One of the most important characteristics of a perfume is the praise for the fragrance we use. I always look at two different situations associated with this olfactory pleasure we evoke in others:
- In a more anonymous and social ambiance,
- And in a more personal situation between two people in an intimate meeting.
Looking only at male perfumes, the original La Nuit de L'Homme Eau de Toilette
has always been a big exponent when it comes to anonymous praise or appearing in more social settings. Undoubtedly, ladies like this fragrance and notice men who wear it. Because it has been massively commented on and broadcast, at least on Youtube, everyone has a bottle (or two). Currently, it has become an 'easy' fragrance and I am not sure that it will retain its initial effectiveness. La Nuit de L'Homme Le Parfum
could hardly be a "normal" flanker of La Nuit de L'Homme Eau de Toilette
. It lacks the cardamom note, which is perhaps the most noticeable note in the original. I think it's a slightly different scent. It's a fragrance that is very well made, but unfortunately a little underperforming and little known to the public. It starts with an oriental mixture of anise, fennel, and pepper, similar to Opium pour Homme Eau de Toilette
, but with a small dose of mild lavender. The body is filled with sweet and (strong) fruity notes. At the base, the resins and discreet vetiver give the dryness a masculine note, which is also sweetened by peaceful vanilla. It is less young and more mature than the original. For me, this is the best "La Nuit ...". It is a fragrance that attracts less attention, but it becomes much more effective in terms of "close encounters". From this point of view, it makes an excellent team with the original: one can be used for flirting and the other for intimate use.
Let's rate this intimacy potion:
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Opening: 9.5 (spicy and anised opening accord that gives way to a very fruity body)
Drydown: 8.5 (soft vanilla and vetiver dryness)
Longevity: 6.5 (5~6 hours in my skin, with 3 sprays; below average)
Sillage: 6.5 (4~5 feet sillage with 1.5 hours of projection; better if used on clothes)
Exclusivity: 7.5 (not many similar fragrances, but a certain familiarity with the original La Nuit de L'Homme Eau de Toilette
; I also think it resembles to the younger Mauboussin Private Club
Portability: 8.5 (Easy to use, but better in colder temperatures)
Versatility: 8.0 (if you are heavy on the trigger you will have unexpectedly better versatility, but never for a long time)
Praise: 9.0 (a ladies pleaser, but better for intimacy)
Quality: 8.0 (above-average high-quality ingredients, but low performance; my bottle dates from 2014 and has better performance than current versions)
Presentation: 9.0 (elegant and discreet)
Price: 6.0 (I bought my 100ml flask on sale for € 45, but it usually sells around € 100).
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Overall rating: 8.18 / 10.00
between 7 and 8 = above average;
between 8 and 9 = recommended;
greater than 9 = don't miss it;
Opinion: Not good value for money, especially when you consider the below-average performance. However, it is very suitable for "close encounters" where you may prefer a more elegant and less intrusive scent.
Recommended? It depends on your budget or the way you appreciate perfumes. I prefer this one to the original.
Blind worthy of buying? Not really, unless you're not on a budget and don't value performance.
Music: Joe Cocker - "You can leave your hat on"