La Nuit de l'Homme (Yves Saint Laurent 2009)
Updated: Apr 16, 2018
“La nuit de who? This is la nuit de le 12 years old sipping a Diet Coke and smoking puff cigarettes. A disappointing, juvenile and cheap lavender-cardamom-woody-tobacco “club scent” ” Basenotes reviewer Colin Maillard - 2015
Yves Saint Laurent’s La Nuit de L’Homme was launched in 2009. The fragrance was created by perfumers Dominique Ropion, Pierre Wargnye and Anne Flipo.
This Eau de Toilette is one that helped launched the career of YouTube fragrance phenomenon Jeremy Fragrance who declared it his favourite scent and appeared to own several dozen bottles of the stuff.
The scent is a woody spicy concoction which embraced the trend for sweet masculine fragrances such as Paco Rabanne’s One Million (2008) but gave it a slightly more sophisticated, grown up expression. The result is a fragrance which can be worn by men of all ages - seductive, sweet and alluring enough for dates and nights out but also amiable and well mannered enough for the office or casual wear. You can wear it on a building site too – fragrance reviewers need to remember work doesn’t mean sitting at a desk for everyone!
These are the notes:
Amber, Coumarin (Tonka), Vetiver
The sent opens with a green bergamot note immediately tempered by lavender and tonka and a sweet, spicy and exotic cardamom twist which is a key player.
La Nuit has always reminded me (and at least one other person!) of the smell of Coca Cola. Whilst this may not sound like a glowing recommendation, the way this dark, spicy and sweet cola like aroma is blended with the cardamom and woody vetiver makes this a very enjoyable and not necessarily juvenile offering. That is despite what basenotes reviewer Colin Maillard thinks! (see quote at start of article).
Much has been made of the reformulations of La Nuit with 2009 bottles fetching high and unjustified prices online. I have used up a full 40ml bottle from 2015 and now have a 60ml 2012 version. I can attest that the 2012 version is a touch richer and seems to last a little longer. The 2015 bottle is a very average performer – subtle but not as pathetic as some reviews would have us believe. If you are prepared to reapply here and there then the modern version is still worth owning and the hunt for a vintage bottle is really not worth the time and likely expense.
Once the scent settles down on the skin it doesn’t do anything spectacular in the way of development. The brightness of the opening dissipates to leave a spicy, sweet, woody and somewhat creamy (even milky) skin scent which can be enjoyed by the wearer and those in his (or her – women can easily pull this one off) personal space.
So if you’re looking for a spicy, sweet and woody men’s fragrance with great versatility and humble projection this is well worth trying. 60ml currently costs £44.00 on Notino with 40ml, 100ml and 200ml bottles also available.
It is not a huge favourite of mine as I prefer Dior Homme Intense (2011) or Valentino Uomo (2014) when I’m in the mood for a modern metrosexual scent as a respite from my countless barbershop and “50s style” gentlemanly colognes. However, I enjoy reaching for it from time to time and I find it the most enjoyable from the L’Homme line up of scents.
If you are interested in fragrances you simply must at least try La Nuit de L’Homme.