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Neutral Reviews of La Nuit de L'Homme by Yves Saint Laurent

Total Reviews: 34
On the positive side, the drydown to this is nice, a simple sweet powdery cardamom. The downside is that its a very sweet, and fruity, powdery cardamom that comes with a chemical note like hairspray and cold ash.

Happily the bum note mostly fades away, but thats only to leave a type of mediocre sweet woody masculine that would be ideal cover for those who smoke and have a taste for red energy drinks.

It should have been called La Nuit de l'Adolescent.

20th March, 2017 (last edited: 28th March, 2017)
I just bought a reformulated batch not knowing It got reformulated.Smell is still great but no silage or projection. Still get great compliments when a female gets close enough. Still last around 5-6 but mostly a skin fragrance. Why YSL Why!! Say it ain't so. Say it ain't so!!
07th December, 2016
Beautiful, soft, powdery fragrance with prominent notes of Cardamom & Bergamot. The composition is well blended and the perfumers made something special here. This is a masterpiece & will get many compliments, but I have recently learned that La Nuit was reformulated! While the smell is still great, projection & sillage are poor - not near the vintage La Nuit de L'Homme. No one will smell your fragrance after the first hour or so. Good for a date if your significant is going to get real close, but disappointing as it is much too light. The vintage juice is much darker & richer with excellent performance. When I learned that my bottle was not a vintage, I felt as though I got ripped off by YSL! I paid around $50 for the 2oz. I now go heavy on the trigger & apply to my shirt. Another beautiful fragrance ruined by reformulation :(

Note that most retailers, including department stores, are selling the reformulation of YSL La Nuit de L'Homme. If you are interested in the differences please watch a reviewer's video content: "La Nuit de L'Homme: Old vs Reformulated Differences."
29th February, 2016 (last edited: 22nd May, 2016)
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Although I feel that this is YSL's top fragrance for men, it is nothing really that special. It opens up with this Spicy/Fresh smell that is not bad, but it doesn't knock me off my feet either. The Spicy-Freshness eventually dries down to a powdery vanilla vibe. Again, not bad, but nothing special. Projection is above average for the first 3-4 hours. Longevity is very good as well, lasting anywhere from 8-10 hours on my skin. This fragrance definitely gives off a "metrosexual" type of vibe, so be sure to TRY before you buy. I have read & seen a lot of "hype" around this fragrance, but it just doesn't do it for me. However, the women I've encountered go "GA GA" over this scent. They really seem to enjoy it. So needless to say the compliment factor is very high. I would recommend this fragrance to someone who wants a "lady killer" cologne
06th June, 2015
I always love cardamom, and i do like the balance of spice and florals in this... Except the lavender which i think is to strong, and adds to a "sporty freshness" here that screams 90's college locker room, not grownup nightlife. At least to me.

I should probably give it another shot sometime given the rave reviews, but even if it's a better fragrance than i give it credit for, it's simply not for me.
02nd April, 2015
I find the opening to be somewhat masculine, but the dry down is definitely feminine powder territory to my nose. My untrained nose just gets hammered with artificial/synthetic notes.

La Nuit is a neutral rating that leans heavily thumbs down, because there are a few other scents in my collection that would definitely get the nod for a date night or 'inoffensive work' scent. The heavy powder dry down and synthetic vibe keeps me from enjoying this in any meaningful way.

PROS: projection and longevity
CONS: the (post-opening) scent

Pleasant, inoffensive (if you like powder) and unremarkable. My neutral thumb is in deference to the fans of this scent, but I'd have to say it's a 4.5/10. There are so many better scents for the same price or less.
05th March, 2015 (last edited: 12th March, 2015)
Not bad by any mean! its a nice and indeed darker than original which I like more.
vanilla base notes seem to last longer than originals woods but its sharper on top and heavier.
Doesnt have a lot in common with original.
Good fragrance but not for me.
04th October, 2014
Nice smell but not long lasting

I got this as everyone has been harping on about it, I live in London and like my scents... but to be honest, I don't find it long lasting at all as a scent, couple of hours and it is gone.

I finished the bottle but I must admit, I got no compliments from wearing this where as I have received many compliments from wearing Davidoff Coolwater, Le Male, A* men, Issey Miyake with Dior Homme Intense being extremely popular with my female colleagues. So much so that my female boss had to keep apologising for complimenting my smell whilst wearing DHI for fear of sexual harassment... But La Nuit? non, zilch. Merde...

I do have mild asthma and I find some scents slightly irritate it and A*men and Le Male definitely fall in that category, possibly Issey Miyake and very slightly Dior Homme. But no problem with Coolwater or La Nuit, part of me wants to try the parfum version to see if theres any difference but a lot of people don't seem to rate the parfum version.

Pros: Nice smell
Cons: Not long lasting

22nd June, 2013
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Fresh Bergamot with Vetiver are counterbalanced by cardamom and a mildly spicy note. A synthetic undertone of an aldehydic nature. It does not sound like anything special - and it isn't to me, but it is a bit richer and more interesting than many other contemporary insipid scents. Approximate longevity three hours. Not bad.
12th February, 2013
what is a true fragrance to grab "girls attention"? here it is. its sweet spicy in alluring way that exceeds expectations! YSL been long known for the quality of their scent. named Opium, Kouros and others, YSL in short words a guarantee for a luxurious smelling fragrance. No fragrance can be a panty dropper (that name alone makes me giggles) but this one, La Nuit is eye turner, and people will remember the way you smelled

La Nuit is no exception. its true pleaser and true attention seeker. once you get the vibe with your chemistry, you're unstoppable. La Nuit don't turn you into man-whore scent that scream "look at me y'all!" (sorry, 1 Million) but rather into a men of class who dig girls with class, who speak calmly "how about dinner tonight, lads?" with raised eyebrows. this is a unique fragrance that would be able to perform both at clubbing or a dinner without seemed out of place

sillage and longevity still matter of question to me, since I only get moderate results (it's not too bad. I'll wait for it to grow on me later). guys, get this gem quickly!
16th January, 2013
When I tested this fragrance first, ohhhh, that good! I had a bottle and enjoy it a lot, but over time I realized it was not as good as I thought from the beginning. It's a pleasant fragrance, dutiful and from my point of view, the most redeemable of the latest releases of the house. The cocoa leaves point to good taste, is sensual and romantic. Despite being called the night man, I find the fragrance fresh enough to be used during the day. Not a bad scent, but I prefer others.
21st December, 2012 (last edited: 10th January, 2013)
Smells just like L'Homme IMO. Just a tad sweeter. If you have L'Homme, it doesn't make any sense to get this one.
14th September, 2012
Comfortable, sweet, handsome.

Nothing revolutionary, but still solid.
05th September, 2012
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To MY nose, this seems to be a good-quality fragrance, despite the fact it came from the same house that created that abomination, Kouros. And with that being said, it seems 2-dimensional to me, missing something, maybe TOP notes. Yes, that's it: it seems as if it is created entirely of middle and base notes. Maybe a good mandarin note would fix that.
13th August, 2012 (last edited: 21st January, 2013)
Nothing really wrong with it, but it is too sweet for me. The vanilla and spices came through strong, and it was generic smelling. I couldn't find anything unique about it, and forgot what it smelled like 2 min. after I tried it on. I will stick to L Homme Libre...
08th August, 2012 (last edited: 12th February, 2013)
My girlfriend loves this on me. She bought it for me and also said she will buy it again when I will run out of it. The point is that this will probably not happen in a long time. For a house that came up with M7, Opium pour Homme, Body Kouros and so on this is very disappointing...It just seems that this is a very lineair flagrance that was put together without any effort. This could just as well be a very cheap body deodorant that was put in a expensive looking bottle.
07th April, 2012
I gave this fragrance a neutral rating simply because I dont know if I like it or not. My initial reaction was baby powder but as this dries down it becomes more tolerable. Good longevity too
01st February, 2012
This was one more frag which I really tried to like. It smelled of cardamon and floral-like, gourmand accords on the top notes. But very unfortunately, two or three hours later I can hardly smell it on my wrist to be able to describe it. The lack of longevity is a deal breaker for me
09th January, 2012
Meh. Just smells a bit gingerish and a bit sweet to me. Nice fragrance but not really for me. Would definitely suit those lotharios out there.
18th December, 2011
La Nuit De L'Homme by Yves Saint Laurent - One is initially exposed to the flowery orange of bergamot accompanied by the dusty cinnamon of cardamom. Attracted by faint lavender, this inviting couple shuffles to the waiting middle. The minty, herbal lavender with its inherent vanilla and the sharp conifer of the virginia cedar subsume the feeble opening, and concoct a powdery, smoky woodiness, with vaulting sweetness, as it flows to the expectant base. Here, at the simmering base, the green and earthy vetiver combines with the hefty vanilla and pine of coumarin, as well as a touch of anise from caraway, to form a saccharine drydown. Teetering on the feminine side, this humdrum composition is a fall/winter scent, and has average projection and good longevity.
13th December, 2011
This is a really pleasant fragrance folks.
The opening is great mixture of fresh bergamot and strong ginger notes and some sweetness in the background that may give you almost green apple vibe!
Very yummy scent!
It's fresh, but at the same time spicy and sweet.
As time goes by, the bergamot smell started to decay and lavender is the replacement for it, with more sweetness and a bitter ginger scent mixing with them.
It's quite pleasant and there is nothing harsh or bad about it.
On my skin, this fragrance doesn't have strong projection and longevity. but it's above average.
Really good juice with so elegant and sensual smell and really good quality.
29th November, 2011 (last edited: 01st June, 2014)
Powdery and smokey notes over the original l'homme base can come off as having a perfumey smell. Projects like a beast. I much prefer the original fresh and clean l'homme. If you want powdery done right I would go with l'instant instead of this one.
25th September, 2011
Smells like rootbeer to me. Projects like crazy. Has a synthetic tinge to it that can cause headaches. But when applied sparingly actually smells quite nice. Safe - yes. Edgy, daring, or high-quality? - No.
18th May, 2011
Swanky Show all reviews
United States
I was all set to add to the hate. In fact, I purchased a small bottle some time ago and had put it in my "to get rid of" line. At first wearing it seemed generic and dull as many others have noted. I decided to go back and wear each of the "losers" once more before I jettisoned them.

Wearing La Nuit once again, I was confronted at the top with the same sense of disappointment. The first hour or so is not well-constructed. The notes are incongruous and clashing - cheap woods and cheap sweetness. Yes, this one is a loser...but then, the drydown came.

As I've mentioned in other reviews, heavy sweetness of the vanilla/amber variety is generally a no-no for me. I either smell like a cupcake (Royal Secret for Men) or a blondie (Pour Un Homme). Lazy, uncreative perfume lines lean on the Mrs. Fields ingredient list too often these days.

Surprised, then, was I when the sweetness of La Nuit was not cloying. There was enough wood and spice to temper the sugar. It even began to smell pleasant and improved as the day (or La Nuit) went on with 12-plus hours of longevity. One of the main issues with high-volume vanilla sweetness is that it smells cheap. Somehow, I find La Nuit de L'Homme to avoid this and to smell more like Musc Ravageur or Lonestar Memories than Vanilla Fields. I still can't say I love this or even like it especially, but it's not as horrible as some are making it. I suspect that many Musc Ravageur lovers scoff at this. They shouldn't.
06th May, 2011 (last edited: 11th August, 2011)
Obnoxiously sexy. It conjures up images of the cliched lounge lizard: He's collecting myriad phone numbers on drink napkins at a trendy club. I'm sure his shirt is unbuttoned one button too many and perhaps a little chest hair is peaking though. Banal, but pleasant.
13th March, 2011
MOONB Show all reviews
United States
La Nuit is basically the original L'Homme, this time with brown sugar-encrusted ginger dialed up to 11. Most of the exact same components are in place. I'm not really sure how this translates to a "night" fragrance, but apparently YSL decided that clubbers have a sweet tooth. As it ages on skin, the ginger recedes, leaving a cooler rendition of the original in place. It's okay I guess, but why bother? If you like the original L'Homme, owning this is redundant.
20th February, 2011
Tried this one 2 days in a row and I really wanted to like it, but it just doesn't do anything for me. It's got a sweetness to it with a hint of spice, but the spice fades away and you're left with something simple and comparable to Armani Diamonds in my opinion. It just doesn't seem to catch anybody's attention, even my own when I'm wearing it. On the plus side, the scent has decent longevity, but it doesn't have anything to make it stand out.
23rd March, 2010
lunoar Show all reviews
United Kingdom
A nice enough smell but not very distinctive.
I get a sort of gingery/spice citrus at the start which gives way to amber/hint of vanilla base.

15th March, 2010
A hint of florals, edged with cardamom against some very synthetic cedar, layered over sweet mildly peppery coumarin. Dilute this blend a hundred-fold and there you have it - LA NUIT DE L'HOMME. Arguably a worthy flanker for it continues the snooze-fest that the original started, but IMO a source of embarassment for a proud house like YSL.

03rd February, 2010
La Nuit De L'Homme is not the night shift of L'Homme but actually just 2 hours of overtime. Frankly, there are better options in Coty (Stetson Black). People speak about the "unavailability" of YSL scents these days in stores, and this one like the need to bathe in it L'Homme is a scents that flirts with unavailability even while you are wearing it. More like shadows really, the time of day not clear: here comes cedar to the rescue. Really, can't really bash it, Le Neutral De L'Homme...
21st July, 2009