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New York Nicolai Parfumeur Createur for men

New York Nicolai Parfumeur Createur for men
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New York by Nicolai Parfumeur Createur is a Woody Spicy fragrance for men. New York was launched in 1989. The nose behind this fragrance is Patricia de Nicolai. Top notes are bergamot, amalfi lemon, cloves, lavender and green notes; middle notes are thyme, cinnamon, pepper, paprika, patchouli and cedar; base notes are amber, vanilla and leather.

Perfume rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 277 votes.

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Top Notes
Bergamot Amalfi Lemon Cloves Lavender Green Notes

Middle Notes
Thyme Cinnamon Pepper Paprika Patchouli Cedar

Base Notes
Amber Vanilla Leather

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New York Intense
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Bois du Portugal
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New York Fragrance Reviews

Escoteric
Escoteric

This I reckon is the Equivalent of Viagra for women. There I was standing the queue in the Bank, when all the women in the queue were whispering what is that smell. I thought oh God it's another one of those fragrances that is disliked or people purport to dislike when worn by the wrong person. I had literally 5 mins prior spritzed it on and walked into the bank. I got to the bank teller who must have smelt it on the notes I had just given in to be deposited. She held them to her nose and said wow! I thought this woman loves cash and money lucky she works in a bank! She then disappears. Opens the security door, smells my neck and says wow this is beautiful. Can you write down the yes...yes I though so I wrote it down for her....She then sits there and says so when are you talking me to New York? I said hey, what's she on about? I said no you nana, that's the name of the perfume. She said no I think that's where you're taking me on....she became my girlfriend until the New York ran out! Lovely peppery musky smell, with a hint of citrus in the opening.

Dec
23
2015
Normpaps
Normpaps

To me for some reason it has a vintage halston z14 to it
love it

Aug
08
2015
Bunino
Bunino

Fantastic. Yes, there are similarities to Old Spice, but this exudes class and refinement. I wear this for special occasions. It brings to mind Shalimar at times as well, and unsurprisingly so, considering the creator's ties to the Guerlain house.

Scent 9.5
Protection 6
Longevity 9

Dec
14
2014
crypticat
crypticat

Opens dirty dry woody floral but not a sweet floral. I liked getting kicked by a very masculine beginning. Spice starts to come out. Suddenly flashing back to Old Spice in a gym bag in the 60's
After an hour: let my wife smell it. "Ugh that's nasty! Old man smell"
Buzzkill

Oct
25
2014
Casavulva
Casavulva

I can totally see Turin wearing this as his signature (?) for 10 years, but also that he now does not wear it anymore. New York was fantastic, but for another age. Just like english popstars dressed fantastic in the 80s, but that style would seem out of date today.

Like Grottola notes below, there is something powdery dandyish about New York, the same powdery sensation you get in Habit Rouge (1965). New York to my nose is much better and more sparkling. But like Habit Rouge, New York's time is out. Perhaps if you are 70 years old, and your clothes are outdated too.

Note: I loved New York at first, but after a few months I can only appreciate it for what is once was. New York was old when it was born in 1989, climaxing powdery perfume history from the 60s and 70s, but not looking sideways and forward.

Very glad I testet it thoroughly, for it was once one of the greatest of its kind.

7/10 (used to be 10/10)

Aug
22
2014
Hordak
Hordak

I looked forward to this and I ended up blind buying it, considering the reviews and because many people are reminded of Bois Du Portugal, which is an all time favorite of mine, but sadly, I can't wear and not even like it. It's well blended, the flacon is beautiful in its simplicity but all I get is lemon, pepper, something which reminds of nutmeg, even though nutmeg is not listed in the pyramid and a hint of vanilla and cedar in the base, together with the still prominent citrus/pepper combo.
It reminds me of Cacharels Pour L'Homme mixed with Chanels Pour Monsieur. I see absolutely no connection to Creeds Bois du Portugal, but maybe this was the case with the vintage version of New York, but who knows?
Sillage and longevity are decent for a citrus fragrance.
Please try this first, if you have a problem with citric scents.

Aug
19
2014
HickorySmoke
HickorySmoke

I have the old formula and highly recommend it. Three hits on the chest and it lasts all day at work. Acceptable for all climates, extremely versatile, and affordable.

9/10

Aug
05
2014
Monsieur Aramis
Monsieur Aramis

4 from 5 - 93+ P (out of 100) - orange amber - Following a short top note of orange citrus and a pass-over by orange peel, it reaches a marvelous and long lasting heart. This heart is perfectly harmonized and round, its mildness comprises some amber, some mellowed spice/clove, Christmas cinnamon cookies' dough, some memory of P&G Old Spice, little fougère, and leads to a perfect drydown. Stunning that sometimes there is a trace of thiosulphate. An optimum between sweetness and spice. Nearly appropriate for each season. If New York lasted longer, and if the orange note was more lively, it would be a candidate for 96-100P. Unfortunately still very very difficult to buy somewhere in Europe.

May
16
2014
mossyoakpenn
mossyoakpenn

Classic cologne followed by a mix of cologne and soft semi-dry leather. Nice but gone waaaaay too quickly.

Jan
30
2014
Kain
Kain

I'm really exited to write about this fragrance because this juice is simply outstanding!
I'm pretty sure my sample is the reformulation juice but it's still a keeper.
The opening of this fragrance is a fresh,tart and bitter smell of bergamot mixed with some mossy green smell and some black pepper.
The quality of the notes is great and the scent has a very natural feeling.
As time goes by bergamot goes to the background and fragrance reaches the best part.
The mid is a mossy green smell mixed with strong, yet smooth and very well balanced dry smoky leather and some spices specially black pepper.
It's bitter, dark, smoky, dry, green, mossy, peppery, quality, well made, well balanced ..... do you want anything else from a masculine fragrance?
There is a little bit of sweetness and it's completely in the background.
I love the mid.
In the base you have the mid smell but it's smoother and a little sweeter and I can smell cinnamon in this part which is awesome.
While it has a classic vibe, it's modern and completely masculine at the same time.
Projection is good and longevity is around 6 hours on my skin.
A signature scent and bottle worthy fragrance for me.
I like this much better than "Creed BdP"

راستش وقتی ین عطر تست کردم و بعد از چند بار تست داشتم خودمو برای نوشتن توصیف بوش آماده میکردم خیلی هیجان زده بودم چون به نظر من این عطر یکی از بی نظیر ترین و بهترین عطرهای کلاسیکی هست که تاحالا تست کردم و در یه کلام این عطر یه شاهکار در دنیای عطر و ادکلن هست
ظاهرا این عطر تغییر فرمول داده شده و به قول معروف آبکی تر شده و مطمئنم سمپلی که من دارم همین نسخه جدید هست ولی بازم بوش بی نظیره
رایحه ابتدایی این عطر با بوی ترش، خنک و در عین حال تلخ ترنج شروع میشه که یه رایحه سبز و البته کمی تاریک و خزه مانند و رایحه مشخص فلفل سیاه اونو همراهی میکنن
رایحه ترنج تلخی پوستشو هم داخل خودش داره و کیفیت رایحه اش بسیار بالا و طبیعیه و بسیار خوشبو و لذت بخشه
پس از این رایحه شاداب و ترش و کمی تلخ و سبز میرسیم به رایحه میانی که بهترین قسمت عطره
تو رایحه میانی بوی شاداب ترنج تا حد زیادی آروم میشه و حالا بوی چرم وارد میشه
رایحه میانی ترکیب بسیار عالی از رایحه تلخ، خشک و دودی چرم هست که در کنار اون رایحه کاملا مشخص گیاهی و خزه ای و کمی رایحه فلفل سیاه وجود داره و همه با هم یه بوی تلخ، و دودی و سبز و فلفلی عالی و کاملا مردانه بوجود میارن
البته این تلخی و حس دودی در عین قوی بودن ملایم و کاملا بی آزاره و آدم دوست داره فقط هی تند تند بوش کنه
در ادامه رایحه عطر کمی شیرین میشه و رایحه دارچین بهش اضافه میشه که بازم بوی تلخ و دوی و گیاهی خودشو داره منتها در این مرحله کمی شیرین و کمی دارچینی میشه
پخش بوی خوب با ماندگاری حدود 6 ساعت روی پوست
این عطر با عطر کرید بوا د پرتوگال مقایسه میشه که تا حدی درسته و شباهت دارن منتها شخصا به نظر من این بهتره از اون عطر کرید

Jan
26
2014
Oslo-fjord
Oslo-fjord

A timeless classic. Elegant, classy and sophisticated. The reformulation is weaker than the original, so I can't wait to try the Intense version.

Jan
23
2014
blaiseantoine
blaiseantoine

this review its for the vintage version one of the most elegant,classy and gorgeous scent ,this frag can't b missed by any collector or perfumista ,i really loved it since the first time i've the luck to smell it .and today i was so lucky to find 3 bottles of the vintage version in a little niche perfumery store ... you cannot even imagine the great smile in my face when the seller told me we sell this with 50 % discount :-))))))


8.5/10

Dec
14
2013
Redbeard
Redbeard

(Written concurrently with Creed Bois du Portugal)
This is a big, aggressive citrus-wood scent with a lot to say. Opens up sharper and more smoky than BdP, with more orange and lemon peel that persists for a while. It's slightly harsher and more masculine, and I can definitely smell it from farther away than BdP. This to me fits the bill slightly better for the "boardroom", financial tycoon, "powerhouse" scent because of the brassy citrus and the better penetration. Plus, the leafiness of the citrus and the smoke keep the sweetness in check, though just barely. I'd be more afraid of New York getting tiresome simply because of its strength and persistence, nice though it is to begin with. This may be a bit of a leap, but if you want a more strictly spice-oriented scent (getting farther from BdP), think about the cheapo Pierre Cardin because it's more disciplined in keeping its sweetness under control.

Dec
07
2013
Bunino
Bunino

You know, now that I've been wearing this cologne for several weeks, I must say that while there is a notable comparability to Old Spice, it's still entirely unique. I think I have found my "holy grail" to be honest.

Nov
27
2013
wesleyhclark
wesleyhclark

It's amazing how a perfumer of talent can take the usual suspects - bergamot, amber, cinnamon, pepper, lavender, cloves - and create something that stands head and shoulders above the usual crowd containing exactly the same ingredients!

Simply put, this is one of the best, if not THE best, spicy men's fragrances I have ever smelled. Wonderful.

Yes, it is somewhat reminiscent of Creed Bois du Portugal and, yes, some of the notes are like the ones in Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentree (which I wear and love). And yes, this can be considered an upmarket Old Spice. But so what? I love it!

UPDATE: I bought a bottle. This stuff is wonderful. I can see why Luca Turin wore it for ten years.

Nov
26
2013
michael.j
michael.j

After all the glowing reviews, including Turin's, I had high hopes for this. But it smells so old-ladyish that I had to scrub it. It was ruining my day. It really reminds me of the smell of an old plastic dopp kit that's been sitting in a dark, dank, moldy bathroom vanity for two decades. It's truly horrific. I get the similarities with PM (the ugly concentrée made for the American market) and BdP, but they are few and fleeting. It's uric and powdery, musty and acidic. I really doubt the sample was bad because I got it from Osswald. I'll give it a few more tries just to make sure I don't dismiss it out of hand, but it's not looking good. I'm so glad I didn't blind-buy this.

Sep
03
2013
Osrockoo
Osrockoo

The IFRA is a product regulation body whos job imo is to make sure there are no neurotoxins in perfumes, wich is fine and desirable, however I DONT dont want the ifra turning into a perfume hating biased ideological group with an agenda to cripple the perfume industry and quality scents and i believe perfumes buyers should question the ifra for truthful declarations verifiable stats and accountability and just clearly ask why a chemical is capped at a specific amount limit, or banned and what effects they claimed it had on the human body to be banned or restricted, when modifications to an appreciated product occurs, because they could at some point claim lies just to serve an unkown ideological protocol , especially if its unverifiable by the common citizen, so they had better come out with verifiable claims that a chemical is neurotoxic or bad and perfume buyers should question them ,if a volatile chemical does not affect heart rate or central nervous system in an exitory manner it is NOT neurotoxic, caffeine aspartame energy drinks and v.o.c paints qualify as neurotoxic and are not banned so perfume byers should be suspicious

Aug
21
2013
MartinGreen
MartinGreen

If Floris Elite stands for London, Nicolai's New York might actually represent the Big Apple. Both are classic men's fragrences; fresh, always contemporary and created with subtle details. New York is a little bit more a melting pot of different scents than Floris Elite, giving it a slight exotic edge. The citrus and spice are very well balanced, the green notes give it a nice earthly base. Could be a perfect everyday fragrence, although it might be slightly more appropriate in cooler weather. Masterpiece all the way around.

Jun
30
2013
RHONORAY
RHONORAY

I'VE HAD SOME GREAT COMPLIMENTS ON NEW YORK. A QUALITY JUICE AND A BETTER ALTERNATIVE TO Terre d'Hermes. LONGER LASTING AS WELL.

May
24
2013
Jwaks
Jwaks

Not that bad and not that good. opens with stale lemon juice, light green herbs, cinnamon and dry amber with hints of leather and a touch of chocolate. It comes off as very old world and conservative with a slightly sharp edge. There's nothing wrong with it, just not something I would wear being a guy in his early 30's that's more casual and slightly left of center. I could see a 45+ yr old accomplished guy loving this juice or anyone that likes herbs, dry amber, cinnamon and leather. It does get a bit better with time, the stale citrus blows off revealing wood, light herbs, anise and hints of leather. Clearly it's not for me but check it out if you like the notes described in this review.

Update : the drydown brings out leather covered with baby powder with a hint of hot pepper, amber and raw cinnamon.

May
18
2013
icufish
icufish

I am sure that I am not the only one who wanted to buy this, but who will NOT buy this because of stupid reformulation. I am so sorry Patricia, I will buy another brand.

Feb
22
2013
HUEbris
HUEbris

I heard it this was changed smell because of IFRA's restriction.
No citruss, No oak moss.
What the f word. I feel very sorry...

Feb
13
2013
ranger
ranger

First bought this back in 2001 when I was testing various fragrances after a long absence from wearing any perfume. Flash forward to today and four bottles later, this is one of the best frags for men out there. I sense little to no difference from my first bottle to the most recent. It's my office go to frag when the weather dips below 60 degrees. Something I never get tired of wearing. Very distinguishable phases and extremely longlasting. For me, similar frags are Habit Rouge, Pierre Cardin, and BdP. PdN best men's by far. A+

Feb
02
2013
jeffwithfrags
jeffwithfrags

Safer is always better it seems.

Lemons on top, but on warmer days you can feel the ' full effect ' of the scent's other notes there aswell, then drying down to vanilla, leather and even hints of incense, this is almost unbeatable.

Flaws (which aren't exactly minute must say) are lack of EDP and sometimes the bergamot does grate a little with the Top lemon note, turning it less sweet and comforting.

Thing I found most disappointing was the lack of punch from the oriental notes. The amber and cinammon were just too tame and muffled by the vanilla which was equally as watery. Also roses much better for me, as I cannot tolerate lavender.

It also prevents this from dating which it has. It is not very modern as the recent sweeter, less herby and richer compositions we have today.

I do think Byredo's Gypsy Water is much better however, mainly because that is an EDP but the opening of it feel a little smoother and sweeter and it also has a richness plus an great incense note that gives it a dual oriental personality. Check that 1 out, it's great!

But I certainly think it's the men's ChanelNo5, and that said even women can wear this too!

7/10.

edit: An Intense version has been released now!

Jan
30
2013
andyray
andyray

NB. This is a review of the vintage formulation.

A Masterpiece!

Wearing Patricia de Nicolai’s, “New York”, is like kicking-back with your best friend,; enjoying a few ‘cold ones’ and listening to one of the definitive West Coast jazz recordings on "Verve": “Blues in Time” (1957) by the Gerry Mulligan, Paul Desmond Quartet.

This recording documents a meeting of two jazz legends whose artistic creativity and respective personalities might be spoken of in the same way as the seminal contributions of "Borg/McEnroe" when discussing an era of great tennis players. Mulligan’s playful, romping, mellifluous baritone bouncing and honking away at its bebop best, trading phrases with the great Paul Desmond whose light-toned alto provides a constant source of mesmerising, sinuous, intricate, logical musical ideas. He plays as if watching someone effortlessly fill-in a ‘hard’ Sudoku board and move to the next puzzle without seeming to pause and take a breath.

There's nothing histrionic or showy here, rather one is drawn-in ever closer to the sheer quality of the music even if you've heard this album umpteen times over the decades, and whether playing a ballad or an up-tempo piece, each composition still feels fresh; swings like crazy and, above all, makes one smile!

So it is with Patricia de Nicolai's beautiful, “New York”, the notes perfectly swinging in time as the inner chords take turns to project in a sublime, up-beat, performance!

'Start spreadin' the news...'

A breath-taking superb: 9.5-10

Dedicated to my brother and to, 'G', who kindly introduced me to this worldly delight!

Jan
19
2013
fazli ikram
fazli ikram

manage to acquire a vintage formulation,

the color is different..the vintage is dark yellow near amberry colour whilst the new one is pale yellowish

tested it on my left arm the new formulation and the vintage formulation on my right arm..

the difference is a but hefty...the new lemony lime smell is not so bright whilst the other note mentioned above as well. the new one sillage is moderate , the vintage is strong, on autumn weather the new formulation last about 8 hours but close to the skin..the vintage version lasted till tomorrow even after a quick shower it still last and you can smell it about 2-3 inches from the skin..should i buy some more of the vintage? better save up now...

Oct
18
2012
ThatMakesScents
ThatMakesScents

I have not smelled Boise De Portugal but I was immediately reminded of Chanel Por Monsieur "both versions" with a little lemon.

At first I thought "ok this is how Chanel PM should have been made" . It starts off very strong but then in less than an hour the scent dwindles down into a barely noticeable skin scent. Just a hint of lemon (citrus) remains.

Safe not original but pleasant while it lasts. If it had more staying power I would recommend it as a substitute for Chanel PM but I cannot do that.

This is my first sample from parfums de nicolai. I am weary of any company that puts out more than a few fragrances Ie. Bond.

How can they focus on quality ?

Luckily this was a free sample.

Jun
21
2012
williamvargas
williamvargas

after spending more time with this, i find new york a very nice fragrance for the well kept man..it portrays a man whom is strong of character but doesn't feel like he needs to announce his presence with an over powering fragrance when he walks into a room.what i get is a confident and classy man that knows who he is and where he belongs in the world.. I think he would be a people person..a good heart and loving man. his actions speak for him, and other men would like to be more like him. maybe for the most interesting man...lol.. excellent , timeless and just class. just plain smells good, this one always makes me feel good about myself when i wear it..not offensive.. this fragrance makes you a considerate person of your surroundings you will be a great smelling guy. people around you will take with them after getting a whiff of you. I love the little blast of lemon at first and i thought ok another citrus , but then it softens and i smell the lavender and all the other notes that patricia de Nicolai.has blended into this magical elixir of scent that has stood the test of time. it was a beautiful fragrance then and it is now. i will always have this fragrance in my possession.. i cannot think of a time when i would ever not love this. this is one i wear for myself. i have read a couple of comments about old spice, and i did not notice that at first , but they might be on to something. , good , i love old spice, i think that only reinforces how good a fragrance old spice really is.., originally purchased the smaller bottle 30 mil.. i went thru that in no time! I repurchased the larger bottle. it is well worth the price in my opinion. one of my top favorite fragrances...and this has a great rating for my list of scents. what i have tried is getting to be a long list.. i think every man who loves fragrances should give this a try. one of the luca turin reviews that i agree 100 % with.. in fact it was his ratings and comments he wrote about it that inspired me to try this, first from the perfumed court on a 1.5 mil spray sample the same day i received it i purchased it form lucky scent since it showed on fragrantica as where to find it. so as they say in the sales world....WRITE IT UP!

May
16
2012
timeazsofia
timeazsofia

I was afraid to try this fragrance, because it is for man (I thought). How wrong I was!
Now, I have tried it at least and found it beautiful! Reminiscent of Shalimar a bit, but in a unisex kind of way. (However, Patricia is a Guerlain's descendant:) )

I think this female-male signs not so important in a fragrance, rather we should wear what we like, so I will definitely wear this fantastic fragrance!
10/10

Mar
11
2012
fragment
fragment

Unless somebody switched samples on me, this is a powdery old lady's perfume and it gives me a headache just thinking about it.

Jan
24
2012
silvrsrfr
silvrsrfr

Initial review: Combine Chanel's Pour Monsieur Concentree with Shulton's Old Spice, and you get PdN's New York! OK, it's not exactly the same, and New York is definitely my preference over cpmc, but you get the idea. Enjoyable scent if you don't mind spending the money.

Dec
12
2011
JToronto
JToronto

After trying 4 other P de N fragrances, this one was a real surprise. It's a leather! who knew? I had pretty much decided P de N only did polite, pretty perfume. Maybe because this is meant for men, she was willing to do something more distinctive. Must admit I detested the top notes (very traditionally perfumey, reminded me of Chanel No.5, and smelled like it would give me a headache), but within about 10 minutes it dried down to a soft leather with a slight hint of citrus and floral embellishments. With warmth, a cinnamom/red hots note pops out, too. As leathers go this is (to me) on the more feminine end of the spectrum, nearer to Kelly Caleche than to Knize Ten, but I am a lover of leather and woody fragrances, and I could see giving this one a more extended try-out (as long as I hold my nose for the first 10 minutes). Still smells to me more like it would suit a woman than a man, however; I guess I like more of a hard-edged biker leather on my guys!

Oct
20
2011
jtd
jtd

New York, along with Shalimar, Guerlains's Vetiver, Cuir de Lancome, Knize Ten and Diorella are my most frequently worn perfumes. Makes me feel a bit stodgy when I look at it, but classical perfumery appeals to me. I do think I have a fairly catholic sense of classicism, though. I find the best of Etat Libre classically formal in construction. Lutens reinvents classical, and most of the Piguet line absolutely venerates the classical. New York has never done me wrong. When I crave it, it satisfies. When I'm uncertain what I want to wear and put on New York, it's like an olfactory moment of kensho.

New York's secret weapon, besides its utterly flawless evolution is its powder. Powder is often mentioned in the context of the old-lady perfumes, tedious dandy fragrances, uninspired aldehydic fragrances. But New York's powder is gunpowder. It is a bitter, powdery dustiness made even darker by orange/bergamot resinousness.

Chypre? Oriental? Powdery Wood? I'd probably give you a different answer on any given day. Like the best perfumes, New York has a deliberate ambiguity that makes it seem less elusive than actually alive.

Update: Seeing Luca Turin’s note in the “Little Book” I tried the most recent iteration. Light orange cologne. Heartbreaking.

Sep
28
2011
Bigsly
Bigsly

Not enough of a "wow factor" for me and I don't like the citrus/blossomy quality (which is a bit harsh) in the opening. Too ambery and simple in the base. I'm not sure what the appeal is, and there is lots of competition out there, starting with vintage Old Spice! The closest to PdN NY that I've really enjoyed lately is vintage Third Man Caron.

Sep
20
2011
alfarom
alfarom

I guess any good perfumisto/perfumista, sooner or later, has arrived to the point to wonder what makes of a fragrance a good fragrance. Uniqueness? Raw Materials? Execution? My personal answer is that, while all this elements can make the difference, at the same time they may not necessarely coexist and New York is a good example of my statement.

This fragrance isn't among the most unique or distinctive around, it doesn't count rare or precious raw materials in the note list, but it's definitely well executed. Don't expect something groundbraking or outstanding as you will be disappointed. All the Luca Turin's talking about New York has created great expectations among perfume lovers, expectations that too often have been unattended. Just try to approach this composition with an open mind, as if it were just one among others and not Turin's favourite and you'll discover a great scent.

The first comparison that came to my mind when I first smelled New York is the one with an old armchair your family bought in the 70's. It was handmade, not particularly beautiful but extremely comfortable and solidly crafted that rapidly became your family's favourite. During the years it survived to several relocations, to new eye-catching designer fournitures, to technology and it's still there in your living room. Worn-out, somehow out of date but still your favourite. New York is all of this. It's not original, it's not the most catchy fragrance around and it's definitely old-fashioned but it's still tremendously reliable and honest. These aspects are its points of strenght.

I won't go through note explanation as you can find billions of descriptions anywere but let me report one thing a good friend of mine used to quote:

"Don't try to be original. Be simple. Be good technically, and if there is something in you, it will come out". Henri Matisse.

Thanks Saripatates.

Rating: 9/10

Jul
24
2011
Grottola
Grottola

Ah, the coveted New York by Patricia de Nicolaï. For a niche fragrance, this one seems to have quite the cult following and a reputation preceding it - Luca Turin even admitted to having worn it for ten years, which is quite a feat for perfumisto's and perfumista's always searching for their "Holy Grail". So, does New York really live up to the reputation? Not for me.

The good: New York is pleasant and pretty, simply put. It's along the lines of Habit Rouge (but not as sparkly) and similar to the long-gone Ungaro II. In fact, if you love Ungaro II, but can't find it (or you don't like the civet note), then New York makes a fantastic alternative. It's rich, refined, and noticeably well-made with good materials; the powdery, ambery orange and peppery pimento, when combined, are smooth like a creamsicle. Unique but still civilized. Like many other powdery dandy fragrances such as Habit Rouge and Heritage, New York smells very "pretty", very "delicate". Freshly powdered, well-groomed, and conservative as all get out with a bib choking your neck.

The bad: The "civilized" part is perhaps where New York's downfall is, for me. It's nice but it's not fun or free. It's too damn stuffy for me, very formal. I'm reminded also of Tiffany for Men, which is about as powdery as I can tolerate a fragrance. There's no doubt that New York is refined but it feels watered down and lacking in character, like something unfinished. The longevity of New York is good (the city itself will be around until the end of the world, I know that much), but the sillage is lacking - New York is very much a skin scent on me.

The ugly: I don't really find there to be anything ugly about New York, despite its flaws.

Bottom line: Despite New York not working for me, I'd still say try it, given the hype. It may very well work for you, but it doesn't for me. The closest fragrances I would compare New York to are Habit Rouge, Ungaro II, Minotaure by Paloma Picasso, Tiffany for Men, and Heritage by Guerlain. I don't really see as many similarities between this on Bois du Portugal, which I find stronger, more masculine, and less powdery. Nevertheless, New York is a quality fragrance that would probably smell great on someone else but it's not something I'd wear. If I wanted this kinda fragrance I'd rather just wear the vintage Habit Rouge. Get sample from Luckyscent first before you think you want New York.

Jul
02
2011
Valentino
Valentino

This stuff is wild! It's like a cross between Guerlain's Shalimar and Creed's Bois du Portugal, both of which I love. The opening is a kind of 'Shalimar for Men'. A powdery burst of lemon, orange and spice. It's apt that a relative of Pierre Guerlain (Patricia is his grand-daughter apparently) would be so heavily influenced by his work.

The complex and multi-faceted development into warm woods, amber and oakmoss is the spark of genius in this classic fragrance. I would have been satisfied if it stopped at 'Shalimar for Men!'.

Like all my favourite men's frags, makes me feel like a wiser, older, richer man!

Mar
24
2011
michael
michael

My signature scent. This is a perfect blending of components from PDN that can be worn anytime of the year and for any occasion and has everything in place from top notes through dry down. Kudos and a heartfelt thank you to Patricia de Nicolai for New York. A masterpiece!

Mar
16
2011
guest_towaTowa
guest_towaTowa

flawless, absolutely flawless

Sep
11
2010
querelle
querelle

This is just art, pure and precious art. Patricia de Nicolai should give some perfumery lessons to all those wannabe, so called perfumers out there. Wear it and just let things happen.

Aug
18
2010
guest_oslo-fjord
guest_oslo-fjord

This is a marvelous fragrance. It`s classic, timeless, masculine elegance in a bottle. It smells very luxurious. If I had to pick just one fragrance for the rest of my life, I would probably pick New York. It`s in the same category as Creed B-D-P and CHANEL Pour Monsieur, but New York is much more complex and better balanced. It`s like 3 fragrances in one. Fragrance expert Luca Turin gave this fragrance 5-stars. His highest rating. I can easily understand why! It`s the highest level of elegance and style. The only thing i regret is that i didn`t buy the 100ml bottle instead of the 30ml..

May
06
2010
JeanMaurice
JeanMaurice

Fresh and spicey. I like this but not enough to buy it.


8/10

Feb
19
2010
Leesee
Leesee

With a honey and citrus opening and a smooth, powdery drydown, this is a scent that can be worn year-round, and by males and females alike. As Goldilocks might say, "This one is just right!"

Mar
01
2009
Boggi
Boggi

I looked forward to try this. Top notes reminds me about Aqua de parma Colonia, classic and fresh fragrance. Somehow I think that kind of perfume fits good for travelling. Though this is known as a male fragrance that is enjoyed and used by women, I don't want to wear it myself.

I think I would enjoy it very much on someone else, since it smells natural and different from todays mainstream fragrances.

Nov
17
2008

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