I think part of true greatness of character is admitting a mistake when you've made one.
And obviously Yves Saint Laurent have, but so have I with my 1st review on the fragrance. Since YSL apparently try to mend the mistake, I also want to show greatness, and appreciate it.
But let's start vice-versa:
Yves Saint Laurent have made the mistake of refomulating La Nuit de L'Homme (2009).
What does refomulate mean? -
Look for it here in the forum or google it, but in short, when a perfume must be changed in content, because ingredients of it are no longer available / have been banned, or the manufacturer for cost reasons or other reasons, wants to change the formula.
When was the LNDH reformulation?
1. "Ur" version (original version) 2009, dark, sweet and strong
1. Reformulation 2011, fresher but still sow-strong
2. Reformulation 2014, suddenly a shadow of its former self, weak, noticeably smoother.
Since reformulation, YSL have launched a great many alternative versions, so-called "flankers" of the great famous La Nuit de L'Homme, namely:
La Nuit de L'Homme Frozen Cologne
La Nuit de L'Homme Le Parfum
La Nuit de L'Homme L'Intense
La Nuit de L'Homme Eau de Parfum
La Nuit de L'Homme Eau Electrique
These were all, for my taste really good alternatives to the fragrance, but those like me who own the old, unadulterated original know that it nevertheless always remained the king,- and unbeaten the best version of itself!
Again and again were in the reviews and statements of new LNDH Flanker comments that it was "not as good as the original fragrance".
Especially with the "Eau de Parfum", probably many people would have hoped that it is simply a stronger, amplified version of the original. However, YSL as it so often happens, have composed the EdP with completely different notes, which I personally celebrate very much,- the grapefruit with the tons of cardamom just make a completely new, but great smell.
But yes, the old "DNA" remained unfortunately thereby still on the track, the hoped-for satisfaction selbige to experience again in strong, remained out.
Many people saw next to the expensive vintage flacons on the second-hand market the Flanker "Frozen Cologne" as a good alternative, it is but very similar to the "original formula", just a little fresher.
At the 1st testing in the store (so it was also in my 1st comment on the newcomer..) I thought to myself only "Oh, that smells like La Nuit de L'Homme".
At home from shopping, close smelled from the skin, but I suddenly got a strong "Frozen Cologne" impression. In my original review, I then drew cynically about the fact that YSL have only re-bottled the good old Frozen Cologne for base motives...
However, if you own a bottle of it, and wear the fragrance a lot and actively, I think you get a slightly different impression:
It is not Frozen Cologne. I repeat: NOT FROZEN COLOGNE! There is indeed something in it, which reminds one again and again a little bit of it, however, I have the feeling of wearing a vintage version of La Nuit de L'Homme now more and more.
Well, now but the question arises, - WHICH?
Actually, I would like to answer that now after extensive testing with the words of the manufacturer, who writes in the short text to a PR image that illustrates a transition of the classic Eau de Toilette, to the new Bleu Electrique the following:
[ Translated by me into German ]
La Nuit de L'homme Bleu Electrique is a fresher, more intense version of the Eau de Toilette. The seductive and mysterious warmth of an oriental fragrance. A powerful and contrasting fragrance inspired by the electrifying moment of attraction between two strangers who feel very familiar. Let them ask, "Don't I know you?"
I think these words clearly show that YSL now actually wanted to bring back good old vintage La Nuit, under the guise of a "Bleu" flanker.
It feels to me that they wanted to make a "main" version of the fragrance, i.e. a fragrance that sort of differentiates itself from the "night" track by alluding to the famous big blues (Bleu de Chanel, Sauvage, etc...) through the "Bleu" predicate, and suggesting to you:
You love La Nuit and want it for the day, in more intense, and a little fresher? This is it. Your LNDH Signature.
And I think they hit the mark pretty well, too. In rewearing it frequently and testing my own bottle, I feel it's pretty close to the vintage 2013-2014 La Nuit, i.e. the 1st reformulation which was still very strong, but a bit fresher and brighter than the Ur version.
The durability and silage are possibly not quite as strong, but after a few hours you still notice it much better than the normal EdT, a veil remains throughout the day. And the scent is a bit rounder than the Vintage 2013, but the impression and the feeling are very congruent for me. It just "feels" the same. :)
Along those lines, I can really recommend this scent to you if you've been craving the vintage version for a long time, but it's not worth all that money to you. I find it far more similar than any clones I've tested of it, no unnecessary chocolate notes or anything....
Also in the A/B test, and judged by others on me, I got the feedback that it is very similar to Vintage + FC anyway.
Think of it vl. as 70% LNDH 2013 + 30% Frozen Cologne, but without that almost bitter "dry ice" accord that Frozen Cologne has.
I give you euretwilen the tip not to judge as hastily as I did, but am all the more eager to hear your opinions on the fragrance.
Thank you YSL for this great perfume! ;)