Rive Gauche pour Homme (2003) Eau de Toilette

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Rive Gauche pour Homme (2003) (Eau de Toilette) by Yves Saint Laurent
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Rive Gauche pour Homme (2003) (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Yves Saint Laurent for men and was released in 2003. The scent is spicy-woody. The production was apparently discontinued.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Rosemary, Star anise
Heart Notes Heart NotesGeranium, Clove, Lavender
Base Notes Base NotesGaiac wood, Patchouli, Vetiver



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Bottle 7.0/10 Sillage 7.0/10 Longevity 8.0/10 Scent 9.5/10
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A fragrance like an autumn breeze
It's blowing across the river. A wind, a little rack and rough and filled with the earthy scents of damp wood and freshly fallen leaves.
It's no coincidence I'm here, here on this shore, looking across. Only a ferry would take me there, but at that time none will leave. And there are no bridges. At least not here, but dozens of kilometers upriver or downriver.
I'd like to know what's over there. I see tall poplars swaying smoothly in the wind. A building that should probably be a boathouse, the tidy terrace of an excursion restaurant on which numerous guests enjoy the view in summer.
In front of it wooden planks leading close to the water. But what's behind it? And that?
From the map, I know there's a grove of pine trees. I can smell them. But don't see. Somewhere over there a farmer must have cultivated lavender, which still smells in the cool months of the year. The wind ensures that I can perceive it.
The aromas blend, ferny, soapy, lavender, woody, earthy, grassy... together a wonderful fragrance it autumn.
I want "Rive Gauche".... to the other side of the river.
Tomorrow at 10 the first ferry leaves and would like to miss the last one.
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Bottle 7.0/10 Sillage 8.0/10 Longevity 9.0/10 Scent 9.0/10
Helpful Review    3
Retro Avant-garde Dream
Scentrack: The Bastardz - Love Dance

Unbelievably good retro-avant-garde (oxymoron) shaving cream fragrance. Like some old time residues in the air, perfectly made for rainy urban landscapes. A fantastic blend of star anise, Mediterranean bouquet of rosemary and lavender on the darker base of patchouli and vetiver. Classy, sophisticated and reliable. Rive Gauche easily garners the compliments of opposite sex, combined with white shirt. A masterpiece

Rating: 9/10

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Bottle 8.0/10 Sillage 7.0/10 Longevity 7.0/10 Scent 7.5/10
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Video review for Rive Gauche Pour Homme
Please enjoy my video review of Rive Gauche Pour Homme.
Classy, luxurious shaving-cream scent dominated by star anise, lavender on a classic fougere base.

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Bottle 7.5/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 10.0/10
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Marlon Brando in The Wild One!
If you're facing this perfume for the first time, your facial impression when you realize that Rive Gauche is a 2003 production would be hilarious! I had the same face once! This is quite interesting and very daring to flashback to aromatic fougères while their era is demographically ceased. Rive Gauche is the last standing powerhouse this around. A brilliant fougère delivered in the time that they have supposed to been extinct, yet, believe me this bombastic hair-chested macho is much larger than every single aromatic fougère of 70's survived till today. So pity, the volume of roughness, sadly, is beyond many's utmost tolerance level, and there might be several arguments between mothers and young sons with new born mustaches, on dinner table, that ended with mother's "darling, aromatic fougères are not your type" advice! Don't take those words, Rive Gauche is a manly perfume and the shape of bottle actually signifies!

Rive Gauche is an archetypal dusky green fragrance with modern and intellectual take on pharmaceutical apothecary hired for urban fashion and muted manly confidence.
Helpful Review    4
The Kaspar Hauser of fragrances
Like Turin wrote in his guide, “it took guts to come out with an aromatic fougère in 2003”: it did, indeed, as Rive Gauche pour Homme is truly a jump into the Seventies. Not a “rewritten tribute”, but a veritable, extremely elegant and pleasantly pedantic aromatic fougère exactly as they made (plenty of) them thirty years ago. Something I like to see as a proud and shameless slap to contemporary trends, which is admirable from such a big important company. It makes a statement, which at that level of visibility, may truly mean something. While I usually can’t stand fragrances - especially niche - which are “inspired by” and/or plain rip off chypres and fougères but they try to conceal that by acting new, “cool”, “luxury” and avantgarde as if they were ashamed of smelling derivative, too simple and “too outdated” as they do, I can’t help but appreciating an open and genuine operation like this. There’s a big difference in fact. Rive Gauche pour Homme is the quintessence of nostalgic simplicity, smelling and looking openly outdated, declaring it loud and proud. Many other companies still produce very classic fragrances, but to launch a new one, again – “it takes guts”.

All here is a true time capsule from the past, from the fragrance itself to the unpretentious, functional and almost cheap-looking bottle which looks like a drugstore shave foam can out of the 1970’s. The fragrance, anyway: lavender, anise, green herbs, woods, oak moss, patchouli, carnation, a nephew of Azzaro pour Homme looking and acting exactly like his hero uncle, just younger. The skin is softer and paler, the voice is still a bit juvenile, everything’s more light-hearted and livelier, but the face, the look, the style, it’s all the same. This is Rive Gauche pour Homme: a fougère which combines a lighter modern look, an overall obvious “fresher” feel due to its young age (I mean lacking in the “vintage” feel caused by the aging of the juice), with a vintage quality. It doesn’t aim at be a masterpiece, and in fact it isn’t, but it’s an extremely pleasant and stylish fragrance retrieving the true purpose of a man’s perfume – smell good, confident, mannered, masculine. Dry and dark as most of classic men’s scents, but the “aromatic” side comprising powdery-floral notes of lavender and anise keeps it bright enough. Obviously a nostalgic redundant product thirty years late on its reference trend, but totally irresistible. The Kaspar Hauser of fragrances.

Bottle 7.5/10 Sillage 5.0/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 10.0/10
Helpful Review    4
Brilliant. Awesome.

The epitome of contemporary men's perfumes.

Truly masculine, this is a masterpiece. One of the best releases of all time.

Anise, lavender and rosemary are the most pronounced notes to my nose.

A modern aromatic fougere without losing tradition.

It has a barber shop smell, which is wonderful for me.

Classic and modern, serves for the whole year and at any time and station.

If you like Azzaro, Chanel Platinum Egoiste, you'll love Rive Gauche.

Sillage, staying power and projection are good.

1) Original tin can version - has written "Yves Saint Laurent Parfums" on the packaging - the first version, more charged in anise and oak moss.

2) Reformulated tin can version - has written only "Yves Saint Laurent" on the package - more herbal, with rosemary notes and more pronounced patchouli.

3) La Collection version - latest version, glass - lighter version and cooler with less moss and less anise.

4) Rive Gauche Light - far more diluted and fresher version, with a pronounced mint note in his opening - shorter duration.

5) Rive Gauche Intense - more rounded version of the original, longer duration - more evident patchouli note.

Updated December 2014
Scent 9.0/10
Greatly helpful Review    8
Woody Marine Aromatic
If I had only three words to describe Rive Gauche Pour Homme, I'd say "woody marine aromatic." Now as for the rest of this review, I'll trace the etymology of each of these words back to -- just kidding. This scent combines a faintly sugary pine with an aromatic water-wind freshness for a few feet projection. It's fresh without being soapy and masculine without veering into machismo territory. It evokes a sense of gentlemanly class without being stuffy, arrogant, or overly mature. Interestingly, it lends class to whatever you’re wearing, instead of forcing you to wear something specific. Rest easy; you won't feel unworthy in your workout clothes.

I can see why this fragrance appeals to men, and why men wearing this would appeal to women. Words like "class" and "quality" come to mind, both in describing the notes and their effect. Occasionally, it takes a swerve like a distracted driver into a urinary/stale smell that lasts a minute or so. That's the only negative here. Even the duration pleases, clocking in at eleven hours.

Rive Gauche Pour Homme provides an inexpensive and satisfying way to smell like a gentleman and obtain a self-esteem boost. It's been discontinued, so grab it while you can! Recommended.
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Rive Gauche pour Homme
When I was first contemplating which fragrance I wanted to buy for myself, it was between this and YSL Opium for Men. I couldn't decide which one to get between the two. I ended up getting them both! I wore the Opium a few times and while I did like the scent, I found it to be too strong and overpowering to my nose. I ended up giving my bottle away. I finally got around to wearing Rive Gauche. Right away I liked it. Not too strong, perfectly blended, smooth and soothing. The lavender and soft spices in this are so beautiful! One of the best men's colognes I've smelled in awhile. It's unique and different with a personality all its own. I can see myself reaching for this quite often. Smells clean and masculine without being too over-the-top macho. Perfect for any occasion. Every man should have this in their collection.
Bottle 7.5/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 7.0/10
Greatly helpful Review    5
An oxymoron; dirty yet clean
Rive Gauche for Men is a timeless masterpiece that deserves widespread availability. I'd love some of the younger men in my life to have the opportunity to experience something so extravagant and earthy as this.

Rich and herbaceous, Rive Gauche for Men is understandably an acquired taste. However that's not to say that this fragrance is in any way offensive or loud. I would actually say this fragrance is quite clean and refreshing despite its earthiness.

The scent leaves me slightly perplexed at times with its clean, shaving cream accord counteracting with a somewhat dirty/earthy patchouli, clove and vetiver blend. Essentially, Rive Gauche for Men jumps to and fro between gentleman cleanliness and raw, masculine filthiness. This is what makes this fragrance so intriguing.

As a woman, I wouldn't dare wear Rive Gauche for Men, that is unless I chose to get in touch with the barbarian behind the reserved exterior. On a man's skin, this fragrance exudes elegance and old-fashioned charm, like a slick man in a tuxedo puffing ever so gently on a cigar.

Rive Gauche for Men perfectly compliments the feminine version of this fragrance, which bears the same name. They both share a classic powderiness that when worn on the skin can create a dense and rich feeling.

In my opinion, Rive Gauche has not reached its use by date, even though I will admit that it has the tendency to appeal to much older men. The sillage is moderate but thankfully not too strong and I'm happy to say that the scent lasts and lasts.
Very helpful Review    5
tall, dark and handsome
Rive Gauche pour Homme is a thick, heavy aromatic fougère. Its aromatic notes are balanced, but aren’t key players. They are the Greek chorus to the lavender and coumarin that define RGpH. Clove focuses our attention on the coumarin, and rosemary and geranium steer us to the lavender.

RGpH reminds me of what I love about the fougère. Because the interaction of lavender and coumarin plays out mostly as contrast rather than agreement, the greater the counterpoint, the better the fougère. The aromatics merely keep our attention on the lavender and coumarin and their combined raspiness.

If the accord is stark, the transitions are not. It moves easily from an enveloping church organ blast of a perfume to a brisk barbershop slap to a husky whisper. There is nothing superfluous. The fragrance emerges from the fundamental duality of its defining elements.

RGpH is not pretty, it’s handsome. By historic fragrance norms, it is so classically masculine that I can’t help but feel like I’m in man-drag when I wear it. By the same reasoning, it’d be loads of fun on a femme woman.
Bottle 10.0/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 10.0/10
Very helpful Review    3
A true modern classic!
Un parfum doit avant tout sentir bon. (A perfume must above all smell good.)
~Guy Robert~

And that's exactly what Rive Gauche pour Homme does!

A "modern fougere".

IMO, everyone should have RGpH in their collection. It's not my #1 favorite but it's a solid, clean smelling, non-offensive performer that's perfect for when you just want to smell good.

I will never be without it...


Pepdal 12 months ago
The epitome of masculine class and sophistication. Luxurious, aromatic and versatile.+6
Bottle 8.0
Sillage 7.0
Longevity 7.0
Scent 7.5
Rodin 2 years ago
Probably the best high end shaving cream smell in the world. Very clean, manly, classy. Now, this is a man fragrance. Chapeau Mr. Cavallier!+4
Bottle 4.0
Sillage 9.0
Longevity 9.0
Scent 9.0

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