Not bad at all. I expected less from this one. The first thing that I expected was it being another aquatic fragrance. I would say this is slightly fresher IMO. Might have to purchase this one, once it is discounted. One of the better flankers of this line IMO. 7/10
I don't know what's more boring. Me mentioning Invictus every other review for the past 2-3 years or the Invictus clones themselves. Probably both.
This flanker is the original "crowned" with Invictus idea. As if YSL already didn't pull that off with their "Y" line. Invictus is so cloned lately that I'm starting to miss Dior Sauvage clones.
If I have to be objective, this is a quite solid fragrance.
I find the original to be the best, its only problem being the performance. Of all the flankers I find the Ultime and La Nuit de L'Homme EdP to be noteworthy. I knew that I won't be very impressed the moment L'Homme Le Parfum became a youtube hype.
Negative rating due to subjective impression of it being yet another Invictus clone as such exist not only in other houses, but within the same house in its "Y" line. Very, very lazy.
Originality: shameful 3/10, maybe less
Scent: very boring and iterative 6/10; however well composed and made, albeit overworn type of scent
General Impression: 6/10
Yves Saint Laurent L'Homme Le Parfum (2020) is the newest in a string of eau de parfum iterations of the line, and carries some DNA of the original L'Homme (2006) as most flankers of this line tend to, and also smells reasonably good as most entries of this line also tend to, so there isn't any surprise here for most familiar with L'Homme. There is something to be said about a line that has spawned 20 something flankers that all sold reasonably well in their time, nearly 15 years since its inception, although most of them have been limited edition and command "unicorn" prices on eBay after their time was up on the shelves. Between YSL fans and collectors paying nearly any price to gather all the various flavors, and the main entries which continue to sell well years after release, it can be concluded that the L'Homme DNA is pure magic for the house of YSL, which is why they focus on it so much rather than reshuffle the cards every few years with new pillars like other designers at this price point. Do we really need another eau de parfum take on the L'Homme DNA? Probably not, but we got one anyway, and it'll likely be pulled in a few years and replaced with another like all the others, so lets dig into what you get this time around. Hopefully they won't eventually add a L'Homme Le Parfum Intense, L'Homme Le Parfum Libre, or L'Homme Le Parfum Ultime, or things will really start to get confusing around here.
Yves Saint Laurent L'Homme Le Parfum feel highly iterative of the previous 4 years, rather than just something using part of the original L'Homme DNA with a random twist like so many other flankers of the line. The original L'Homme Parfum Intense (2013) has no bearing on this release whatsoever, but rather it feels like YSL took what worked in recent flankers and combined them together into one scent. The opening of L'Homme Le Parfum reminds me of a mix between L'Homme and L'Homme Cologne Bleue (2018), using sweet aquatic notes with the floral apple blossom and ginger of L'Homme, so expect this fruity floral essence to mix with the ozone and marine accord of the Cologne Bleue. Interestingly enough, the heart feels like L'Homme Ultime Eau de Parfum (2016) with the rose stripped out,keeping the sage and geranium around to play with violet ionones. This part of the scent makes L'Homme Le Parfum feel most iterative, as it ties together the best elements of Cologne Bleue and Ultime, shedding the parts folks tend to be divided over (the fruitiness of Cologne Bleue and the rose of Ultime respectively), then tosses in Ultime's base to finish things off. Vetiver, cedarwood, and the one-two punch of karmawood (norlimbanol) and ambroxan bring in the dry down, with a small twist of cashmeran musk. Wear time is about 8 hours, and sillage is moderate, with medium projection. L'Homme Le Parfum is all-season, all-purpose and very veratile, so use whenever.
Fans of L'Homme Ultime that are mad the flanker went away on department store shelves to join its many brothers in the unicorn garden of the discontinued L'Homme line afterlife can just buy L'Homme Le Parfum instead because it really is 90% like L'Homme Ultime, but with a bit more of the "post-aquatic blue" vibe in the opening thanks to the DNA of L'Homme and L'Homme Cologne Bleue mixed together, and likely won't even miss the rose anyway because the dry down after the first 30 or so minutes is nearly the same. If I had to venture a guess, this is to L'Homme what Y Eau de Parfum (2018) is to the men's Yves Saint Laurent Y (2017), a rounder, richer, and longer-lasting experience meant for the sophisticate who won't settle for short performance or harsh dry downs, but won't splurge on the Le Vestiaire des Parfums psuedo-niche range. I like L'Homme Le Parfum but due the way it seems very much soullessly built on market testing and feedback of other failed flankers, I'd just do without and use my little backup stash of L'Homme Ultime, which in my opinion was the "ultimate" EdP upgrade on L'Homme that didn't need fixing/replacing (and I like rose). Had I not discovered that first, I'd consider adding this one to serve the same purpose, so it is well done and enjoyable if nothing else. Yves Saint Laurent L'Homme Le Parfum is the representation of where L'Oréal Group's efforts have taken the last range made under the eye of the late Saint Laurent himself when LVMH/Gucci Group had it, so old fans have clocked out years ago, but fans of modern functional fragrance will enjoy it. Thumbs up.