Yves Saint Laurent has launched La Collection YSL, a set of eight fragrances (four for women, four for men) from their back catalog. Some of the fragrances had been discontinued, others were in very limited distribution.
Yves Saint Laurent celebrates a half-century of perfume creation by giving [eight] of its iconic perfumes a new showcase.
The fragrances for women include In Love Again (shown), Nu, Yvresse and Y.
The fragrances for men include Jazz, Pour Homme, Rive Gauche Pour Homme and M7 Oud Absolu.
The Yves Saint Laurent La Collection YSL fragrances are available in 80 ml Eau de Toilette (£55-70) and can be found now at Harrods in the UK.
oh wow! OK, here’s a collection that actually seems exciting. I’ve always heard good things about some of these that are hard to find!
They’re all good scents. Not sure I want them all in EdT, but I’ll certainly try them if they appear in the US.
This is exciting news. I just hope that they were able to maintain the integrity of the original fragrances with the strict new regulations.
Yeah. No idea. Have heard very different things about M7 — some say it’s nearly the same, some say it’s much changed.
Oh, wow, I used to wear In Love Again when it first came out (’98-ish?). It didn’t realise it was JCE’s creation until a few of years ago when I smelled Rose Ikebana and was struck by the similarities between two scents.
I like Rose Ikebana better, but ILA was fun — and yes, they’re similar all right!
NU!!! I can’t wait to try that. I had heard that it was being re-released but wasn’t sure when.
NU is a wonderful incense scent…but I read, that the re-release is in edt and it is so different from the gorgeous edp…
Bah, ain’t that the way. What is the EDT like, and how does it differ from the EDP? (Obviously, I’ve never tried either, but I’m a big incense fan.)
These are lovely classics and a great idea for brands to reproduce to please fans and avoid them from buying unnecessarily overpriced and probably expired fragrances online.
Could you do a topic on how long perfume really lasts in its original scent without being tainted by heat, light, cold, etc? I have over 100 bottles and I am not giving away a spritz to nobody. I carefully put this treasure together including Joy, Amouage, and some of the Acqua di Parma’s, along with the usual American fair. So how long before I start really stinking?
It totally depends on the scent and the storage condition. Some scents will last for a year, some for 20 years.
Oh and I know nothing about good French perfume. I want bergamot as the dry down with tuberose and tonka and ylang ylang. Am I asking too much? I love heavy scents, ones that last and ones that are secrets. I like the new Ellie Saab but everybody and their mother has this one. I am into Creed and Amouage. Tell me which way to go? What’s the perfect French perfume for me and what is the name of the latest Givenchy? It’s In a short bottle with a black top looks like tea? What’s that all about?
The name of the latest Givenchy is ‘Dahlia Noir’. Nothing ‘noir’ about it in my opinion. It smells more like a functional fragrance (as in fabric softener) to me.
I am not sure if there is still such a thing as a ‘French’ perfume these days, but that might be complete ignorance on my part. I think the rest of the world has certainly caught up.
Maybe ‘Divine’? as a departure from the usual suspects such as Guerlain.
Think bergamot as a drydown is a pretty long shot as citrus scent tend to be fleeting unless ‘anchored’ by heavier notes. That’s probably why citrus tends to be a topnote or featured in cologne style scents – they’re just light. Even straight citrus essential oils fade off pretty fast. I think the concept of a ‘good French perfume’ is probably fairly dead anyway as everything is globally aimed most of the time or most names are owned by big conglomerates. There’s not much you can get in France that you can’t buy over the web or in another country. It’s all about money now. That’s not to say something like a Caron urn scent or a bottle of JAR still isn’t special though. It’s all subjective.
If you like Amouage and Elie Saab then take a sniff of Amouage Honour Woman.
Oh… M7! also In Love Again… those 2 are my best from this list.
It really pissed me off that , when Nu came out.. nobody knew if it was unisex or female or what.. not that I care but by the time I got to try it, I was bored. (and yes I didn´t like it as much as to buy a bottle)
Hah, funny! Thinking trnasmission. I was searching for this collection right now, while I was buying an old bottle of M7!!!! Oh, M7 Oud Absolu!!! I want one right now! It’s a pitty they’re in London! I never sniffed Nu and am curious about that: so many people saying it’s too masculine and dry! Dry frags are one of my weak spots!
I sampled In Love Again a couple of years ago and loved it. Yay! Now let’s hope these scents make it across the pond…..
really? 3 of the men’s fragrances (except for the M7 flanker) are still readily available all over Europe,
from the women’s, Yvresse (Champagne) is also still widely available, and i believe Y as well…
Hi Everyone, In Love Again came out (at least the first time I bought it) in 1997. I was living in Florida, and it was just right for a hot climate. I never saw NU advertised, but it showed up here in South Carolina in discount stores, I bought it just because it was YSL, never having tried it. I liked it, but it is heavy and a tiny drop goes a long way. The bath soap (it’s black) is wonderful, also the body cream. When you use those two, you don’t need the juice. I liked it because it was not like anything I’ve ever smelled, but my brother couldn’t stand being around me when I wore it.
Vintage Y is oakmoss nirvana – hard to imagine how YSL could replicate it now within IFRA constraints.
I’m rather impressed by this; I’d pretty much given up on YSL as a fragrance house. This shows that at least someone over there has respect for YSL’s impressive back catalogue. The “Oud Absolu” tacked onto M7 will hopefully give it some more exposure and spare it the same fate as the 2002 original (I didn’t get around to smelling it until it was discontinued and rarer than shark’s teeth). And Nu! Good Lord, I never thought that one would see the light of day again. Such a lovely scent, but strangely marketed and criminally underexposed.
This kind of relaunch happens so rarely I feel I must give props to the house and seek these out for a re-sniff. I hope they sell well.
I wonder what they mean by limited distribution. Europe only? I’ve never stopped seeing Y at French Sephoras or parfumeries. I love that ILA packaging. I wonder if this is to the the same for all the re-releases?
They don’t mean anything — it’s my wording. Some of these were no longer officially distributed in the US.
I OD’d on In Love Again when it first came out. It was like eating Twizzlers. Went through at least 2 bottles in record time. Thanks Robin for the Rose Ikebana reference – if In Love Again doesn’t hit the mark for me this time around, will re-sample RI.
Oh mixed feelings about this. I fell in love with Nu when it was released and a few years ago replaced my bottle, thankfully EDP since I have heard the EDT was not so great. Vintage Y was an oakmoss fest so am not sure I even want to sniff this one. But that is looking on the gloomy side so instead, respect to YSL for reviving their classics! (And I’m interested in the packing, especially for Nu. The original bottle was memorably described by March at the Posse as resembling a diaphragm case.)
Forgive me, it may say this somewhere above, but are these coming to the US as well?
I don’t know. I’d assume so, but I haven’t seen any press materials so can’t say.
Definitely keen to try Nu and Y – I didn’t realise that Y was discontinued as I see it at YSL counters a fair bit here and I’ve always meant to try it. I love the idea of back catalogue collections!
Bought the M7Oud Absolu today & love it ! The SA said it was by far the biggest seller so far in the range & the woman in front of me was buying 4 bottles of it! (its 10% off weekend in Harrods if you’re nearby so you could pick it up for £49). The SA had to go to the stock room as the drawers on the sales floor had been emptied of M7. She said the range was Harrods exclusive till end of December then goes into wider distribution in the UK (Selfridges, Debenhams etc) but in different packaging
PS the colour on the bottle is just painted on outside of the bottle & on the side gives a list of the accords & release date (or is it discontinuation date? The Oud says 2002). The caps annoy me though as they are set at a right angle to the bottle & the OCD part of mei keeps wanting to straighten them up !
Very good to know, thanks!
Rive Gauche Pour Homme is still available (and a lot discounted) here in Italy. It’s one of my very fav winter fragrance,.,