The Night (2014)
by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle

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The Night information

Year of Launch2014
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production / Limited Edition
Average Rating
(based on 19 votes)

People and companies

HouseEditions de Parfums Frederic Malle
PerfumerDominique Ropion
SupplierIFF
Parent CompanyEstee Lauder Companies

About The Night

The fragrance is exclusive to Bloomingdale's in Dubai.

The Night fragrance notes

Reviews of The Night

So, I managed to get my hands on a little sample of the hyper-limited extrait version of The Night. It's quite nice, but not possibly worth the price.

It goes in with a nice, realistic oud, lightly rubbery and a pinch fecal. It's quickly overtaken by what amounts to the standard mix of ingredients western brands usually use to simulate oud: saffron, rosy patchouli, sandalwood, and some artificial oud for good measure. This stage is nice enough, but very familiar from a lot of westernized oud perfumes. The smell over the course of the day is a long, slow fade from the western ingredients down to the lingering natural oud.

As a $300 exclusif, this would be accurately priced considering the market, but I just can't imagine paying $2000 for this. But it's still a nice perfume, so thumbs up.
20th July, 2017
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
The oud is dominating the first hours, and what a fine oud it is! Typical is its aroma, with a smoothly civety undertone so typical for agarwood, with its tanginess and the notion of dried hay - this oud is beautifully executed out of the natural product.

The rose comes to the fore very slowly; it is a fine, slightly somber rose that blends in seamlessly with the oud. One thing is clear though: the oud is clearly the dominant note here, and the rose plays an accompanying role like the orchestra in a violin concerto- the oud is the soloist.

Towards the end an ambery impression develops in the background, and forms a nice backgound feature.

I get moderate sillage, very good projection and eleven hours of longevity on my skin.

One thing must be emphasised: the above description of this wintery scent is based on deliberately sparing application. This way it is a delightfully balanced creation that is never intrusive and miles away from the gazillions of chemical-laboratory-harsh and intrusive pseudo-ouds that have flooded the market lately. Sure, this scent can be amplified by a more lavish and generous application, but with more limited amounts the wonderful elegance is most evident.

The quality of these natural ouds and the rose is superb. This is an oud-centric creation that is quite simple, but like a simple dish perfectly executed is a delight to be savoured, so does this comparatively straightforward olfactory dish deserve a high mark: 4/5.
13th June, 2017
What's the point with The Night? I mean, why buying oud from Estee Lauder?

Yes, it surely smells more truly oudy than anything else offered by a westerner brand but, trust me, for the same price you can get quite a dollop of the real thing.

Good but ultimately pointless.

14th July, 2016
Another oud and rose?? Are you kidding me??? Those were the words that came to my mind when I heard the release of The Night. However, my wife bought a bottle for me as a surprise during her recent trip to Vegas. And let me tell you, I'm so glad that she did. At first wearing I thought it was just good, but after wearing this for a week straight I am thoroughly convinced Ropion's The Night is the best oud-based fragrance I have ever smelled so far. This fragrance really takes time to be appreciated, and I stress "time" again! One of the reasons is The Night lasts incredibly long, even on skin (still traceable after a few showers). The other reason is that despite the boring note list it actually has quite the development, not complex but interesting.

Now, I have never smelled real Indian Oud (I just might after experiencing The Night), but there's a certain authenticity of woodiness in the fragrance that really smells like a piece of log with a hint of sourness and barnyard. It's not nearly as fecal as I imagined it would be. I will also note that what you smell up close (as you would stick your nose to your wrist) and what you smell in the scent trail is drastically different. Up close it's definitely much more sour and barnyard, probably no trace of rose at all. From the scent trail the wood is much softer albeit still very much woody, but the rose is revealing itself beautifully while not contributing too much of the dreaded soapiness or sweetness. And how this might be done in this composition is what I determine to be the pairing of incense. There's a certain incense quality about it after the 6 or 7 hour mark, in fact it becomes more noticeable as time passes. This is exactly what I imagine a real burning oud chip smells like, it is absolutely tranquilizing and hypnotic, but at the same time unmistakably Middle Eastern in style. We all know that fragrances could affect our mental state - for better or worse. And this...this really lifts and brings my days to a new spiritual level.

Ropion almost had us in despair on the dreaded rose and oud theme, but after experiencing The Night I must admit that he did not create a fragrance, he created a drug, the kind of drug you just might need to achieve Nirvana.
08th April, 2016 (last edited: 09th April, 2016)
drseid Show all reviews
United States
The Night opens with a heavy barrage of real Indian Oud that comes on extremely strong right out of the gate. The Oud can best be described as having a moderate barnyard aspect with an additional sterilized gauze-like quality. Excellent quality rose is also present at the open, but it is almost unnoticeable due to the Oud being so strong it gobbles up anything and everything in its path. As the composition very slowly moves to its heart about 45 minutes to an hour later, the Oud starts to gradually calm down, allowing the rose to begin to shine through, though never gaining complete parity... During the late dry-down a bit of a subtle, high quality Amber accord is mixed into the Oud and rose tandem to smooth out the composition through the finish. Projection is off the charts outstanding, while longevity is excellent at about 12 hours on skin.

I fear the relatively few folks that will be lucky enough to sample the limited distribution release, The Night, are going to be in for quite the shocker if they are not used to real Indian Oud in all its glory. Malle promoted the composition as having an unprecedented amount of the good stuff in the bottle, and having now worn the composition a few times I have no doubt that he was being entirely candid. The Oud one experiences at the open is all encompassing. Oh yes, there is some high quality rose in there too, but it goes almost unnoticed as the Oud is just so potent nothing can distract attention away from it. This is not the easy to digest synthetic Oud many folks used to Western perfumery have experienced all too frequently nowadays... No, this is the real stuff, which in this case means barnyard animalics and sterile gauze-like qualities. If one hasn't encountered it before, it will most likely take some getting used to. Speaking personally, the experience was a bit much to digest the first time I wore it, and the open stays this way for nearly a full hour before finally letting the Oud die down enough to allow the fine rose to sing and at least play co-star (albeit, a distant one). It is at this point that the composition really reveals its charms, as when the rose (not so unlike the quality stuff used in Ropion's own Portrait of a Lady) starts to mesh with the Oud, the result is absolutely outstanding and smells quite different than any Rose/Oud composition I have experienced to date. The amber used in the late dry-down is near transparent, but it adds just another facet to the minimalist development, smoothing out the Oud a bit further through the finish. It should be mentioned that the composition really is not an symphonic amalgamation of multitudes of ingredients like most Ropion works, quite the polar opposite. In the end, whether one loves or hates The Night is near-certainly going to depend on their acceptance of the heavy dose of real Oud early-on. Let's face it; we frequently deride western perfumes and the houses releasing them at faux premium prices for their creative marketing that promises Oud nowhere to be found, or in extremely small doses... In the case of The Night, Ropion and Malle go to the complete polar opposite of the spectrum in going "all-in" with the good stuff. The old adage, "Be careful what you wish for..." may apply for some, but this reviewer thinks Ropion has another winner on his hands, especially after 45 minutes to an hour in when the rose gets to shine too. The bottom line is the $755 per 50ml bottle The Night is insanely expensive in relative terms, but Ropion delivers the goods with both ingredient quality and composition structure, earning it an "excellent" 4 stars out of 5. This is one that absolutely merits a sample, but prepare yourself for the unexpected if you haven't tried real Oud by itself before...

As an aside, I tried a fun experiment in layering Portrait of a Lady (original formula) with The Night to see if the combination would bring out the rose earlier in its development, but just as with The Night by itself, the Oud gobbled up the rose of PoaL at the open too. It became quite obvious that it wasn't a lack of rose absolute in The Night that was the cause of the Oud coming on so strong in relative terms without any countering presence early, but rather there is such a large quantity of the good stuff in The Night that even a large dose of rose absolute can't compete with it. Later on, just as the rose and to a lesser degree Amber came out in The Night worn by itself, the Portrait of a Lady rose, patch and incense showed up too. It just appears that the Oud needs time to calm down a bit before the composition can let other facets show.
28th January, 2015

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