16 days ago
Rive Gauche has been a big love affair for me for longer than a decade. It was my first love affair with aldehydes - albeit clean ones and I am actually very happy that we have this reformulated version. think reformulations often kill the spirit of great perfumes, but Rive Gauche I am indeed very happy with the current version. The clean aspect gives Rive Gauche a unique character when it stands next to Chanels, Amouages, and many exclusive, niche or high-end bottles offering a more golden, purring base. Regardless of its pyramid, Rive Gauche is quite a direct perfume complexities of which manifest themselves within this direct, easily recognizable aura. Metallic aldehydes - but not scarily so, and they are not ice cold- leading to a white heart - rose tempered with freesia gives it a creamy aspect on me- and a slightly woodsy, slightly vanillic base. Simple as this sounds, Rive Gauche always makes a difference. I'm not a perfume snob and enjoy simple musks and woodsy bases or even talc powder smells as much as more complex stuff, but Rive Gauche is not something for which I could say, oh, just get any rosy woodsy powder smell. I don't expect to be noticed with those, but with Rive Gauche, I do get complimented a lot. It is like a crisp white shirt but an expensive one that makes you very chic all of a sudden, and at the same time, it is like a clean cashmere sweater. No nonsense, confident and loving at the same time. Rive Gauche suits the right person the way pixie cuts or striped jumpers look incredibly good on some people. The closest thing I have smellt is Amouage Dia but that is sweeter and a bit more frilly. Admittedly, Rive Gauche does not work in all weather, in very high heat, I think aldehydes warm a bit too much and reveal something sulphuric, like an ashtray smell. So, it is strictly a winter and spring fragrance for me. It is often at bottom shelves in department stores in my country - luckily they are still carrying it - and I feel like winking at it whenever I see it. Big love.
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