This begins life as an unusual floral lemon--unusual in that the lemon is relegated to the back seat even during the top notes. I also detect what might be a very heady spice component if it were stronger, but again restrained to blend with the lemon and florals. It has a bit of mapley, anisy thickness that makes me suspect some immortelle, though not nearly as much as in their Sables, which nearly drowned me in pancake syrup. I don't find it particularly masculine, though the only feminine scents it actually reminds me of might be a few very old, very heavy ones. While the best comparison I can think of is to Boucheron, a very heavy lemon from my distant past, then I'd say Les Nuits would be a feminine analog to that; they share the same stodgy, dated stuffiness. Like Eau d'Hadrien, the lemon here hangs on for a remarkably long time, and with remarkably true lemoniness, but if I want that I would just reach for Eau. Overall it's not bad, but I'm not sure what niche of scent space it's trying to carve out for itself, and coupled with the gender neutrality it paints a very ambiguous picture. Lots of frankincense and sandalwood at the end brings us over to oriental territory. It's not for me, but still worth a sniff. Quite a chameleon.
Les Nuits D'Hadrien by Annick Goutal, 2003
This is supposed to be a unisex fragrance but it leans so far to the masculine that it would smell a bit strange on a woman. Despite the fine ingredients and deft use of citrus, this smells like Right Guard and testosterone. A high school locker room comes to mind--not in a bad way, just in a way that is jarring on a woman. On a man, this is a musky citrus with an herbal underpinning. There are spices in the basenotes--I smell cardamom and spices associated with Indian food. Imagine the captain of the football team, a fellow who eats a lot of curry, after a fierce workout in the heat. He is in the locker room, takes a shower, sprays on antiperspirant and heads out to class. But his shower was too short--his core body temperature is too high and he keeps pumping out a manly funk with a Tikka Masala twist to it. Then, as his body cools in the airconditioning of his next class, the scent soon fades away (this is a Goutal, after all). Not my cup of chai.
real citrus, not the synthetic kind - its an okay scent probably for early autumn or early spring, nothing extraordinary here, but the dry down is admirable, however the longevity and projection of this is pathetic, as it the price.
This is a very classic composition in the vein of traditional eaux de Cologne, such as 4711 Kölnischwasser. To my nose, the citrus smells like lemon verbena's punch of straight citral. After the first half hour or so, it calmed down into a mellow citrus Cologne for a few hours. The sillage, while barely there, is a soft, sweet musk, still present about 12 hours after application. Seems perfect for someone who "doesn't wear perfume," so I have passed the sample to my fiance. After years of Burt's Bees Natural cologne (which he wears very well), I think this might be a nice bit of variety -- and I look forward to hugging him at the end of the day and smelling that sillage.
I first smelt this fragrance almost two years ago, and I vividly remember cringing as I found the citrus too acidic and strange. These days my nose is much better trained and I have learnt to appreciate such scents. Le Nuits d'Hadrien is not all citrus, in fact the citrus notes are shadowed by the herbaceous qualities. I own Eau d'Hadrien which I find too lemony, however this version is much more rounded. The lemon, although present, doesn't play a huge part in this composition. The mandarin orange stands out the most, especially with the aromatic herbs surrounding it. Because of the green herbs, which are at times a tad too spicy, Le Nuits d'Hadrien has a dark aura of citrusy warmth and exotic cooking spices. I made a pork roast once which I seasoned with bay leaves, orange pulp and rosemary. This fragrance reminds me of that beautiful Winter dish. Over the course of this fragrance's drydown, Le Nuits d'Hadrien does take on a rather soapy quality, however the earthy patchouli, citrus and herbs can still be recognised. Unfortunately the lasting power of this fragrance is not great, nor is the sillage which is pretty weak. I hate when some Annick Goutal fragrances fade quickly because it gives people the impression that all her scents do this, which is not true. I have only tested the EDT version, however with my experience with this fragrance house, the EDP's usually last a lot longer. Either way, this fragrance is still worth checking out, especially if citrus aromatics are your thing.
This one it's an elegant citrus fragrance that can be worn without any problem, in a hot/humid country. It starts out with a blast of citrus notes. A lot of mandarin combined with the acidness from bergamot, a very pleasant smell, not too harsh. As time goes by, the herbal/semi-sweet tone starts to appear, leaving behind the strong citrus opening. Staying so, as a comforting and easy to wear fragrance.
This is just like Eau d'Hadrien (realistic and pleasant citrus), but less sharp, more mellow. Also, like Eau d'Hadrien, this lacks projection, complexity, and longevity. I get one hour out of it max. Not a bad smell, but not bottle worthy for me.
A wonderful citrus that has depth, even though handled with a soft hand. Lemony opening blends beautifully with herbal, green notes. Amber is introduced, but with a deft hand. The blend of still slightly citrus, yet herbal, yet warm notes is beautifully handled. If the original was too tart, do give this a try. Airy and light enough for hot weather, but yet, not just your average citrus fragrance.
A very nice fragrance that opens in the classical Eau De Cologne style with tart citrus and bergamot and immediately takes a much more interesting twist with the appearance of an astringent artemisia note joined by herbs and some coniferous. Nice ambery / musk drydown. Despite longevity it's not among the best around, Les Nuits D'Hadrien is still a remarkable aromatic-citrus-oriental fragrance worth to check out. Good work.
I like this it is an oriental which I can appreciate for its restraint and light style. It has two distinct phases. The first is an herbal-green scent very much in the style of Eau DHadrien. There is an aromatic citrus/green aspect which suggests a fine, classic EdC. Good herbs and spices emerge. The Eau DHadrien notes become smoother and rounder. This phase is beautiful and classy. The citrus notes have great duration, and pick up the cypress to create a lemon-wood chord. The second phase presents the heavier oriental basenotes. Due to the restraint of their treatment, they dont overwhelm or become cloying. They suggest a slightly smoky, woody cloud of light musk, spice and amber. Yes, a little vanilla is here but even I can appreciate it (a rarity for me!). Very well done. For those who find Eau DHadrien interesting but too austere, this is worth checking out.
Les Nuits D'Hadrien by Annick Goutal, 2003
By: Annick Goutal
|Perfumer||Camille Goutal / Isabelle Doyen|
|Notes||Bergamot, Sicilian Lemon, Green Mandarin, Tangerine, Cypress, Basil, Cumin, Juniper, Ylang-Ylang, Vanilla, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Amber, White Musk|
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