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Yves St. Laurent Nu

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YSL Nu is described as dark and moody, but also radiant and elegant. Filled with contrasts.
I knew I would love YSL NU, but I didn’t have clear expectations as to how it would actually smell. Would it smell like Black Cashmere, or Serge Noire, both incense/spicy/woody scents? Nothing terrifically different in the Nu note list, except perhaps white orchid, and I’ve no idea how a white orchid should smell. I have to admit I absolutely was not prepared for this spectacular scent.
Nu opens defiantly with a blast of citrus and spice, reinforced with peppery notes – it’s rich, radiant and very strong. After a couple of minutes a resinous green undertone develops, which has a piney feel to it – elemi - and mixed with the citrus/spice, it soon transforms into a cool incense accord, thick and slightly smoky, but cool, cool.
Sweetening the incense with spicy carnation and sandalwood as it moves down into the heart, Nu becomes warmer and more opulent, and just when I’m beginning to enjoy a familiar warm woody dry-down, an unsettling note steers Nu into cool country once more. It must be the white orchid, or maybe it’s jasmine, or iris. Slightly metallic with a green edge, this white floral note comes and goes, and brilliantly amplifies the warm dry smokiness of the incense as it  blends with the sandalwood and musk notes.
Nu becomes very rich but softer, slightly powdery and vanillic in the base, with balsamic flashes that maintain a satiny radiance through its long dry-down. The contrast of cool and warm is disarmingly gorgeous. Nu never becomes a skin scent, or a cozy sit-by-the-fire scent. To me, it’s downtown urban-chic, totally androgynous, the kind of scent that not only engages the senses and stirs the soul, but also fires the intellect. It’s sleek and polished, with a spicy fire smouldering at its core.
Notes: bergamot, cardamom, elemi, white orchid, wild orchid, black pepper, sandalwood, musks, incense and olibanum.
Type: EdP
Parfumeur: Jacques Cavallier 

Price: $5.00