YSL La Nuit perfume is one of the many examples of how a fragrance can take the unpleasant and make it pleasant, by keeping it unpleasant, with the unpleasant in this case – but only to some extent – being the spices.
Until the dry down, La Nuit De L’homme revolves around three main set of notes: spicy, clean floral and citrus: the spicy side should be cardamom, although it feels more like ginger, as it’s quite rugged and it reminds me of Armani City Glam; the florals are meant to be clean, as there’s lavender in there, but also have a heady and dense quality; and the citrus, well the citrus are just along for the ride.
But it’s not all so bullet-pointed, because the spicy side is deeper than it looks at first: it has an idea of smoked, greasiness and body odour. I’m probably influenced by the name: the night of the man sounds pretty decadent to me, and although Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit De L’homme Eau De Toilette is not decadent at all, it feels like they wanted to push the spice a little bit towards the dark side. Anyway, it’s just a hint, something you may decide to ignore, although it’s interesting, so you shouldn’t.
And as the night comes to an end, YSL La Nuit De L’homme is sweeter and softer: the spicy and clean notes thin out and blend into each other, with sweet notes that seem to come from either woods or vanilla. The night of this man is a soft one, but with still room for an exchange of meaningful looks, and maybe some act of instinct.