Hello Fellow Fumies,
Every Saturday we have a Question, an idea purloined from Olfactoria’s Travels. Everyone gets to chime in with an answer, chat with other responders and it is a fun event each week. Taking sides never means taking offence and everyone keeps it respectful and light, even though we can sometimes trawl the depths.
The idea is you’ll see it on the weekend or chime in through the week. Hopefully you will come back and see if anyone has responded to your comment and you can reply to them.
Over 100 responses I will draw a Scent Sample Pack (from my collection)
- Vintage Arpege Extrait
- JPG Fragile EdT (D/Cd)
- Perfumery Generale Indochine
- Vintage Royal Bain de Caron
- Estee Lauder Modern Muse Le Rouge Gloss
Last Weeks Winner: Tena
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Saturday Question: Which Of The YSL Fragrances Have You Loved?
Yves Saint Laurent, even the name conjures pictures in my mind of fashion as art. The era when magic was made in the fashion industry. When theatre, art, movies, music, fashion and celebrity were all joined and manageable. When you needed a craft to become famous, or at least a look that set you apart from the world.
Once upon a time, before everything turned to shit, YSL Beauty was one of the most revered, loved and respected makers of fragrance. They pushed boundaries not only in their ingredients but in their marketing, advertising, bottle design and image. Before greed came and killed the beauty and fun YSL was king of the hill.
YSL was something we loved since 1977 when Opium was released. Maybe a year later here in Australia. Some of our friends Mums were wearing it and causing a sensation. It was everything spicy, sensual, exotic and glamorous to us kids. Tales of international travel to India, Africa and the Far East suddenly had a scent to direct us towards them. Even the bottle and name seemed unimaginably outrageous, “Is that about DRUGS?” Ironically because so many of our Mums were drugged to the eyeballs on distillations that traced their roots to the humble poppy.
My early adult years were drenched in the woody, aromatic scenting of Jazz. 1988 is the date given but it felt much earlier that I was wearing it. The cool black and white unsure bottle with the inbuilt pumper meant that it was the perfect gym bag bottle. No lid to come off and all enclosed for safety. Pulling it out after an aerobics class shower and spritzing in the mens room was very freaking glam indeed. Sometimes when I need happy memories I go to my modern bottle of Jazz and give myself a spritz. Still in the attenuated fragrance that is the modern version I can still smell the bones of my fabulously happy early adulthood.
Now I didn’t love it enough to put my money on the table but the moment these babies go to the discounters I’ll be on it in a New York Second. Tonka & Sandalwood done with a sweetly resinous vibe and a hint of greenery. I keep going back to the counter to spritz it and one day Caban will be mine
My Saturday Question to you is:
Which Of The YSL Fragrances Have You Loved?