Libre Perfume by Yves Saint Laurent was designed by perfumers Carlos Benaim and Anne Flipo. It opens with bright top notes of mandarin orange, black currant, petitgrain and lavender. Lavender carries through into the heart of the composition where it is joined by jasmine and orange blossom. The base layer provides darkness and a hint of sweetness with notes of ambergris, musk, cedar and madagascar vanilla.
Born in 1936, Yves Saint Laurent grew up in Oran, Algeria. At 17, he left for Paris, where he showed his drawings to Michel de Brunhoff, director of Vogue, who published several of them immediately. De Brunhoff introduced Saint Laurent to Christian Dior, who he would work under until Dior’s death in 1957. But far from being lost in Dior’s shadow,
In 1962, the first of many Yves Saint Laurent perfumes was introduced to the public. Over the years, Yves Saint Laurent fragrances have continued to offer the same luxury and elegance featured in his clothing selections. He continued to be a trendsetter in 1971 when he created a Yves Saint Laurent cologne for him, titled simply Yves Saint Laurent Pour Homme, the first of many successful scents for both men and women.
In January 2002, the 65-year-old designer announced his retirement, but despite his departure from the fashion world, the Yves Saint Laurent perfumes have continued to increase in popularity, with the company he founded still releasing popular fragrances to this day. Some men and women are simply drawn to these timeless scents, while others can’t help but appreciate a designer who stood out from the rest, always looking for ways to push the envelope.