Oh, what to wear, what to wear? When summer doesn’t quite want to let go and give way completely to autumn; when it’s October and the daytime temps in your neck of the woods are still in the 80s and it doesn’t cool down until nearing sundown. When you can’t justify wearing your fall cozies all day. When I went digging around in the perfume drawers, I found out what: Annick Goutal Les Nuits d’Hadrien.
A rush of citrus and green in its opening refreshes and delights. But not in the same vein as its eau de cologne-ish forerunner Eau d’ Hadrien, instead, finding its distinctive voice via aromatic cypress, amber and a touch of patchouli, white musk and amber. Its herb-tinged aromatic brightness lingers for while, then with a few soft sighs, lets go to create the lightest of oriental veils.
Since it has Nuits in its name, you might expect a deeper, headier scent, and one that lasts longer, but its beauty seems to be of a fleeting nature, but just right for a two-hour social occasion or any time you don’t need your scent to be a marathon runner. I wore the EDT (three spritzes, which for a notorious under-sprayer like me is a lot) and didn’t feel overpowering at all. I do plan to try the EDP to see how the scent fares in that strength, however.
Les Nuits d’ Hadrien pulls off the trick of being simultaneously refreshing and uplifting and warm. And for me at least, it’s what I’d love to smell like naturally (sort of a your-skin-but-better aura).
Here’s what Surrender to Chance says about it, and I think they’re pretty much spot-on:
A citrus aromatic fragrance inspired by the wondrous scent of a garden in Tuscany under a starlit sky.
I went to a backyard party the other night and this was perfect: The day had been warm (mid- 80s) but the night was cooling down nicely and this scent followed the temperature change beautifully, and wasn’t heavy enough to interfere with the food being served. And its outdoorsy vibe made it just right for an evening spent on the patio and chatting around the fire pit.
In fact, wearing this Hadrien awhile reminded me that it’s a pretty nice all-season scent and I need to reach for it more often.
Notes from Fragrantica: lemon, green mandarin, bergamot, tangerine, caraway, cypress, juniper, ylang-ylang, amber patchouli, musk, vanilla and sandalwood.
BTW, not that it really matters, but Luca Turin wrote in The Guide that Les Nuits d’Hadrien reminded him of a particular salad he had made, but I think he mostly liked it.
What scent(s) do you turn to when temperatures straddle seasons?