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La Nuit (1985)
by Paco Rabanne


La Nuit information

Year of Launch1985
Average Rating
(based on 91 votes)

People and companies

HousePaco Rabanne
PerfumerJean Guichard
PackagingAndré Ricard
Parent CompanyPuig Beauty & Fashion Group > Puig Prestige Beauty Brands

About La Nuit

La Nuit is a feminine perfume by Paco Rabanne. The scent was launched in 1985 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Jean Guichard. The bottle was designed by André Ricard

La Nuit fragrance notes

Reviews of La Nuit

Carnal Leather Chypre, pissy a souhait.
Not for the faint
28th May, 2020
A handsome big boned chypre you half expect to have long raven hair and fangs to go with her blood red satin gown. This is a gripping spectacle of gothic theatre, more sinister than the cold wind of Poison (also 1985), truly magnificent. Now where's that Temple of Love extended HQ remix?

04th September, 2018
I used up a tiny sample, someone had sent as a swap. I had a miniature of this a long time ago. Wow! I had forgotten how beautiful La Nuit is. One whiff, took me back in time. They don't make them like this, anymore.
Musty, musky, airy, animalic, earthy, honeyed mild floral masterpiece chypre. If you can get your hands on a sample, you Must try it. Vintage Rabanne's are always worth while. This is no exception.
21st December, 2017
Darvant pretty much explains the story of this beauty. It's structure is classical. I recognize the Civet, Oakmoss supported Honey Bouquet expanding, tarted by the Citrus.
The Canvas is dense and a Savon of Rose Chypre. Honeyed Leather indeed. Perhaps because of the Basil Anisic in this, I find ever so slightly more, wearable as a Male,than the "Shocking". It carries the Civet-Oakmoss laden start billowing and dries to almost a dirtier Pour Monsieur.
Then again, my wife would wear this, most nobly, as it is Reminiscent of it's cousins Paloma Picasso and Armani.
18th November, 2017 (last edited: 19th November, 2017)
Certain types of things are like a God's gift, veritable antidotes to collapse of costumes, against an irreversible prolapse of taste and the paralysing boredom, as potions to keep my spirit up. Paco Rabanne La Nuit represents an iconic milestone for a supreme idea of "appalling" animalic/aldehydic/leathery chypreism, the forbidding thin red line ideally conjoining Van Cleef&Arpels First to Gianni Versace, Acampora Sballo to Estee Lauder Knowing, passing through Paloma Picasso, Fleurs de Rocaille, Van Cleef, Paris, Magot, Diva and Roccobarocco. Not a lot more to add over the massive floral/aldehydic/animalic structure. I smell poetry, picking up glistens of wax, peaches, musk, earth, pepper and dry leaves. There is a common "ultra-aristocratic" foundation (provided by aldehydes, civet, hesperides, oakmoss/patchouly, honey, fruity-spicy rose/jasmine and hints of leather) connecting all the former "noble old matron-like" potions, a similar classically chypre archetype of musky/spicy alchemy and lot of mutual memories about disappeared old aunts, massive mink coats, ermine furs, feathered hair, heavy facial makeups and high ceiling-rooms (embellished by massive golden frames pictures, oriental stuffs, bronze-statues and Persian tapestries). La Nuit eau de parfum runs gradually that olfactory metamorphosis waving from a stuffy/aldehydic decadent bewildering amorphous abstraction to a softer hyper sophisticated more "discernible/structured" fruity/floral symphony. Soft sparks of leather fill the air as moths, gleams of viney fruitiness dance as violin-notes in the night. Finally the rosey/musky/spicy/viney/leathery La Nuit's central vibe smells really close to the one we've enjoyed in Azzaro Acteur (which adds more virile restaint and aromatic piquancy to the beautiful olfactory game). Beyond all this manneristic monumental beauty (apparently ephemeral but actually substantial in its cultural "substratum", the bold related characters in fur coats or sideburns and flares, the overseas "exotic" immigrations and the enthusiastic future planning) all that's left is the Black Opium Floral Shock's shock and the horrific plastically anosmic theater of "talent and reality shows" with their indecent allusive exposure and the absurd background of metallic saltiness, stretched t-shirts, sculpted locks of hair and the adumbrative stretchy metrosexual pants. God forgive the inelegant fools.
01st August, 2017 (last edited: 02nd August, 2017)
This is a review of a semi vintage bottle.
If you had told me that this was a new niche fragrance, I would have totally believed you. Wow. A lush, powerful rose chypre with tons of attitude. The animalaic quality that others have mentioned is definitely there. After 4 hours, I could distinctly smell civet.
It reminds me slightly of vintage Magie Noir and Estee Lauder Knowing. But I like this even better than Knowing.
The longevity on my skin is unheard of- better than any save Nassomoto Black Afgano and Lutens Fumerie Turque. It is definitely an evening fragrance.
Great price, excellent quality and depth. Love it.
08th March, 2016

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