Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
La Nuit De Boheme description
Anna Sui’s La Nuit de Boheme has one of the most delicious and bewitching beginnings we’ve ever tried. There – we said it, we’re not proud. We’re just addicted to it and this is a cry for help. But don’t bother calling anyone because soon you’ll want it as much as we do and then we’ll all go down together.
La Nuit is potent juju, people. Champagne, citrus, and big, round blackberries to start. This perfume is absolutely distracting in how it opens – you can almost feel the champagne beads popping and fizzing underneath your nose. La Nuit de Boheme is filled to the rim with intoxicatingly effervescent nuances of blood orange, buttered toast and those uber-ripe blackberries sloshing around inside the champagne flute.
Many of Anna Sui’s perfumes are super-light, fun, and delicate, but not this one. La Nuit de Boheme is a tall, thin woman in a cut-to-kill LBD walking a jet-black panther on a diamond-studded leash. Fun and delicate can go hang; this fragrance is about hunter vs. prey all the way through to its dry, spicy, Mediterranean finish.
The transition to the heart notes is sly and sensual as well. The middle phase of La Nuit is lotus flower and roses, and the blending of the blackberry’s fruit facet with the floral rose is seductive and subtle – both the notes gently fold into each other like lovers moving in their sleep. Both the roses and lotus in the heart are felt in the fragrance equally, which is a delight as lotus flower usually is a textural gesture in many fragrances.
The drydown shifts the perfume into spicier, more masculine territory with oud, cedar, patchouli and amber roughing up the flower petals and letting that panther on its leash let out a warning growl. Vanilla orchid is also featured in the base notes, which is the sweet, soft powdery bridge between the florals and spices (or maybe just a trace of the thin woman’s cosmetics as she leaves her penthouse apartment on the Upper West Side.)
The spicy base of La Nuit also makes it appropriate for a man to try as well – none of the notes before the drydown phase are tuned to a particularly feminine frequency (that panther could easily morph into an enormous greyhound or Irish wolfhound on a black leather lead). And we’d suggest that men do wear this scent, as it’s too well-made, hypnotic and sophisticated to leave on only one gender’s doorstep. La Nuit de Boheme proves that Anna Sui’s line of fragrances can rouse itself out of their usual light, clean, and delicate profile to provide their fans with something entirely different. This is a must-try fragrance, and a must-own for blackberry and rose fans.