Nuit d'Issey Polaris 2020

Nuit d'Issey Polaris by Issey Miyake
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Nuit d'Issey Polaris is a popular perfume by Issey Miyake for men and was released in 2020. The scent is spicy-sweet. It is being marketed by Shiseido Group / Beauté Prestige International.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesCypressCypress
Black pepperBlack pepper
BergamotBergamot
Heart Notes Heart NotesCedarwoodCedarwood
OudOud
PatchouliPatchouli
Base Notes Base NotesLeatherLeather
VanillaVanilla

Ratings

Scent

8.426 Ratings

Longevity

7.926 Ratings

Sillage

7.527 Ratings

Bottle

8.126 Ratings

Value for money

8.613 Ratings
Submitted by multiple users, last update on 05.12.2021.
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8
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8
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8
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Landshark321

234 Reviews
Landshark321
Landshark321
Helpful Review    0  
Sweet and spicy with slight animalic, smoky hints
Issey Miyake Nuit d’Issey Polaris is a recent acquisition, a release from earlier in 2020, a sweet and spicy woody/resinous mix that makes for a nice cold weather option. Apart from the black pepper, I do not detect most of the notes individually, so I’d just as well include the full list since it’s not too long: black pepper, bergamot, cypress, cedar, patchouli, oud, leather, vanilla. This appropriate conveys that there are spices, resins, woods, and sweets. There’s a vague notion of tobacco, as well, both the leaf and the smoke, that perhaps comes from the oud, leather, cedar, and cypress, the takeaway being that there is some dirtiness to counteract the sweetness of the vanilla and the spiciness of the pepper, which I’m guessing mainly account for the sweet/spicy blend.

As far as comparisons within the line, it’s sweeter and lacks the rose of Or Encens yet has a similar incense-like center, but is comparably agreeable, overall, to that earlier release; both are nice options (I’ve not yet tried Noir Ambre, unfortunately). It does not really compare to Noir Argent or Pulse of the Night, however, the other two men’s release’s of late with which I’m most familiar. Outside of the brand, Polaris lands ever so slightly more animalic than, say, Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb or Bvlgari Man in Black, but only just a touch, due to the leather/oud. It has a comparable sweet/spicy balance to these other options otherwise, though.

Overall, Polaris feels like a relatively safe release, like Or Encens, but is similarly well-executed and makes for a versatile cold weather option, particularly for men, unsurprising in that it’s in the men’s collection, though certainly it could work for some women. Like Or Encens, it performs well and is a nice offering, though I’d give the edge to Or Encens, which feels a bit better blended overall. I picked up a bottle of Polaris from FragranceBuy.CA as part of a recent sale, and it remains available on that site (which is great) for $67 (for the standard 100ml bottle size).

7 out of 10
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Mesarthim
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Bullying in a bottle
I'll be honest, my first association with Polaris was: "Phew, it smells like beets."

But from the beginning: The top notes of pepper and bergamot evaporate extremely quickly and the cypress gradually gains the upper hand. Then it's already there! Beets! Bloody beets! Joking aside, the patchouli-ou mix gives the whole story this earthy herb, and that - to put it politely - actually already by force. That's it for the cypress. Nice to meet you.

Cedar gives the patchoud bat a certain warmth, which is nicely embedded by the vanilla and the soft leather. After all, the two have done a great job and deserve their dream on the leather-vanilla bed. The poor cypress..
The leather here is not a whip... and also no armour, or what one has otherwise so with conceptions the leather in as hard a form as possible represent. If at all, then the leather here is a pretty soft couch. The kind you sink two centimeters into when you sit on it.

In the end it becomes slightly resinous on the Imaginary Leather-Vanilla-Couch-Bed. Then, when Patch and Oud are finally sleeping. I'm not sure if it's amber or ladanum, but there's a hint.
And it stays that way... sweet spice and soft leather.

...and when you smell it, you get tired from the warmth and the security. Your eyes get heavier... and you almost forget they were there... those damn beets.
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JavijabsJavijabs 1 year ago
8.5
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8
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8
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9
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Very nice release from the Nuit d'Issey line. Leathery, smoky, dry and warm.

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