Thread: Parfums de Nicolaï
The best one and the most long lasting one. Which one?
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both and be one traveler, long I stood and looked down one as far as I could to where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, ...... I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost
Same here. New York, New York.
Catherine Deneuve: "You should put scent where you like to be kissed."
I like Pour Homme, but I heard it's possibly being discontinued (it was not on the PdN website, which was pointed out to me by Prince Barry). I'm still undecided between that one and New York. Very different animals - must test. BeautyHabit still has samples and bottles of PH for sale.
I want to be a part of it....
New York, New York...
top ten: L'Air du Desert Marocain, Black Aoud, Le Labo Rose 31, Bois du Portugal, Incense Rose, Millesime Imperial, Czech & Speake no.88, Terre de Hermes, Musc Ravageur, Nasomatto Duro
Best layers: GIT and TdH, GIT and BA
sample wishlist: Roses Musk
I'd say New York as well.
Something about the Nicolai style leaves me cold. The scents are well-composed but I haven't found any of them compelling. Odalisque and New York please me more than most of the line, but I have to admit that even those two bore me to some extent.
New York does it for me.
"Are you a god?"
"Are you a wizard?"
"Are you a man?"
"Then what are you?"
"I am awake.."
Yup, good ole NY!
"I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best." - Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
I love New York . . . the city. I love the Yankees and the Giants too! I've been all over the world and I have to say New York is my favorite city by far. So I have to say without a doubt my favorite Nicolai scent is Pour Homme. Discontinued? My luck.
So far I have been underwhelmed by PdN. New York is supposed to be one of the masculines that works well on a woman, but I can't say I even remember what it smells like, it was so unmemorable. Odalisque seemed like a great quality composition, but wasn't quite my style. I have tried others also--the most interesting was Vie de Chateau, but I think that one may also be discontinued.
Definitely will have to revisit this house as I still have most of my samples....
I am still virgin of Nicolai - but hopefully today I'll receive my four samples. You surely know the feeling of extreme curiosity
By the way: one of the samples is Vie de Chateau. I ordered it as unisex, but in the directory it is noted as feminine. What is the truth? From the notes listed I would tend to the unisex side.
Last edited by Sandy; 4th September 2008 at 04:55 AM.
Lucky Scent has Vie de Chateau as a masculine...I think it could go either way.
I've only sampled New York so far and it's awfully long lasting.
PVC and Leather. A Chain and a feather
My favorites EDTs are: New York and Pour Homme
My favorite EDCs are: Cologne Sologne and Haute Provence
I was disappointed.
PVC and Leather. A Chain and a feather
New York is a first class fragrance in every way -- one of a handful of scents that,
as Luca Turin writes, "Just smell great."
Longevity is good. Nicolai Pour Homme lasts longer, and is also a winner.
New York is very special, though.
One more thing about Parfums de Nicolai: They haven't messed up New York by trying to
modernize it, or whatever houses do to tweak their scents. I just got a new bottle from Beauty Habit.
[Great online store, by the way. I've been a longtime customer of theirs.] It's just as superb as the
bottle I got a few years ago.
The price seems to be going up on this one, though. Too popular, I guess.
Last edited by trumpet_guy; 4th September 2008 at 06:04 AM.
I have Vetyver (cumin, soap, vetiver), Baladin (herbs, leather, vetiver) and Balle de Match (grapefruit, incense, vetiver), and love them all.
For swap/sale: Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire, Vint. MPG Santal Noble, vint. Tiffany for Men, Floris Mahon Leather, Creed Spice & Wood, Roja Dove Amber Aoud Crystal, 1 Million Intense & Absolutely Gold, Montale Cuir D'Arabie, Bentley Intense, Prada Amber PH metal travel spray, Loewe PH, vint. YSL Rive Gauche pour Homme, M7 gel, Roma (women's), Obsession, others...
NY is excellent and long lasting, but I also love the lighter Balle de Match (grapefruit), Sologne (classic Edc) and Haute Provence (Lavender). I find pour homme a bit too "dusty"
II est de forts parfums pour qui toute matière/Est poreuse. On dirait qu'ils pénètrent le verre.
another vote for NY. anyone who admires classics(like Chanel PM) would appreciate the genius behind this scent....the perfect combination of herbs, spices, and animalic notes controlled beautifully till the end by oakmoss on one of the most satifying base of amber and leather overtones...this is pure and real all the way to the base.
again, i dont think this is a type of scent that a guy would wear to college...this commands a little respect and should be worn on either the right ocassion or someone who is of age... a definite confidence booster for me and most importantly, a journey worth savouring right from the start, until the end.
i also understand, how dated it might smell when compared to the releases of the so called "niche" houses of today...call me old fashioned, but i love my NY and i would imagine a grumpy me in my 60's throwing away half of my collection that i have today only to wear NY..
I tried all the Parfums de Nicolaï three and a half years ago when I found their shop in a shopping centre under my hotel in Paris. I thought they were all nice enough, the style was something like a cross between Trumpers and L'Artisan, and I even bought one of theirs for my wife.
But I wasn't overly taken with them - there weren't any of the men's ones I felt were must haves, though I was tempted to buy the Vetiver one most of all. Perhaps it would have been better if I hadn't tried them all at once.
New York, absolutely
Vie de Chateau is awfully long-lasting for something that is supposedly in the edc/eau fraiche camp.
So is Cologne Nature - smells like it's going to disappear in 20 min., but four hours later, there it is, still murmuring.
Cologne Sologne is my absolute favorite of this line.
Last edited by Jardanel; 4th September 2008 at 04:12 PM.
I have only tried 3, my order of preference:
2. Pour Homme
3. New york
I like all 3 but the Vetyver is the one i need to get.
I've sampled them all except Cologne Sologne and was not impressed with anything. I do not get longevity of any kind, even with the EDP strength. Almost every scent has an old-fashioned, staid feel. Eclipse is probably my favorite, but I do not think I'll be purchasing it. It's one of those lines where the top notes are impressive and interesting, but beyond that (about 10 minutes into the wearing), not so great. Definitely sample before purchasing.
Seems like "New York" is the answer to every PdN thread !