First Smell: Nightscape by Ulrich Lang New York

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.

Nightscape: $110 for 100ml/3.4 oz. at Lucky Scent, Aedes de Venustas, and Ulrich Lang New York.
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6 Responses to First Smell: Nightscape by Ulrich Lang New York

  1. Brian says:

    I love Nightscape.

    I’ve been looking for *one* good, modern patchouli fragrance to buy a full bottle of… so far I’ve tried:

    Chanel Coromandel
    Serge Lutens Borneo 1834
    Ulrich Lang Nightscape
    PdN Patchouli Homme

    As much as I hated to do so, I ruled out the PdN Patchouli Homme – too sweet.

    The rest is still a tossup… all three share a lot in common, though Coromandel is more sweet/oriental, where nightscape/borneo are a lot drier but seem to have a lot in common with the drydown (nightscape to me sprays on “already in the drydown stage.”)

  2. Thanks for the comment, Brian. The more I smelled it, the more I loved it too. I’ll have to check out the Serge Lutens scent — that sounds really good.

    Have you tried anything by Histoires de Parfums? I wrote about them here: https://cocktailsandcologne.wordpress.com/2010/11/19/gerald-ghislain-and-the-taste-of-scent/ and here: https://cocktailsandcologne.wordpress.com/2010/11/20/the-experts-luca-turin-on-1740-by-histoires-de-parfums/.

    My favorite scent, 1740, does have some patchouli in it but it may not be as patchouli-driven as you like. They also have one called Noir Patchouli, which isn’t bad. However, I’ve seen at least one review that says Histoires’ 1826 actually has more patchouli in it. And while their normal bottles are huge and expensive, they also offer travel sizes for a more reasonable price.

  3. Brian says:

    I saw your review of 1740 – I also just got a sample of it a few weeks back. I loved it at first and now after a few tests I hate it. I am not sure why other than it smells “old person” to me for some reason. The accord is rather brilliant, but I think I’m reacting similarly as I did to Knize Ten. Not sure what it is that I don’t like about it. Someone said Knize Ten is good when it’s applied VERY sparingly – might be the same with 1740.

    I don’t really know any other HdP stuff at all but might need to order some more samples.

  4. I agree, it’s very potent — I apply sparingly. I have a sample vial, and all I need is to run the tiny plastic wand across my skin once to get a powerful and long-lasting application. I swear, the sample is lasting a really long time. I would never want their full-size bottle (it’s 4 ounces!).

    If I ever overdid it, I think it might ruin it for me for a while. I honestly think almost everything I have is best in small quantities — certain old school cologne-style fragrances excepted — but 1740 is particularly strong.

    I thought 1725 was more accessible, but I still kept going back to the more exotic 1740.

    As I wrote in that post, 1740 really reminds me of my favorite Eau d’Italie scent, Baum du Doge. It’s very spicy, and a little goes a really long way. So much so that it’s probably best saved for nighttime.

    I’ve never smelled Knize Ten, but I do like leather fragrances. Sounds like something I’ll have to check out. Ever tried l’Artisan’s Dzing?

  5. Brian says:

    Yes! I have a full bottle of Dzing! – love it.

    Went back and tried 1740 again – still not a fan. I respect it; the opening is great; don’t want to wear it or smell it for more than a few minutes. Very odd.

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