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Nuit d'Issey (2014)
by Issey Miyake


Nuit d'Issey information

Year of Launch2014
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 78 votes)

People and companies

HouseIssey Miyake
PerfumerDominique Ropion
PerfumerLoc Dong
PackagingFabien Baron
Parent CompanyShiseido > Beaute Prestige International

About Nuit d'Issey

Nuit d'Issey is a masculine fragrance by Issey Miyake. The scent was launched in 2014 and the fragrance was created by perfumers Loc Dong and Dominique Ropion. The bottle was designed by Fabien Baron

Nuit d'Issey fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Nuit d'Issey

This is a long-overdue proper sampling of the original Issey Miyake Nuit díIssey EDT from 2014, a great fresh spicy mix that seems to have a bit of a Spicebomb-esque ďhot meets coldĒ motley of spices along with fresher fruitier elements as well, its blend consisting of bergamot, grapefruit, leather, black pepper, incense, ebony tree, tonka, patchouli, and some other spicy/woody notes. The leather is fairly faint, the main vibe being a citric/woody/spicy blend thatís just done very well overall.

This evokes a classic ďwhatís not to like?Ē reaction from me, as itís so easily likable (and the assortment of notes seems formulaically safe to yield a good result) yet I can see how some might not be smitten with it. Itís good, certainly, but is it great? Itís surely practical, as, despite pertaining to the night in name, itís invigorating and fresh enough to be a daytime and year-round option to the point that I doubt it would seem out of place even in the heat of summer.

Comparisons Iíve seen between this original EDT (2014) and the subsequent Parfum version (2015) seem to suggest that the Parfum is both more acclaimed and more up my alley personally, and then there are of course the other variants that have come out and been pretty popular since then (Polaris and especially Pulse of the Night)

Itís essentially a cheapie at this point, currently $35 for 125ml (the larger size) on FragranceNet, a deal that seems difficult to beat given the brand and quality of the juice. So itís a bargain that Iíll have to seek out if I do not perhaps try the Parfum first.

7 out of 10
13th January, 2021
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United Kingdom
The top notes are bergamot heavy - synthetic-smelling bergamot that is - with a good measure of grapefruit worked into it - not unexpectedly quite a bright duo.

In the drydown a spics spice mix develops, but the spices are bite really hot - I get predominantly nutmeg and a whiff of white pepper, with a sweetish vetiver adding additional nuances. This vetiver is light, and without any earthy or deeper character. A pleasant suede impression develops, which is underlined by a nonspecific woodsiness at times. Towards the base a soft in and transiently mikes an appearance; it is quite weak and more of a non-event.

The base continues the sweet component contributed by a tonka note, but is must be said that this is more a polite and orderly sweetness, which is never strong, intense or cloying.

I get moderate sillage, very good projection and nine hours of longevity on my skin.

This scent for warmer autumn or cooler spring days starts not in an excitingly breathtaking manner, with some interesting moments, especially the touches of spice reminiscent form the original and incorporated well into the flanker. In the second half of its development the NUIT really falls on the quality of this creation, when it degenerates into a predictable synthetic soup full of generic ingredients. Not bad, but the latter stages, regrettably, are letting it down considerably. Not bad, but it has its drawbacks. Overall 2.75/5.
08th October, 2020
It starts off a little interesting, but then fades into a generic mall scent. Grapefruit and incense stick out through out the scents life which isn't long. It does smell dark. It's not terrible, but it isn't special either. I think I will give up on this house. I have three in my collection and they are flops.
10th August, 2019
I can almost see the board meeting between marketing, the creative director, and the perfumers who won the bid with their primitives. "So we pulled you guys in here because we've seen you both with niche and mainstream successes, and know you can scale up or down your talents to the matter at hand and provided budget. We need something like all the 'Nuit' clubber scents going around, rich and heavy, with the trendy aromachemical bases all the other houses are using, but it has to have a bit of that Issey Miyake zest we're known for, and be a little weird, but not too weird. Got it?" Yeah, well it looks like Dominique Ropion and Loc Dong got the message loud and clear, because Nuit d'Issey (2014) is literally the Issey Miyake take on Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit de L'Homme (2009), mishmashed with a bit of that salty "marine ambergris" ambroxan vibe we can all blame Bleu de Chanel (2010) for making popular, and a touch of Versace Eros (2013), on which this scent chases coattails closest. I'm being as nice as I can about this because I generally like Issey Miyake, even if I don't like all the L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme (1994) flanker abuse. This is technically an "extended use flanker" in the fashion La Nuit de L'Homme extends into the evening after a day of wearing the original Yves Saint Laurent L'Homme (2006) at work. I totally get it, I really do, I just don't really click with the delivery here, although this is far from olfactive trash by any means. Nuit d'Issey is an unapologetic "me too" because the house known for introducting yuzu to mainstream perfume just had to have a modern douchebro clubber scent in their masculine line up, and I guess it really could be worse, since the perfumers on board at least made sure the idea was translated competently, even if not with much personality.

Nuit d'Issey opens with grapefruit and bergamot, the tandem staple opening since the perfumer of the original masculine L'Eau d'Issey (Jacques Cavallier) returned to pen L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme Sport (2012) with those two citrus notes front and center. The yuzu here is barely noticeable, and is instantly steamrolled by a larger dose of the nutmeg also returning from the original L'Eau, but joined by cardamom and a dry leather similar again to the aforementioned sport flanker, but dialed up. It feels like Dominique Ropion and Loc Dong were rifling through Jacques Cavallier's notepad in a hurry when composing Nuit d'Issey, just so it has some tie-in to the series. Vetiver also makes a show, but it's the smokey black kind like that found in classic masculines such as Jacomo de Jacomo (1980) or Open by Roger & Gallet (1985). This vetiver smoke is easily the best part of the scent thus far, and the only stride made that lets Nuit d'Issey stand out for me, but it is a short-lived joy. Scratchy norlimbanol "woods", a moderate dose of ambroxan, and the often-abused tonka note manifest with a fake incense that is probably also imparted by the norlimbanol and some Iso E Super, since it rings clear like the base of Amouage Jubilation XXV (2005) but without half the potency or complexity. Bleached patchouli gobbledyguck fills in the holes left by such jagged chemistry on display to round everything off, and there you have it. Sillage is suffocating with more than a few sprays, and longevity is "long enough" if you're using this for the intended nightlife purpose. I'd really rather just wear the scents this tries to ape than wear Nuit d'Issey, but I can't say it's entirely awful.

I guess male fans of all smelly things labelled Issey Miyake will look to this as their weekend party scent, but I've never really encountered an Issey Miyake fanboy in the wild quite like I have Creed, Dior, Versace, or Gucci lovers, so I don't know if they exist. Based on that logic, I also don't know if this really has a market, because there are just so many better options even at price points lower than Nuit d'Issey, that you'd have to be unusually hard-up for the brand to want something like Nuit d'Issey from them, knowing what else is out there. As if this wasn't already a misguided and mediocre scent using sillage in place of sophistication, they made a parfum edition in 2015 which is even more cloying, qualifying for the "good grief Charlie Brown" reaction from anyone unfortunate enough to come into the H-Bomb mushroom cloud that will likely result from an application to skin. Of course, Issey Miyake also pumped out flankers-of-flankers to this (a move they learned from Calvin Klein or Yves Saint Laurent to be sure), including Nuit d'Issey Austral Expedition (2015) and Nuit d'Issey Blue Astral (2017), proving that the madness just keeps going with this delusional house. Nuit d'Issey gets a solid neutral rating for being effective as a phoned-in "abroxanbomb" club scent in an iconic bottle from the brand, but thoroughly uninteresting and quite unnecessary outside that. If you're looking for something in this vein, I'd only grab Nuit d'Issey if it goes on clearance somewhere or you find it at a discounter, otherwise I'd keep smelling around since department stores are full of options that do what this does with more character and are just more fun to wear, which is what a clubber scent is really all about right? Apparently the perfumers never got that memo from the marketing team.
20th January, 2019 (last edited: 21st January, 2019)
It's not bad. Totally inoffensive and pleasant smelling. In the same breath it's nothing special. Okay for a present or to wear casually but there are many better options out there even at the reasonable price point.
27th December, 2018
My goodness. I didn't realize I could be so overwhelmed by a cologne.

True story of my first use: I put on three sprays, hearing stories about its strength-those stories didn't do this justice. My senses were assaulted by an extremely unpleasant combination of grapefruit and pepper, both hyper-synthetic. Going to work, my car was so filled with the smell that I had to keep the window open (in Wisconsin in January) halfway, and stand outside for 15 minutes before entering the workplace in fear of being tar and feathered, then tarred again to hold the scent in. It lasted all day-I washed my neck and arms to get rid of it changed shirts and still into the night: I couldn't sleep because after 14-16 hours, the scent was still working on disrupting my sanity. I had nightmares and a hard time sleeping, I finally had to shower in nearly the middle of the night to get it off.

I didn't realize scents could stick around that long. If you are looking for extreme longevity/sillage, I believe you found the king: me personally, with these notes I'll be likely setting sail from this failed experiment as soon as possible.

5/10 (if just for unheard of longevity)
26th February, 2018

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