Softness – Review: Ys Uzac Lale

The second of the four Ys Uzac perfumes I’m taking a closer look at is called Lale. The word is made up of the french la and le, feminine and masculine, making the unisex nature of this unusual floral clear from the get go.

Lale was created by Vincent Micotti and includes notes of wintersweet, osmanthus absolute, mandarin, saffron, apricot, pink pepper, rose, benzoin, incense, amber accord, and blonde wood.

Lale features a flower called Wintersweet, also known as chimonanthus, a hardy plant growing at great heights in the Himalayas. It is used to flavor tea, as is osmanthus, which is also present in this perfume.

Lale is soft, first and foremost soft.

A tender composition, that is veil-like and indistinct, but not fleeting. A soft suede comes to mind, an off white, soft-focus veil of scent that envelops you and feels like a caress.

Lale is mostly linear, only softly (again, sorry!) shifts from more floral to more woody aspects over time. It reminds me of Dior Bois d’Argent, but that is more emphatic and present, Lale is – you guessed it – softer. 🙂

Lale has a quiet air about it, a muted quality, a pillowy, downy, puffy softness.

I guess I could think of another descriptive than “soft”, but I wouldn’t find a better one. So I take the inelegant repetition in stride to stay true to the perfume.

It is soft, people. Soft.

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21 Responses to Softness – Review: Ys Uzac Lale

  1. Melis says:

    Oh my goodness, I needed the laugh the conclusion of the review illicited. It does sound like a pretty perfume.

  2. lucasai says:

    Lale sounds interesting. I didn’t try any Ys Uzac so far, wasn’t interested in this one lately. But I might order a sample from a local retailer.

  3. Lady Jane Grey says:

    Ys Uzac had bad luck with me – I didn’t like the name and am just fed up with new parfum companies appearing every day… Lale sounds nice but I’ll need to have far more time on my hands than I have right now for trying a new company (plus found “Pohadka” an utterly unfitting name for a parfume, even if it meas fairy tale in czech…). So yes, one day, when I’ll be very very relaxed…

  4. Alexandra says:

    It may be my mood today, but this sounds lovely. I could do with a soft, but not overly pink, perfume that isn’t fleeting…. Hummm.

    Ok – Ok – I’m off to buy samples….

  5. Tara says:

    Sometimes one word sums up a fragrance so well, there’s little point in saying much else.

    Lots of my favourite notes listed there and you know I love Bois d’Argent so this sounds like my kind of thing.

  6. poodle says:

    It sounds lovely really but that whole soft thing scares me. I don’t like my perfume to enter the room before I do or linger for hours after I leave but my scent eating skin might not work with “soft”. I’m putting it on my list though because you made it sound so wonderfully soft I think I need to try it just because.

  7. laniersmith says:

    It sound very, tender – gentle – mild – smooth – soft. Your review was wonderful and lead me to wonder if I might sniff this someday.

  8. jamesdennard says:

    Soft always sounds good to me, for some reason. I really like your thoughts about this one. Another for the sample list. 🙂

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