a little sweetish.

Shelf life is absolutely ok but he doesn't dope me up. He's a little more restrained than that.
Every once in a while, a breeze rises.

I think it's still perfectly wearable today Naturally absolute matter of taste.
If you like fruity and fragrant, RG will probably be nothing for you
Must also say that the testers were all (no matter where) a little harsher in the top note.
My newly bought bottle smells only clean from the beginning. But then they develop in the same way.

I don't know the old version by the way :)

Fondest regards
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Unlike everyone else...
A hint of black lace flashes out under the blazer with shoulder pads. She wears a pantsuit, has her bob tamed with gel and put on red lipstick.

During the day she holds the strings in her hand. Women can be anything. Chief physician, head of a corporation, artist. Men are no longer above things and women.

It's the early eighties.

She determines what she wears, who she is, what she can do and who she sleeps with.
She dresses casually and at the same time elegantly and stylishly. In the evening she quickly swaps the cashmere turtleneck she wears at work for a blazer with shoulder pads. And some earclips. Gold, plain, noble.

She runs off, in pumps towards the taxi.
When she arrives at the café, she orders a glass of wine and lights a cigarette. It seems a bit unapproachable, beautiful and cool at the same time.
So completely different. yes completely different than many women today.
She doesn't think about breast enlargement or eyebrow tattoos.
She is who she is and that makes her irresistible.

Your date arrives and is perplexed again. This woman is driving him crazy. She smiles, a bit timid and challenging at the same time.

She wears the trouser suit, a touch of black lace and Rive Gauche and nothing else.
The evening can begin. Where it ends, it will also determine...

That's how I picture her. The one Rive Gauche was wearing at the time.

And secretly, I wish I could have lived through that time. If there was a time machine, I would dare a small excursion into this tempting time.

And what should women have worn back then, if not Rive Gauche?

A classic that I still find very wearable today. Metallic at the beginning and at the end so wonderfully powdery, without sticking at all, yet very soft and protective. Timeless. Wonderful.
The bottle? You couldn't have done better for this fragrance.

So very different from all the others.

I guess you'll have to move in with me. Maybe even a blazer with shoulder pads... D

Right now I would have a great desire to resurrect the woman of that time and to exchange her for a uniform mush, a beauty frenzy and an influencer. It would be time again...

My first comment, cut me some slack. ;)
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Less is more
When the fullness and bustle of the day exhaust the measure of the bearable, it draws me to Rive Gauche. Not a loud fragrance screaming for attention, but a flatterer who knows how to please with understatement.

The strong aldehyde start shows parallels to Chanel No 5. Where, however, "la Cinque" rises with opulent floridity, Rive Gauche develops reservedly. The blossoms, withdrawn in sweetness, are accentuated wonderfully gently by a metallic-fresh accord. I like it infinite when this cool powderiness surrounds me like a silver veil.

Depending on temperature and activity, a wonderfully pleasing chypre base develops after a good hour. Although the oak moss is clearly perceptible, it is generally softer and rounder. Nothing scratches here, no bitter bitterness. And so reservedly he might also inspire perfumos, which deter the word Chypre Sonst. With the overall decency a wonderful "unagitated" companion, which I like to wear very much.

Rive Gauche lasts me 6-8 hours without any problems. On very warm days he retreats faster and gets very close. I value the Sillage in the upper average and the bottle is unparalleled.

Conclusion: I am glad to have discovered it here with you, because in the end your fragrance descriptions contributed to the test and purchase.
I am glad that I have him and enjoy ;)
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The n.5's alternative brother
Have you ever seen two different twins?
The one , Chanel n.5, is classic, classy, in its precious glass bottle , worn by ladies with strings of pearls. The other, hided in its metallic bottle, is more alternative ,it can be worn with a hippy blouse and a pair of vintage jeans...
but the aldheidic character is the same and mainly in this YSL historical fragrance aldheides cover a little the rich and floral bouquet. Anyway, it remains a great perfume I re-discovered and loved after many years .
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plastique rive
I love this one but I really don't get it why that beautiful glass bottle became plastic.More powdery than the original pre-reformulated Rive Gauche.
A little bit spicy and green.If you enjoy woody perfumes with a vintage nostalgia this one will fits you great.Remember, it is quite strong and not easy to wear!!


Catarina 111 days ago
I was born in 2001. I hardly can chat about the 80's. Nevertheless it's a ladies perfume, not outdated, fresh, complex but easy to wear.+4
Trucklady 8 months ago
Still an aldehydic iris with coiffed hair and an Hermes clutch. Her aged Rolls Royce gives away her faded image.+1

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