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.

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  3. Writing cologne reviews like a pro
  4. Cologne review: Tokyo (Kenzo)
  5. Cologne review – Euphoria for Men (Calvin Klein)

Comments (6)

DonMay 9th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

I am surprised that people still wear cologne when so many others are allergic to it.

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MoniqueMay 9th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

Perfume and colognes are truly luxurious and although we tame down for office wear, I love to catch a whiff of what people are wearing. A responsible dab to accommodate those with allergies would be smelled only by you or by someone coming in for a hug (perhaps not cologne tagging Raul, *wink*).

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HennaMay 9th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

I still wear perfume and think that a good perfume is one of those lost under rated luxuries of life.

The people I know who are allergic to scents are more so if they are sprayed in their presence.

GarthMay 12th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

Nothing beats Axe, or Drakkar Noir if you are going for sophistication.

By the way, it should be spelled De L’Homme, not Del’homme. Two words.

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RaulMay 13th, 2009 at 12:22 am

@ Garth – I love Drakkar Noir too. Also, I fixed the name of the cologne (it was my mistake).

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