Nohiba by E. Coudray
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Nohiba is a popular perfume by E. Coudray for women and was released in 1978. The scent is spicy-oriental. The longevity is above-average. The production was apparently discontinued.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Coriander, Lemon, Pink pepper
Heart Notes Heart NotesCarnation, Jasmine, Rose, Ylang-ylang
Base Notes Base NotesMusk, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Cedar



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Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 03.12.2019.

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The scent was re-released in 2009 and 2016 in limited quantities.
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24 Reviews
Helpful Review    3
Holographic love-child of old-school Opium & the original O de Lancome.
Uncompromising classic.

Nohiba transports you back a fair few decades with her fiercely aldehylic & mock-moss opening but wait, there is a plump & pillowy “perfumery” perfume lurking below the radar. She is dated yet mutable and as contemporaneous as nature herself. She is meaty & voluminous yet light enough to shimmer with a golden heat-haze. You will either love her or loathe her, but take a while to understand her (as you would a painting) & you will be rewarded with an interesting, unfurling romantic scent journey.

When your nostrils have become accustomed to the dry, stripping bergamot you are aware of a fine, ivory soap with a hint of triple milled powder. It is herbal & clean not in today’s modern sense (all ozionics & solars) but in that of the past, almost as nature herself. Not sweet, almost savoury, definitely dry – a sage green with a touch of terracotta.

When the arid rawness of the start subsides, the warm, spicy desert-heat of Nohiba arrives. Light, sour Roses – not fresh, but pot-pourri petals left out in the sun. If there’s any lemon in there, it is the bitter pith & peel. Coriander & old store-cupboard savoury herbs add a dash of dust, but the true stars are sun-baked carnations & ylang-ylang. Big! Bold! Ablaze!

As the heat-haze wears on, Nohiba softens to a sun-warmed, spicey-sweet, woody-oriental harking back to a bygone era. Her last gasps are of smoky woods, old pine cones & salty skin.

Nohiba is very distinctive but there are moments where she swings towards scents you recognise. This grande dame wanders through the garden of perfumes-past, picking at the petals of once famed fragrances: a snippet of Sisley, a dash of Aromatics Elixir, a handful each of Cinnebar, Opium, O de Lancome, Guerlain’s Terracotta Voile d’ete ……on & on she travels…a scent ship in full sail.

Nohiba truly is a bosomy, well upholstered fragrance. She is as tough as a corseted matron but remains voluptuous & womanly beneath. She is a William Morris woman - a mix in time of austerity & romantic fantasy.

To sum up: the holographic love-child of old-school Opium & the original O de Lancome.
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Something of a Necker Cube
Coudray NOHIBA is a strong, ylang-heavy woody oriental perfume to my nose. It smells like some of the orientals from last century and has fantastically fabulous sillage and longevity like those ones, too!

I wore this perfume twice and discovered that it has a masculine woody facet. In fact, I vacillated between thinking that this was an old school oriental and a new school masculine woody. What never changed was the potency, whether it's the ylang and the carnation or the woods which are dominating at a given moment, this potion is very potent!

I have smelled a number of perfumes which combine ylang and carnation, and I must say that it yields a distinctive scent which is probably going to polarize people into "yes" and "no" camps. For me this is a serious wintertime creation, and I wonder whether I need it, given that I have Guerlain Aqua Allegoria YLANG & VANILLE, which is super ylangy and also very strong.

Well, in any case, NOHIBA is certainly worth a try by lovers of bold oriental perfumes!
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13 Reviews
Helpful Review    4
Oriental -Woody spicy
My husband says it is very sexy.
It is oriental,strong,some says it
reminds them of Opium.
Not that new-an old formula renewed.
There is something vintage in it.

I LOVE the opening but the dry down is a bit
masculin and smoky on me.
Starts fresh and happy.Carnation,a tiny bit of Rose.
Dry down -Sandal wood and smoky spices.

I like it better layered with with the
Jacinth Et rose -My faivorite from this line.

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