This is a bottle of YSL Cinéma EdP. It was released in 2004, perfumer is Jacques Cavallier-Belletrud. I don’t say this often but I really like the bottle design, even though it was hard to photograph (the Cinema in the front kept vanishing).
Cinema is a vanilla perfume. There is of course more to it but to me the vanilla always is on the front. I remember in 2004, when I bought Pure Poison I had also tested this one and was like, maybe I’ll buy Cinema when the Poison is empty. Today, in 2018, I look at my huge collection and the bottle of Pure Poison that is still not used up and laugh. But it still describes my preference for scent notes well. First is always orange blossom/neroli, next love is vanilla.
Anyway, Cinema is not just vanilla and there are flowers in it although I don’t think it has orange blossom. Jasmine is there I think. Amber and almonds, rounding the vanilla experience. And there’s something else in it, that gives it a bit of an old fashioned edge. I think that was intentional to make it seem a bit older as the name is Cinema and they probably wanted to evoke thoughts of Hollywood Glamour and olden time red carpet divas? But I can’t put my finger on what it is that gives off that vibe. It’s not really soapey, but a little bit clean – okay, maybe it’s just a kind of musk I get there. There’s also something a little but fruity, sweet like syrup.
It’s really nice, not a huge must have, though. It depends on whether you want a vanilla at all and what sort. Back in 2004 I didn’t know Shalimar but I do now and if you told me to pick just one vanilla, it wouldn’t be Cinema. It is a nice sort of glamour perfume, though. It makes me feel like I should be wearing a ball gown and I don’t even own any gowns. I think it’s a good perfume for big occasions, because it is not super loud and intense. It is sweet and present and hopefully won’t annoy other people too much. It’s probably one of the gentlest perfumes with jasmine I’ve ever smelled. I guess I should start wearing it to the movies every now and then. Not always though; that would get boring fast.
And that’s it. Despite the great bottle, the perfume is a bit plain. Not bad, not great, but it has the potential to annoy with its bland loveliness. I like wearing it every couple weeks, but wearing it everyday for the sake of this review took a bit of a toll on me, sorry about that. It’s really not a bad perfume. I’ll just shut up now. Have a lovely weekend, see you next week.