Saturday, October 4, 2014

Boss Nuit pour Femme: fragrance review

I sometimes ask myself what does it say about a particular fragrance if I'm not even temped to seek out a sample of it, but eventually get to try it because one ends up on my lap anyway. Usually it's time-honed experience suggesting the jus looks unexciting; and most of the time it ends up getting me bored to the point of having my eyes glaze. The Boss range of fragrances (with the possible exception of Deep Red) continues to induce yawns from me despite my appreciation of the razor-cut "sharp" pants, the impeccable trim-fit men's suits in endless variations of grey, the double strap monk shoes or  the office-and-cocktails appropriate suiting dresses of the fashion brand. Boss Nuit pour Femme is no different, an innocuous peachy floral (with a hint of fruitchouli) and the standard ersatz blanched (rather than "white") florals in the heart to give an impression of "clean" elegance, in the spitting image of its ambassadress, Gwyneth Paltrow and her "clean obsessive compulsive living".

The blonde celebrity has been said to prefer it among her rather large perfume collection (of whom we became savvy through her interviews), but doesn't the point get diluted by her being sponsored to promote it? Besides, unless you're a lady who lunches, is Gwynnie the yardstick against which you measure the va-va-voom allure and intelligence your chosen perfume should radiate? I didn't think so.
Boss championed the concept of "the little black dress" for the release (surely an American stereotype of "dressy & elegant" by now) reminiscing me of Avon's Little Black Dress fragrance release (which is perhaps superior in comparison), but the ambassadress is better envisioned in crisp whites, the way Estee Lauder had brilliantly cast her aboard a sailing boat for their fabulous Pure white Linen perfume.

Boss Nuit pour Femme has mediocre sillage and rather poor lasting power and these two characteristics can be the kiss of oblivion when applied to a "safe" composition, rendering the whole as exciting as watching paint dry or having the telephone catalogue read to you to sleep. Clearly these are formulae not in risk of athazagoraphobia, i.e. the fear of getting forgotten.
The jasmine note doesn't come through in Boss Nuit pour Femme, leaving the task to the lactone of the peach and the moss (Evernyl?)/synth wood components to carry the torch. The "aldehydes" mentioned in the official notes are played down to only hint at scrubbed soapy lather rather than the intensity of brightness of classic aldehydics fragrances like Chanel's No.5 or Lanvin's Arpege. Although advertised as an evening fragrance, as suggested by the name as well, this is the perfect wallpaper scent for casual mornings/afternoons. Boss Nuit pour Femme is not totally bad in itself, just utterly blah; a drop of water on the window pane on a day of heavy rain. But judging by the continuous presence of Bright Crystal (Versace), Chanel Chance Eau Tendre, Gucci Premiere et al on the market, this "peachy shampoo genre" is here to stay…

Although I didn't have high expectations from Boss (the let down of Guerlain's thin and wan Limon Verde from last summer's Aqua Allegoria launch is colossal compared to this), it's disheartening to see that playing outside one's safe zone is strictly verboten in mainstream.


  1. Miss Heliotrope08:16

    On the other hand, one could give it to someone one doesnt like & then act innocent of evil intent...

  2. So Paltrow switched allegiance? Or was she elbowed out by in-house Aerin Lauder, who now appears on ads and names of the brand's products. Or perhaps boss perfumes are in the lauder's portfolio. Always hard to say these days.

  3. MH,

    oh, that wouldn't cut it because it isn't bad smelling, just inoffensive and blah.
    To be truly vile one could send Secretions Magnifiques with a card suggesting deep therapeutic inhalations! (They might as well inhale bleach, amounts to the same thing)

  4. M,

    I believe her contract with Lauder has ended and she's now operating for P&G Prestige who own the current licence for Hugo Boss fragrances. ;-)

  5. I forgot to mention that the P&G prestige info comes directly from the packaging of the sample, so it's current and credible.

  6. I had the same thought about this perfume. End up for everyday use for class... expect it to be deeper. But on the other hand, put it to good use for class and it still better than the generic standard frangrance for work.

  7. Farhana,

    thanks for chiming in! And welcome to Perfume Shrine.

    It's good for work because it's so inoffensive, I suppose. No ripples. It's not bad, it's just rather dull. With Nuit in the name everyone expects something deeper, you're not alone. Oh well, c'est la vie!



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