Opening on a bracing lavender note, Dior’s Eau Noire quickly transitions into a creamy, slightly burnt curry. While the first few moments pay homage to what we traditionally consider manly fare, it’s quickly apparent that this is a different breed entirely, taking my conception of a “masculine” fragrance* and flipping it on it’s head. After the (gorgeous) initial lavender blast, an herbal accord does continue to thread it’s way through the tapestry of development, however, this fragrance is all about the immortelle, aka, curry note. Moroccan bazaar, here we come!
Eau Noire has just the right amount of sweetness to balance the slightly burnt element, and it’s nicely tactile on the skin. I suspect that if I encountered someone wearing this scent in public, I’d follow them around a while. (Hint: I LOVE it)
- Vanilla, Lavender, Liquorice, Vanilla Bourbon, Cedar from Virginia.
- Anne-Marie, here at BoTO :: Carol, at WAFT :: Dane, at Pere de Pierre :: Dimitri, at Sorcery of Scent :: Gaia, the Non-Blonde :: Ina, at Aromascope :: Tommy, The Candy Perfume Boy :: Victoria, at Bois de Jasmin :: Victoria, at EauMG
My sample came from one of my Fragrant Fairy Godmothers, Tara.
*The mainstream idea of a masculine fragrance, for, of course, we know these labels are arbitrary.