Yves Saint Laurent Manifesto is not to be confused with the magnificent Manifesto by Isabella Rossellini, of which I’m a big fan
I knew nothing about YSL Manifesto before trying it today so had no preconceptions. I generally like most if not all YSL fragrances though, so I had high hopes. High hopes that were dashed.
I know all too well that they don’t make all mainstream perfume just for me: if I don’t like a scent that doesn’t make it bad, but this lemon meringue pie of a scent was all wrong for me.
Despite containing lily of the valley, jasmine, bergamot, blackcurrant, vanilla and Tonka bean, all I could smell was vanilla and creamy lemon pie, with maybe a blackcurrant coulis- a mere trail a la nouvelle cuisine. This smells so much like dessert that I simply don’t want it on my skin. Years of mopping up after messy sons have put me off smelling of food so I’m not really a gourmand fan. I have mellowed recently and lost many of my perfume prejudices by keeping an open mind, but smelling of lemon syllabub is a step too far for me. Oddly enough there are no lemons in this at all, but then again, I couldn’t find any lily of the valley or jasmine either: they were supposed to have turned up but ended up being a no-show.
My overall impression is that Manifesto doesn’t seem to know what it wants to be. It’s not quite a gourmand, not quite a fruity floral, not a chypre, not a floral. It’s just a sort of a mash up.
Of the two Manifestos, I’ll be voting Rossellini.