Since the end of 2015 I’ve really worked on whittling down my perfume collection to a much smaller selection of ones that I truly love. It’s rare when I’m sniffing away, usually in Boots that there’s any that I smell and think “Yes, I want to add that to my collection”. I smelt Lancome’s latest perfume La Nuit Tresor in summer and didn’t stop thinking about it. I added it to my Christmas list and was kindly gifted it to my Mum and Dad and it’s safe to say that this treasure is one that’s likely to stay in my collection for many coming seasons.
Over the past few years I’ve found myself growing out of sweet perfumes that used to be my favourites as my nose has changed often edging towards rich ambers and soft florals. There’s something about this scent I found captivating and every time I went back to a respritz I fell in love with it a little bit more. The fragrance was released in 2015 and it was only in 2017 that I saw it start to be pushed more in stores, sitting in front of the popular La Vie Est Belle from Lancome instead of nestled behind it and in many ways I can see similarities between the two. La Vie Est Belle is my sister’s signature scent and whilst I don’t own it, it always reminds me of her, before I owned this every time I smelt it, it always felt reminiscent.
We can’t start this review without discussing the packaging, it’s a multi-faceted diamond-shaped bottle that lays tilted on its side, with a dark black edge that creates an ombre smokey effect over the rest of the glass over the blush pink fluid underneath. It’s eye-catching and sparkles in the light as you turn it. It’s the little details that count when it comes to high-end perfumes and the square crystal effect lid with La Nuit Tresor of the perfume engraved on the topper to the rose detail with the ribbon that ties around the neck baring the perfume’s name are the finishing touches to make this feel ultra special.
I’m not normally the biggest fan of Gourmand perfumes, but if there’s one I can make an exception for it’s this one. On first spritz the top notes of pear, bergamot and tangerine have a freshness which is soon engulfed in the sweetness of praline, caramel and vanilla. As the perfume settles lots of other notes come into play, floral notes of rose, orchid and patchouli compliment the muskier notes that lie alongside it. It’s a complex fragrance that’s easy to pick out floral, sweet and musky notes and somehow they all just work together perfectly.
Over the past month of owning this perfume I’ve found it to be my go-to for special occasions and if allow myself maybe a weekend wear (but I am desperately trying to savour this, which is difficult as each time I wear it, it becomes more of a favourite). The longevity this perfume has through the day is fantastic, and I find myself using one to two sprays of this, it’s powerful and is worth every penny.
When I’ve spritzed this on a scarf or something, days later I can pick it up and smell an immediate waft of this still lingering with the warm sweet notes of caramel, praline and vanilla being the stand outs. I think it’s important to note that I’m not normally a vanilla fan, in fact I tend to bloody hate it and won’t let a vanilla candle anywhere near my house, so this is well worth a sniff if you are in the same boat.
What is your favourite fragrance at the moment?