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Issey Miyake Nuit D’Issey Parfum Fragrance Review – Here’s What It Smells Like

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Wednesday, 14th February, 2024

Nuit D'Issey Parfum Issey Miyake Fragrance Review

When it comes to a dark scent I have so many, one of them being Issey Miyake Nuit D’Issey Parfum.

It’s a scent which I have owned for quite some time but don’t often wear, and it often gets overlooked for when I’m picking out a fragrance.

But why? Maybe it’s a bottle I should go for more.

Here’s what you need to know about Issey Miyake Nuit D’Issey Parfum, including what it smells like.

What Does Issey Miyake Nuit D’Issey Parfum Smell Like?

Right off the bat you’ll know that this is a dark and night time style of scent just by the name, nuit which means night in French.

Nuit D’Issey Parfum has grapefruit and bergamot at the top but it’s really the mid and base notes of insense, tonka bean, leather, spices and woods which really shine through, even from the outset.

Nuit D’Issey is a warm spicy type of scent which is really inviting. It has a sensual style of feeling to it, and is a fairly powerful fragrance too. On the dry down it feels a like sweet, but not overly so thanks to the woods and spices that really keep this feeling warm.

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes – Bergamot, Grapefruit.

Middle Notes – Leather, Spices, Woods, Vetiver

Base Notes – Patchouli, Incense, Tonka bean

Fragrance Accords

Warm Spicy

How Strong Is Issey Miyake Nuit D’Issey Parfum?

Nuit D’Issey is a parfum and it shows, it’s fairly strong. It lasts for a long time and you can smell it around you, but not so much that it will offend people from across the room.

I can wear this and get 7 or 8 hours out of the scent, which is easily enough to last a night. As it’s an attractive and masculine kind of scent it’s pretty safe, meaning it’s unlikely to offend anyone.

Nuit D’Issey Pros And Cons


  • Attractive and inviting scent
  • Not too popular meaning you’ll be unique and stand out
  • Warm, spicy and dark


  • An older scent
  • doesn’t have that ‘wow’ factor that some other scents have
  • Only really suited to an evening

Issey Miyake Nuit D’Issey Bottle

Nuit D'Issey Parfum by Issey Miyake

The Nuit D’Issey bottle follow suit from the others in the Issey Miyake line. It’s a tall bevelled bottle all in opaque black with the branding to the front.

The bottle top is pretty big, and the atomiser gives off a nice wide spray.

I bought this back in 2015 in Copenhagen around Christmas time. I got myself the 125ml bottle, and there’s 75ml bottles available too.

When And Where To Wear Nuit D’Issey Parfum

As I have already said, this feels like a night time fragrance to me, and the name is a bit of a giveaway.

I’d wear this on an evening and I feel it’s more suited to a smart-casual or formal kind of situation rather than something super casual.

I’d also suggest this is suited more to colder weather, so I usually save this one for Autumn and Winter, although it could be worn on a cool night in spring or summer.

What Clothes To Wear With Nuit D’Issey

When it comes to clothing to pair with Nuit D’Issey, I think going for smart casual to formal is the way.

Dressing smart is the way to go, clean crisp shirt would be great, as would a suit. Because of it’s dark nature I usually wouldn’t wear a t-shirt with this one, but in the winter months a clean sweater or jumper would work.

Who Is Issey Miyake Nuit D’Issey Parfum For?

For these kinds of scents I always think they are for a more mature guy. Anyone could wear it, but I think it’s a good fragrance for 30 year olds or even 40+ more mature guys. It’s not a youthful scent, which can be a good or bad thing depending on your own tastes.

I can say the older I have gotten, the more I am starting to enjoy this scent and others like it.

Is Nuit D’Issey Parfum Worth It?

Nuit D’Issey parfum isn’t a new scent, so if you’re looking for a brand new label this isn’t going to be it. You can now buy a bottle for anything from £50 – £80 for a 75ml or 125ml respectively which is a decent price for a parfum.

It’s not a super compliment powerhouse of a scent, but it can certainly get compliments and you will smell good wearing it too. I always like to wear it, even though I don’t wear it all too often.

If you’re looking to get a good attractive scent with a formal kind of appeal, it’s worth getting.

Issey Miyake Nuit D’Issey Parfum Details

Best season to wear – All Rounder
Scent type – Woody, Warm, Spicy,
Age Recommendation – 25+
Best Worn – Evening, Smart-Casual, Formal

Longevity – Nuit D’Issey is a parfum so should last, and it does. I can get 7-8 hours wearing this.

Projection – The projection is pretty good. Those around you will smell it.

Top Notes – Bergamot, Grapefruit.

Middle Notes – Leather, Spices, Woods, Vetiver

Base Notes – Patchouli, Incense, Tonka bean


Nuit D’Issey is a really nice fragrance which is attractive and inviting, but it’s not one I wear too often. Why? It just doesn’t have that special pulling power, that X factor that other scents have.

Since this is almost exclusively an evening scent, I have better bottles I like to reach for such as Dior Sauvage or Gucci Intense Oud, both of which have that special something.

Nuit D’Issey is still a great fragrance, and can be worn on an evening, but I find myself reaching for other bottles of aftershave since I have so many to choose from.

Let me know your thoughts on Nuit D’Issey by Issey Miyake, and if you want more you can read my fragrance reviews to find yourself a new scent.

Michael Adams

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Michael Adams is the founder and editor of Michael 84, blogger from Newcastle, UK. Sharing men's fashion tips, style advice and lifestyle information for all guys.

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