5 Colognes Similar To La Nuit de l'Homme [Best Picks 2024]

Written By John Carter

Do you absolutely love how La Nuit de l’Homme smells and can’t get enough of it?

Sometimes we fall in love with a cologne and use it for an extended time, but eventually, we want to move on to a different scent with a similar tone. If that’s what you are looking for, then you are in the right place.

After thorough research and testing, I cherry-picked the best dupes for La Nuit de l’Homme and listed them in this article so that you can find the one that’s perfect for you.

So, let’s dig in!


What Does La Nuit de l’Homme Smell Like?

Yves Saint Laurent launched one of its most popular fragrances, La Nuit de l’Homme, in 2009. Before long, this spicy cologne became the talk of the town and men of all ages were swooning over it.

The overall aroma of Nuit de l’Homme is very layered – creating a warm and spicy aroma that’s irresistible, to say the least.

Curated by Anne Flipo, Dominique Ropion and Pierre Wargnye, the notes of this cologne create a mysterious, masculine concoction.

Cardamom is clearly evident as it dominates the opening of this cologne. The citrus hint of Bergamot, Cedar and Lavender seamlessly blends into the scent. The lavender is very prominent in this scenario.

This is followed by the warmth of the base notes, which include Caraway and Vetiver. The spicy and woody notes eventually dominate the scent as it settles and is the main feature of this cologne, in my opinion.

This excellent cologne is ideal for nightly occasions and cooler weather.

From my experience, it performs well with decent sillage and lasts up to 6 hours at times!

What Fragrances Are Similar to YSL La Nuit de l’Homme?

Now that you know about YSL La Nuit de l’Homme, you must be wondering what it’s alternatives can be and whether they can live up to this cologne or not.

To answer that question, I have come across many fragrances mimicking the aroma of La Nuit – some quite well, others not so well.

I have narrowed the list down and gathered all the information you need to know about the top 5 colognes that smell similar and perform really well.

So, here are the 5 best alternatives to YSL La Nuit de l’Homme:

La Nuit de L’Homme Bleu Électrique by Yves Saint Laurent


Top Notes: Cardamom, Ginger and Bergamot

Middle Notes: Lavender and Geranium

Base Notes: Cedar and Vetiver

As you can probably tell, La Nuit de L’Homme Bleu Électrique is on this list because of its major overlaps with La Nuit de l’Homme.

Not only are they produced by the same designer brand, but they also have some of the keynotes in common.

To start off, the opening cardamom, bergamot and lavender will make you highly reminiscent of the original La Nuit.

This one is basically a flanker of the former, with some added ingredients to spruce up the cologne.

Bleu Électrique was released very recently, in 2021, and the nose behind this belongs to Dominique Ropion – one of the original fragrance creators.

This fragrance imparts a similar vibe to the original, which gives it the tag of “dupe”, but it has an added spiciness of ginger and the floral goodness of germanium.

Overall, the scent is spicy but not as warm as the original. Instead, it has a floral, aromatic quality to it.

I should also mention that the performance of this cologne is very much like the original, but I have seen that it lasts somewhat longer on my skin.

When to Wear

Even though you can wear it all year round, La Nuit de L’Homme Bleu Électrique is perfect for winter and fall. It has the same sensual quality as the original, which makes it a great option for date nights and intimate parties.

Why Should You Buy

  • Similar scent to La Nuit de l’Homme.
  • Lasts longer.
  • Impressive scent.
  • Likely to garner you lots of compliments.

La Nuit de l’Homme Frozen Cologne by Yves Saint Laurent


Top Notes: Bergamot, Mandarin Orange and Amalfi Lemon

Middle Notes: Geranium and Black Pepper

Base Notes: Tonka Bean, Cashmere Wood, Virginia Cedar and Vetiver

La Nuit de l’Homme Frozen Cologne was one of the first flankers of the original La Nuit, made by YSL. Released in 2012, it quickly gained a lot of followers due to its similarity with the original.

The common trend with these flankers is that they retain the spicy quality of the original quite well while adding something to the fragrance. This is exactly what this one does.

La Nuit de l’Homme Frozen has the same spicy and citrus opening but with much more vibrance.

The citruses are much more heightened, as is the spiciness due to the pepper.

The base of this cologne is also much more layered than the former. It has a woody deliciousness and performs much better than the original.

When to Wear

Much like the original, La Nuit de l’Homme Frozen is also great for nighttime events and colder seasons. It is an excellent option if you are going to a fancy party.

Why Should You Buy

  • Similar scent to La Nuit de l’Homme.
  • Spicier alternative to La Nuit de l’Homme.
  • Excellent performance.
  • Much more long-lasting.

F by Ferragamo Black by Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo F Black

Top Notes: Lavender and Apple

Middle Notes: Black Pepper and Coriander

Base Notes: Tonka Bean and Labdanum

The next fragrance on the list is not by YSL but by Salvatore Ferragamo. F by Ferragamo Black was released around the same time as La Nuit de l’Homme in 2009.

Needless to say, their aroma is very similar, only with bits of added notes to this one.

F by Ferragamo was created by the iconic Olivier Polge and soon became the biggest hit by the brand.

The aroma is quite spicy and aromatic, much like La Nuit. However, it has an added tanginess to it. It has a refreshing scent, making it an excellent option for most seasons.

The performance of this cologne is also quite remarkable, especially given its adorable price tag. All in all, I’d say it’s one of the best options to replace your La Nuit with!

When to Wear

F by Ferragamo Black is another fragrance that’s ideal for the cooler seasons. However, this fragrance is excellent for spring as well.

If you have any type of night event, you can wear this and rock it! I believe you can also find a lot of use for this fragrance during the day.

Why Should You Buy

  • Similar scent to La Nuit de l’Homme.
  • More refreshing alternative.
  • Much more affordable.
  • Excellent performance.
  • Great value for the price.

Riflesso by Trussardi


Top Notes: Green Apple, Pink Grapefruit and Bergamot

Middle Notes: Lavender, violet leaves and Geranium

Base Notes: Tonka Bean, Leather and Vetiver

Riflesso by Trussardi is another cologne that imparts a similar scent to La Nuit. It was released in 2017, and even though it cannot be called a dupe, it is quite similar to what you are looking for.

The biggest difference between these two scents is that Riflesso doesn’t have cardamom in it.

However, it has a similar spicy opening along with citrusy goodness.

The floral notes at the heart of the scent create a pleasant and somewhat sweet aroma that some men like. The fragrance develops beautifully before settling into its warm and creamy base notes.

It was created by Veronique Nyberg and performs well.

When to Wear

Riflesso by Trussardi is a great scent for wearing every day. You can use it casually and even formally. Even though it is best suited for cool seasons, its use is not limited.

Why Should You Buy

  • Similar scent to La Nuit de l’Homme.
  • Much sweeter than La Nuit.
  • Good performance.

Avant Garde by Lanvin


Top Notes: Pepper, Pink Pepper, Juniper and Bergamot

Middle Notes: Lavender, Beeswax, Cardamom and Nutmeg

Base Notes: Tobacco, Benzoin, Amber and Vetiver

Last but not the least, the final fragrance I’d like to include in this list is Avant Garde by Lanvin.

It was released in 2011 and has a slightly similar aroma. It mimics the woody and spicy essence to some extent but has unique features of its own.

The pepper adds a heavy, spicy scent to the citrus opening. It is really warm; the cardamom and nutmeg create a cozy vibe, while the tobacco adds a unique touch of smokiness.

The most prominent difference that I could detect is the amber and tobacco – but they create an oriental, masculine and sensual aroma.

Even though this cologne has some distinct differences from La Nuit, it has a similar spiciness which you may find attractive if you like the YSL fragrance.

So, I’d highly suggest giving this one a try if you want something slightly more interesting.

When to Wear

Just like all the fragrances on this list, Avant Garde is also ideal for winter.

In fact, unlike many of the colognes, I’d say this one is exclusively appropriate for colder seasons and can feel quite overwhelming in the summer or spring.

Nonetheless, if it’s cold outside, you can wear this one during the day or night as you please. It’s quite adaptable in that sense.

Why Should You Buy

  • Similar scent to La Nuit de l’Homme.
  • Much more woody and oriental.
  • Great performance.
  • Good value for the price.

Wrapping Up

Well, that marks the end of this article, and I am sure that you will find the perfect La Nuit de l’Homme dupe for yourself from this list.

Whether you want something sweeter, spicier, or more refreshing, I have covered all the categories.

In case you are unsure, I highly suggest you try out testers and samples of these fragrances before purchasing a full-sized bottle. Regardless, I am sure you will love them La Nuit is your jam.

So, let me know which cologne you choose to go for in the end!

About The Author
Jhon has a massive collection of 450+ fragrances. He's collecting fragrances since his late 20s. Besides collecting he also has a plan for launching his very own fragrance line.

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