There I was, minding my own business on a Monday evening, when the doorbell rang and an Amazon man handed me a box. I was confused. I (weirdly) hadn’t ordered anything from Amazon lately and yet, here was a nice big box. Inside was YSL Paris and a note from my good friend Emma, wishing me an early happy birthday.
Well, I’ll be honest with you, I almost cried. Almost. I mean, I got a bit bleary eyed but I promise no actual tears fell. Much. I mentioned in my Sunday Post that I’ve been saying a lot of goodbyes recently and Emma was one of them. I’m incredibly lucky to have such a lovely and thoughtful friend.
One of those weird little revision tips that you’re always told at school is that wearing a perfume to revise, and then wearing it for the exam, can help you to remember. Something about engaging the senses. Apparently it works with chewing gum too. I’m more of a ‘get my nose down and work’ person so wouldn’t really know much about that but these are the things I grew up being told. Probably an urban myth.
Urban myth or not, I have decided that YSL Paris is to be my fragrance for the coming year. The principle is the same: I wear this every day (when I remember) in Paris and then when I wear it again it all comes flooding back to me. (Just like how Garnier hairspray makes me think that I’m 13 and have just backcombed my hair excessively.)
This post today is extra fitting because if scheduling all goes to plan, and it hasn’t failed me yet, it will pop up on n&b just as I board my flight from Gatwick. Goodbye England, hello home for the next 9 months.
But what can I tell you about YSL Paris itself? So many wonderful things! As Emma said, and I agree, buying perfume for someone online is a bit of a gamble. I learnt that in Wednesday’s post (my chosen samples weren’t really my cup of tea). Luckily, this time Emma absolutely smashed it!
The rosey fragrance is beautifully light and airy – perfect for someone who isn’t the biggest rose fan and I must be honest, I am such a person. But, as I say, the fresh rose scent is really pretty perfect. It’s not musky or in any way reminiscent of my late grandma’s bathroom. An excellent win from YSL on that front. If I had to describe it in three words I’d go for: rose, champagne and Paris. So they did a good job of describing it on the box…
And as for that bottle. Damn. Having been used to the lovely bottles of Daisy and Daisy Dream (classic…) it was so refreshing to take out a bottle that was so different. For one, YSL Paris is not covered in little daisies. The beautiful gold roses and amazing cut glass effect is just so pretty, and when it catches the light? Boy, are you in for a treat. It’s going to be a permanent fixture on my little dressing table in Paris – I can tell you that for free.
I can’t tell you how happy I am with this gorgeous bottle of YSL Paris eau de toilette, and I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am to Emma for thinking about me so perfectly and kindly. Thank you so much, Emma – come and stay with me asap?
There’s been a little theme this week, hasn’t there?