Nombre Noirノンブル ノワール (1982)Parfum

Nombre Noir / ノンブル ノワール (Parfum) by Shiseido / 資生堂
Bottle Design Serge Lutens, Shuichi Ikeda, Masataka Matsubara
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Nombre Noir is a popular perfume by Shiseido / 資生堂 for women and was released in 1982. The scent is floral-woody. The production was apparently discontinued.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesAldehydes, Bergamot, Coriander, Marjoram, Rosewood
Heart Notes Heart NotesGeranium, Orris root, Jasmine, Lily-of-the-valley, Carnation, Osmanthus, Rose, Ylang-ylang
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Benzoin, Honey, Musk, Sandalwood, Tonka bean, Vetiver

Ratings

Scent

8.6 (15 Ratings)

Longevity

7.0 (12 Ratings)

Sillage

6.5 (11 Ratings)

Bottle

7.6 (19 Ratings)
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 10.05.2020.

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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Drseid

735 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
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All About Balance...
Nombre Noir opens with nose tingling aldehydes and smooth rosewood with just a hint of slightly sharp, citric lemony orange bergamot before transitioning to its heart. As the composition enters its early heart fine white floral jasmine takes the fore with slightly dark rose, slightly powdery carnation and smooth yellow floral ylang-ylang in support. Additional support is provided by an ever-so slightly waxy orris butter and lemony-green geranium with a tinge of mildly sweet honey. During the late dry-down the florals all gradually recede with the rose now most prominent, turning slightly powdery as it joins a very subtle natural woody accord through the finish. Projection is average, as is longevity at around 8 hours on skin.

The elusive Nombre Noir has taken on near-legendary status over the years, being touted by some prominent names in perfume (one in particular) placing it as one of the all-time greats. I always wanted to try the perfume, but alas, the price of admission reached stratospheric levels in relative terms, making obtaining even a small sample a decent sized investment. Well, I finally "bit the bullet" and got my hands on a decant to try out, and here we are... This is one of the rare instances where I hoped I would dislike the composition due to its lofty cost, but alas, it really is *incredible* smelling. The first thing that grabbed me was the jasmine. This is some very good quality stuff that is not unlike the fine jasmine used in X for Men by Clive Christian, but even higher quality. The rose, which ultimately becomes the focal note in the perfume transitions so seamlessly from the jasmine I barely realized what had happened. In fact, the entire composition is about class, finesse, restraint and most of all balance. It is the balance of an amalgamation of its laundry list of high quality materials that makes Nombre Noir such an absolute marvel. I barely mention even a small fraction of the ingredients primarliy because they all complement each other so well and just meld together perfectly. So in the end, instead a hopeful pan, I ended up with an immediate hunt for my own admittedly crazy expensive bottle. The bottom line is the extremely rare and long since discontinued $1350 per 60 ml bottle on the aftermarket Nombre Noir is a near-perfect chypre from the great, late perfumer Jean-Yves Leroy that approaches a "masterpiece" rating of 4.5 to 5 stars out of 5 and an easy recommendation to at least secure a small sample. Everyone needs to at least sniff Nombre Noir once in their lifetime.
Stephane

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Stephane
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About Nombre Noir!
On Google, you’ll quickly find why Nombre Noir was discontinued, the curse about it and how a very well known American writer choose that the protagonist of his new book will wear Nombre Noir even if...
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ScentFan

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Gossamer Sumptuousness
In search of rose dominant perfumes for a new sniff fest, I pulled this out of my sample box, sniffed, and was instantly seduced by the beautiful, well-blended top note, bright with bergamot and herbs. However, two seconds on my skin and this promising creation nearly vanishes, but then the volume rises enough for me to at least know I'm wearing perfume. The florals blend seamlessly as do the base notes to create an almost creamy/woody/resinous support. Nombre Noir is certainly a lovely scent. I just wish there was more of it to love.

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