There are so many fragrance launches each year it’s difficult to write about them all. Speed Sniffs is a way to bring you quick and easy to digest reviews o fragrances in a paragraph or two. After all, sometimes all one needs is a few lines to capture the essence of a scent. Speed Sniffs are perfume reviews without all of the faff and tell you whether the subject is something you want to sniff or not. So hurry up and read, because we don’t have much time…
The subject of today’s Speed Sniff is Nuit de Megève by Eight & Bob. You may know Eight & Bob as the brand who reportedly created a scent worn by JFK, who was rumoured to have loved the scent so much he ordered eight bottles of it, asking for one for Bobby too. Nuit de Megève is inspired by a chance encounter with a beautiful woman in a Megève ski resort and aims to capture that evening, through the smells of the “mountain air and the wood burning in the fireplace”. It’s a scent inspired by memory and like all of Eight & Bob’s fragrances, it tells a story.
Nuit de Megève is woody with a capital W. It’s chocked full to the brim with a nutty, creamy sandalwood that has the roundness of its edges trimmed to something sharp. there’s a touch of powder, a grainy, mineral sort-of iris that tarnishes the wood to a stark grey colour. There’s not much zest or light here, and vetiver takes a prominent role as Nuit de Megève dries down. Darkness takes hold with musk and tobacco adding richer colours to the wood stain. The result is a complex and satisfying woody fragrance with a bold signature.
I like it, the woodiness is prominent and rich, and it’s definitely my favourite thing from Eight and Bob so far. Woody is not my go-to genre but there is a pleasing complexity here and a range of olfactory ‘shades’ that provide a sense of contrast and interest.
Sniff this if…
You like woody fragrances and fancy something a little bit darker.
Nuit de Megève is available in 100ml Eau de Parfum for £125.
Sample, notes and quotes via Eight & Bob.