I still remember that day in September 2018 when I bought this perfume. A branch of our local perfumery was closed and merged with a larger one of the same chain. The result was: 50% on the existing range.
Another perfume was the target of my desire. This was also allowed, and while I stood tantalizingly long at the sheer endless cash register, my gaze fell on this inconspicuous bottle of Cacharel.
Today Cacharel is not a name that arouses desires. During my childhood in the 90s however it was promising and I remember seeing commercials for this perfume.
A short spray on the wrist. Yeah, smells good. Test bottle returned. After all, the perfume for this price was very often available in the department store I trusted, it didn't have to be immediately, there were enough perfumes around. The snake became only agonizingly slowly shorter, and again and again the wrist wandered to the nose. And there it was, the urge for a fragrance that I hadn't experienced for a long time.
When I was finally allowed to pay, I turned around and grabbed Noa.
Here could be the end, as with many purchases, which had to eke out their existence sometime in the drawer. But no, Noa is different.
Thanks to Noa, I no longer smell like Classique every day, but quite often like Noa.
The first spray is very alcoholic, slightly aldehyde heavy. I don't like him there, but that impression disappears within seconds.
Then follows already in hardly perceptible sequence head note and base note, which I cannot keep apart at all. I smell flowers, something green, and at the same time the lilies of the valley. But also the musk works its way forward, but is rather tame at the beginning and is pressed down by the flowers. Actually not the scent I want either.
But after a good ten minutes he develops his potential, and that's exactly why I love him. The base note comes into its own, and without being able to give an exact note, it simply smells cuddly and well-groomed. Yes, I can smell the vanilla, the incense and the cedar. But the scent is restrained, no wummser. Even when you hold me in your arms, no one can smell anything special. Sometimes I'm asked if I just had a coffee, after all I have such a note on me. (In fact, I had never had a cup of coffee on those days.)
Other questions, if I'd applied an expensive cream.
I don't think I've ever had a perfume for which I've received so many compliments. But actually never how great my perfume smells - that's what I hear about other fragrances, here I'm only told how great I would smell. Only yesterday at a party a friend came several times, took me in her arms with the words, she just wanted to sniff at me, because I would smell so great.
For me, that's a clean, warm, cuddly scent. A smell that says: "I don't need the big stage, I don't need the big show. I'm enough for me." A fragrance that has been available for so long is one of the classics for me, and I wouldn't want it out of my life anymore.
If they told me I could only own one perfume, it would be Noa. I never believed that when I bought it. Its appearance is anything but modern, on the dressing table it does not stand out as a beauty. And yet it has become my favourite everyday fragrance, and more than once I had another fragrance in my hand and decided without further ado to use it as a daily fragrance.
I don't see any pictures of him. While other fragrances enchanted me, he had nowhere to go. Or, however, I can see a colleague in front of me who, on the first day when I was wearing him, only told me how incredible I smelled that day. He bought the fragrance shortly afterwards from his girlfriend, who is now history. But at the Christmas party he sat next to me and sniffed at me smiling again. I think I'm most likely to associate the scent with this dear colleague.
The fragrance doesn't last forever, I bought a second bottle for the office so I could add more. Applied twice a day, however, is perfectly sufficient.
CONCLUSION: Noa is not an optical, but an olfactory highlight. It is unobtrusive, well-groomed and yet has this refined depth, which I find very pleasant in everyday life. In addition it is to be had often in the offer for 20 euro, which does not enervate it also budget conscious carriers.
I'd say agewise, not under 30. He's not hip, he's classic. I certainly wouldn't have appreciated it before, but now it's a good scent