La Nuit 1985 Eau de Parfum

La Nuit (Eau de Parfum) by Paco Rabanne
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La Nuit (Eau de Parfum) is a popular perfume by Paco Rabanne for women and was released in 1985. The scent is floral-spicy. Projection and longevity are above-average. It was last marketed by Puig. Pronunciation
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Perfumer

Jean Guichard

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesArtemisia, Bergamot, Cardamom, Myrtle, Tangerine, Lemon
Heart Notes Heart NotesJasmine, Pepper, Peach, Rose
Base Notes Base NotesOakmoss, Leather, Patchouli, Cedarwood, Civet

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Scent

8.921 Ratings

Longevity

9.020 Ratings

Sillage

8.320 Ratings

Bottle

8.122 Ratings
Submitted by Sniffer, last update on 21.03.2021.

Variant of the fragrance concentration

This is a variant of the perfume La Nuit (Eau de Toilette) by Paco Rabanne, which differs in concentration.
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The Matryoshka Chypree
Already in 1985 (a decade of great odor fermentation and enormous expression of oriental scents) paco rabanne launched the third female perfume on the market (after the two flowery chypre scents like metal and calabria).
To this end, he turned to his internal perfumer of the time: the great nose of Rosendo Mateu and under the direction of another mythical composer Jean Guichard.
They worked on this fragrance for over a year and a half and only after producing a chypree leather did they decide on the fruity floral genre, a choice that was certainly determined by the olfactory trend and market trends of the time. However, it should be noted that this rare perfume had more than just added value. In fact, it is not a simple chypre leather perfume, but a subtle expression of various olfactory subcategories to which it belongs.
The idea was to build a chypree with a strong dose of honey, but the overall result was a much more complex, deep and magical fragrance.
The opening is very strong and full of aromatic skin, very similar to a masculine leather (Belami of Hermes and Moschino pour homme). So we are talking about a skin that has been dried under the scorching sun and sprinkled with black pepper for a few minutes, then a glowing honey comes out a minute later, melting the hot and glowing skin with its sluggish seduction. We speak of a wild, dark, dry honey (similar to miel de bois from serge lutens), which is strengthened by oak moss.
In the second phase, the rose becomes the protagonist: a dirty, animal and fleshy rose due to the enormous amount of animal civet in the formula. In this case we are talking about a real civet cat!
In this second phase we can determine the splendour of the fruity chypree with the dense and juicy peach at the limit of its maturation, which results in a strong fruity effect, while maintaining its raw and fleshy skin appearance.
In the third phase, we see the presence of an oriental aromatic chypree with a strong pungency that covers every other note, even that of the skin, in some features. After a few hours of the third phase, the wood component stabilizes the perfume with notes of animal musk, cedar wood, patchouli and amber, giving the perfume a robust and impressive effect.
All this is called La Nuit and this name has never been so perfect that it gives a fragrance because it is the smell of sin in the night, a radiant night in which every erotic and highly perverse dream can be realized.
The result of such a masterpiece was completely unexpected, as building a chypree with three subcategories (leathery, fruity and flowery) is almost impossible. This is a treasure that has gone a little unnoticed, but on the other hand such masterpieces never reach a wide audience.
A jewel, a treasure, a sexual amulet.

All this speaks for the mythical decade of the 80s and today we can only say: How much of everything has remained? The answer is yours!
(The review concerns the 1985 computer version.
Sorry for all the mistakes, but German is not my language. I hope, however, that my message has arrived!)
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Can’t help but touch myself...
Oh my La Nuit! Why do the best fragrances are the ones getting discontinued?! My quest for La Nuit started with my love for skank and the quest for something stronger than Kouros. Even though Kouros stands out even today, not only among masculine fumes, but as a chypre, it's not what it used to be. I have memories from my childhood of men smelling of Kouros and it has definitely been castrated. The essence is there but it has had its voice muted. I prefer the memory of what once was...
So the idea of La Nuit intrigued me until I finally found a vintage (the only formulation known to me, as it was discontinued soon after it's launch) edp, sealed, 100ml, ready to come home with me.
I don't recall Tabu, though I'm sure that as a child I must have smelt it, but La Nuit fits the description of a powerful animalic.
The opening blast is a full on rich civet, covered in real oakmoss, along with a touch of honey to further dirtify things up, just how I like my animalics. For the first hour or so the sillage is huge, embracing me in a warm furry way and making me swoon until it settles down a bit letting the indolic jasmine and rose take center stage for a while, before settling in a leathery muskiness.
The animal has growled, and now even though it still makes its presence known, it murmurs, never shouts, unless you lean closer. Civet is up front from beginning to end, which on my skin is about 12 hours. This fiery animal has some similarities to Bandit mainly from the leather-oakmoss-civet trinity, but where Bandit is a cold hearted dominatrix, La Nuit is a warm, skin-on-fire wild cat begging to be caressed. Highly sensual, it evokes thoughts of desire, lust, erotica... One of the best animalic chypres I have ever tried, and one which I will definitely use without moderation, as I don't believe such a torrid love afair should be kept secret. Still easily available on ebay, if you love perfumes of yore and the sensuality of a REAL perfume, don't miss out the chance to try it, it's a breathtaking perfume!

PS: this review was originally written years before I finally found my vintage Kouros stash. Therefore, the Kouros mention at the start.
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