I got a sample of this months ago, and I don’t know why I haven’t bothered to try it on. When my friend Barney at Fragrant Moments told me about the upcoming fragrance tradeshow Elements Showcase, we noticed that Ulrich Lang was one of the organizers.
Nightscape’s top notes were very light—so light that I reapplied it on my arm after a few minutes, just to make sure it was on. But I might have waited: it blooms in the middle, after about thirty, forty-five minutes.
The notes listed on the Ulrich Lang New York website are:
Top: bergamont, lime and tangerine, highlighted with sage, mint, basil
Heart: violet, jasmine and geranium leaves warmed with sesame and honey
Base: leather and moss interwoven with sheer ambers, precious woods and a hint of guava
I wonder if by violet, they mean violet leaf. There’s a green edge to this that reminds me of a violet leaf note.
Overall, it’s faintly powdery, with some very familiar notes of leather and maybe lavender. The maker calls it a “modern take on patchouli,” and I suppose it is. But it’s years away from the hippy patchouli most people think of. It’s leathery in the way that Le Labo’s Patchouli 24 is, but completely without that scent’s smokiness. I’m grasping here, but I also detect a horseradish note, mild, not nose-burning. This is definitely one I’ll have to dissect in more detail later.
This is a very masculine fragrance that I would put in the same broad category as Parfums de Nicolaï’s New York and Chanel Pour Monsieur. I like it quite a bit so far.