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Dans la Nuit (1924)
by Worth


Dans la Nuit information

Year of Launch1924
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 25 votes)

People and companies

PerfumerMaurice Blanchet
PackagingRené Lalique
Parent CompanyShaneel Enterprises Ltd

About Dans la Nuit

Reorchestrated in 1985 and 2000

Dans la Nuit fragrance notes

Reviews of Dans la Nuit

After the twilight comes the night.
You might expect Dans la Nuit to have something to do with L'heure Bleue, and they do have a similar colouring; dark midnight blue.
But there are differences.
Dans la Nuit's aspirin fizz is less crackly than the highlights of L'heure Bleue. It also has an ochre biscuity note, and is less sweet in the base.
It draws on the aldehydes and florals of No5 : rose-jasmin, ylang ylang, muguet, and orris with a violet accent, and this brings it back to L'heure Bleue again.
Despite these borrowings, Dans la Nuit is a charming classic that may have you gazing up at the stars - which are less vibrant, but more seductive than the orange lights of the Quai de la Seine.
04th March, 2021 (last edited: 15th April, 2021)
Beautiful feminine powdery perfume with aldehydes & orris root notes which do shine from beginning to end.

Best worn on warm evenings as it is fairly light although very beautiful.

Thumbs up!
01st March, 2019
Both Worth's Dans La Nuit and Lanvin's Mon Peche appeared the same year: 1924. I had heard of a similarity, so wanted to experience the Worth, since the Lanvin is one of my favorites. Although they share 11 notes (2 top, 5 middle and 4 base), I find no similarity whatsoever.

My Sin notes: 19

Top notes: Bergamot, Lemon, Clary Sage, Neroli: 4
Heart notes: Ylang, Jasmine, Rose, Lavender, Clove, Orris, Muguet, Narcissus, Lilac: 9
Base notes: Vetiver, Vanilla, Musk, Tolu Balm, Styrax, Civet: 6

Dans La Nuit notes: 17

Top notes Bergamot, Lemon, Violet: 3
Heart notes: Carnation, Jasmin, Orris, Rose, Ylang, Muguet, Cinnamon: 7
Base notes: Vetiver, Vanilla, Musk, Tonka, Sandalwood, Civet, Amber: 7

This reminds me of the scent emanating from one of my aunt's fur coats, especially when newly in from a cold frosty winter day with the warmth of the fire picking up the oils.

It is richly old-fashioned in the best possible way, plummy and dark with rich rose and jasmine and the very best musk, tonka, amber and civet warmly rounding out its rich florals.

One of the best floral creations in perfume history. Luckily, vintage is still available.

First Edit: On multiple wearings of this pure parfum I am also getting a strong lilac, which is not listed in the official notes. The overall effect is that of a woman's lipstick scent from the 1930s/1940s, that indescribable scent that emanated also to the bottom of women's handbags of the period and can still be detected in vintage bags.

Second Edit: I am now using my third bottle and in this I find the ambergris most pronounced, paired with the Rose de Mal, and with more experience of scent under my belt, I find I am reminded of Creed's signature use of ambergris in its concoctions. Each batch of Dans La Nuit is of course a bit different as materials change slightly according to where and how obtained over the years. A most interesting twist on the effect I had first experienced.

24th August, 2016 (last edited: 22nd November, 2019)
My husband found a (most likely) c. 1950s mini bottle of Dans la Nuit in an antique store as a Christmas present for me. When he got the stopper off (don't ask, my heart stops), the tiny amount of what was left in the bottle was breathtaking. Somewhat reminiscent of a combination of Cuir de Russie and Bois des Iles, or perhaps Habanita. I bought a decant which is quite lovely, but completely floral and rapidly fading on me, so I assume a completely different issue. Who knows what my original is, or what conditions it was stored under. At any rate, for those who love the truly complex, developing historical perfumes, the early versions of Dans la Nuit are apparently superb.
10th January, 2014
I have some bottles of both the original formulation (EDT) and the new (parfum). Both are quite lovely initially, but the new version falls flat after just a few minutes. The original formulation stays strong and gorgeous - sweet, rich fruits, flowers (jasmine and ylang-ylang?) and woods.

Vintage Dans la Nuit has a Worth 'signature' that I also smell in vintage Je Reviens - I believe they share similar aldehydic and salicylate notes. I can imagine someone wearing the lighter Je Reviens by day and then topping up with Dans la Nuit for a special evening.
30th September, 2010 (last edited: 20th August, 2012)
mumsy Show all reviews
United Kingdom
I tried one in a tall blue glass bottle, eau de parfum 80%. I presume a vintage. I absolutely adored the first spicy, jumbled top notes as lisa describes, but on me this rapidly vanished into a very pleasant and dated flowery talc within half an hour of application. I really wanted the first spicy, flowery, woody part to last and last. If it had, I would have rated this as one of my favourite smells.... but it didn't sadly. I would love to create something smelling like these top notes.
09th March, 2010

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