There are perfumes in my collection I reviewed very early on, there are reviews on my blog, of perfumes that never made it out of sample status, and there are bottles in my closet, I have loved, worn and cherished for years, but for some reason kept mum about.
Vol de Nuit is one of the latter category. I guess I did not review Vol de Nuit for so long, because I find it hard to put into words what is is, how it smells, how I love it.
Vol de Nuit was created in 1933 by Jacques Guerlain and includes notes of bergamot, galbanum, petitgrain, jasmine, daffodil, spices, woods, iris, vanilla, amber and forest notes. Another notes list reads: Orange, mandarin, lemon, bergamot, orange blossom; jonquil, aldehydes, galbanum; vanilla, spices, oakmoss, sandalwood, orris, musk. Stil another has the following notes: orange, bergamot, lemon, mandarin, petitgrain, galbanum, sage, aldehydes, violet, rosewood, palmarosa, jasmine, daffodil, pimento, vanilla, benzoin, Peru balsam, musk, cedarwood, orris, tonka bean, oakmoss, agarwood, sandalwood, vetiver, ambergris and castoreum.
Its history can be best read on Bois de Jasmin and Perfume Shrine. I also like this review on Yesterday’s Perfume. My bottle of EdT is from before 2000, I’m no expert whatsoever when it comes to vintages and reformulation and when what took place, but I believe my bottle is still pre-reformulation. See a review of the extrait by Tara here.
It is not that Vol de Nuit is the best perfume I ever smelled, far from it. But still – Vol de Nuit has a special meaning. It was the first Guerlain classic I fell, for and I’m still of the opinion it is one of the most accessible.
Let’s hear a musical version of Vol de Nuit, that is how it smells to me: a familiar theme interpreted in an interesting way, it sticks with you and it is almost unbearably beautiful.
Vol de Nuit EdT opens with a fresh citrus accent that stays for a long time and is slowly getting greener and greener, bolstered by galbanum. The floral heart is well blended, I can discern orange blossom and jasmine, infused with spicy notes on a dominant oriental bed of ambery-mossy woods.
Vol de Nuit touches me. It makes me feel elegant and wordly, but not in a “lady” kind of way. It is warm and comfortable, the word that comes to mind again and again is timeless.
Vol de Nuit is transporting me to another time and place. A place outside reality, Vol de Nuit is a night flight into a world of dreams and fantasies, a means of escape.
Vol de Nuit flies me through the night to wherever I want to be, to whatever I want to be. Vol de Nuit leaves all possibilities open. Unlike real life, Vol de Nuit never closes a door in your face.
Having such a place in your heart and knowing where to find it, is all that matters.
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