Y (Eau de Parfum) by Yves Saint Laurent

Y 2018 Eau de Parfum

10.11.2021 - 05:04 AM
Helpful Review


Y EdP remains the most popular and highest rated among the five releases in the Y series. While Y EdT has been harshly criticised for being too mainstream and unoriginal (especially when compared to its two illustrious older siblings, L'Homme and La Nuit De L'Homme), I think the praise and hype heaped upon Y EdP are equally undeserved. I received a sample with my order of Bleu Electrique and was I underwhelmed.

I purchased Y EdT when it was released in 2017 because I enjoyed its fruity and airy nature. With the EdP, the lightness of the EdT is gone with the removal of aldehydes, and the sweetness is amplified with the addition of juniper berries, tonka bean and amber wood. The result is fresh sweetness combined with warm sweetness to produce an overall dense sweetness, which I find rather unpleasant. They succeeded in making a more intense and sweeter version of the EdT but it is still to me very one-dimensional. Y EdP could have been better if it was more oriental or woody or aromatic or citrusy or even floral, rather than simply relying on an overabundance of sweet notes.

For the warmer weather or daytime or to wear to work or the gym, I think Y EdT is the more versatile and inoffensive option. For the cooler weather or evenings or to wear on dates, choose Bleu Electrique instead of this; Bleu Electrique is much more refined and appealing, and costs less than Y EdP.
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