Launched in 2012 by Annick Goutal, the inspiration for Nuit Etoilée, as stated on their website, was “To walk for hours close to nature at nightfall. Listening to the wild grass crumple and the pine cones crack under your feet. Collecting branches of evergreen, snapping them, smelling their resinous odor on our fingertips. Then to lie back and enjoy the moonlight, as though alone in the world...” If this is the mood you are after, this is the fragrance you want.
Nuit Etoilée opens with a note of bright, sparkling citron; its lively effervescence is sweetened with juicy orange. The citrus fruits are soon joined by green, herbal peppermint. Together, they create the feeling of a cool, fresh breeze. It’s almost aromatherapeutic, and I relax into it every time I catch a whiff of it coming up from my wrist. Slowly, the soft green scent of Siberian pine creeps in. It has a fresh coolness that echoes the peppermint. Fir balsam brings more freshness, but also wood and resin. This is where this close-to-the-skin scent transitions from cool to warm while still keeping its serene beauty. At the base, angelica seed keeps the green grassiness while its peppery facets add warmth. It links with peppery aspects of the smooth, milky/sweet Tonka bean. A note of immortelle completes the fragrance with a woody warmth.
If you are expecting a foresty/piney scent, a resinous, heavy fragrance, then you’ll be disappointed with Nuit Etoilée because it dries down to a green, warm, mood-invoking scent that seduces with its harmony of gentle notes.
Notes: citron, sweet orange, peppermint, Siberian pine, fir resin, angelica seed, tonka and immortelle.