sophisticated. SENSUAL. UNIQUE.

How does the modern-day gentleman smell? Of citrusy freshness with spice – he wears Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme. This fragrance, released in 2006, is still a masterpiece. In this review, we’ll explore why this fragrance is a must-have for your collection.

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Yves Saint Laurent L'Homme
Yves Saint Laurent L'Homme Bottle and Box


The YSL L’Homme bottle design is an iconic representation of the brand’s elegance and refinement. The clear bottle features silver writing, an oversized hexagonal silver cap, and luxurious champagne-gold juice. The box is adorned with silver foiling in the shape of the bottle cap, showcasing the “YSL” logo.

I am pleased that Yves Saint Laurent has kept their bottles similar along the line-up, and could see a collection of these fragrances looking incredible together.


The smell of Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme is near perfection. I don’t say that lightly either, it’s quintessentially one of the most versatile, light and sexy fragrances for men to wear.

L’Homme opens up with fresh bergamot and lemon citruses, as well as the famous ginger. The spicy punch of ginger adds sensuality, complementing the citruses for a harmonious and pleasurable aroma.

The heart notes include some spices, white pepper, basil & violet leaf which keeps the spice and ‘green’ freshness in place throughout. The base notes of tonka bean, vetiver, cedar, and sandalwood complete the fragrance’s modern and classy profile.

This fragrance is a true masterpiece when it comes to its smell.

Bergamot and Ginger Sketch


YSL L’Homme’s performance may not be exceptional, but it is adequate with average projection and longevity. After 1-2 hours, the fragrance projection can be picked up from a suitable distance. However, after 4-5 hours, the scent becomes more muted and turns into a skin scent.

I recommend going 5-6 sprays initially – then re-apply halfway through the day.

Check out my post here for some tips to improve the longevity and performance of a fragrance.


Despite its lacklustre projection & longevity, YSL L’Homme is a masterpiece at a great price point. Its phenomenal scent makes up for its performance, and it remains a go-to fragrance for any occasion. Whether you’re in a sensual setting or somewhere professional, YSL L’Homme is the perfect fragrance for the modern-day gentleman.

I wholeheartedly recommend Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme – it is a fragrance I keep in rotation regularly and would reach for without regret.

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