La Nuit de l’Homme Review

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A fragrance is one of those invisible parts of our very personal style. It has a powerful effect on how people see and remember us.

One way to stand out is a good scent, which also offers numerous other benefits, from making you even more attractive to helping you feel more confident and less stressed.

Yves St Laurent’s classic smelling La Nuit de L’Homme fits this bill. It’s an intense, boldly sensual, and very seductive fragrance. Its extremely masculine, bright and fresh notes combine with a nonchalant sophistication to create a natural and crisp yet mysterious scent which conjures up the spicy fresh notes of cedar, cardamom, and the fragrance of coumarin. This is most definitely a smell for the confident man from one of the most iconic of France’s fashion houses.
I give it 5 stars

PROS

  • Projection and longevity
  • Great smell
  • Sexy
  • Spicy
  • Long-lasting
  • Compliment magnet
  • Sensual

CONS

  • Perhaps too expensive
  • Not really for daytime use
  • Too subtle
  • Too popular
  • A little cloying
  • Only for club or date nights

SCENT, BASENOTES AND INGREDIENTS

Launched in 2009 this impressive fragrance was created by noteworthy perfumers Pierre Wargnye, Dominique Ropion, and Anne Flipo. They have created an exciting scent that is bursting with tensions and contrasts.

It comes in a powerful dark flacon that befits its strong ingredients and noticeably represents the strong characteristics of man. The spicy cardamom notes explode on application to combine with the sparkling freshness of bergamot, cedar and lavender. The base notes are of vetiver and cumin, ensuring a sensual finish and an opulent, elegance.

It is available in three sizes – 40ml, 60ml and 100ml

– Projection

This male fragrance casts a wide net and lingers with each turn you take; so much so it is bound to leave a powerful impression on any of the people you meet. If you use it as your signature scent and don’t switch fragrances depending on your mood, this scent will project as far as it possibly can.

– Longevity

In my experience, the performance of La Nuit de l’Homme is quite decent. I reckon it lasts for a good eight hours longevity (even longer on clothes). Though I would suggest this is better suited as a fragrance for cold weather when its scent lasts and lasts. The compliments all come from women, I should add.

– Versatility

This is a very versatile fragrance and I wear it for any occasion, whether it be lunching or clubbing. A lot of people are adamant that it is a night-only scent or only for more formal occasions, but in my opinion, L’Homme can be worn at just about any time.

– Compliments

One thing is for certain about this scent, it has drawn more compliments than any other cologne I have ever used. People tell me it’s very memorable too.

SUMMARY

This is definitely one of the most exciting male designer fragrances on the market today. With its unquestionably spicy and sexy vibe that softens to a sweet and clean effect, especially as it settles into your skin, Yves St Laurent’s La Nuit de L’Homme gives a great performance, casting a wide net and lasting around eight hours. This is a great fragrance, which attracts a lot of good compliments, noticeably from the ladies! On one occasion recently, when I was returning by air from a business trip to the Continent I had reason to ask the stewardess if I could check something in my bag, which was in the overhead locker. As the stewardess reached up to grab my piece of luggage she looked down at me and announced how wonderful she thought I smelled!

I have been using this scent for more than three years, and my feeling is that it is a relatively subtle fragrance once you get over the initial explosion of smells.
Although the cardamon and bergamot elements are very prevalent when the fragrance is first applied the opening lacks another element that could really inject excitement – something like a pepper accord. Any sense of citrus notes all but disappears within the first 10 minutes – but this really is not a loss.
Once the scent has dried down to the base notes of wood and vanilla, it really is a comforting scent.
I am known to be a projection killer myself but the longevity is still there. I wear it when I go out in the evening, whether it be to a casual dinner with friends or at a full-on, top-of-the-range black-tie event. It’s a good scent from that solid old house that is Yves St Laurent, which has been producing so many great and iconic perfumes for so long.

HOW DOES IT COMPARE?

A single fragrance has the power to foster deep emotional connections. Indeed smell is our most powerful sense – 150,000 times more sensitive than our vision.

Smell also conjures memories more efficiently than any of our other senses thanks to the olfactory bulb that is connected directly to our limbic system – the emotional brain.

This is why unique and powerful equal deep and emotional connections.

Anyway, when it comes to comparisons with Yves st Laurent’s La Nuit de l’Homme, one obvious competitor is Eros FOR MEN by Versace. However, this is a much more everyday scent for the summer, and in no way as striking, especially when it is worn in the evening.

Another noteworthy challenger is Armaf Club De Nuit INTENSE. This is a similarly Spicy fragrance for men, but is much more recent – only being launched in 2015. Plus its top notes are at the other end of the spectrum to the Yves St Laurent offering. Club De Nuit gives off lemon, apple, black currant and pineapple; meanwhile, its middle notes include rose, jasmine and birch and its base notes are made up of musk, vanilla, ambergris and patchouli. Despite its name, I find this much easier to wear all day.

Also launched in 2015, that can be treated as an alternative to L’Homme is Carolina Herrera CH Men Prive. This has an impressive longevity that just keeps on purring after many hours making its presence felt. This has great maturity and depth but is much more sugary sweet than the Yves St Laurent competitor.

Hamper (noun): a basket used to deliver an exciting array of things

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Hamper Joy: gifts like this inspire strong feelings of expectation

There are not many expressions that instantly conjure up such strong feelings of expectation, interest and excitement as does the word “hamper”.

If you believe you are about the receive a hamper from a friend, member of the family or colleague what comes to mind? Gifts, food, special things, enjoyment, pleasure. What is the common denominator? None of them is negative: They are all positives!

It is a truly enervating experience to have a mystery basket arrive on your doorstep. Anybody who doesn’t get excited about discovering what layer upon layer of a hamper reveals must be suffering badly.

  • The hamper may be full of delicious food and drink.
  • It may be stuffed with fascinating trinkets.
  • It may be an arrangement of flowers thoughtfully assembled in a unique display.
  • The basket may be packed with succulent fruits of every description.

There are few things that cannot be delivered in a spectacular way in a hamper, whether here in Singapore or anywhere else around the world.

Hampers first really became popular in Victorian England and have been standing the test of time ever since. Today they are a glorious gift solution for any celebratory event throughout the year and can contain just about anything. You choose.

The concept of the hamper originated in France in around the 11th century. The term ‘hamper‘ comes from the French word ‘hanapier’, which describes a case for goblets. Woven baskets were always traditionally been constructed with willow and were originally employed to transport food and drink on long journeys, hunting expeditions or other expeditions.

It was in the 19th century, as a result of the UK’s industrial revolution, and the improved transport links that came about as a result, that inspired the Victorians to literally grasp the handle of the hamper idea and send items of fresh food throughout the country and Empire.

Luxury food hampers quickly became a popular tradition, particularly at Christmas, when families would send hampers to each other as impressive gifts.

Around this time it also became common for employers to present hampers to their servants and other staff. These traditional baskets, made of wicker, might have been packed with food and clothes. The convention was for these hampers to be filled with seasonal produce, including meat and preserved fruits and given on Boxing Day.

Hamper delivery was a way of saying thank you and making sure everyone had plenty to enjoy over the festive season.

Since the mid 19th Century the use of hampers to spread joy and goodwill has continuously evolved and grown throughout the world. The evolution of the hamper has followed in the footsteps of a variety of food trends and every change in fashion.

The exciting development of hampers and their uses continues today. Indeed, even hamper weaving methods and the baskets produced as a result are changing too.

Nowadays a wide variety of natural weaving materials is used in addition to willow. Other materials can include:

  • rattan
  • seagrass

Expert weavers are able to create hamper baskets in a whole array of sizes and shapes. Wooden and other boxes and gift bags are also used for hamper delivery

Hampers are perfect for this part of the world because giving gifts is part of the culture of Singapore. Recent surveys have indicated that more than 44 percent of people say they are willing to spend over  S$200 on a single gift and more than 24 percent are likely to spend between S$100 and S$200.

The surveys also show that gifts are given all year round, not just during the Great Singapore Sale and the festive seasons.

The opportunities for hamper delivery are almost infinite. It is not just for the traditional seasonal occasions, like Christmas, New Year, Easter, Chinese New Year, hampers can also be created, put together and delivered for:

  • Mummies to give to their babies and vice versa
  • Parents to give their babies for a Full Moon party
  • Couples to give each other for Valentine’s Day

Hampers are such a perfect solution for busy Singaporeans keen to satisfy their friends, family and colleagues, whatever their budget.

Whether it is fresh fruit, the best wines, or healthy biscuits and award-winning baby products, all of these items can be incorporated thoughtfully into an exciting basket of goods that can be put together for hamper delivery.

Today the hamper is more popular than it has ever been. They are a chance for people to be given and to experience and taste products they may never have thought of buying themselves.

What is more, it is now possible to put hampers together to suit very specific dietary needs and other requirements. This means that nobody needs to miss out on the joy and excitement of receiving such a fantastic and innovative present. It’s even possible to create Gluten-Free and Diabetic hampers if they are required.

The perfect food hamper needs to be a delicious mixture of savoury and sweet. Everybody loves one, whether it is receiving it, or the interest of putting one together with care and attention,  picking out those things that your friends, family or colleagues are going to love. It makes the hamper as a present that little bit more special.

It is best if the sweet items are individual and bespoke. Local products are invariably winners. Temptations like butter shortbread or chocolate wafers are never rebuffed. The savoury items could always be something homemade, like a pressed tongue or a cured ham.

The best hampers are definitely those that are personalised to suit the people to whom they are being given. Today the items in a particular hamper can not only be swathed in bespoke gift wrap but the accompanying card can be specifically tailored for a specific person, occasion or purpose, or all three.

Baskets, ribbons, greeting cards, and other decorations all add elegance to a hamper.  But when it comes to giving a gift and hamper delivery one thing that most definitely cannot be overlooked is convenience.

Hamper delivery must be efficient, precise, friendly, and punctual or the whole purpose can be easily marred.

Singaporeans like to give and receive gifts but they not only expect the best products to be chosen for their hampers. They also require practical convenience for their hamper delivery.

What is the enduring appeal of hampers? They suit just about any occasion and most certainly every person who receives one. Whether it’s for family, friends, customers or staff, hampers provide a perfect gift.