Created by Ernest Daltroff of Narcisse Noir fame, Nuit de Noel is dismissed and beloved, it seems, in equal measure. For a scent that is meant to commemorate Christmas Eve and the simple pleasures of time off from work, a good meal, hanging out with family and friends and preparing for the new year, its simplicity is a virtue, in my book.
Nuit de Noel starts out with a sharp and intense ylang-ylang note. For a while you might wonder, "Is that all there is?" But if you give it some time, it dries down into a spicy and comforting scent that evokes mulling spices and the warmth of a room indoors on a wintry day. (Even better, since I'm in LA and it's about 45 degrees outside — at night!)
As I smelled it on my skin about fifteen minutes into it, there was still a whiff of a spiced (almost cinammony) rose and jasmine. Now, about thirty minutes into it, the spice is still faintly there but it has softened and melted onto my skin.
Notes: Rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang, sandalwood, saxon moss, musk
This vintage sample was sent to me by the first commenter on Yesterday's Perfume, an art student named Heather. Perhaps it will be my ritual every Christmas Eve to wear Nuit de Noel — in vintage form, of course.
Happy Holidays to everyone!