Cologne review: La Nuit De L’Homme (Yves Saint Laurent)
One of the things I’ve wanted to do more this 2009 has been to write about colognes. Fragrances are one of the very few luxury items that I really enjoy using, and I’m known for “cologne-tagging” at events. I’ve even gotten to the point where I publicly announce on Twitter which scent I am using by saying “tonight’s cologne tagging is brought to you by [Name of the fragrance]“. This weekend, my friends KA and A (hosts of Lip Gloss and Laptops) invited me to guest-host on their very popular podcast. I thought that I’d review a few colognes and I settled on three: Kenzo Power, Tokyo by Kenzo and La Nuit De L’Homme by Yves Saint Laurent.
I plan to deploy the reviews of Kenzo Power and Tokyo by Kenzo closer to this coming Wednesday, when the next episode of Lip Gloss and Laptops will be hitting the airwaves (you can download it on iTunes and/or listen to it as a pop-up while you are browsing the internet). But as we talked about this particular fragrance, and knowing that this is the one I’m going to be using for the PopVox Awards gala, I figured I might as well put the review online now. Moreover, I’m really fascinated with La Nuit del’Homme as the base notes really meshed well with my skin chemistry. I might actually do a bit of cologne swapping and combine my use of Herrera for Men (my trademark scent) with a few instances of La Nuit De L’Homme.
My love affair with Yves Saint Laurent’s scents began with Jazz. I used Jazz in 7th semester of my undergraduate degree, and it really worked well with my body chemistry and scent. La Nuit De L’Homme is very different from Jazz in that it is a night cologne. I would use it for a gala or a night event that is more or less formal, not throughout the day and definitely not early in the morning. The high notes can be a bit overpowering (cardamom and cedar are omnipresent, with the cedar intensifying as the high note dissipates and remaining in the base notes).
LNDH fits my personality as I am efervescent, ebullient and outgoing, yet I enjoy being dressy at gala events at nights. Cedar (woody) base notes would fit an elegant evening. It has a slight hint of fruit in its composition (possibly in the middle notes), but the remaining definitive base note I found is a sweet vanilla aroma. I previously reviewed Euphoria for Men (by Calvin Klein) on my blog, and I found Euphoria a light, office-like, daily use cologne. In contrast, La Nuit De L’Homme is a non-frequent, elegant, night-time scent. You can test how it smells on me at the PopVox Awards gala.