Noir Epices by Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle
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Noir Epices is a popular perfume by Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle for women and men and was released in 2000. The scent is spicy-woody. The longevity is above-average. It is being marketed by Estēe Lauder Companies. Pronunciation
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesGeraniumGeranium
OrangeOrange
RoseRose
Heart Notes Heart NotesCloveClove
NutmegNutmeg
PepperPepper
CinnamonCinnamon
Base Notes Base NotesPatchouliPatchouli
SandalwoodSandalwood
CedarwoodCedarwood

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Scent

7.5231 Ratings

Longevity

8.2170 Ratings

Sillage

6.8164 Ratings

Bottle

7.8158 Ratings

Value for money

6.612 Ratings
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Art

65 Reviews
Art
Art
   0  
Precious spices
It is a beautiful set of precious spices (nutmeg, cloves, black pepper and dry red berries) masterfully blended with geranium, rose and woody patchouli, which always refreshes me when it's hot and keeps you warm in cold weather.
9
Scent
8
Longevity
8
Sillage
10
Bottle
VanAllan

18 Reviews
VanAllan
VanAllan
Top Review    6  
Formal orange peel...
A strange name choice for a very uncommon scent that debutes with a peppery orange rind combined with the fresh-aromatic side of clove and nutmeg. Here it is more a metallic-aldehydic than a woody-spicy type. Rose stem is also present along top spices, but it soon gets envelopped in a sweet touch of cinnamon and geranium, everything packed over the scent's evolution in a distant woody-earthy-sweet background (ubiquitous Malle's patchouli, creamy sandalwood and cedarwood).
What I realised over the first wearings is that I never smelled this combination before and took for granted Mr. Malle's own declaration about this scent being 'one of the most enigmatic scent of our collection'. It is an original creation, I give him that.
More so, in this great formal Roudnitska creation, the dusty orange peel never really goes off, it gets intensified in the middle by the aromatic fresh spices and then slightly changed by the creamy woody notes.
Very strong presence in the first 3 hrs., it mellows just a bit at the 4th hour mark, but overall it performs very good in terms of projection and longevity. My humble rank 9/10, recommended to both genres for its unicity and performances.
6.5
Scent
8
Longevity
7
Sillage
8
Bottle
Smellavision

146 Reviews
Smellavision
Smellavision
   1  
Return of the black spices - this could be Darth Vaders signature scent...
The genre is sort of an oriental chypre to me. Geranium, rose, patchouli, metallic aldehydes and cloves with candied orange peel in the opening. It seems strangely connected to the vein of very "traditional french" dry and dusty male perfumes, e.g. Habit Rouge.
Somehow I get a very christmas-like felling from this, though it's spicy and woody but still very unique and classy, a suit-and-tie perfume for sure. Like other FM perfumes I've tried, a dark sensation comes with this one.

An ouverture, complex, loud and dominating with a brooding choir in the background.

Sorry, but not for me - and a word of warning : overspraying could cause headaches due to the heaviness of this scent.
7.5
Scent
8
Longevity
7
Sillage
8
Bottle
FabianO
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FabianO
FabianO
Top Review    11  
Beautifully rounded, slightly soaped winter spice pack at the edges
Already almost 20 years old and so far I've passed by, although I already had a lot from the Malle series under the piston, "Noir Epices" proves to be an interesting spice perfume.

At first I felt a little reminded of the heavy guns from the ladies' world, Chanel's "Coco" for example or Lagerfeld's "Sun Moon Stars". But only in a rough approximation.

Relatively quickly, a very softly wrapped orange-cloves-rose-cinnamon-teabag mix plays itself into the foreground, which in turn creates the bow to the perfume by applying a subtle soap to the edges.

Thus, this Roudnitska creates a link between a cosy pre-Christmas time and a suitability also in late autumn, which is surely also due to the quite classic style, which in the basic style has something of classic Chanel lady scents.

Roudnitska also manages to integrate as much spice and - especially in the base - priming woodiness into "Noir Epices" as he does, which he then precisely goes down on the unisex airfield.
Pleasant perfume for all those who recognize themselves in the cornucopia of the above influences.
4.5
Scent
5
Longevity
5
Sillage
7
Bottle
Oriane

119 Reviews
Oriane
Oriane
   2  
Fresh, Tart Orange Peel and Little Else
I have fallen in love with a couple of Malle Fragrances, much to my wallet's chagrin, but Noir Epices is not one of them. I mainly detect nothing but very fresh, tart orange peel or rind just as if I had begun to peel a fresh orange. This citrus note dominates the entire composition for me from top to bottom. I like orange, but I prefer it a bit sweeter than this, and I prefer it not be the dominant note throughout. This is too much tart orange rind for me. Perhaps if the spice notes were warmer and more pronounced, I would like this fragrance more, but they are barely there at all.

There is not much more I can say about this fragrance. Projection, sillage, and longevity are average. It is as unisex as is orange juice. This might be a good fragrance to wear to the club for brunch and perhaps a bit of tennis later in the afternoon, but one could achieve much the same result simply by stuffing some fresh orange rind into one's cleavage.

Fragrance: 3.5/10

Sillage: 5/10

Projection: 5/10

Longevity: 4.5/10
DorothyGrace

78 Reviews
DorothyGrace
DorothyGrace
   3  
Christmas Kitchen Uncooked Spice
Noir Epices

Applied from a decant this opened with an alcoholic blast that took a good 30 seconds to die down and two or three minutes before anything much could be smelt. Perhaps application from a spray bottle would allow the alcohol to exit stage left more quickly but decants and carded samples are the testing medium so it is what it is.

A prominent opening with the bright spray that exits from orange peel when the skin is first broken along with cinnamon and geranium. It takes its time to warm up and when it does nutmeg, cloves, and cedar join the fray. Occasionally a metallic twang takes over some vanilla (which seems more like a nuance of another smell rather than vanilla in its own right). The metallic twang is quite pronounced when smelling the skin deeply.

I don't get the rose; cedar and geranium are very strong to me. I find it cold, thin, crisp, and edible. It is the Christmas kitchen with geraniums on the window sill, spices laid out preparatory for the cake bake, and oranges studded with cloves heaped in bowls and covered in cinnamon to make pomanders.

It is cake laced with orange liqueur but without the sugary fruit, and without the smooth creamy butter this is Christmas on a very thin mean diet.

Low projection, low sillage, soft, barely noticeable after a couple of hours (compared with Bandit as a benchmark). Holds up tenaciously on kitchen roll or cotton wool where two or three days later I am left with orange and geranium with a lemon twist. In form it reminds me of Madonna Truth or Dare Naked but without the sweet cocoa flower and vanilla.

No warm, powdery, fuzziness here just a nice fresh spring aftershave or a pick-me-up after a long winter stuck in doors.

Small sample decants 2012; 2013; 2014
MasterLi

375 Reviews
MasterLi
MasterLi
Helpful Review    4  
Christmas Spice!
This is one which I find so interesting! It reminds me a lot of the other Malle perfume Geranium pour Monsieur, in that it has cloves, cinnamon and geranium. Here the addition is also orange peel and black pepper. It is such a spicy floral mix. I can detect all spices and no sweetness. I think Roudnitska could've added some vanilla in the base, but he didn't want to... and that is what makes this one so different. It's loud, it's bold, and it's somewhat unique.

So it doesn't follow the myriad of oriental compositions by having a citrus top, spicy middle, and woody base. Here, the vanilla and any hint of sweetness is absent, so instead we get deep and pungent aromatic spices, with the dried orange zest and the minty, prominent geranium. I do like it a lot. It actually reminds me a lot of some kind of very aromatic pot-pourri, but it's also more than that, it's also an expertly crafted perfume.

I see this as a one-of-a-kind perfume that may not be on everyone's buy list, but it should be tested and experienced first. Quite unique!
ColinM

516 Reviews
ColinM
ColinM
   4  
Please, NO!
Noir Epices effortlessly fills the last spot on my personal chart of Malle’s fragrances - I mean the worst spot. The bottom of the barrel. I don’t get the “black” and ultimately I don’t even get the “spices” that much as well, or not as I would assume at least. I don’t want my spices laid on a corpse, and instead that’s basically how Noir Epices smells. “Carnal”, overdosed nuances of metallic rose-geranium and a nondescript sultry musky note blended with a ridicolously loud concoction of spices and waxy floral-citrus notes, finally infused with a really bizarre and discomforting sort of sugary-watery vein, almost musty and milky. Sounds messy, eh? That’s how it smells, too. It’s loud, vile, ultimately a bit cheap as well, as besides being cacophonously blended, the materials don’t really seem that top-notch either. As hours pass it gets a bit better as it tames down a little at least, becoming slightly sweeter and smoother, but still remaining basically the same awkward and screechy mishmash of musk, soap, wax, spices, expired citronellol candles and blood-stained rusty metal bars. I’m genuinely sorry to sound so tight-butted and unable of getting the magic here, but I find this blatantly atrocious on every level.

4/10
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8.5
Scent
8
Longevity
8
Sillage
8
Bottle
Mujo

48 Reviews
Mujo
Mujo
Helpful Review    5  
Highly addictive
I had to test this fragrance a few times, 4 times to be exactly, to find out how I felt exactly about Noir Epices. The first test it reminded me of Chanel no. 5 and Amouage Gold, the second time I became aware of the spiciness and smelled mostly nutmeg and cloves, the third time I got the orange and rose and from the fourth test I finally smelled a spicy rose. Every time after that I perceive this lovely noir spicy rose and I really really adore it. There is just a tiny sweetness in this fragrance and it's perfect. I suspect this fragrance to be highly addictive, because I don't want to be without it anymore.

This scent is often perceived as masculine. I disagree with this wholeheartedly, in my opinion this is absolutely a feminine fragrance. Well, a man can wear it of course and it will smell wonderful, but still I find it more feminine. After checking out the Frederic Malle website and seeing a video in which Michel Roudnitska explaining the process of creation I found out that it was actually created for women.

A very nicely done fragrance. A masterpiece in my humble opinion.
6
Scent
10
Longevity
5
Sillage
7.5
Bottle
Drseid

797 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
   3  
Spiced Orange Tea...
Noir Epices opens up and continues for the first one to two hours with a blast of spiced orange that reminds me very much of a spiced orange tea with some geranium mixed in at the start before focusing primarily on the orange and spices like clove and nutmeg at its heart. The spices remain in a more subdued form through the base notes that include sandalwood and patchouli. In my opinion, the base notes are definitely the best part of the scent, and if you can survive the tenacious "orange tea" heart you are rewarded well in the end. Longevity is excellent, but projection is very average. Noir Epices is a fine overall rendition, but I have a hard time recommending it without reservation due to the length of time you have to wait to get to the good stuff. 3 out of 5 stars.
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HermeshHermesh 6 years ago
7
Scent
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Sillage
7.5
Bottle
A spicy orange; dense, but not dark. Clove has an interesting, cool touch. At the same time, that makes the fragrance modern.

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