Une Nuit Magnétique – The Different Company (2014)














by Olivia






Une Nuit Magnétique, a Christine Nagel creation for The Different Company, is a perfume built on the push and pull of contrast and affinity: an olfactory magnetic field, touted as an aromatic charm, a lure, cast through a spicy floral amber. It’s a lithe oriental taut with charges and whose notes seem looped in circadian rhythms – a bottle of fire and silk.


The scent opens with a slightly spiky, vivifying duet of ginger and bergamot (with perhaps a touch of aldehydes) that – even though this an entirely warm perfume – puts me just briefly in mind of the tart, invigorating twinkle on the tongue of a summer cocktail, something aromatic and on the rocks. This is quickly softened though into a mulled, round accord of blueberry (a fruit I’ve always thought to have a slight cinnamon facet – and that carries here beautifully with the ginger) and the duskier, stickier baritone of prune. This fruitiness is not overly sweet, more unctuous and autumnal, and feels to me more akin to dried fruits than fresh summer berries.


Folded through the heart a pomander like garland of jasmine, rose and tuberose adds more fleshiness than florality – these notes are abstract and closely blended, so that the individual characteristics of each of these usually heady notes is hard to parse. Together however, their blend gives the heart lushness and texture. Given the amorous concept, and with the blueberry/prune fruitiness still weaving through this tuberose licked accord, you’d be forgiven thinking of that plum-tuberose 80s bombshell, Poison. Here though, while the idea is descendant, the interpretation is crystalline and snappy. This smolders in chic company, leaning more toward whispered possibilities of later privacy than the corset and kohl clad wanton spirit of the Dior.














Rather than the tuberose (which I perhaps wish was just slightly more decadent – but I have a fondness for lush, sweetened tuberoses) – it’s the rose, dusted and almost potpourri like that sinks into the musks and toffee-toned resins in the base. Here the perfume loops on itself – the spicy ginger handshake meets an auburn amber, fluffy musk and a skin seeping caramel benzoin. These wash up over the upper registers and coax the scent down into something like an autumnal bower. The malty richness of this base played against the bright zing of the earlier notes acts like a late year sun flashing through tortoishell. It’s at once gauzy and generous and glints like burnished copper, sidling up to the florals like a faint trace of your boy’s aftershave on your blouse.


While these stages of the fragrance – spicy/fruity/floral/resinous – seem like they might be quite distinct on paper, in their entirety the composition is compact and close weave. These notes are blended in a classical style so that the impression you get on smelling it is more akin to a centrifugal whirl; a fusion out of which different facets and accents intermittently peek, like soloists stepping forward from a jazz ensemble. Although presented as a ‘dense’ perfume, this wears with a transparency that reminds me of Christine Nagel’s earlier plush yet feathery Orientals – her Theorema for Fendi in particular, but also Mirroir des Envies for Mugler. Here too she has woven a handsome blend shot through with light; in which interior contrasts fuse through soft angles. It manages to be both spirited and rich, its sensuality distinct but coutured. There’s a sense of a shuffling groove – rhythmic, looped – in the interplay of benzoin’s molten brass and the sunny, vivacious topnotes that does create a languid, sensual effect.

















While I think there is definitely an invocation of the magnetic, of seduction, in this relay between notes – calling and responding like sparking charges – ultimately this is not a risqué perfume. If anything it speaks more of love than lust, of contentment and deep-seated confidence (which is of course, deeply sexy) While perhaps nothing especially revolutionary, its soft-spoken assurance creates that centre of gravity that just makes you feel gorgeous when wearing it. It doesn’t seem to have garnered too much interest online, but I think it’s absolutely worth investigating. Wear it for a whole day and let it wrap around you: it’s the sort of perfume that captivates from the sidelines.































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16 responses to “Une Nuit Magnétique – The Different Company (2014)

  1. This sounds like quite the scent. It seems to have so much going on in it, yet you describe it as being not too risqué; which really surprises me seeing that it is reminiscent of Poison.
    I absolutely loved Theorama by Fendi and if this has any of that scents lushness I would be very interested in trying it. But then again, I do adore a healthy splash of Poison Esprit de Parfum in all its 80’s glory, which leads me to think this might feel a little too tame on me.
    I really have not had the chance to experience the scents from A Different Company, there are no stockists around here. Would it be worthwhile to try ordering samples of the scents? What is the consensus?
    Oh the temptation.
    Neil, you just make everything sound too intriguing and enticing.

    • Olivia, in this case.

      I am a massive fan of Poison as well (except for the old fashioned musk finale which I can’t abide) so I am now extra interested in trying this as well. They stock The Different Company in Tokyo so I might go and check it out. I find their scents quite natural and light smelling, un-banal and fairly tempting.

      • Did not even see it was by Olivia, she does write beautifully. Fabulous review Olivia!
        I adore the final muskiness of Poison; love those animalic dirty bits of a scent. But sometimes I am able to see where the musk can become a bit heavy.
        I saw that The Different Company sells a sampler coffret online, but sadly it is unavailable at the moment. The scents sound interesting, I might just give it a try when it becomes available again.
        Which other scents by them would be interesting? That is the big question. I am so out of the loop on au courant scents it is amazing.
        More vintage scents than I know what to do with, but modern scents…well that is the huge gap in my collection

    • Olivia

      I absolutely love Theorema too: the way it manages to be both sumptuous and elegant, rich but quite sheer. Just gorgeous, especially in extrait (mmmm!) I’d say this shares a similar textural quality – you can feel the perfumer’s signature throughout both. In terms of being reminiscent of Poison.. I’d say more that the idea is descendant – the dark fruits, tuberose and warm spices – and that the two at times share ancestry if you see what I mean, rather than this perfume being graphically reminiscent of the Dior. It’s more of an evocation. (In any case the Esprit de Parfum is definitely my favourite Poison: it work so beautifully with just a dab here and there.)
      I’m afraid I’m no too familiar with the rest of the The Different Co. scents. Apart from Jasmin du Nuit, which while it is a great dirty jasmine scored through it, is just as much about the spices – star anise, cinnamon, cardamom. It’s quite gorgeous actually and wears beautifully in summer.

      • I really love that one as well. You know I don’t think I ever actually smelled Theorema (though the film is one of my favorites, ever). Do you think I would like it?

      • Olivia

        N, given our mutual love of ambered Orientals I’d say you might well. We’ll know before the month is out – I’ll pop a bit of both the EDP and the parfum in your parcel x

      • It is strange that I never smelt the extrait of Theorama, now I am curious.
        I am definitely intrigued enough by this scent enough to sample The Different Company; Jasmin de Nuit sounds lovely also-spices and a dirty jasmin, just my thing.
        Thank you Olivia for another fab review.

  2. bellaciao

    Their scents are very worthwile, except in my case for Nuit Magnetique:)- I ordered some samples last summer and also received a mouillette of this in a little enveloppe and my first thought was indeed 80ies bombshell in a Poison sort of way. As I am part of the legions of people traumatized by that, it was a classic case of thanks but no thanks! I much prefer Sublime Balkiss, Bergamotte and After Midnight. I think they may be ready to move back from hibernation now, to the front line of the perfume closet, as a matter of fact.

  3. When I read above the words ‘by Olivia’ I am reminded of the novel Olivia, by Olivia. I loved that novel.
    As I have never worn Poison … But that image of The gorgeous huge flashy thigh- diva … Perhaps when I’m feeling boudoirish A different Company might tempt me

  4. It is a classic story of a young girl in a pensionnat de filles, who discovers love through her feelings for her teacher, mademoiselle Julie. Mademoiselle Julie And mademoiselle Cara both are the founders and the directrices of the pensionnnat. It is written from Olivia’s point of view, so you go along with her in this voyage of Discovery. It is not all scent of roses and moonshine, as we say here. There is tragedy too, just as there is in real life.
    It lingers just like perfume.

  5. I settle for Rumba by Balenciaga as my boudoirish scent. When I wore that I SMELLED so loud you could hear me. My friends forbade me to wear it in their company.

    • Rumba (that should be an exclamation mark, but that is not working on our computer at the moment).

      I have a memory of that perfume being in my grandmother’s bathroom but I can’t remember exactly how it smelled. I DO remember its spiced potency, though; its extreme PERFUMINESS.

      You must have smelled quite the voluptuous provocateuse in it. I want to smell it again.

  6. Ted Lapidus brought it out again in The same package. Have not smelled it. Just bought a vintage one on Ebay, sigh, where else? Your grandmother? I wore it in The 90ies end 80ies.

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