Le Vestiaire - Babycat 2022

Le Vestiaire - Babycat by Yves Saint Laurent
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Le Vestiaire - Babycat is a popular perfume by Yves Saint Laurent for women and men and was released in 2022. The scent is sweet-smoky. Projection and longevity are above-average. It is being marketed by L'Oréal. Pronunciation
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Main accords

Sweet
Smoky
Spicy
Resinous
Leathery

Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes
Elemi resinElemi resin Black pepperBlack pepper Pink pepperPink pepper
Heart Notes Heart Notes
FrankincenseFrankincense Frankincense resinFrankincense resin SaffronSaffron
Base Notes Base Notes
VanillaVanilla CedarwoodCedarwood SuedeSuede

Perfumer

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8.2754 Ratings
Longevity
8.5673 Ratings
Sillage
8.1672 Ratings
Bottle
8.3619 Ratings
Value for money
6.9502 Ratings
Submitted by OPomone, last update on 29.02.2024.

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Schar002

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Babycat is Copycat
Or also... The baby cat plays on a velvet blanket and knocks over a small bowl of tonka beans.

In the opening, the fragrance smells sooo similar to Velvet Tonka , that I assure myself several times not to have grabbed the wrong AF. I actually have both fragrances :)
Conclusion: Opening 1:1 of the Velvet Tonka. The fragrance pyramids of the two fragrances are not 1:1 similar to each other.... now I'm confused.

Tonka, vanilla, marzipan... sweet incense spice!

In the drydown, it becomes smokier and a bit peppery again. But somehow.... not essential. For me, the twin impression remains to the Velvet Tonka.

In the further development then comes marzipan. Beautiful. Also here. Nothing new.

After 2 hours, it is still beautiful... and still Velvet Tonka.

Also the durability and sillage is good!

Conclusion: a fragrance twin. bdk is according to research appeared 1 year before ysl, consequently ysl has "stibitzt".

Basically, I find it a bit of a shame that it is a fragrance twin - the special is somehow lost there.
I like fragrances in the niche - and higher price segment, which are at most slightly similar, but at all times "stand for themselves". No copy.

Both fragrances it does not need at all, with a purchase I would still advise the 2 to test, since it is here about my very personal impression :)
And then I would- personally take the Velvet Tonka, he was there first and "deserves" it in my eyes more to be considered.
To all who don't care, you can take the one that is the better deal. :)

The scent is as individual as this review is (not) - only the fact that I tested Velvet Tonka first makes the babycat a copycat for me. I could post the contents of the review to Velvet Tonka as well. Aaaaaber, he still gets its own review.

Is a great autumn-winter fragrance, but there is already from BDK. Therefore, also something deduction in the fragrance rating
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Elsaaa

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Unfortunately not as expected..
As someone already mentioned, it's just a full blast of incense. Peppery at the beginning, then comes the incense, and very darkly you can sense some saffron, and then vanilla, which tends to stay in the background. All of this with a very linear progression overall. Be sure to test the fragrance first!
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Boje

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Helpful Review 9  
No smell of kittens - but who would have wanted that ?
Babycat - what does that make me think of? A small furry creature with big eyes that finds it difficult to control itself. It rolls around and claws the handler's finger in play.

Baby cats are cute! And that's why they can be forgiven for their other sides: they don't always wet the litter, they bite, they climb up your clothes and chew the skin of the person you're with. The watery nose and crusty eyes should not be missing from the list.

Their smell is not just pleasant either. In addition to the furry, delicate, baby-like cat smell, they bring a hint of cat food with them.

In this respect, I find the concept of YSL Babycat not entirely coherent. (Whether it would have needed a different name or a different content - it doesn't matter) The fragrance of the perfume is not ambivalent, not awkward, not babyish, not animalistic, not playful. You can smell a consistently pleasing, slightly masculine, vanilla scent.

But here in detail: the vanilla is always present, but does not play to the fore. It is roughened with pepper and cedar, resulting in a very harmonious interplay. The strong sweetness finds an interesting balance with the hard incense after the top notes have faded. In the end, it is just sweet-gourmand.

I can very well understand the association with melted rubber that someone described. But that's a bit of a mean assessment. Because the intensity of this olfactory impression does not drift off into the unpleasant or synthetic.

Personally, I'm not so fond of the vanillin note and the very sweetness. The performance of the Babycat struck me as positive and I also liked the development. It's not my taste, but if you like vanilla, you'll like this one.

Unfortunately, I can't say anything about price performance, as I'm not familiar with this price segment. An alternative might be the Prada Luna Rossa, which is much cheaper, but in my opinion not much worse.

Conditional recommendation - if you like vanilla and don't mind the money.
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Catherina

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Helpful Review 10  
I don't get the hype!
Over 600 fragrance reviews for a fragrance that hasn't been on the market that long and isn't available in every perfumery around the corner? You could really call that hype. One that I honestly can't understand. There are much better and more sophisticated vanilla fragrances, even in combination with incense. Lune Féline Eau de Parfum comes to mind spontaneously - without incense, but in a similar vein. Also somewhat similar is Leder 6 by Schwarzlose. I don't want to denigrate the fragrance, but I think that alongside many very positive reviews, there should also be room for a somewhat more neutral opinion.

Now to the fragrance: I would have expected a complex, multi-layered fragrance with a progression. One with a clear sillage, mysterious, heavy and noble.
What I got: Incense, leather and vanilla. No more, no less. No great development, seems a bit cobbled together to me. I'm not a big fan of incense in perfume anyway, if I want incense, I go to the... The vanilla is quite pleasant and somewhat reminiscent of Guerlain vanilla. But the rest of the ingredients don't make it any better.
I secretly wonder where the baby cat is supposed to be hidden - I suspect it's hiding behind the last pew.
Too bad, but: Not my business!
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Makinu

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Helpful Review 11  
Saint Laurent's sacred leopard print
Babycat - Misjudged and spurned for over a year because the test card was thrown away too early

I couldn't understand the hype at all. Saint Laurent or not (I am a couture dressmaker myself and an admirer of "Yves", or rather his style and the ideas behind it). And I certainly don't wear a perfume called "Babycat" (even though I don't have a cat myself). I found the perfume terrible. Headache potential to boot...

But because of the never-ending hype, I had to try it again this winter, since the release - this time "properly", spraying the card properly, in the middle of the living room, leaving it for 24 hours, virtually "holding out"...

The first 30 minutes LOTS of incense and a tiny bit of leather. Since I don't really know what to do with the church and leather is not my scent at all, even with a lot of "sweetness" and "vanilla", it's usually nothing for me. It's also extremely intense - it was just too much of a "bad thing" for me and the fragrance was far too overwhelming - but if you give it enough time, after about 30 minutes there's a huge turnaround that I've never experienced before: Then it becomes the longer the more incredibly delicious, sweet smoky vanilla! And a little later, a "burnt plastic" note is added - I love that!
Sounds incredibly simple, but it's not

And lasts and lasts... Easily 2 days

And now: I really don't want to go through the cool season without it!
Actually, I've always said: Make sure you get a sample, especially at such prices, let the fragrance develop fully for 2-4 hours and let it work its magic for 1-2 days - then buy it (or not)

The whole "Le Vestiaire" collection is a dream and looks high quality, whether you like it or not, definitely worth a smell festival!
To make up for it, here is my first, very, very honest review. Maybe it will help some of you with the same "problem" I had
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NicetosmelluNicetosmellu 8 months ago
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Gorgeous bourbon vanilla primarily. Starts with a blast of smoky suede, dries down warm spicy ambery vanilla. Nuclear longevity, 16+ hours
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NoirAletheaNoirAlethea 7 months ago
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9.5
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The more I wear it
the deeper I fall in love.
Indomitable.

a haiku review.
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DarkWinterCSDarkWinterCS 1 year ago
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Sweet vanilla combined with less smoke and beautiful saffron. A bit to sweet in the heart but a great and seductive fragrance.
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BertolucciKBertolucciK 2 years ago
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Babycat opens peppery with a dominant olibanum and a resinous elemi. It continues smoky but with saffron, a powdery vanilla and leather.
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NgarciaNgarcia 1 year ago
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I can't undertand the rate, 8.5 for an incredible boring vanille perfume. Even some designer ones like Spicebomb are far over this one.
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