Rose de Nuit 1993

Rose de Nuit by Serge Lutens
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Rose de Nuit is a popular perfume by Serge Lutens for women and men and was released in 1993. The scent is floral-leathery. The longevity is above-average. It is still available to purchase. Pronunciation
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Fragrance Notes

RoseRose
ApricotApricot
MuskMusk

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Scent

7.670 Ratings

Longevity

8.253 Ratings

Sillage

6.847 Ratings

Bottle

8.855 Ratings
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 03.03.2019.
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7
Scent
5
Longevity
5
Sillage
5
Bottle
Oriane

120 Reviews
Oriane
Oriane
Helpful Review    2  
Dusty, Dusty Rose
Notes: Turkish Rose, Musk, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Beeswax, Amber, Apricot.

Rose de Nuit is a musty, dusty, musky, dry, powdery, and rather dark rose. It is not a fresh living rose but more of a rose that has dried out in its vase. I mainly detect rose, of course, as well as musk and beeswax. The jasmine, amber, sandalwood, and apricot notes are lost on me. In fact, I cannot detect anything even remotely fruity in RdD which is too bad because I like apricot.

I detect a lot of roses in Jean Patou's Joy, but the roses in Joy are greener, fresher, more alive. If I place Joy on one end of the spectrum, I would place RdN at the opposite end of the spectrum. Mind you, my experience of rose-centric perfumes is limited, though. I recently purchased Lutens Fille en Berlin and will be interested to see how it compares to RdN. I also hope to eventually compare Guerlain Rose Barbare to RdN, too. I suspect the latter two will suit me better than RdN.

RdN is a well crafted rose perfume, but I have awarded it a 7 out of of 10 because I cannot imagine where I would wear this fragrance other than at home alone, and even then, I cannot imagine I would wear it often at home alone. It does not lend itself either to festive occasions, to religious services, to date nights, or to the office. Somehow I imagine King Tut's Tomb may have smelt like RdN whence Howard Carter first walked into the chamber. : )

I would not wish it to be a very fresh, just picked from the garden type of rose, but I probably would enjoy it much more if it were a bit more sweet and not so dusty and dry. I would like it to be more lush and voluptuous.

I do not generally assign fragrances to any particular age group, but I cannot imagine a young woman wearing RdN. To my mind, this is a fragrance for someone who is at least in her/his 40s or older.

Fragrance: 7/10

Projection: 5.5/10

Sillage: 5.5/10

Longevity: 7/10
10
Scent
ScentFan

331 Reviews
ScentFan
ScentFan
Helpful Review    6  
Who is Serge Lutens?
Between sampling Rose de Nuit in my rose sniff fest and its arrival today in the company's signature bell jar, I'd forgotten how gorgeous this fragrance is. Simple notes are so expertly rendered to create this rapture of dusky, leathery rose, that I had to remind myself just who Serge Lutens is. A creative force in makeup, fashion photography and style for more than 50 years, he opened shop for himself in 1992 at the Palais Royal where among others Sidonie Colette, the first author to inspire me, ultimately lived, ate, and performed. I used to haunt the place when I was in Paris. From there he launched his own brand (perfumes and makeup) in 2000, having already created Nombre Noir and Féminité du bois for Shiseido, but relaunching the latter for himself in 2009. Some instinct must have told me this house is special because I've gradually collected a sample of every SL, having so far bought only A La Nuit, La Fille de Berlin, and this. One day I'm going to sniff through every one of them and this superb fragrance tells me my pocketbook's going to be under assault when I do. I sprayed on Rose de Nuit more than 4 hours ago and it's beginning to fade, but what remains is still so deeply beautiful, I regret waiting to own it.

p.s. Wore it today 9/22 and it's lasted 6 hours so far.
9
Scent
7.5
Longevity
5
Sillage
8
Bottle
Fanny

66 Reviews
Fanny
Fanny
Helpful Review    5  
Struggling rose
The opening in one word: weird.
Rose de Nuit seems about the abuse of a rose.
Whatever freshness a rose can give, is totally smothered in beeswax, jasmin and apricot, the result being a very strange fruity darkness (with occasional weak yet harsh shrieks from the ailing rose), ultimately refering to decay.
After about 15 minutes though, the delicate and fresh rose starts to fight back with help from tingling sandalwood. As sorry as I felt for this mistreated flower in the beginning, I now start to feel exhilarated for its successful comeback.
When you are prepared to endure the first agonizing minutes, a lovely, no, a real beauty enters the stand, not unlike the proverbial underdog finally getting the chance to be justly appreciated for its superb qualities: this is a classic!!

Standing ovation please.

(Review is about the solid perfume)
10
Scent
Greysolon

74 Reviews
Greysolon
Greysolon
Very helpful Review    7  
Rose and suede
In my quest to find a rose fragrance it has been a pleasant surprise to discover two fragrances that are also very nice leather scents. First, was Rose d’Homme by Les Parfums de Rosine. It’s a nice, wearable suede; nothing smoky, edgy or too animalic. Although as a rose scent it might be too sweet and powdery for some men.

For the past few days I’ve been wearing Rose de Nuit by Serge Lutens. This may be THE rose fragrance I’ve been looking for. It begins with a beautiful, straight up rose bouquet and just a hint of leather. As it dries down the rose deepens and the leather, a nice tan suede really, warms into the floral notes and the two blend perfectly.

Even though Rose de Nuit is not a complex, note laden fragrance it has a subtle beauty. How many leather prominent fragrances can you say that about? Every time the leather accord reaches your nose you can just feel how soft and supple it would be to the touch. Just like suede.

But when all is said and done this is supposed to be, as its name indicates, a rose fragrance. In that regard, the rose notes balance perfectly with the leather. The rose doesn’t doesn't fade or lose it’s floral beauty to the leather. Yet it’s not too sweet or heady, either.

Rose de Nuit wears as a casual fragrance and I think most people would find it truly unisex.

If Rose de Nuit has any faults it would be that longevity is a bit on the short side. It actually holds up quite well for about the first two hours. The sillage is just fine during that time, too. But after a couple hours it fades pretty quickly to a light scent.

The other downside is that this is one of Serge Lutens non-export fragrances. That means buying decants, taking your chances on Ebay or hitting up a world traveler friend willing to bring back a bell jar from France.
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