Ysatis 1984 Eau de Toilette

Ysatis (Eau de Toilette) by Givenchy
Bottle Design Catherine Krunas, Pierre Dinand
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Ysatis (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Givenchy for women and was released in 1984. The scent is floral-chypreartig. Projection and longevity are above-average. It is being marketed by LVMH.
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Top Notes Top Notes
AldehydesAldehydes Orange blossomOrange blossom Brazilian rosewoodBrazilian rosewood GalbanumGalbanum NeroliNeroli BergamotBergamot Citrus notesCitrus notes Mandarin orangeMandarin orange CoconutCoconut
Heart Notes Heart Notes
JasmineJasmine NarcissusNarcissus TuberoseTuberose Ylang-ylangYlang-ylang Egyptian roseEgyptian rose Florentine irisFlorentine iris HoneyHoney
Base Notes Base Notes
CivetCivet AmberAmber CastoreumCastoreum CloveClove MuskMusk OakmossOakmoss PatchouliPatchouli Precious woodsPrecious woods SandalwoodSandalwood VanillaVanilla Bay rumBay rum VetiverVetiver


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Top Review 39  
The art of fragrance weaving
"Listen, master of perfumes," said the ruler. "I intend to give a feast, to be crowned, of course, by a grand ball.
My charming wife needs a new scent garment for this - that's why I'm here!
But remember: nothing dark in colour, nothing heavy, nothing flashy or loud. But please also nothing insipid or boring.
My beloved wife is still fine and tender and dances like a feather!
Master of fragrances! Show what you can!"

The master of fragrances considered this task, even challenge, for a long time. Then he ordered his assistants to take baskets and jute bags and went out with them.
They roamed through gardens and meadows, fields and forests.
The containers filled with the most different things: Fruits and flowers, wood and whatever else seemed remarkable These treasures were sorted on the long wooden tables in the workshop by the helper with his skilful hands. While this was going on, the master was still checking his secret treasures in the old wooden chest: he kept valuable spices, oils and resins there. Fragrant treasures from another world!
When all this was done, he sat down at one of the big tables and thought.
Page after page he filled with notes, calculated, weighed, discarded.
The decision was made to use scents of white and yellow, natural earth and wood tones.
He would still think about the "certain something" during the practical composition.
Finally he closed the door to his workshop by himself and went to his scented loom.
He was the only one who could operate this one.

So he woven a prelude of bergamot, tangerines and various citrus notes; generously yet wisely added neroli and orange blossom scents that touched the heart and soul.
All this was still too empty: resin and wood aromas were needed.
The Non Plus Ultra of the top note was formed by sparkling, lively dancing aldehydes!
So far - so good!
A basket full of white-flowering beauties from the gardens stood next to the loom: they were noble and so absolutely feminine! Worthy of the wife of a sovereign! Thus, while singing softly, he interwoven iris and narcissus with tuberose and ylang ylang: oh, how that already smelled!
The royal rose was just as willing to submit to the scent pattern he had determined, as the always somewhat rebellious jasmine. (The boy could not deny his rural origin!)
Fruits, resins and wood, married with dreamlike flower scents now demanded something golden and valuable: honey was needed! So this fragrance became harmoniously round and soft, balsamic.
This still very airy fabric, however, urgently needed some grounding; it was too transparent, too fine.
Now it came down to the treasures from the secret chest: precious woods, oak moss and vetiver formed a first base. Cloves, sandalwood and patchouli brought spicy, sensual depth to the fragrance.
It already smelled tempting: but there was still a lack of eroticism, which should flatter the charming lady.
Warm, creamy, almost viscous vanilla was mixed with a few drops of bay rum, musk and beaver's horns were added. Oh, how beautiful! But the crowning touch was still missing: what could that be? Amber and civet form an incomparable conclusion here.
Here and there a little bit of touch-ups were made, until finally a fabric of great richness of scent and noble charisma was completed!

"Ysatis" is the name of the fairytale garment that was so wonderfully woven from these individual fragrance components.
A not everyday fragrance jewellery, which elegantly and sensually accompanies and entices.
Created by a master who loved women and only wanted to adorn them in the most beautiful way.

Long lasting and rich is this fragrance creation.
If no extraordinary opportunity should arise: "Ysatis" is happy to accompany normal days as well.
But even then: It's wonderful!

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Au secours !
Help, c ´est trop! Too many white flowers, lilies, daffodils, jasmine, orange blossoms... i suffocate, can't breathe, and that nectar isn't removed from my wrist. Dear Ysatis Adepts, please don't be angry, the world would be so boring and uniform if we all had the same taste. Ysatis, if my olfactory memory is not mistaken, Magnolia is similar to Yves Rocher's and I never liked him then either...

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thank god the 80s are over
Givenchy Ysatis (1984) gives me some new thoughts on scent and memory. It comes from an era when I rarely wore perfume, and didn't pay attention to the state-of-the-art at all.  Still, I remembered it instantly when I found a perfectly preserved vintage specimen recently.

Ysatis is more nuanced than Dior Poison, less car-alarmish than Givenchy Amarige, less cartoonish than Boucheron by Boucheron. There's no doubt it's cut from the same cloth, though. It's a classic 80s signature fragrance.  In the 80s, an era noted for valuing assimilation and aspiration, a signature fragrance wasn't one that made you stand apart, it was one that loudly signaled your inclusion with a group, or affiliation with a type. No one of these fragrances was fatal, but together, they were nightmarish. (note: At this time I lived in New York City, a city of public transportation and confined spaces.) They made me appreciate the ridiculous slogan of the era: Just Say No.

So, memory.  I remember associating this perfume with the go-go sensibility of the 80s. It was a time of gross misproportion, of ill-judged dynamics.  The perfume and fashion of the era might have been set-dressing, but their were indicative, and Ysatis demonstrates the inappropriateness.

Example:  shoulder pads aren't my style, but I can understand their use in suits jackets dresses. In the 80s, shoulder pads were used in short sleeve T-shirts. Imagine a T-shirt so poorly fitted that the bulk of the voluminous fabric hanging about your waist must be tucked into your high waisted jeans. Slapping some packaging material into the shoulders of this T-shirt does nothing to mitigate its inattention to the human form. In fact, it highlights it. The person who wore this T-shirt/jeans combination wore Poison in elevators. Wore Cacharel Lulu to brunch.  Wore clouds of YSL Paris on the RR. Wore Amarige to the gym. You get the picture.

Ysatis shares the era's sin of volume, but it utterly typifies another great miscalculation of the time, which is the overuse of formality.  The market of smart sportswear had yet to be unearthed in the 1980s. The choice was often torn Levi's or a hideous dress, and the hideous dress usually won. A variation of an old bromide was reinvented for the 1980s: If it things worth doing it's worth doing... with ruffles, with chintz, with gris gris, with cheap adornment.  "Jewelry" was stated,"costume" was implied.

Seen from later eras, Ysatis could be considered tasteful version of the big 80s perfumes. But what is the value of a slightly more tasteful monster?  It’s like someone kicking you hard in the balls, but not as hard as he could have. Dominique Ropion is a master of the highly calibrated floral perfume. But for current use, Ysatis lacks the camp of Opium, Poison, Giorgio. They are dated and caricaturish, but they’re fun.  Ysatis, Ropion's tailored monster, is so busy sucking in her cheeks and posing she doesn't crack a smile.  

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247 Reviews
Helpful Review 4  
Elegant, formal & moneyed
To me, Ysatis is elegant, formal and moneyed. Black taffeta gown, Tahitian pearls, Walborg beaded bag. Ysatis is a gorgeous, classic Perfume with a capital P.

Ysatis wears very similar to an oriental on me, just a tad sweet & spicy. The aldehydes & white florals (jasmine & tuberose) are too strong for my taste, giving me a headache. Warm weather is definitely not the time to wear a perfume such as this.

I often see the words 'old lady' associated with Ysatis. I think a better term is 'old-school': Ysatis is a beautiful, old-school perfume, just like how perfumes used to be made.

Turin says this is the first floriental, although it's technically a chypre. Nevertheless, give it a try. Sample first, buy second.
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Very helpful Review 5  
A classic beauty that never aged
Ysatis is fascinating. Powdery, elegant, beautiful and classical.

I had really expected something extremely outdated, strong and aldehydic, however this is no Chanel No.5, Ysatis is different.

The fragrance opens with soft aldehydic notes, creamy coconut and refreshing citrus, balanced out by subtle spiciness. The scent throughout has a likable powdery-incense quality that is both unique and sensual.

A previous reviewer mentioned the prominent honey note which adds a sense of happiness, which I certainly agree with. The honey, vanilla, coconut and ylang-ylang does create a delicate sweetness, however the galbanum, patchouli, cloves, civet and oakmoss, give Ysatis a damp greeness which can be bitter at times. Animalistic yet refined really sums up this fragrance well.

I don't get much in the way of white florals here, it's more powdery and fresh than anything else to my nose. The lasting power is truly worth the price as its richness lingers on the skin for days. Ysatis is strong and powerful with a lot of character. I recommend.
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UnrulyjulieUnrulyjulie 1 year ago
I agree with Jazzy76, this is "rich, warm and opulent". Very slightly sweet. Smells like autumn!
Jazzy76Jazzy76 6 years ago
Finally I tested, after many years: what a good trip! Rich, warm, opulent, exactly like the 80es. The price is high, but it's my new must!


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