YSL Rive Gauche From Fragrance Direct

When I was asked if I wanted to review a perfume from Fragrance Direct, I was in 2 minds. Yes, every girl loves perfume and smelling nice but for me, it's a bit hit and miss whether the scent will give me a blazing headache, leaving me ill. After a bit of thought, I decided to give it a try. After all, if it means getting to try a new product and seeing whether I can use it, then that must be a good thing, right?

They agreed to send me Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Eau de Toilette Spray which comes in 100ml. YSL Rive Gauche is a vibrant perfume named after the left bank of the River Seine in Paris.

It's different from a normal perfume as it comes in a metal tin rather than a glass bottle, somewhat similar to a deodorant can. At first I was in mixed minds as to whether it was good or tacky but then realised that for mums, like me, this was a great idea. Many times I've taken a bottle of perfume out with me so I can give myself a bit of freshness throughout the day, and after a few hours realising that the glass has broken and the perfume has leaked into everything in my bag meaning everything is ruined, even my bag which is now covered in glass. Luckily, since the YSL fragrance comes in a tin can, this wont happen.

The spray itself is also different from regular perfumes. Not really floral or musky at all. I really don't know how to explain it apart from saying that it smells 'clean'. With top notes which include Bergamot, Lemon and Honeysuckle and essences of Ylang-Ylang and Lily of the Valley but for me, the scent of Sandalwood is the most prominent. Not that I mind. I love the scent of sandalwood and think it is a truly gorgeous perfume to wear all day long.

Even though this perfume has been around for decades, it is still a very contemporary fragrance which I think will be around for years to come too.

You can purchase YSL Rive Gauche Eau de Toilette Spray from Fragrance Direct here.

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- I was sent this product/s to review but all thoughts and experience are my own honest opinions


  1. What a fab idea! Perfume in a tin!

  2. my Wife had Rive Gauche as her 1st fragrance as a teenager! she then graduated to Opium, she is a big YSL fan!

  3. I love YSL makeup, but have never smelt this fragrance before - I'm definitely going to have a spray next time I'm in scent heaven (my local Boots).
    I love the cool stripes on the packaging, so much cooler then the common glass bottle.

  4. Great review! I am a tin collector so this is right up my street!

  5. Bought thanks to you!

  6. What a great sounding perfume I didn't think of the whole handbag issue good thinking :) x


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