To be clear, I know this is not the most appropriate season of the year to wear this perfume, but I happened to follow a roundup of videos including this being reviewed, and I thought I'd write something myself. I am surprised by the almost inexistent reviews on this one.
Zara Homme Night I is a Spicy Oriental fragrance for men and belongs to the Night collection, together with its successors II, III, IV, and last but not least, Night without any cardinal number. Each of them represents a unique theme for the nights out, and here we find an intriguing fresh, very spicy and oriental fragrance, with dry and creamy woods in the finish. If you are in search of a nightly scent for the cold season of the year, it is almost impossible not to miss this bottle with its dark accents.
Thus, I tried a wearing of ZARA Night I and right of the bat I was like this smell familiar. Here you are my impression while rocking it during a rough wet and hot Italian summer day. It hugs me with an intense freshness and cleanliness, which is noticeable at first, a blast of shine lemon and deep bergamot peel's oil make the prelude citrus. However, I immediately get a magnificent spicier tone, the pleasantly dusty black pepper kicks in after just a few moments. There is a tinge of what I like to call cherry-vibe in the opening, a kind of unburnt cherry pipe tobacco smell, strawberry, fruity, sweet, and slightly tart scent.
At some point, the heart releases the wet and green aroma of the violet leaves—plenty of sweet-spicy nutmeg pairs with a whisper of luscious jasmine. A rich blend of spices and white blossom dominate the middle stage.
The dry down reveals undocumented notes of creamy sandalwood, the typical almond smell of the tonka beans and subtle nuance of leather. The more it pursues its course, the more it gets earthy, mossy, and even leathery. I smell something alike to chocolatey patchouli and oakmoss close to my skin, and under some circumstances, it has a similitude with Chanel Coco Mademoiselle. It feels of nature, of smokey woods, minty citrus, and leather. It is all wrapped up in a beautiful woody-leather composition. The vanilla and cedar become the leading players; it is not cloying, but because of the amber and vanilla, there is a subtle sweetness to it.
I could state that Night I fragrance has a great harmony, which is sensually warm and whose sweetness is accompanied by a beautiful spice. Recommended wearing is evening and night during the Fall and Winter seasons. It is the fragrance for those for whom Spicebomb Extreme is too extreme, too loud, also prowl. The overall feeling I get from Night pour Homme I is gentlemen, unusual, moderately sweet, moderately dark, leathery, aromatic and woody. It has some similarities to Gentlemen Only Intense by Givenchy. The performance is average. I get an hour or two of reliable projection, and about several hours of longevity.
All in all, this juice is excellent. It stands out as a drop of originality in an ocean full of mass-market, mass-pleasing, generic, cheap-quality designer offerings. This stuff is worthy of the fraghead's hype and interest but sadly overlooked and forgotten. For me, it has gone from liking to strong loving, and it has grown on me. It has the right amount of leather and incense precisely, without being too aggressive, these notes do not dominate the freshness of it.
This review is based upon a 100ml (3.4fl.oz) bottle I own.