Product Review: YSL Cinema

This perfume sat unloved on my dresser for a long time. For a couple of reasons. Firstly, it is a strong fragrance. Overwhelmingly strong. Secondly, I bought it right before stumbling across my holy grail perfume (Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille) after which everything else sort of fell by the wayside. As I’ve been making more of an effort to use ALL of the products I own, I thought June felt like a great month to see if I could make YSL’s Cinema work for me. This took a bit of effort. This is a heavy scent, and before this month I wore it exclusively at night. Before figuring out how to wear this without ending up with a headache by 9am, I was that person on the train who seems to bathe in perfume before leaving the house in the morning (usually these people are exclusive fans of Stella McCartney or Red Door – I was the exception). I can only wear this if I spray it once on one of my wrists and pat them together gently (probably CRUSHING the delicate aspects of the fragrance with my mighty wrists but I don’t have time to care about this). That’s it. If I wear it on my neck, I literally suffocate to death feel overwhelmed by the smell. If I spray it on both wrists, it’s still too strong. This perfume could be used as a weapon of mass destruction, but when worn subtly it’s beautiful. I’m terrible at describing scents so I’ll let Fragrantia do the leg work: “The top note is delicate and softly fresh (clementine, almond blossom and cyclamen). The heart reveals jasmine, peony and amaryllis. The drydown is warm, opulent, and balsamic with amber, musk and sweet powdery vanilla.” If I were to describe it I would say it smells like what a rich woman would wear to dinner on a private yacht before getting caught up in a tangle web of lies and intrigue and there is lots of champagne and oysters and also Daniel Craig is there. YSL’s Cinema can be purchased for $72.50 AUD from Strawberrynet.

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