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La Nuit de L'Homme (2009)
by Yves Saint Laurent


La Nuit de L'Homme information

Year of Launch2009
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 1215 votes)

People and companies

HouseYves Saint Laurent
PerfumerAnne Flipo
PerfumerPierre Wargnye
PerfumerDominique Ropion
Parent CompanyL'Oréal Group > YSL Beaute

About La Nuit de L'Homme

La Nuit de L'Homme is a masculine fragrance by Yves Saint Laurent. The scent was launched in 2009 and the fragrance was created by perfumers Dominique Ropion, Pierre Wargnye and Anne Flipo

La Nuit de L'Homme fragrance notes

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

Reviews of La Nuit de L'Homme

La Nuit de L'Homme (2009) was confirmation of the success of Yves Saint Laurent L'Homme (2006) as an adequate replacement for the Tom Ford-era Rive Gauche Pour Homme (2003) as the masculine pillar for the designer. Many may not have liked it at the time, because the throwback fougère nature of Rive Gauche Pour Homme was hoped to be a return to the familiar in the 2000's by many a vintage masculine fan, but L'Homme's futuristic clean abolished all that in one fell swoop. La Nuit de L'Homme sought to rectify that "millenial generalist" lean by introducing some sensuality and heft to the L'Homme formula, reuniting all three perfumers Ann Flipo, Peter Wargnye, and Dominique Ropion in the process. La Nuit de L'Homme is clearly in the same ball field as the original, but it's sweeter, richer, more coumarin-heavy base is complimented with increased aromatics and spices. Out is the violet leaf and grapefruit of L'Homme, in is old-fashioned bergamot and lavender. The results of this swap, plus a more paired-down note pyramid makes for a less synthetic-smelling scent (whether it is actually less synthetic or not), but also a more basic one that resonates better in a romantic setting.

La Nuit de L'Homme opens with cardamom and bergamot, with tendrils of a soft, round French lavender infused with calone creeping up from the middle almost instantly, bridging top and middle. We were in the beginning of norlimbanol "karmawood" usage, so expect it here, and it kinda creeps in like an olfactory glue alongside a cedar note, but it's not all that scratchy thanks to the sweet calone-inflected lavender and cardamom. The mostly-musk base of La Nuit de L'Homme does most of the grunt work in the wear time of the scent, with a pre-ambroxan amber composite note still in use, with a noticeable ambrette vibe but not itchy thanks to the strong coumarin note present to smooth it all over. La Nuit de Homme feels like the version of L'Homme to wear out when attending an upscale sushi bar or gastro pub instead of a fine traditional steakhouse or five-star Italian cuisine joint. Perfumers Ropion, Flipo, and Wargnye made sure this retains all the sweet youthful appeal of the original L'Homme despite it's slightly more-serious tone, so there really isn't much air of formality to make this the kind of romantic scent you'd wear in an Eric Segal novel, but more of the casual kisses shmoo-shmoo that you'd see in a Nicholas Sparks book. My only complain is how heavy the coumarin and amber is here, border-lining on syrupy grossness but never hitting Tierry Mugler A*Men Pure Tonka (2016), which keeps this scent in the green for me. Simply put, this is the dinner date what Paco Rabanne 1 Million (2008) is to the night club, a youthful low-risk option to replace many of the more-divisive venerated ones that could have served in years past.

The person who likes L'Homme will certainly like La Nuit de L'Homme, but the person who doesn't like L'Homme may still enjoy La Nuit de L'Homme because it's almost completely different notes creating a darker, more intense, less apologetic version of the original scent, which saw most of it's criticism take the form of being too boring or weak. La Nuit de L'Homme shows what the L'Homme formula might have been like had it come out as a powerhouse in the 1980's, but honestly even then it would probably be deeper and louder with tons of oakmoss or benzoin, so I mean this only in aesthetic. La Nuit de L'Homme is definitely no work scent unless you want to get fired for borderline sexual harassment by making everyone think you're hitting on them when you walk past. Nights out or at home seem the best place for La Nuit de L'Homme, and if for some reason this dark horse isn't strong enough for you, YSL even released an intense and parfum versions of it since this flanker has received it's own line of flanker-flankers! Honestly, I wouldn't think about this one too much past what it is: a darker and richer L'Homme with slightly improved performance taking it a notch up from the original in sillage, if not longevity.
26th August, 2018
A reference for the sweet, almost unisex modern date night scent but also just nice to wear whenever because its. I wear this in warm or cool conditions as long as its at night, that's just my preference.

The cardamom is the main note that really stands out but the pleasant cedar and warm amber make this the scent that others like and want to get close to.

Performance is average. Probably just right for someone that only wants to be noticed up close. I get about 5 hours on my skin.
15th April, 2018
Very good, long-lasting and original mix of spices. Nice Christmas present for a man!
22nd December, 2017
The cool sweet proof that
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04th December, 2017
Easily a top 10 for my wardrobe. Nothing bad to say about this. Amber and Cedar really come out for me on this one and it's quite a relaxing scent for any time and any situation.
01st December, 2017
Unbelievable fragrance. So versatile!! Okay so it suffers some performance issues especially after various reformulations but this is one fragrance where I can overlook that problem.

Gathers many compliments from Men and Women, remains both sexy and sophisticated. Ultimately this is what I want to smell like.

Just a tip for those that miss the original formula.

Tip 1 - Spray the fragrance onto unscented lotion and clothes. This will help to prolong the scent.

Tip 2 - The newer formulation has the cardamom toned down which was something that made this scent so wonderful. Buy yourself some cardamom essential oil and add a few drops to your lotion/skin. It will remind you of the good old days!!
07th November, 2017

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