YSL Libre Review: Confidence in a Bottle

YSL Libre review, 2 bottles of Libre Eau de Parfum.

Welcome to my YSL Libre review!

Yves Saint Laurent Libre Eau de Parfum is the type of fragrance that exudes elegance and confidence. 

In 2019 Yves Saint Laurent launched Libre, creating a fragrance that would not only become an international best-seller but also start a massive trend in the world of perfumery. 

I owe Libre a bit of an apology, as the first time I smelled it I remember telling my sister that I didn’t like it at all and had to scrub it off my arm. I have since come to appreciate and even love lavender in fragrances, and my opinion of Libre has done a complete 180.

Join me in my newfound appreciation for the fan-favorite, Libre!

YSL Libre Review: Quick Facts

YSL Libre Eau de Parfum

  • Scent Profile: Sweet, Fresh, Citrus, Floral
  • Longevity: Above average, 8+ hours
  • Versatility: High, suitable for various occasions
  • Season: Fall, winter, spring, summer
  • Cost ($ – $$$): $$


  • Exceptional longevity
  • Strong projection
  • Powerful blend of sweet, fresh, citrus, and floral notes
  • Versatile


  • Some find the lavender smells too soapy
  • May be too intense for some

What Does YSL Libre Smell Like?

YSL Libre Eau de Parfum is an elegant combination of floral, citrus, sweet, and fresh notes. This is a classy and sophisticated fragrance, a statement maker.

Libre opens with a wave of sweet vanilla orange mixed with fresh, clean lavender. As Libra dries down, the floral notes of orange blossom and jasmine together with the clean lavender form the body of the fragrance. The vanilla and musk are also present from opening to dry down, giving Libre a subtle sweetness to balance the fresh, clean, florals.

According to Yves Saint Laurent, “Libre Eau de Parfum is a bold and floral perfume for women. A statement feminine fragrance for those who live by their own rules. Lavender essence from France combines with the sensuality of Moroccan orange blossom and daring notes of musk accord and vanilla for a unique long-lasting scent.” [1]

  • Top Notes: Lavender, Mandarin Orange, Black Currant, Petitgrain
  • Middle Notes: Lavender, Orange Blossom, Jasmine
  • Base Notes: Madagascar Vanilla, Musk, Cedar, Ambergris


Libre Eau de Parfum takes its reputation seriously and performs to the highest standards. I get over 8 hours of longevity on my skin, and this lasts for days on my clothes. The projection and sillage are strong well into the 5-hour mark, before gradually becoming more subtle.

Libre Eau de Parfum is a strong performer that doesn’t need many sprays to make a lasting impression.

When to Wear YSL Libre Eau de Parfum

Libre Eau de Parfum is versatile, and easily worn year-round. The combination of fresh lavender and citrus with warm vanilla floral notes makes it perfect for any season.

Libre is also suitable for any occasion, from casual daytime wear to formal nights out. Libre especially shines as a professional office fragrance, where its sophisticated and confident vibe aligns perfectly with a business setting. 


Libre Eau de Parfum is priced within the standard range of similar designer fragrances.

Ideas for Layering YSL Libre Eau de Parfum

Layering ideas for YSL Libre.
A few of my favorite layering combination options.

Libre definitely stands on its own as a powerful, distinctive fragrance, but we all like to experiment with layering once in a while! Here are a few of my favorite combinations:

  • Nest Madagascar Vanilla Perfume Oil + YSL Libre EDP
  • Kayali Vanilla 28 + YSL Libre EDP
  • Clean Reserve Skin + YSL Libre EDP
  • Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush Cheirosa ‘62 + YSL Libre EDP
  • YSL Black Opium + YSL Libre EDP


Are the ingredients in YSL Libre Eau de Parfum sustainable sourced?

Yes, Yves Saint Laurent obtains sustainably sourced vanilla from Madagascar through a community program, with a premium price paid for the best quality product. The lavender and orange blossom are also sustainably sourced and hand-harvested.

Is YSL Libre a unisex fragrance? 

YSL Libre Eau de Parfum is marketed as a women’s fragrance, but all fragrances are truly gender-neutral. Fragrance preferences are highly personal, and individuals of any gender can wear it if they enjoy the scent. 

Is YSL Libre suitable for all age groups? 

YSL Libre Eau de Parfum is a versatile fragrance suitable for a wide age range.

Can I buy a sample of YSL Libre to try before buying a bottle?

Yes! Samples are available for purchase at MicroPerfumes. MicroPerfumes is a trustworthy source, and I personally buy samples here regularly.

Final Thoughts

Yves Saint Laurent Libre Eau de Parfum is a confidence-in-a-bottle, boss-vibes, statement-making fragrance. Give Libre a try if you are ready to stand out and leave a lasting impression.

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