11 Harmatan Noir 2006

11 Harmatan Noir by Pierre Guillaume
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11 Harmatan Noir is a perfume by Pierre Guillaume for women and men and was released in 2006. The scent is fresh-spicy. It is still available to purchase. Pronunciation
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesMint tea
Heart Notes Heart NotesJasmine, Cedar, Salt
Base Notes Base NotesWoods, Spices, Blossoms

Ratings

Scent

7.4 | 109 Ratings

Longevity

7.2 | 80 Ratings

Sillage

6.1 | 76 Ratings

Bottle

7.3 | 70 Ratings
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Very helpful Review    7  
Mint in the desert
Hello all you sleuths and welcome to my latest commentary. Today I'm reviewing Harmatan Noir by Pierre Guillaume, which according to the description is supposed to feel like a night in the deserts of Africa. You can immediately think that there might be tea in the scent, after all, tea ceremonies occur in many African cultures, such as the Maghrebian tea culture, where people like to drink green tea with mint leaves in it.

And who thinks now, how you can drink tea in hot places... well, you don't drink boiling hot tea, but more warm tea. And as you hopefully know, you would sweat even more with ice cold drinks on hot days, so lukewarm tea is actually the best thing you can drink in the summer. And anyway, tea is always good, isn't it? No, of course it has to be cold beer, right? You crazy people, you! :D

But back to the fragrance, so let's see how it smells so, from the scents it sounds quite promising already!

The fragrance:
The fragrance begins pungently alcoholic, which remains so a few seconds before you can finally smell the fragrance notes. Then there is actually mint to smell, or mint tea, depending on how you interpret it, because mint tea actually smells almost only mint :D The mint I would have wished stronger, but well, so it is just. The background is floral and slightly sweet, that could be the jasmine. In addition, the fragrance also smells green and tart.
Only a little later, the scent remains fresh, even if the mint becomes much weaker. Now it smells a little woodier, but also more balsamic and warmer. In addition, there is a nice sweetness, which now smells more like amber instead of jasmine, at least it seems so to me, since the fragrance could also smell like just described because of the combination of different, but not really determinable spices.
In any case, in the base, the fragrance is still fresh. He still smells slightly sweet, but also balsamic. The woody notes are somewhat weaker, but it now smells a little cleaner. A very nice fragrance.

The sillage and the durability:
The sillage is unfortunately not the strongest, so you would have to get pretty close to smell the fragrance at all times briefly at someone. The shelf life is with about six hours but quite okay.

The flacon:
The bottle is rectangular, clear and rather boring, because it looks just like a million other bottles. What makes the bottle easily stand out from other bottles, is perhaps the circular label, which is the brand mark of Pierre Guillaume fragrances. Everything okay, but just nix special.

Conclusion:
Soo, despite the slightly pungent start (which lasts but only a few seconds) I find that the fragrance has developed excellent. He smells just fresh, but also very warm, gentle and even balsamic. Actually, I had been most interested in the fragrance yes the mint tea, but the one smells really only briefly and with little intensity, yet the rest of the fragrance has turned out pretty great.

With a little imagination, if you close your eyes briefly on a nice summer evening, for example, you can actually put yourself in an evening desert landscape where you are resting and drinking tea. This then gives you a feeling of contentment and tranquility, and possibly you think of exotic places like Africa. You start to smile, but this smile soon disappears, when you hear in the next few days in the news that the hot Sahara wind will soon reach Germany, which once again begins a new, unbearably nasty heat wave, where you are only sweating stuck everywhere, especially on leather seats... argh :DDDD Yes yes, laugh, but the next heat wave will come sooner than you think!

But as I said, the scent here is excellent and definitely worth a try for me, especially if you like sweet and warm and slightly woody scents like cypress and juniper. It is best used in spring and summer, and that more so to leisure or during the day, as it has turned out too weak for going out.

And that's it again, I wish you all a great evening, then see you next time :)
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sunbleached refreshment
The harmatan is a dry wind that blows across the Sahara Desert. It's a very apt name for this perfume, which captures the essence of "dryness" like nothing else I've smelled. Warm sand and wildflowers with a hint of mint leaves. If you go swimming and you spend a couple of hours in the water, getting bonechilling, shivering cold, and then you dry off and change into jeans that have been warming in the sun, so that you suddenly feel absolutely crisp and dry and sunbleached, that dry heat against your cold skin is like Harmatan Noir. Just lovely. (051209)

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