It's no secret Yves Saint Laurent is one of the most coveted design labels on the planet, and the brand's collection of beauty products—its boldly composed perfumes, in particular—is no exception. For some context, Algeria-born Yves Saint Laurent moved to Paris as a teen, where he worked for designer Christian Dior until he began his own namesake label in 1961 alongside his partner Pierre Bergé. Of course, fashion was the preliminary focus, but by the '70s, Saint Laurent had begun his foray into the beauty space. (Fun fact: As Vanity Fair reported here, YSL was actually the first makeup and fragrance brand to have a fashion house's name attached to it.)
Makeup ensued, followed by fragrance and skincare, and today, YSL perfumes are some of the most wanted and coveted in the business. Another fun fact? Zoë Kravitz is the spokesperson for YSL's famed perfume Black Opium, and her famous father, Lenny Kravitz, was recently named the new ambassador for its Y Eau de Parfum. We receive tons of questions asking which YSL perfumes are the "best" or which bottles we recommend, specifically, as editors. So we thought we'd create a fun ode to YSL and its iconic line of scents.
There's no such thing as one "best" perfume. We're all unique human beings with entirely different tastes and preferences when it comes to scent. But we'd be remiss not to pay our respects to the most popular, fastest-selling perfumes from House YSL. Below, we're sharing our 10 favorites in the order in which they appear on various retailers' best sellers pages. Looking for your new fragrance infatuation? Keep scrolling—you've come to the right place.
#10: Yvresse Eau de Toilette
Key notes: nectarine, lychee, patchouli, violet
Though it may be one of the lesser-known perfumes from YSL, it's definitely one of the most exquisite—a vibrant, juicy balance between floral and fruit.
#9: Parisienne Eau de Parfum
Key notes: vetiver, vinyl accord, sandalwood, damask rose, peony
Don't be fooled by this perfume's light and pretty exterior because it's surprisingly complex. First, you get rich, floral notes of violet, rose, peony, and blackberry, but it's anchored by earthy notes of sandalwood and musk to keep it more grounded than precious.
#8: Paris Eau de Parfum
Key notes: rose, violet, bergamot, may rose, iris, sandalwood, vetiver, vanilla
Paris is another dark-horse perfume from YSL that could be considered a diamond in the rough. It's slightly sweet and creamy, but the botanical influence of iris, rose, and violet keeps it balanced.
#7: Black Opium Eau de Parfum Intense
Key notes: coffee, orange blossom, absinthe
As you'll notice shortly, there are a few different versions of YSL's iconic scent Black Opium. You'll meet it's sisters shortly, but here, we're celebrating Back Opium Intense—a bold, dark take on the classic featuring striking warm and spicy notes like coffee, orange blossom, and absinthe.
#6: Libre Eau de Parfum Intense
Key notes: lavender, vanilla, orchid, orange blossom
Speaking of the more intense versions of the classics, YSL just launched this headier take on Libre (one of our all-time favorite YSL perfumes!), and we're smitten. Technically, this is a floral fragrance, but lavender and vanilla are unexpected but beautifully complementary to starring notes of orchid and orange blossom.
#5: Black Opium Eau de Parfum Neon
Key notes: neon coffee, orange blossom, dragon fruit
Next in the Opium line? Neon—a slightly fruitier twist on the OG with the same whiffs of orange blossom and coffee juxtaposed with shimmering dragon fruit.
#4: Opium Eau de Parfum
Key notes: tangerine, plum, cloves, coriander, carnation, lily of the valley, rose, myrrh, opoponax, castoreum, cedarwood, sandalwood
This stunning bottle has been around since 1977, and given its beautiful scent and popularity, it's no wonder YSL has continued to grow the family. According to the brand, Opium symbolizes and is inspired by a lush and exotic melding of flowers, spices, and deep wood notes. So really, it's kind of the perfect perfume for anyone.
#3: Libre Eau de Parfum
Key notes: lavender, musk accord, orange blossom
Back when I was going into the office (remember that?!), Libre was probably the most-used fragrance at my desk. Not just by me, but by anyone who walked past and wanted a quick spritz of something insanely good smelling. It has the same enveloping heartbeat of orange blossom and lavender as the intense version we talked about earlier, but this one is kept grounded with a stroke of musk accord instead of vanilla and orchid.
#2: Black Opium Eau de Parfum
Key notes: black coffee, white flowers, vanilla
We have to say that Black Opium is our personal favorite out of the Opium collection. If you haven't noticed, notes of adrenaline-pumping coffee run through all of the Opium spin-offs, but this choice is for someone who prefers café au lait and not black. There's coffee, yes, but delicate vanilla and white flowers are also woven through.
#1: Mon Paris Eau de Parfum
Key notes: strawberry, raspberry, bergamot, calone, pear, orange flower, jasmin sambac, white peony, datura, patchouli, white musk, ambrox, cedarwood, crystal moss
Like Opium, YSL makes multiple variations of Mon Paris, but the original—aka this one—is the most beloved and, dare we declare, the all-time best YSL perfume. As the name might suggest, this bubbly fragrance is inspired by the city of Paris, busting with a well-balanced profile of notes that tickle each and every one of your senses.
5 More YSL Beauty Products to Have on Your Radar
5 More YSL Beauty Products to Have on Your Radar
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