Magie Noire (1978) Eau de Toilette

Magie Noire (Eau de Toilette) by Lancôme
Bottle Design: Pierre Dinand
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Magie Noire (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Lancôme for women and was released in 1978. The scent is spicy-oriental. The longevity is above-average. It is still in production.

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Perfumer

Gerard Goupy

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBlackcurrant, Hyacinth, Green notes, Bergamot, Raspberry
Heart Notes Heart NotesHoney, Iris, Jasmine, Lily-of-the-valley, Narcissus, Tuberose, Ylang-ylang, Oriental rose
Base Notes Base NotesPatchouli, Vetiver, Civet, Castoreum, Musk, Oakmoss, Benzoin

Ratings

Scent

7.7 (207 Ratings)

Longevity

8.5 (142 Ratings)

Sillage

7.7 (128 Ratings)

Bottle

6.7 (138 Ratings)
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MisskMissk 7 years ago

„Lancome at its best”


This fragrance surprised me. I didn't actually recognise this fragrance because it was bottled in a green rectangular-shaped bottle. The way it had been packaged...
DorothyGraceDorothyGrace 3 years ago

„Another old love bites the dust”


I considered Magie Noir to be one of my favourite perfumes of all time so what was I thinking when I decided that because I was so fed up with all my niche...
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Amberfreak

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Charlotte Rampling / Perfection
I became attentive to the precious composition in late teenage years through my girlfriend. She was pretty much the only one of all acquaintances who had a way to capture this scent. The mother of the girlfriend was a well-known best gynaecologist, money smearing was forbidden but in other not verifiable form even very desirable and so the mother of my girlfriend and thus also the girlfriend compulsively flaconenweise came to this dream fragrance. It looked good with her friend, who looked just like young Charlotte Rampling and the admirers beduzelt by her and / or magic noir lay at her feet, piles by piles. Once I was also allowed to absorb some of the precious liquid, I was immediately blown away. But at that time there was NO way to get this treasure, so I resigned, but the scent remained firmly chiselled in my memory. Well, a good 30 years later, I suddenly erased this longing without effort and without horrendous expenses.

It is said that it has been reformulated, but I recognize the fragrance immediately and the thrill of teenagerhood (including endless endless possibilities) comes up immediately. A short sniff alone gives you at least 24 hours of euphoria all around. What do I care about the notes, as long as the composition is perfect and speaks directly into the soul, yes makes me happy on the spot ;-)

A useless commentary - but the perfection of the scents makes exact definition somehow superfluous...
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Sonnenwende

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Sonnenwende
Sonnenwende
Greatly helpful Review    24
My magical dream
When Magie noire was launched in 1978, I was still a student, wearing a dark dress with mystical paintings almost daily and reading Tolkien, while the scent of incense sticks was wafting through my room.
For the first time I saw the advertisement for the fragrance in a magazine and thought: that's the name of the perfume I want to buy.
Instead I wore viscous patchouli from India and a musk scent from the drugstore.
It was to be three years before I actually met Magie noire and I knew that I wanted to wear this scent.
It was a dull autumn morning when a classmate entered the classroom and ended the sadness with an opulent, sweet-spicy cloud.
When I asked about her fragrance, it came like a gentle purr over her lips:
Maahschie nuarrre.
During the pre-Christmas period we planned a one-week study trip to Heidelberg.
We rented a youth hostel and moved into a room with six girls.
The first days were tightly organized and left no time for activities of their own, but the fourth day left room for a stroll through the city.
We were all looking forward to it, because everyone had a little pocket money with them.
In the night I slept restlessly and heard wolves howling in my dreams.
That I hadn't dreamed turned out the next morning.
Our hostel was next to a zoo and the wolves had met on the full moon for a rendezvous.
I finally took this as an omen to visit a perfumery in the city and to fulfill my long-awaited wish.
30 ml of precious liquid.
On the last evening we all met for a cosy get-together in the party room of the house.
We had a few nice, carefree hours.
The evil awakening followed on the return to the room.
One of us had forgotten to lock the room and my friends looked stunned into their empty wallets.
Bitter tears flowed.
There wasn't much more to get from me.
Fortunately I found my treasure undamaged in the culture bag.
Since then I have known that one should not wait too long to invest in what is dear to one's heart.

I still love this fragrance.
I find it difficult to recognize individual notes.
Very quickly everything combines into a delicious composition.
Black currant and raspberry I suspect in dried form.
Green notes and hyacinth are already in liaison with honey at the beginning, which contributes with a pleasant sweetness until the end.
Flowery accents of ylang ylang and rose I take was, not inconspicuous followed by patchouli and oakmoss.
The shelf life is terrific.
Even after 24 hours I take a spicy sweetness on the skin was.
The Sillage is, as already mentioned at the beginning, also above average.
Sure, the scent changed after its reformulation.
Its power has become softer and quieter.
Yeah, well... maybe that's why we're a good match.
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Jazzy76

319 Reviews
Jazzy76
Jazzy76
2
Black magic woman
My rewiew refers to the actual version I've just smelled today:
I was attracted by the name and the pyramid of this historical and iconic perfume and finally I tested on my skin how it is. It was been love at first spray: rich, oriental but also chypre, spicy, complex and very very sexy. The perfect night scent or winter scent to wear with a dark outfit to play to the "black magic woman", as sang Santana. Now I'd like to smell the vintage version: it might be heaven to my nose!
Exciter76

32 Reviews
Exciter76
Exciter76
3
For Chypre Lovers ONLY
I am not a fan of wearing chypres. Plain and simple. I'm certainly intrigued by them and I have some in my personal collection but they are fragrances that often perplex me. Sometimes they even intimidate me. My chypres are the ones I grab most often, just to simply sniff and admire. I don't wear them often. They frighten me a bit in their complexity. Also, fast forward many, many years later and find me discovering a disdain for oakmoss, a chief ingredient in the chypre recipe.

This is a classic chypre and I would recommend it to anyone who has a chypre obsession. There is a classic 1980s velvet feel to this one, like a vintage thrift store gem you find that somehow everyone else has managed to look over. I'm one of those who saw it and couldn't appreciate it for what it was.

I loved it when my mom would spritz this on me. I was six or seven and it was one of my mom's favorites. It reminded me of the plastic scent of Malibu Barbie's blonde locks. Weird, I know. I got a little older and I asked my mom to please stop wearing it. It made me nauseous so she obliged. I think a major reason why it did and why I still cannot handle the smell of it now has to do with the heavy-handed manner in which my mom and my aunt wore it. It was just too much, like everything else in the 1980s. Oh, and the OAKMOSS. (Yes, cap lock was necessary here.)

Like most chypres MN is very strong. I don't know about the composition of it now but the 1980s juice was strong. It is definitely a spritz-the-air-then-walk-through fragrance. If your skin is wet with MN then you've applied too much. I can appreciate its boldness and its complexity but I still liken it to a Godiva chocolate-covered lobster tail in a caviar sauce--too much of a good thing.
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DorothyGrace

71 Reviews
DorothyGrace
DorothyGrace
Helpful Review    3
Another old love bites the dust
I considered Magie Noir to be one of my favourite perfumes of all time so what was I thinking when I decided that because I was so fed up with all my niche perfume sampling disasters that this would be safe blind buy (blind buy in the sense that I had not tried the reformulation). I set myself up for disappointment and disappointment I got; I only have myself to blame.

I am not usually so unforgiving but right here right now I feel pretty cross that my son (I asked for it for my birthday) dolloped down £37.50 (are they selling this off as it is on offer everywhere?) for this bitter, soapy, watery mess.

Old Magie Noir - spicey, woody, oakmoss, rich, deep, dry.
New Magie Noir - bitter, soapy, hyacinth and narcissus.

Maybe it is the way I smell some of the newer aroma chemicals but I don't call this Magie Noir.

Old Magie Noir - develops as it wears on my skin.
New Magie Noir - almost linear.

Old Magie Noir - blackcurrant done right.
New Magie Noir - a very pissy blackcurrant that wears for hours and hours, and dominates all else.

Old Magie Noir - sweet animalic musks.
New Magie Noir - no discernible animalic notes.

Again, all of this is on my skin and of course on someone else or to someone else this new version of the perfume may behave well.

For the opening I get a rather bitter soap with a sherberty bergamot, hyacinth and narcissus. It is a very high pitched perfume that does not develop to reveal base notes on me; there seems to be a lot of an artificial citrus smell. I don't get any sweet animal notes, don't find it spicey, and, most surprisingly, I don't detect any oak moss. The pissy blackcurrant kicks in around the 10 minute mark and that, as they say, is that.

Extremely harsh, strong, acrid, overpowering. Lasts well over 16 hours on me.

Yep, altogether super disappointed with this so I am going to write in indelible ink on my brain, 'Don't you ever buy a reformulation of an old love without sampling it first ever again. Just don't!'.

To add insult to injury after a half hour or so it makes my skin itch and triggers migraine with nausea. It's going back. Thank goodness it was bought from a good quality department store with a no questions asked return policy.

Eua de toilette purchased October 2016
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ScentFan

325 Reviews
ScentFan
ScentFan
Helpful Review    2
Lying in Ambush
This scent doesn't project on me. Though the top note is hypnotically entrancing--reeking as it swiftly does of 3 from my current magic combo (Jasmine, Tuberose, Lily of the Valley)-- it swiftly vanishes into the other notes and stays close to my skin. Since I wear perfume principally for my own enjoyment, the inability to smell one after only moments is a real downer. Yet it's there and beautiful when I bring my arm to my nose, but containing both civet and castoreum, it's quite animalic. The only other perfume I own that has both these notes is Serge Lutens' Muscs Koublaï Khän, a gloriously learthery, saddle-like, zoo-like and funky masterpiece. MKK is all about animalics--ambergris and musk joining the first two along with ambrette, a plant-based musk. Mongol hordes a la puanteur. Patchouli, rose, vanilla, labdanum make it wearable (for the brave). Do I want two powerful animalics mucking about with my oriental, though? I might if I could smell it better. As is, Magie Noire lies in ambush on me, waiting to ensnare in mid-embrace, which is not really when I want my perfume ensnaring to start. A bit late, if you ask me. Assuming your skin doesn't drink it like mine does, I believe the question is: is it beautiful?. Yes! It's not possible for a well-done fragrance with these notes to be anything but. Magi Noire (the vintage) is an extremely well-done and sophisticated oriental-chypreish triumph of stank. Think indoles dressed in mink (i.e., woman naked under fur coat). Glad I own it. Just wish I could smell it more. If it projects on you, be ready for random males to follow you down the street.
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GothicHeart

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GothicHeart
GothicHeart
Helpful Review    4
Expecto Daemonum...
Grimoires and wands. Potions and philtres. Enchantments and charms. Spells and incantations. Imprecations and anathemas. Allure and enthrallment. Metanoia and lethe. Arcane and occult. Mesmerising and narcotic. Soporific and empyreal. The nemesis of light, the triumph of darkness.
Pernicious and wrecking for Hermione Granger. Salubrious and hale for Bellatrix Lestrange.
One to pulverise Harry Potter and his likes. One to resurrect Lord Voldemort, only with a full-blown nose this time so as to inhale even the faintest waft of its bewitching nefariousness.
Now kneel before the Queen of Fiends...
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Miki68

7 Reviews
Miki68
Miki68
Helpful Review    10
Truly magical
How wonderful it used to be once upon a time! Even now it's not bad, just more diluted, definitely oak moss was removed from the list of ingredients. The original formula of Magie Noir is phenomenal, heavy, mysterious, full of colors and very elegant. At first it is very compact and dense, but after the first moment that seems a bit harsh, unfolds slowly until the mixture becomes smooth and velvety in the base.
It starts quite grassy and aromatic and has from the start much charisma. A strong and vital smell, moist, almost cold. I am sorry for do not feel tuberose, rose instead is perceptible and take a breath with almost ethereal daffodil flowers over an animal-spice mixture. Flower power decreases over time and remains a hot mixture of resin and powdered spices. It is a perfume for strong women but with gentle soul
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Sorceress

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Sorceress
Sorceress
Helpful Review    5
Let The Heat Of Your Skin Bring It To Its Fire
Magie Noire was never a top fragrance choice for me. Through the years, it has become a cult classic, so I decided to revisit it and purchased a vintage bottle. I've worn it in two seasons before I've written this review, so I can feel I am accurately assessing my thoughts.
Back when it was first released, I wasn't a huge fan of this or any of Lancome's perfumes. But with all of the accolades surrounding it, I decided to give it a go again to see what the hoopla is all about.
It's definitely a cooler weather perfume. Wearing it above 55 degrees is nauseating. I've discovered that is one of it's flaws and perhaps why some absolutely abhor it. The temperature outside (or inside) must be cool enough for this perfume to work properly. This is a very strange potion.
Its aroma wafts and wanes around you, circling its fumes in layers of clouds that hypnotize and entice and mesmerize. How do perfumes create such images? Some scents hit head-on with no looking back, some sit in a corner of a room expectantly, hoping for attention, and others are classics that need no introduction because they are simply elegant members of a family. But Magie Noire swirls around, dances and sings, appears light and floral one moment then impacts hard and deep as a chypre floral that's just very complex. This is not a try it once to decide if you like it perfume. It changes with the seasons, your moods and the climate. It's been called a witch's brew and the moniker fits it well. Although there are many that wear this, only a few can truly pull it off successfully. It's must be worn with an attitude, from the base of your soul , with determination. Heavy on spices and woods, burning with incense and myrhh, musky with patchouli and wrapped in a tight package with a civet's tail, this might or might not be for you. It is a Seductress' perfume, an Enchantress' fragrance, it will bewitch those around you if you are the Femme Fatale wearing it.
Certainly not an everyday perfume, and definitely not an office fragrance, Magie Noire is wonderful for an evening soiree or a tete-a-tete supper. This is a strong perfume to use on your pulse points and let the heat of your skin bring it to its fire.
Rita Hayworth, Sophia Loren, and Bridgette Bardot could all wear this perfume easily.
Radiates strongly if you're not careful and lasts for hours and hours.
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Rubyred

49 Reviews
Rubyred
Rubyred
1
Poison to a fruity floral
Oh this stuff is so awful. I experienced such revulsion when I sprayed some on a paper stick I had to go out of the chemist shop and put it in the nearest bin, and then go back into the chemist shop to try the next. No way was I going to contaminate my bag. cloying, spicy, lily of the valley, oriental - all things I hate. As for the thought of wearing it to bed - worse than a hangover. Someone give me April Violets.
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Bassavina

25 Reviews
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Bassavina
Very helpful Review    3
Vintage Magie Noire: Dear God in Heaven!
This stuff makes me want to run out and have unprotected reckless sex with the guy you don't take home to mother even if I am way too old for such nonsense. A sex bomb of a fragrance. Luscious.
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jtd

484 Reviews
jtd
jtd
5
wood with celery, but it smells good
From reading about the evolution of Magie Noire from 1978 until 2011, I think that it has always been a grab-bag of a perfume. Early versions sound like they emphasized different facets than this most recent one. It sounds like they used to bridge the dark floral chypre to the spicy oriental via some old-school animalics.

While I like it, I’d have to categorize the current version as a tight-assed woody floral. Not a lot of amber, not a lot of moss. Civet? Castoreum? Nowhere to be found. But you know, some days a tight-assed floral is just the right thing. And as many before me here have noted and per my own equation that men’s fragrance = (women’s fragrance – the interesting parts ) x 0.75, Magie Noire is an ideal men’s fragrance.
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LadyRogue

166 Reviews
LadyRogue
LadyRogue
Helpful Review    5
Long Lasting Magic
"Magie Noire" is a bit daunting to review, most of us know it. It's the notorious sorceress among Orientals. Love or hate: indifference is in my opinion not possible with this scent.

From the opening notes of heavy rose and jasmine we move quickly to a smokey amber with a faint but stubborn high note of bergamot in the mix. They say this perfume makes a full circle in its scent evolvement, true! I can clearly tell that this scent holds onto its notes and doesn't let them go! Lets call it Magic: "Magie Noire" - (Black Magic) if you must, but unusual for sure!

This one is definitely more suitable for evening wear. And you have to be in the mood for it. Its heavy, lingering florals with smokey amber are heady and might be too heavy for some Oriental lovers. (Headaches are possible, try a sample first!)
But if this is your thing, boy oh boy, will this dark beauty stay with you. Literally! The longevity is amazing.
A classic that will always be recognizable. Recommended for women that like to make a statement, and aren't afraid of heavy, dark and lasting "Magic".
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Missk

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Missk
5
Lancome at its best
This fragrance surprised me. I didn't actually recognise this fragrance because it was bottled in a green rectangular-shaped bottle. The way it had been packaged made me assume that it was going to be a citrusy/green scent. I was truly amazed when I discovered that it wasn't.

Magie Noire is a soft, slightly musky and pretty floral fragrance. The scent is oddly fresh and clean, yet warm, powdery and comforting. This makes me think that this would be an excellent fragrance for all seasons.

This fragrance was naturally going to be a hit with me since it contains so many of my favourite notes; raspberry, honey, tuberose, jasmine, ylang ylang and lily of the valley.

Strangely enough, I think this would make the perfect bedtime scent during those warmer nights. It's soothing, delicate and luxurious. It actually reminds me slightly of D&G for women in its powdery softness of the drydown.

I think this fragrance is an excellent choice if you want to go with something that isn't necessarily what everyone else wears. It's casual and delightful without being too overpowering. It's perfect.
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