Citrus opening… not a clear one but could easily be thought of as a Miyake accord. Immediately it is alloyed with the leather, woods, and spices from the heart to create a thoroughly modern accord that is typical of many of the well-made designer fragrances of the past few years. This opening is quite nice in a usual-nice sort of way, but it doesn’t go beyond that. The heart notes hold on competently for a acceptable length of time, and then glide in nicely to the basenotes – a dry vetiver / patchouli with a just a bit of incense as well as a bit of tonka to warm it up. The dry down lasts well and grows a little more synthetic as it ages.
Nuit D'Issey is certainly not a bad fragrance. In fact it is sort of a typical d’Issey considering the opening and, to a lesser extent, the base. It has good sillage and longevity. It has that attractive synthetic aura that the original L’Eau d’Issey PH had, but it doesn’t have anything that makes it especially or uniquely loveable.
I wore this for the first time a couple of days ago. I was not pleased with the performance. I was contemplating selling it. I will hold onto it and view this as an around the house scent. Or perhaps a Saturday scent when running errands. Similar to how I treat my Dolce and gabbana intenso.
I want to like this. Definitely get the grapefruit on the start. Something comes out after, I don't know what but it's strange. If I take a big whiff of this off my wrist, I can feel it hit high up in my nose. Not enough to make me sneeze, but just irritating my sinuses or something, and that's very unusual to me. I'm not sure how to rate this. It is less intense Issey Intense, a little less 80's and less incense. I think Intense smells better but I'm not sure I'd wear that out and about. I think this stays a sample.
Gives a very pure read on a somewhat familiar scent profile. Opens with a deep, bitter citrus note that is both masculine and fresh.Dry down brings a leather and woods quality with a very slight essential oils undertone that could be heavy if not for the continuing citrus notes. This fragrance is a nice cross-generational, day or night type scent that doesn't project much and lasts 6+ hours on skin/clothes.
This fragrance by looking at the note breakdown looks quite different from L'Eau d'Issey line but when you actually smell it, it has a completely familiar vibe.
At the beginning I can smell a little fresh citrusy notes along with a strong aromatic kind of scent and lots of tonka bean.
The fresh feeling of citrusy notes isn't that strong but you can definitely feel it. now mix that with a strong bitter aromatic and kind of woody scent. something like aromatic form of lavender and some woods and maybe some leather but I don't consider this fragrance as a leather based fragrance! it's very aromatic and woody.
Also I can smell lots of tonka bean in this that gives the scent a bitter sweet kind of smell.
This opening somehow, I'm saying it again, somehow reminded me of "Chanel Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme" with it's semi fresh and bitter sweet tonka bean combo but at the same time along with some differences as well.
As time passes and in the mid I do get pretty the same smell but now less woody and at the same time with more fresh and more bitter aromatic feel plus some floral notes.
In the mid and base of the fragrance you can definitely smell the standard DNA of L'Eau d'Issey with it's familiar fresh and floral base, but here just less citrusy and floral with adding bitter aromatic notes and more sweetness again in bitter way and woods.
Projection is good and longevity is 7-8 hours on the skin.
Good scent but smells completely familiar but I like it anyway!
Opens with a tart citrus that is similar to the original Issey, but much shorter in duration and less sweet. The middle and dry down is very pleasant with vetiver, leather, spice and incense. It does get a little dusty towards the end, but still very enjoyable and masculine. Average projection and longevity. Good versatility as it doesn't stray strongly toward any one note. It does remind me somewhat of Chanel Allure in middle onward but perhaps a bit more leathery. A nice safe fragrance. Thumbs Up.
12th April, 2015 (last edited: 30th May, 2015)