I’ve suspected it for a long time but now I don’t doubt it: Eight & Bob is a one hit wonder. Since its namesake release in 2012, the company has released several fragrances and none of them are attention-grabbing. Nuit de Megeve isn’t either and for a good reason.
All of its other releases to-date have been trying to capture the spirit of resorts where the likes of the fictitious aristocrat Albert Fouquet hang out.
If that’s the goal, then by definition it precludes you from creating something experimental or highly original. In the case of Eight & Bob, the result is a line of humdrum fragrances that smell elegant but are utterly unexciting.
Now, don’t get me wrong: an orthodox, buttoned-up fragrance doesn’t mean a boring fragrance. Look at Creed, Dior and Penhaligon’s for great examples of classic and well-executed fragrances. Nuit de Megeve and its siblings, however, stay the course of restrained orthodoxy without being particularly good.
If all of these musings seem vague, I’ll make them concrete here: Nuit de Megeve is a nutty vetiver number with shades of coffee and tobacco.
I suppose the idea here is to recreate the atmosphere of spending a night at the exclusive ski resort in Megeve, France. Hence, you have aromas associated with presumed habits the modern aristocrat would enjoy - drinking coffee and smoking a pipe?
To Eight & Bob’s credit, Nuit de Megeve successfully produces the aura of sophistication and elegance. The nutty vetiver note is similar to the one you find in Chanel’s Sycomore. The difference here is that the overall composition is less dry and somewhat warmer (due to tonka beans and tobacco).
Nuit de Megeve is not unlike the fancy parties it is meant to be worn at: it starts off promising but quickly turns into a boring affair.
After the performance of the vetiver in the first 20 minutes, the rest of the actors in this composition fail to perform to their potential. The coffee accord is muffled by tonka beans and tobacco and the alleged presence of orris is exactly that - alleged.
As time passes, synthetic woods take over the composition, which makes me wonder: why charge so much if they are going to use cheap aromachemicals?
I think you got the gist: Nuit de Megeve is a pass for me and it should be one for you too.
About the Smell Test
The Smell Test is a series of mini reviews of popular fragrances. I take a sniff and share with you what I think based on my first impressions. The idea behind the Smell Test is to give you a quick thumbs up or down on popular scents without delving into its intricacies.
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