Average Rating 3.7/5
Review by TrizyDLuX
YSL Nu smells to me like dark spicy-cinnamon woods. The listed floral notes (orchid, jasmine) are thankfully unobtrusive to my nose. I really like this scent a lot, despite not usually being a fan of spice notes! I think it is the hefty does of woods that turn this into the one heavily spicy scent I can wear and love. One other thing that I must point out is that aside from not liking the *smell* of spices on my skin, notes of cinnamon and clove tend to make my skin burn and turn red. For some reason, although the cinnamon seems prominent to my nose, I have not reacted to it in the typical manner when wearing Nu. It appears decidedly skin-safe.
Other scents that seem similar to me - not the same, but along the same lines, are: Feminite du Bois (more violets & fruits), Cabaret (more roses and patchouli), and Passage d'Enfer (much simpler, but similar to the woody incensey base of Nu). All these have far less spice notes than Nu has.
Now about the packaging... this has to be some of the worst fragrance packaging I have *ever* encountered. The "bottle" is made of plastic and closely resembles a metallic pale violet hockey puck. It does not look pretty or sophisticated (or even mod) and it does not feel good or even substantial in the hand. It cannot stand up and must lie down on one of its disk-like sides. What on earth were they thinking when they designed this?!