January 5, 2022

Best YSL Colognes For Men You Need In 2022 

best YSL cologne

Yves Saint Laurent’s colognes are some of the most recognizable and iconic in the world, and to many people, no perfume will ever come close to the way that YSL L’Homme smells. However, not all of YSL’s scents have been created equal, so it can be hard to know which ones to try first if you’re new to the brand. Here are some of the best YSL fragrances to get you started on your fragrant journey with this luxury fragrance house.

Best YSL Cologne For Him

Best yves saint laurent Cologne

Y Eau De Toilette For Men

Y Eau De Toilette For Men - A light masculine scent


Y is a youthful, masculine fragrance for the man who’s driven to enjoy life. This captivating scent is from the fashion house of Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) and launched in 2017.

Energetic and refreshing, this aroma stays with you throughout your day, even when it extends into the night. When choosing a perfume for men it's important to remember that not all fragrant scents are created equal! Some are designed for daytime wear, others for evenings out or late-night get together. 

Top notes: bergamot, ginger, and aldehydes. Heart notes: pineapple, green apple, geranium, violet, and sage. Base notes: balsam fir, vetiver, cedarwood, incense, musk, and ambergris.


You may be surprised to hear my mother wears this. I gave it to her because she likes skin scents, flowers, if sweet then light sweet, and fresh. Her signature must have been Miss Dior in the eighties. She likes this! And it's very pretty on her.

The only reason I don't wear it myself is I find the last stages of it just a bit too dry, in a crisp manner, which isn't really captivating for me personally, and why I would hit pass on it for a lover if I could choose his scent.

I like the opening very much though, the fruitiness is really cosy in summer. Perhaps it takes a musky male to wear it right, to be addictive. And a nolo mohito.

What a weird post on this hyped scent. I do like it though, it reminds me a of YSL Saharienne.

Floral Woody Scent - La Nuit de L’Homme Bleu Électrique

La Nuit De L'Homme Eau Electrique - YSL Cologne


La Nuit de L’Homme Bleu Électrique -This floral woody scent is a favorite of perfumers, who say it’s one of their go-to scents for last-minute buyers. It smells great on anyone—and it lasts all day.

Men and women like it equally, which makes sense considering its complex mix of notes: Sicilian bergamot, Italian lemon zest, spicy coriander leaves and Bulgarian rose are top players here. Underneath are juniper berries, Haitian vetiver (an earthy note), tonka bean and birch tree oil with subtle hints of leather for a deeper finish.

At first sniff La Nuit might seem all citrus; give it time to settle in because after half an hour you'll start to notice everything else going on under those sharp citrus notes – elements that balance out some of its more headstrong aromas while adding depth to them as well.

Tried wearing this again today, I thought I would go overboard and see if it helps, so I used 25 sprays and after 5 mins I walked over to my girl friend and she said it is faint in the air and she has to get up close to smell it.... Her 2 sprays of La Belle EDP is stronger after she has been wearing it for 2 hours than my 25 sprays of this, and yes this is a legit bottle as I bought it from David Jones.

So disappointed with the performance of this, this is by far the weakest frag I own out of my whole collection. I don't understand why they call this an EDT intense when the standard EDT projects and lasts longer than this?
YSL is making bank with their frags as they just seem to be water with a trad of oil and a little bit of alcohol. If there was a class weaker/ lower than Eau De Cologne, it would be Eau De YSL.

Yves Saint Laurent

La Nuit De L'Homme Eau De Toilette

Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit De L'Homme - Best ysl fragrance

Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit De L'Homme

There are few YSL colognes on the market made with as much sophistication and artistic interpretation as La Nuit De L’Homme. Released by Yves Saint Laurent in 2009, La Nuit De L’Homme was crafted to intrigue those who wear it with its initial whisper of cardamom.

A counterpoint to this suggestive element is provided via the masculine floral yet pungent lavender and bergamot that permeates the air around you.

The more earthy notes of caraway envelop you like woodsy aromas enhanced by vetiver; an element made complete by its grounding force on your senses.

La Nuit De L’Homme is a sensual fragrance. Wear this beautifully masculine EDT all year round on any special occasion, let it be your signature scent  .

Top Notes: Cardamom. Middle Notes: Lavender, Virginia Cedar, Bergamot. Base Notes: Vetiver, Caraway.


Mesmerizing one for me, as soon as I sniffed it, I literally fell in love with this intoxicatingly spicy and rich cardamom note as I am fond of cardamom notes a lot and this fragrance has done all justice with this.
Initially it gives warmth of lavender with citrus lifting the accord and giving it a breeze of fresh air. Cedar is damp, clear and quite rich continuing to drying down a nice fresh vetiver accord which again is not overly earthy. 
On my skin, this scent turned slightly powdery and sweet blend of warm notes. I would say it is a radiating, chic, dark, stunning and sexy kind of fantastic scent that could be used on a cold night. Longevity is quite impressive (almost 7 hrs). Loving it!

The Fresh Smell

 Yves Saint Laurent Kouros Eau De Toilette

Yves Saint Laurent Kouros  - a trusted YSL Cologne


 The first of its kind, Kouros is one of those amber fragrance that can never be duplicated. There is nothing else out there that smells quite like it.

A unisex fragrance, Kouros smells like a warm blast of vanilla mixed with amber wood and musk. If you've ever smelled those three together before, you know what I'm talking about when I say Kouros has a signature smell all its own.

It's not too sweet and not too smoky; it's just right -- balanced and classy enough to be worn by either gender. And unlike many other colognes, Kouros never fades away - it lasts all day long. This fragrance was released way back in 1981, but somehow still feels modern today.

This scent will have your head spinning with the number of notes that combine to make up the main attraction.


Top notes: Aldehydes, Coriander, Artemesia, Clary sage and Bergamot. Middle notes of Patchouli, Carnation, Vetiver, Cinnamon, Geranium, Jasmine, Orris root. Base Notes:  Civet, Honey Leather and Musk – making it one among many highly recommended fragrances for romantic wear.


Bright yet mesmerising. Maybe for the more mature men. It is an amazing, well build scent but not a sexy scent. Not for those who want to go mainstream or those who want to go unnoticed for their scent.
I was given a bottle of this perfum when I was 7 by my father who didn't want it for himself, and everytime I use it I felt 2cm taller. Definetly an inappropriate scent for a child. Everytime I use it I get a hit of nostalgia.
The bottle is truly beautiful. It performes almost as an eau de parfum.

A Mature Smelling Fragrance 

OPIUM EDT - Cologne for Men

OPIUM EDT - YSL Cologne for Men


The designer has often spoken of his admiration for women's sensuality; Opium, one of his most famous creations, is said to have been created with them in mind.

This floral oriental fragrance features notes of vanilla, amber and orange blossom on top; black plum , iris and jasmine at its heart; tonka bean , patchouli and honey at its base.

It is classified as an ambery-oriental perfume. However you describe it, there’s no doubt that Opium was revolutionary when it came out – it was one of few fragrances at that time which showed real creativity in design. More importantly though, despite being released 20 years ago, people still love wearing it today. That’s what makes classics like Opium timeless.

Wear it and get noticed - even if you do happen to be wearing jeans (as Jon Snow did) or velvet slippers (like Little Red Riding Hood). As they say: You can never be overdressed or over educated. If there ever was a classic fragrance that spoke volumes about education and class, then look no further than Opium.

Thanks to its unique flavor profile that combines woody notes with vibrant florals; dry leather finishes off everything perfectly without making any sudden transitions from start till finish.

The fragrance opens with top notes of  blackcurrant, star anise, pear and pink pepper and a dash of orange blossom. Then heart notes, citrusy coffee, jasmine, bitter almond, licorice, rich raisins and caramelized sugar. Base notes: glorious cedar, warm vanilla, hints of patchouli, crushed tonka bean and shimmering musks. 

A classic and mature smelling fragrance. It's a very strong projection that lasts about 4-5 hours. I really enjoy it for the evening and colder days. Definiy not a summer scent.

Old Classic - Yves Saint Laurent L'Homme Parfum Intense

Yves Saint Laurent L'Homme Parfum Intense


YSL Eau De Parfum Intense is the essence of the essence of the character. Similar to more excellent perfume styles like Yves Saint Laurent. Intense Saint-Laurent is characterized by lemon, bergamot, and a slight black pepper flavor. The base for the aroma is artemisia whose dusty herb color gives sonic notes. The leather base gives off an old-fashioned masculine smell.

Named after founder Yves Saint Laurent, L'homme Intense has been a classic masculine scent for over 20 years. It's an essential for any man to have in his collection a Yves Saint Laurent cologne.

The fresh citrus scent is best suited for spring and summer wear, but you can also layer it with L'homme deodorant or L'homme spray deodorant to carry you through fall and winter months.

This fragrance has long-lasting longevity, so reapplication will rarely be necessary. If you're looking for a daytime scent that'll get compliments galore, check out L'homme Intense by Yves Saint Laurent.

Top notes: lemon, black pepper, and bergamot. Heart notes: orange blossom, artemisia, and violet leaf. Base notes: ambergris, woody notes, benzoin, leather, suede, and cedar.

Was extremely happy with this purchase. As others have mentioned, it opens up as a semi-sweet floral/citrusy scent that becomes more sweet and amber-y as time goes on. My only complaint is that it seems to fade away too quickly. The incredible initial opening only sticks around for maybe 30min. After that, the amber sweetness sits very close to the skin for another probably 4hrs until it fades to nothing. Wish the opening stayed for much longer a sit's my favorite piece of it. Longevity and sillage just aren't there with this one but man the scent is so good. I give it an 8/10 (would be a solid 9 if the longevity & sillage were better).

masculine and fresh 

Yves Saint Laurent L'homme Sport Eau De Toilette

Yves Saint Laurent L'homme Sport Eau de Toilette


With its clean, masculine and fresh lemon scent, L'Homme Sport was created to evoke a sense of energy and passion. It is a woody floral musk fragrance. The fragrance includes spicy top notes of nutmeg and coriander, along with floral heart notes of patchouli, sandalwood and vetiver. Musk provides base notes.

It is recommended for daytime wear. Recommended for spring or summer wear because it has a light feel to it and would help prevent you from overheating while out on walks or jogs. Use your favorite cologne to give yourself a boost before heading into important meetings.


I wore this almost every day for a whole summer, and it was perfectly fine - fresh, crisp citrus, perfect for summer/hot weather. I got a crazy good deal on a 6.7 oz bottle at Nordstrom Rack, but I wouldn't have purchased this otherwise, and probably won't again. There's nothing bad about it, but nothing special about it either, and if you like the notes in this, you can find them done better in plenty of other fragrances.

a complex men’s fragrance

Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme Ultime

Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme Ultime, considered one of the best ysl colognes


Created by master perfumer Olivier Polge, L’Homme Ultime is considered one of Saint Laurent’s best colognes. It’s a complex men’s fragrance with hints of citrus, mandarin, tonka bean and vetiver.

The scent is fresh and long-lasting. It smells great without being overpowering or overly sweet. This perfume is the answer to, what does bergamot smell like

L'Homme Ultime is more expensive than other Yves Saint Laurent fragrances we've reviewed but very well liked for its warm scent that doesn't become overpowering or cloying over time.

Top notes of ginger, grapefruit, cardamom, and bergamot. Heart notes: rose, sage, geranium, and apple. Base notes of cedar, vetiver, and cashmere wood.


The opening is a beautiful combination of ginger and grapefruit. The conceptualization of this scent is as if you soaked ginger shavings and cardamom in a combination of grapefruit, lemon and bergamot juice and sprayed a bouquet of 2 dozen fully bloomed roses, you'd have the opening and mid of this scent. It's absolutely stunning and brilliant. Somehow this frag has been discontinued so pick it up wherever you can. I have about 90ml left on my replacement bottle and bought a 250ml backup bottle recently, that's how much I love this scent.

Now for the not-so-good: The dry-down of this fragrance while pleasant is just a faint hint of sage and cedarwood with a passing remembrance of the rose that came before it. The opening and the mid essentially disappear by the 4 hour mark and you're left with a safe skin scent. I always re-apply the scent after coming home from work.

Spicy, Woody, Fresh - M7 Fresh Eau De Toilette

M7 Fresh Eau De Toilette, one of the spicy ysl colognes


This cologne has a spicy scent, woody scent that’s fresh and clean. It’s great for daytime wear because it’s not overpowering, which makes it versatile. 

Yves Saint Laurent M7 Fresh has top notes of mandarin, rosemary, and bergamot. Heart notes ginger, acacia leaves, agarwood, and vetiver. Base notes of musk, amber, and mandrake wood.


M-7 Fresh was the one that got me started. I went into a Mal fragrance shop looking for YSL Kouros Summer. They didn't have it but got M-7 Fresh.
I was overwhelmed with how amazing it was. The mandarin orange, with zesty ginger, and that dark mysterious Oud. So well blended!

Frequently Asked Questions About YSL

What does YSL cologne smell like?

The original YSL cologne is a woody, musky scent that’s been around since 1971. It blends notes of lemon and orange flower with cedar wood, patchouli, sandalwood and tonka bean. The result is a masculine yet floral aroma that’s still popular today.

What are the most seductive scents?

When it comes to seduction, nothing speaks louder than your personal scent. So what are you waiting for? Get that signature scent you’ve always wanted by checking out our list of best Yves Saint Laurent colognes.

What scents turn on a woman?

First, you want to put some thought into what scents turn on a woman. This can be tricky, but if you consider her personality type and preferences in clothing and makeup, then it shouldn’t be too difficult. Floral scents are always a good idea if she enjoys wearing perfume or lotion with flowery scents; anything sweet will work well for a girl who wears candy-scented lotions or loves gummy bears. In general Vanilla has the ability to please a crowd. While many different kinds of people find it appealing, it resonates most with men and women alike.