Nombre Noir ノンブル ノワール 1982 Eau de Parfum

Nombre Noir / ノンブル ノワール (Eau de Parfum) by Shiseido / 資生堂
Bottle Design Serge Lutens, Shuichi Ikeda, Masataka Matsubara
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Nombre Noir is a perfume by Shiseido / 資生堂 for women and was released in 1982. The scent is sweet-green. The longevity is above-average. The production was apparently discontinued. Pronunciation
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesAldehydesAldehydes BergamotBergamot CorianderCoriander MarjoramMarjoram RosewoodRosewood
Heart Notes Heart NotesGeraniumGeranium Orris rootOrris root JasmineJasmine Lily of the valleyLily of the valley CarnationCarnation OsmanthusOsmanthus RoseRose Ylang-ylangYlang-ylang
Base Notes Base NotesAmberAmber BenzoinBenzoin HoneyHoney MuskMusk SandalwoodSandalwood Tonka beanTonka bean VetiverVetiver



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Interesting Facts

Nombre Noir is said to have been discontinued due to supply problems for some ingredients, especially the natural animal components. At the House of Shiseido, Tokyo, a reproduction of Nombre Noir - initially as Eau de Parfum and later as Solid Perfume - was being exhibited among other discontinued fragrances (e. g. Zen, Vocalise, Woo-Mé), from around 2000 until its closure.

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This is a variant of the perfume Nombre Noir / ノンブル ノワール (Parfum) by Shiseido / 資生堂, which differs in concentration.
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Black Rose
Tackling a sacred cow like this is no easy job, especially when it has a damage note in the top.
But when it all settles down, Nombre Noir is a blackcurrant jasmin-rose with a biscuit base and woody-musk.
I imagine that, originally, the rosy facet would have had more of a stained glass feel, but the molecules responsible are fragile, and for example, alpha-damascone (rose, apple, blackcurrant and mint with a rich plum undertone) is now sold with a stabiliser.
When the purple fruity rose is paired with a light brown woody-oily-musky base - with a sawdust feel up close, it makes for an interesting colour scheme, as well as a vibrant contrast.

NoNo develops the fruity and musky pairing of Mûre et Musc (1978) and it also draws on other Shiseido works like Murasaki from the 1980's (in the original fruity - praline version) and the 'woody rose' of Zen (1964) - as Luca Turin described it.

Now, thanks to Turin's assessment, NoNo has legendary status. Like Grain de musc with her Iris Gris, I'm lucky - I found a sample on a flea market. So I can say, this tart-fruity and woody purple rose is very nice; but I wouldn't pay exorbitant prices for it. Nombre Noir is not unique enough to warrant that kind of outlay, and there are other things - which are there or there abouts - that are better value for money in my opinion.
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