For many years, Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) has been one of my favourite brands. February saw the launch of its latest female fragrance, Manifesto, and I was lucky enough to be sent a full sized sample to try out.
At the launch, as the marketing girls were going through their presentation, I found myself getting increasingly excited to try the fragrance out. It sounded ideal for me. Not only is the packaging and marketing material splashed with purple (my favourite colour, of course), but the notes included are all of my favourite smells.
The base is comprised of sweet and velvety vanilla, tonka bean and sandalwood and, something I found interesting, has bergamot as a top note. Bergamot isn’t usually included as a top note but it gives the fragrance an immediate sense of depth and sensuality. Other top notes include cassis and green notes. My absolute favourite part of the perfume is that the heart or middle notes are jasmine and lily of the valley. Both of these of favoured flowers of mine and I’ve been known to plant jasmine in every house I’ve lived it. I grew up with jasmine outside my bedroom window so even the most subtle note is something that makes me stop dead in my tracks.
There haven’t actually been that many positive reviews about Manifesto but it works perfectly for me and I’ve decided it’s my new signature scent. I’m extremely fussy when it comes to fragrance so when I do choose to include something in my every day collection, you can be sure it has that something special.
Oh, and the brand ambassador for the fragrance is none other than the gorgeous Jessica Chastain, who recently won a Golden Globe for her role in Zero Dark Thirty. What more could you ask for?
Manifesto is available at Red Square and Edgars stores at R1 060 for 90ml (EDP), R850 for 50ml (EDP), and R675 for 30ml (EDP).