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Nu Eau de Toilette (2002)
by Yves Saint Laurent

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Nu Eau de Toilette information

Year of Launch2002
GenderFeminine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 55 votes)

People and companies

HouseYves Saint Laurent
PerfumerJacques Cavallier
SupplierFirmenich
Parent CompanyL'Oréal Group > YSL Beaute
Parent Company at launchPinault-Printemps-Redoute > Gucci Group > YSL Beaute

About Nu Eau de Toilette

According to Jacques Cavallier, the EDT version is lighter, more flowery and fresher than the original.

Nu Eau de Toilette fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Nu Eau de Toilette

This goes on rather herbal & peppery, with top notes of bergamot & coriander, & a slightly "turned" aspect, possibly due to the age of the sample. It quickly turns very soft & powdery, & I agree with another reviewer who compared it to Parfum Sacre. Thirty minutes in, the orchid note comes through, & after ninety minutes this is joined by a sweetish incense. Four hours in, the base is soft, powdery incense & warm, ambery woods, wearing very close to the skin. Six hours in it's almost completely faded out.
From what I've read, this one is smoother & more "feminine" than the EDP, with the incense & pepper toned down. I've been unable to find a sample of the EDP anywhere, but I think I might prefer it. I like the EDT, but it's just a little too subtle & short-lived for my taste.
05th December, 2018
I am surprised this is so popular in the reviews. I had a bottle of it and while I did use it on occasion, all I could smell was the orchid in it. I would not buy again. Everyone's chemistry is different.
03rd July, 2014
Genre: Woody Oriental

Nu is a glamorous, exotic, spiced amber oriental that manifests depth, complexity, and drama without undue bulk or opacity. It very clearly descends from Opium, Cinnabar, and Coco, but it is more lithe and supple than any of those predecessors. Nu delivers all the cinnamon, vanilla, cloves, and amber you’d expect, but they are offset by a contrasting accord of black pepper and smoky frankincense that slices through all that dense, sweet matter like a scalpel blade. As a result, Nu feels thoroughly modern where the unrelieved weight of Opium or Cinnabar can smell dated. In fact, it smells like a grand 1980s amber oriental viewed in the slenderizing glass of Féminité du Bois, Chaos, and Dolce Vita. The incense and pepper also recall Parfum Sacré, but Caron’s peppery incense oriental centers on a huge rose note entirely absent in Nu.

Like many a dark oriental fragrance, Nu seems to open in medias res, and to the extent that there are any top notes at all it’s a resinous bergamot that comes to my attention. The spices, amber, and incense are quick to follow, accompanied by a vanillic floral accord no doubt meant to represent the pyramid’s “white orchid” and “wild orchid.” For several hours the floral, spice, and resin components interweave in an olfactory pattern that seems to shift and rearrange itself from moment to moment. Eventually the floral notes subside, and then the spices, leaving base notes of benzoin, opoponax, cedar, musk, and perhaps some labdanum to carry the drydown. Sillage and projection are both substantial, even well into the drydown. Yet powerful as it seems, Nu never feels oppressively heavy.

While marketed to women during its commercial run, I find Nu easy to wear, and I really can’t imagine any man who’s comfortable in Arabie, Ambre Sultan, JHL, or Ambre Russe feeling self conscious wearing this. Too bad it’s gone – Nu was a fine scent, and a fully worthy member of the Yves Saint Laurent lineup.
21st June, 2014
NU – St. Laurent – 2001 [citrus woods]

Although this flopped when it premiered, I find it to be one of the very best woods-oriented scents I have ever experienced. The opening is a lovely blend of citrus and herbal notes. The dry down is a light, sophisticated mixture of wood notes. A real “find” that should be repackaged and remarketed as a man’s scent.

Top Notes: Bergamot, Neroli
Middle Notes: Jasmine, Orchid
Base Notes: Cedarwood, Cardamom, Frankincense, Balsam, Vanilla, Orris, Musk, Ambergris
01st May, 2012
I like Nu EDT: it isn't nose-piercing at all. It is softer and smoother than the EDP.
04th August, 2007
I am in the foyer, a newer addition to the old house, not too distinct and artistically done. There is a fine floral arrangement with sprays of orchid amidst greenery that is a centre piece on entering, and some lovely chairs newly upholstered in fine leather. This is a cool room with plenty of space, and as time passes a gentle intrusion of incense seeps upwards.
23rd April, 2007

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