Because of the where I live, I find that most of the perfumes that I own are “fall” scents. I tend to buy gourmands and rich oriental perfumes. This is what works with my climate and this is what works for me. I have perfume friends that live in warmer climates. Their perfume collection is the complete opposite of mine. This makes sense. Who wants heavy fragrances in hot climates? Not too many people (unless they spend all of their time in a freezing, air-conditioned space). I’ve been asked about “summer” orientals and gourmands. Ever since I first sniffed Les Nuits d’Hadrien, I’ve always thought of it as the perfect “oriental” perfume for warm climates.
Les Nuits d’Hadrien opens up as a zesty citrus with licorice. The scent is bitter and fresh. Les Nuits d’Hardrien has “night” in the title, but it isn’t dark. This opening is sunny but not blindingly bright like some citrus perfumes or like Eau d’Hadrien. Les Nuits d’Hadrien conjures up daylight and warm summer days. It’s a warm citrus with spice. I get cumin and caraway. LNdH isn’t dirty but it is a little sweaty/salty in the way that Eau de Sud is. I get dry cypress mixed with the bitter citrus and needed spice. The heart of this fragrance is dry and herbal. LNdH does have a base more hefty than regular ‘ole Hadrien, but it is still a very fresh base, not too heavy. It’s clean florals, dried herbs, light woods, and a sunny amber. The dry-down is my favorite part of the fragrance.
When I wear LNdH, I am reminded me of very hot summer days that aren’t too hot to enjoy being outside in the shade or by the waterfront. This is an unisex perfume and I prefer to smell it on rugged, masculine types, oh, how the spices blossom!
Notes listed include green mandarin, tangerine, bergamot, Sicilian lemon, ylang-ylang cumin, sandalwood, white musk, amber, and vanilla.
Give Les Nuits d’Hadrien a try if you like citrus perfumes. Or if you like perfumes like Arquiste L‘Etrog, Annick Goutal Eau d’Hadrien, Annick Goutal Eau Sud, Caron Yatagan, Serge Lutens Arabie, and/or Caron L’Anarchiste. Les Nuits d’Hadrien is unisex. I prefer it as a masculine. However, most of the people I know that wear it are women.
I have to spray lots of Les Nuits d’Hadrien to get the projection that I want. I find that this fragrance has below average projection and longevity for an EDP.
I have reviewed the EDP. An EDT is also available. The EDT is lighter and more herbal in my opinion.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A warm citrus. A “summer” oriental. If you live in a warmer climate, you may want to try this one. It could be your fall or winter perfume and my summer perfume 🙂
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