Review of Yves Saint Laurent Nu by ifthe
The fact that Nu was a marketing flop and has since been discontinued borders on criminal in my opinion! Of course, I am not blameless. When this fragrance was released in 2001, I was a total ‘fume snob. I wore only niche fragrances. Until I realized that the same perfumers working in the niche houses are the same that work with the prestige brands, that is. Nu reminds me of my former ignorance and helps me keep my commitment to being an equal opportunity sniffer. What I like is what I like whether it comes from Bath & Body Works or Serge Lutens.
Nu is a swirl of frozen incense smoke; the sensation of pale gray silk against milky white skin. Strangely aloof yet completely sensuous, all at the same time. It opens with gorgeous cardamom underscored by bergamot and wood. Black pepper begins to lift and sharpen the spices. Sandalwood and incense eventually come in to soften the spices and pepper, bringing them closer to the body. The finale is cool incense underscored by velvety orchid petals. Wow.
To put it in simpler terms, if you like Comme de Garcons’ Avignon, but find it a little too cold and abstract, try Nu. But hurry, it’s disappearing fast and ebay prices are rising!
Also, the fragrance has excellent longevity (I get about 10 hours out of it) and good sillage.
The notes in Nu include bergamot, cardamom, elemi, white orchid, wild orchid, black pepper, sandalwood, musks, incense and olibanum, and was created by Jacques Cavallier.
****EDIT****: I should add that this review is for the EDP in the flat gray disk shaped bottle, NOT the edt in the cobalt blue botle