Rive Gauche is a perfume classic by Yves Saint Laurent that marked the 1970s and 1980s and remained remembered as one of the most exquisite perfumes ever, both within the floral aldehyde category and generally speaking. It isn’t necessary to elaborate much about the perfume that marked the lives of so many women. And that is even presented as a perfume that would be worn by KGB agents when they try to seduce James Bond, but again there is so much to say.

Rive Gauche

For starters, to understand why Rive Gauche is so significant, and at the end so beautiful and breathtaking, let’s look first at its “bloodline.” All those that preceded it, and paved the way, so that Jacques Polge could’ve ever created it, back in 1971.

The beginning of perfumes we call floral aldehydes fall all the way back in the 1920s, with the appearance of two perfumes: Chanel no 5 and Lanvin Arpege. Both contained a very high content of aliphatic aldehydes, substances that usually smell very fresh, soapy like just-washed laundry. However, they can vary in odor to even exotic fruity notes. In combination with floral, woody, and animalic notes, many masterpieces of the perfume world have been created, most notably Madame Rochas, Calandre, and White Linen.

Rive Gauche certainly shares the highest similarity with Paco Rabanne Calandre, primarily because of the specific blend of fragrant substances that were used to create this unique and unusual metallic rose scent. In contrast to Calandre, which was made for a population of elitists, Rive Gauche aimed at a generation of young women who were obsessed not only with the prospect of the pursuit of the love of their lives but also for a successful and rich career.

Rive Gauche

Like most old perfumes, Rive Gauche was reformulated, but subtly and gracefully, so that it did not lose its complexity, beauty, and depth of impression. It’s still a pure rose scent, slightly fruity, perfect for both business and romantic dinners at some of the city’s charming restaurants. Rive Gauche is a lesson in style, posture, and allure of a modern woman. Many perfumes of today could learn so much when they look at Rive Gauche, as well as girls from women who wear it. A masterpiece of both perfumery and human creativity in general.

[Fragrance notes] top notes: bergamot, aldehydes, galbanum; middle notes: rose, jasmine, geranium, lily of the valley, iris root, ylang-ylang; base notes: vetiver, tonka, sandalwood, oakmoss, musk, amber.

[Fragrance group] floral aldehyde.

Perfume creator is Jacques Polge.