Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche

3.8

80 reviews

70% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$$

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on 6/29/2017 11:10:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I bought a small bottle of the vintage bath oil on eBay just for memory's sake. My mom had the iconic blue-and-silver bottle on her dresser when I was a kid and I never liked it much. I thought it smelled clinical, cold, and rather like deodorant tampons mixed with cigarette smoke.

Sadly, even though I'm now much more sophisticated in my tastes and own dozens if not hundreds of perfumes, I still don't like Rive Gauche at all. I can appreciate ita quality components and memorable signature... but to
me, it still smells cold and metallic, and yes, cigarette-y. The rose note is realistic and pleasant, but it never warms on my skin. Ultimately this stuff just smells like Glade to me.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.



on 8/23/2016 7:53:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I just refuse to believe I didn't write a review for this perfume...
I'm wearing it at the moment, it is cca 25Celsius, summer is about to end pretty soon and the chilliness of the morning is almost perfect for this magnificent fragrance....Now, everywhere it's been known that this one is being reformulated (or allready is reformulated...I can't acknowledge that since I haven't had the chance to try the new version...but the older one is just perfection...
Couple of days ago, my friend and I been talking about some sentimental stuff, feelings some perfumes evoke, and persons they connect you to in an instant....as well as she is, I'm stunned how this perfume has the ability to transmit a kind of a sadness to a person...maybe ''sagesse'' is the better word for it...it is so melancholic,rich and just splendidly metallic like no other...ok, the other that has the same metallic, silver,cold and warm vibe is CdG 2....they could almost be some kind of weird holograms of the same scent...but while Cd2 rests in its serenity, this Rive Gauche haunts and, tiptoes like a shiny ghost around me and makes me cringe sometimes...
it is a wonderful example of cold aldehydic rose,very soft,soapy and greasy...but has nothing in common with typical aldehyde monsters such as Joy, Chanel No 5 or the ''pimp'' guard of classics...
this one is almost unique,like totally unique....it has this unexplainable vibe just like A.Elixir has...it leads you through unconscious paths of perfume experience, it is THAT powerful....I can wear it very rarely because it evokes very dark and mysterious feelings for me...as if I'm some kind of sadly passed heroin who wore it in the 70ties, tragically crushed in an accident or even more bizzare, strangled by a jealous lover....ok, a moment please....
you see....YOU SEE? THIS IS HOW THIS PERFUME MAKES ME FEEL...I can ramble whole day long about it...it speaks, it doesn't just....smell..

a masterpiece indeed,but I have to be in the right state of mind for it....

10/10,if not for the scent itself, but for the eloquency and pondering experience I have every time I put it on...

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on 5/13/2013 1:21:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I never liked this fragrance in the past! I sprayed it recently on a trip to Boots where I often try something that I have never tried before and for some reason this caught my eye. I was pleasantly surprised and will agree with another reviewer that it is what I wish Chanel 5 was. It is fresh and not cloying. Staying power is good and it has retained it's freshness yet at the same time having some depth. It reminds me of a remodelled fur coat, something that has been reincarnated into something better! Yum!

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Age: 36-43

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Other, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

Here is something you can do for fun: get samples of Rive Gauche, Ma Griffe (Carven), and Calandre (Paco Rabanne) and smell them all together. (Important safety tip: if there's a thunderstorm going on, make sure you wait until it's over, as having a terrified dog hiding under your desk panting stink-breath at you will in no way enhance your experiment.)

At first spray, Rive Gauche and Ma Griffe both come across with Green and Aldehydes. The difference is that Rive Gauche smells of aldehydes and green rose, whereas Ma Griffe (which, full disclosure, is one of my all-time favorites) smells like green aldehyde powder. At this point there is no comparison to Calandre, because right at the moment of application Calandre smells like soap bubbles. Pleasant, expensive soap bubbles.

But when the three of them dry down they are very VERY similar. Rive Gauche smells like sharp green powder, Ma Griffe smells like round white powder, and Calandre smells like slightly salty powder. Up to you to decide which you prefer.

I know the packaging is considered goundbreaking and very chic, but I personally think it's ugly. Take that for whatever it's worth.

4 of 6 people found this helpful.


Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Green

Well, I'm reviewing this one on behalf of my mom. I don't wear it, but she has, ever since it came out in the seventies! The scent is light and breezy, with a full bouquet. I can't describe it, to me, it smells like my mom! When she sprays it on, everywhere she goes there is this gorgeous scent trail, and she doesn't overspray, mind you. It's kind of a hippy perfume, it embodies The free spirited woman, which my mom is. The bottle is revolutionary too, no classic bottle but a column, with stripes and no sign of a visible perfume. She loves it and I agree with her!

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on 1/25/2013 12:53:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

What on earth has L'oreal done to this perfume!
This new formula smells so bad that i gave it away.
Still have some of the older stuff [2 years ago]
which i am rationing out..The YSL brand is DOOMED.


on 11/3/2012 9:41:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

Ah the memories; my mom used to wear this a lot in the 80s, she even gave me an empty bottle to play with when I was a little, Barbie crazed kid. So just looking at the bottle makes my heart all warm.
That being said, this is a very strong scent which is indeed very 80s. This may be a good or bad thing, depending on your taste. I am not an 80s person unfortunately. The fashion, the makeup, the music, none of those elements that other people adore seems to do it for me. But if they do it for you, this may be your fragrance.

7 of 9 people found this helpful.


Age: 30-35

Skin: Normal, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Green

I always loved the name and the bottle of Rive Gauche, but when I tested it for the first time, it was way too sharp and bug spray on me. Then I tested it again, and now it is a beautiful, long lasting super elegant smelling fragrance, what I wanred Chanel 5 to be. Now I think Rive gauche has turned to more wearable fragrance and I am going to purchase it.

5 of 5 people found this helpful.


Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Blond, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Blue

Abs goregous...this is the perfume that the 'Lilly Marlaine' black velvet rose should smell like...as its the most beautiful rose ever created..& when I smell Rive Gauche this is what I see... I've just got the 100ml reformulated edp ..& its softer more lucious than the one I used to wear back in the 80's this is a reformulation for the better..hurrrah!! the metalic note that used to first dominate this fume has now gone ..for me this is a blessing as....as much as I loved the smell of Rive Gauche on other people... on me I had to get past that annoying metal smell for about a good hour before it started to smell like I wanted it to smell....now it does from start to finish...Love it and on me its the abs dupe to my Amouge Dia for women at 1/4 of the price....

7 of 7 people found this helpful.


Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

I remember having "Rive Gauche " as a present back in 1994,I was a teen then and having an Yves Saint Laurent perfume was like having dreams come true ..but once I sprayed it I got sooooooooo disappointed , it's a very "artificial " scent ..In fact the bottle itself was a huge disappointment ! a Tin Can ..That's it . No luxury about it at all ...Some reviewers here mentioned , it was the older formula back then , and it has been improved to show its middle tone ..I am glad to hear that but won't look for it again ...I agree it has very "avant -garde " idea to it ..but I like pop -culture in music and films , not in fragrances that I would wear ...


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