Eau Noire 2004

Eau Noire by Dior
Bottle Design Hedi Slimane
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Eau Noire is a perfume by Dior for men and was released in 2004. The scent is spicy-gourmand. The longevity is above-average. It is being marketed by LVMH.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesWhite thymeWhite thyme
Clary sageClary sage
Heart Notes Heart NotesLavenderLavender
Virginia cedarVirginia cedar
Base Notes Base NotesVanillaVanilla
Green stemsGreen stems
LiquoriceLiquorice

Ratings

Scent

7.4169 Ratings

Longevity

8.6126 Ratings

Sillage

7.4122 Ratings

Bottle

8.2136 Ratings
Submitted by Sani, last update on 20.07.2021.
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WildGardener

189 Reviews
WildGardener
WildGardener
   1  
Sublime Helichrysum
If you've ever smelled Immortelle you'll know what a beautiful smell it is: sweet, rich and roasted like fenugreek.
Eau Noire is basically Helichrysum opposed with lavenders - possibly oil and absolute - and there are herbs, licorice and violets, and other nuances to round it out.
This is posed on a base of amber, but most of these things are just modifiers of the basic outline.
It's simple but beautiful.
If, like me, you thought Sables was the reference Helichrysum, you haven't tried Kurkdjian's garrigue fantasy, Eau Noire.
9.5
Scent
9
Longevity
8
Sillage
8
Bottle
Pepdal

222 Reviews
Pepdal
Pepdal
   1  
Scent of dreams
One of the early Christian Dior Prive Collection scents, Eau Noire on paper is a curious combination. I was not sure how I was going to feel about it when I first smelled it, but now nine months later I can post my review.


9
Scent
8
Longevity
8
Sillage
8
Bottle
Aldest

2 Reviews
Aldest
Aldest
   3  
Very elegant and masculine Eau Noire
The first time I met Eau Noire (2004) I immediately and almost only smelt the Licorice and thought it was very strange in an Eau de Cologne... it left me an impression of something very dark, but interesting.

Actually when I use it, I smell the Lavender a lot. I don't really like Lavender, because you often smell bad quality of it, or synthetic - this latter even is a trigger for asthma attack to me!! - and it reminds me of an old man who just left the barber, or an old woman folding laundry.
In Eau Noire, the Lavender is really strong - like in an old man's Eau de Cologne - but excellent, like the one you can smell in Provence when the sun is burning your nose. It is combined with Sage, Thyme and also Curry herb. So the opening is like a French dish... so it IS very French (Iread the opposite somewhere).

Then you can smell the Vanilla and the Licorice - I don't smell very much the Cedar - and that's what stays on your skin for a few hours. It is not too sweet.
The overall scent is very masculine, quite classical and elegant. It can also remind you of pencil shavings!

The projection and the sillage are not that loud - less that what you could expect after the opening - and the scent remains on your skin for a few hours.

Despite all the components, Eau Noire is really comfortable to wear and is a good friend.
MasterLi

375 Reviews
MasterLi
MasterLi
   5  
Interesting take on Lavender...
The name Eau Noire relates to the Château de La Colle Noire, located in Provence in southern France, where Christian Dior spent his holidays in retirement. To put that in context, it makes use of a lot of Provençal (i.e. Mediterranean notes), namely Sage, Thyme, Lavender, Immortelle and Liqorice. Also, I read that the head of design at Dior, Hedi Slimane, wanted something that he would wear based on his lifelong signature scent, which was Pour un Homme de Caron, with it's Lavender-Vanilla combination; and what better man to do it than Francis Kurkdjian, the man who created the world famous Lavender and Vanilla bomb, "Le Male"?

Right out of the bottle I get a really aromatic thyme note (listed by Dior as 'white Spanish thyme'). Thyme as a herb can be sharp and is unmistakable, I also detect sage, which adds to the herbal build-up. The thyme, sage and lavender all play on the dry herbal aspects of one another to give Eau Noire a definite herbal quality. I would describe this fragrance as a "herbal gourmand" or "aromatic gourmand", purely because of the aromatic coffee-vanilla and herbal lavender pairing. I happen to love the smell of lavender, and the lavender here smells very much like the almost-dry lavender picked off the bush in hot summer. The herbs are then paired with a deep-roasted coffee bean note, with the leather and liquorice simmering underneath.

With regards to the infamous "curry note". I wonder if the mention of Immortelle or 'everlasting flower' is not just a trick of the mind? As it could also be the liquorice/thyme combination or the burnt vanilla-coffee mixing with the herbs and leather? On the Dior website Immortelle isn't listed in the notes. However, if the flower IS in the fragrance (and many people swear it is), it most certainly forms its backbone, the very thread which holds it together, and in this sense it completes a very Mediterranean vibe when paired with the herbal qualities of the sage, thyme and lavender.

Overall, Eau Noire may be a love or hate fragrance. It is undeniably well made and well composed, of that there is no doubt. It smells extremely natural, very much like sitting on a Mediterranean hillside in the South of France in hot summer whilst sipping an authentic espresso. It's gourmand, it's definitely interesting, and whilst it's not for everyone, and it's certainly not bad. I for one find it really unique, and not something that I come across very often in fragrances.
9
Scent
10
Longevity
7.5
Sillage
7.5
Bottle
Insense

25 Reviews
Insense
Insense
   5  
Neither an "eau" nor "noire"
In fact, this is not just a cologne. And the concept of noir is a puzzling one, after so different takes by many perfumers (TF Noir de Noir: rose oud; Bvlgari Black: leathery black tea...which noir will be mine? Probably not one with the name on it).
This has an enormous longevity and suits me much better in a winter cold day. Why? Because of its warmness and full character, given by the immortelle.
Actually that note is one of my preferred, and as in AG Sables or more subtly in HdP 1740, immortelle plays the main role here.
Francis Kurkdjian made a twist with lavender, and it became a bonbon. Eat one, two would get you sick.
My immortelle remains 1740, the most masculine of the three, more leathery. But the sweetness of this one is very comforting also. I’ll wear 1740 when I feel a bad boy, and Eau Noire or Sables when I am a good boy (not so often, I know!)
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Statements

CrishoffmanCrishoffman 8 months ago
9.5
Scent
8
Longevity
8
Sillage
7
Bottle
The arabian gourmand.
ExxellenceExxellence 11 months ago
10
Scent
9
Longevity
9
Sillage
9
Bottle
Sublime lavender.
Elegant, strong, masculine, sophisticated, warm, dark, deep, soft, sweet and bitter.
A true Masterpiece.

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