Une voix noire 2012

Une voix noire by Serge Lutens
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Une voix noire is a perfume by Serge Lutens for women and men and was released in 2012. The scent is floral-spicy. It is still available to purchase. Pronunciation
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GardeniaGardenia RumRum TobaccoTobacco
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7.464 Ratings
Longevity
7.949 Ratings
Sillage
7.452 Ratings
Bottle
8.665 Ratings
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 16.02.2022.
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Grizzlyscent

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Grizzlyscent
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Melancholia
The universe exists in a dichotomous fashion; all things have their place, and their opposite. Man and woman, light and dark, happiness and melancholia. It is only to be expected, then, that perfume would also be bound by this universal truth. We have fragrances that are bright and joyous and evoke only the happiest of memories. We also have fragrances that are dark and forlorn, perhaps due to their composition, or perhaps due to the memories we have associated with them. The fragrance I'll be delving into today, occupies the latter niche.

Une Voix Noire (or "The Dark Voice") is a fragrance from the house of Serge Lutens, and one that I've grown very fond of, despite it's heartbreaking characteristics. It was inspired by Billie Holiday, and the gardenia everpresent behind her ear. Billie Holiday was, and still is, a legend in the realm of jazz music, and it is, thus, only fitting that the perfume itself be built around that theme.

Une Voix Noire is a gardenia soliflore, but hardly in the way one would imagine. There is much added to it, from a delectably fruity rum, to a smoky tobacco, which turn it from a young, white gardenia, to one that's been tempered by the passing of the years, and has the richness of full life, on the cusp of death.

It opens on my skin with a beautiful fruity rum, almost as if there are muddled strawberries in the bottom of a drink I've been served, with the faintest whiff of smoky tobacco. However, within moments, the fruit fades, and the smoke intensifies, leaving the impression of an upscale cocktail, and a cuban cigar, luxurious, but perhaps unapproachable.

Moments later, the gardenia appears, almost as if catching a waft left by Ms. Holiday's own. Far from the effervescent brightness of the immature flowers, it's petals are wilted, stained from the smoke of the tobacco, and dipped in the rum of better days, carrying the promise of a journey, and delivering layer upon layer to be unraveled and understood.

It continues in this manner for a while, the rum receding, and the tobacco becoming softer and less smokey, allowing that aged gardenia to shine in all it's glory, the florals only lightly brushed with the faintest whisper of that smoke as an unmistakable vanillic undertone begins to appear. There is a touch of indole here, and perhaps an animalic facet there, but they are subtle and fleeting. And, with the passing of time, they fade, leaving behind a gauzy whisper, that smells faintly of flowers, and tastes of heartbreak.

Une Voix Noire is truly the distilled essence of Billie Holiday. It is undeniably heartbreaking, hiding it's tears behind a veil of warmth and fleeting brightness. She sings the blues, and those blues are here. Each dab a reminder of Lady Day, and what troubled her so. Each waft a fresh pang of sadness.

Une Voix Noire is not for everyone. In fact, I don't recommend many bother trying it at all. This I'd reserve solely for the darkest of days, when there's nothing to be said of joy, and only the faintest whisper of light can be seen. It is when I'm consumed by the most intense deapair, that I reach for Une Voix Noire, sitting upon her plum velvet throne, and allow it to consume me.

Beautiful, but soul shattering all the same.
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7.5
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Fanny

66 Reviews
Fanny
Fanny
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Billie
If I would have to choose between Beyond Love by Kilian et Une Voix Noire, as they are not unlike each other, the choice is easy:
Une Voix Noire.
UVN is more profound in its darkness and in its light tones and has better projection. Although being a rather subdued kind of perfume, it stands out, proud of its own character.
In comparison BL stays quite muffled, which I consider very inconsistent with its name, besides being an unwanted quality in any perfume.
UVN, to me, leaves "Beyond Love" behind and enters the stage to act a more vibrant part: "Because of Love".
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Tinctureall

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Tinctureall
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The Vaudeville performer
I'm trying the little wax sample. What a delightful and mega huge fat white floral gardenia with a rich boozy backdrop. The tobacco is of a floral nature and just adds to the richness of this fragrance. It hasn't got the overload of the spicy twist of Serges trademark, and in this perfume, that is a good thing indeed. It already carries enough weight in purportedly so few ingredients.
If you buried your nose in the back of an old leather sofa where a heavily perfumed 1950's film star had been sitting whilst smoking her cigarillos from a jewelled cigarette holder. You would be here with me now. I normally only enjoy Serges perfumes as a nose journey and I imagine a picture from the perfume. This is certainly heavy duty as perfumes go and could entertain some man pheremones to counter the flowers sheer power. Not one for a light summers day, but at night I could see this on the most beautiful and leggy transgender in full stage make up dancing all night in Vaudeville. Then, just to surprise you, just as you think it gets too heavy. As if tired from belting its heavy floral into the evening, this perfume lightens up after the show, as if the flower has emerged into the full sun of the fresh dawn. The tired performer lies down on the soft sheets and dreams the gentle and soft floral/tobacco/boozy shadow of the night before. Quite a belter of a fragrance, and again, not for the flower shy. No Serge fan will be disappointed. Certainly a try before you buy, but trying this is nose fun. Bear in mind this wax sample may not even be as strong as the real thing. It would be interesting to try the full on version and see if it compares.
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