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Nouveau Monde (2018)
by Louis Vuitton

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Nouveau Monde information

Year of Launch2018
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 12 votes)

People and companies

HouseLouis Vuitton
PerfumerJacques Cavallier

About Nouveau Monde

Nouveau Monde is a masculine fragrance by Louis Vuitton. The scent was launched in 2018 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Jacques Cavallier

Nouveau Monde fragrance notes

Reviews of Nouveau Monde

Nice fresh lemony with touches of wood fragrance settling to cocoa and wood then fairly linear. Masculine but not aggressively so. Good projection even better longevity.
Interestingly it reminds me of Carved Our by Thameen buy the latter is drier , more uncompromising and less interesting.
This will be my signature scent unless what I have coming from TNRP is better.


Fragrance: 8/10 but you need an evening scent if you want something more multifaceted and deeper.
Projection: 7/10
Longevity: 8/10

I wrote another less flattering review recently giving it a neutral. Just shows how perception can change.
27th January, 2020 (last edited: 16th February, 2020)
This is a rose and oud perfume, and there's no surprise here, but it is well done, smells appropriately "expensive" to suit the luxury Veblen model of Louis Vuitton, and also has the appropriate minimalist bottle presentation to be in step with niche perfume practices. Louis Vuitton Nouveau Monde (2018) is more than just a well-researched Western take on a Middle Eastern genre, as the phenomenal talents of Jacques Cavallier are brought to bear here (as with all the Louis Vuitton line) since he has been mostly adopted as house perfumer for the venerable designer's leap into the prestige perfume segment. This won't tickle the fancy of hardcore oud aficionados, but Nouveau Monde is good if the price is right. Nouveau Monde is also part of the huge initial roll-out of scents for Louis Vuitton and can currently be sampled only in boutiques or stores specifically consigned to sell the line like Neiman Marcus, so getting your hands on a sample may be tricky until this stuff has infiltrated the gray market a bit and starts appearing on sampling sites for decant purchases.

Rose and saffron come out of the gate with a leathery barnyard oud similar to Christian Dior Leather Oud (2010), but with the jock strap smell toned down a few notches by comparison. Jacques Cavallier must have taken notes from François Demachay in the oud presentation department, but complicates things with the additional gourmand elements of caramel and vanilla in the heart, then that oud in the base flanked by an olibanum incense note, amber, and sandalwood. I'm sure everything here is at least adulterated with synthetics if not entirely artificial, since this is $250 for 100ml and not $500 for 30ml of extrait, but it performs appropriately with good sillage and all-day longevity.
I can't say much more than that about Nouveau Monde, as it really is just a swirl of Western oud takes in a blender, with an uncommonly animalic growl usually reserved for the real deal, but dialed back to Western tolerances of politeness. Still, this should only be used romantically and likely not in sweltering heat unless you are very audacious with fragrance.

Midway between the rose of Montale Black Aoud (2006) and the leather/oud tandem of Leather Oud, Nouveau Monde is a "more the merrier" kind of addition to a niche perfume fan who doesn't flinch on price and wants several variations on a theme. Since this isn't loaded down with patchouli like the Aramis Perfume Calligraphy (2012) line, or extremely medicinal cut with amber or tobacco like the host of oud flankers produced by Versace, Armani, or Varvatos, Nouveau Monde may feel worth the sticker price if something like Oudh Infini from Parfums Dusita (2015) scares you and Areej le Doré Russian Oud (2018) is too scarce to be bothered fighting over. For the asking price of $250, there are still many other things I'd personally choose over this, like Diptyque Oud Palao (2015), which brings a similar barnyard rose oud to the table with a bit of a darker unfettered tone that I prefer, but Nouveau Monde is certainly worth a sampling to anyone looking to drop some coin on a quality Western oud take that doesn't smell like a seventh generation YSL M7 (2002), which is ironically another oud fragrance touched by the hands of Jacques Cavallier. Thumbs up!
03rd June, 2019
I’m far from a perfume expert but I do have an extensive collection of Tom Ford PB perfumes and this just took the crown. Let me describe my experience:

I love this perfume, it smells very posh and reminds me of the LV boutique and their leathers. On my skin it lasts easily 2 days and on clothing more than a month. Sillage is also great, when just sprayed on it fills the entire room.

At first Oud is a bit overwhelming but it tones down to form a harmony of saffron, cacoa and Oud. This is easily the most interesting perfume in their line. It mostly reminds me of luxurious leathers as found in BMW / Mercedes and the Louis Vuitton boutique.
03rd January, 2019
The oud / leather opening is a bit harsh but it gets softer after a few minutes thanks to the chocolate. A very accessible yet expressive oud. I have grown very fond of it.
24th October, 2018 (last edited: 29th November, 2018)
A better version of Dueto Parfums City Oud, saffrony/cardamomish oudh (stout, chocolatey, piquant, oily and super tenacious) and ghostly rose. Opening is spicy, cedary, rooty and kind of pencil shavings while along the way a chocolatey resinous rosey saffron takes the stage as the main protagonist. Woods (also a tad of patchouli) are lingering around till the end (dry, somewhat "gasseous" and "salty"). I detect cardamom and a tad of black pepper. A virile juice. Nouveau Monde could last on skin more than seventy hours.
08th October, 2018 (last edited: 09th October, 2018)
Water-colour take on all the Rose Ouds out there. Buffed up to be White Bread clean.
Yawn.
25th August, 2018

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