Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Frederic Malle, The Night-Review
My son Danny's observation was so accurate I feel it merits mention. Upon trying The Night, he looked puzzled for a moment before declaring, "It smells like rubber and motor oil. They should have called it, The Night Mechanic."
I will forever think of this perfume as, The Night Mechanic, and wish there were a series of pulp detective novels of the same name. "The Night Mechanic: he repairs your reputation, fixes your car, and brings you roses. Turkish roses."
I thought it was interesting that The Night doesn't really have any note pyramid-it all hits at once, and fades more or less the same. That's an accomplishment for a rose note to fight it out to the bitter end, particularly when faced with oud. If I could find one thing to complain about (other than the price tag) it would be the amber. Whatever sort of amber was used, it isn't a good fit with the oud and rose. It is sweet without the depth a good amber should have. Granted, it has the oud and the rose for company but it is too sweet, and subtle for the notes it is blended with. On paper, amber ought to work here, but it smells a little out of place to me.
I've read the reviews (and enjoyed some laughs at the comparisons to hay and horseshit) but I think it would be unfair to call The Night, disgusting. It isn't. You may be disgusted by it, but the composition is acceptable, and other than the amount of real oud that went into it (lots!) there's nothing terribly inaccessible here. You might not enjoy it, but the quality of the ingredients is quite good. $800 USD good? Well no, of course not.
There are so many good quality oud perfumes out there for a fraction of The Night that the only reason I can see for spending that sort of money is to make a statement. I wouldn't be impressed by a gift of The Night, but I'm also not the target audience for this sort of thing. If you wanted to display wealth, The Night is your perfume. If I were out to impress on a budget, I might go for Creed Royal Oud which is still pricey but not insane, and is a bit less likely to get compared to rose scented shower curtains. It is an oud for beginners.
The notes? Oud, rose and amber. That's about it. Not much of a chemistry lesson.
I didn't hate, The Night but it wasn't all flutters in my heart, and swooning either. I'm a little disappointed because who wouldn't want to be swept off their feet? Still, I'll wear the sample I have and keep a bit for comparing to other oud based fragrances. I'm glad to have a small vial of it, and to have the opportunity to wear it, but thankfully, it isn't love. I'm relieved it isn't.
" That's just The Night (garden)."