Geisha Noire (2007)

Geisha Noire by aroma M
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Geisha Noire is a popular perfume by aroma M for women and was released in 2007. The scent is oriental-spicy. The longevity is above-average. It is still in production.

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Perfumer

Maria McElroy

Fragrance Notes

Sandalwood, Black amber, Tonka bean, Vanilla

Ratings

Scent

8.0 (138 Ratings)

Longevity

8.6 (102 Ratings)

Sillage

7.3 (102 Ratings)

Bottle

5.8 (90 Ratings)
Submitted by Antoine, last update on 28.12.2018
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7.0/10
ScentedSalon

96 Reviews
ScentedSalon
ScentedSalon
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No Bad Girl
From other reviews and the name, I had a completely different amber in mind: something dark, oriental, spicy, damp. Instead I got a soft butter scent, amber, vanilla and sandalwood that can be picked up at any health food market. There is no punch, no character. Pleasant, that's all. Glad I didn't blind buy based on the wonderful Geisha Rouge. (This is the perfume oil version. If anyone has the liquid scent, let me know if it is different.)
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Tar

261 Reviews
Tar
Tar
Helpful Review    4
Rich soil
I am fond of amber scents, I placed my hand on the GEISHA NOIRE oil sample vial as something what is MINE. Before reading the interesting facts about aroma M and Geisha perfume series from Flaconneur's review, I was unable to connect Japan to this scent. Now I understand it better, but still do not agree 100% with the concept.

Harmony of god blessed black amber, affectionate tonka bean, proud sandalwood and inaudible vanilla is spoiling me. I put it on 11 hours ago, and it is still on my skin. This regal, dignified, dark fragrance gives strength to the wearer. Luscious black, rich soil can have this aroma, both of them are dusty and dry. Prolific harvest will grow from the depth of it.

This is the true scent of arable land.
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Flaconneur

49 Reviews
Flaconneur
Flaconneur
Very helpful Review    5
GEISHA NOIRE by Aroma M
The Aroma M company was created by artist Maria McElroy in 1998. A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, she attended the San Francisco Art Institute in San Francisco, California. During her attendance there, she found herself captivated by Asian abstract paintings. She moved to Japan after completing her education and spent several years there studying the art of fragrance and many other Japanese cultural esthetics. These studies gave her a well-rounded experience for her future pursuits in perfumery. Geisha Noire eau de parfum is an adaptation from the Aroma M's popular perfume oil of the same name. While the strength is slightly reduced, the end result is the satisfyingly same. Just as the cultural icon that inspired this fragrance creation, Geisha Noire eau de parfum is a delicate, comforting amber confection that entertains the senses.

The success of Geisha Noire is built on the simple construction of three notes, black amber, sandalwood and tonka bean. The Japanese culture esteems the concept of simplicity, so Maria McElroy's strategy seems completely appropriate. Sandalwood plays a key element in Japanese culture. You will find sandalwood incense commonplace in Japanese religious ceremonies as well as a means for Buddhists to maintain a person's alertness during meditation. McElroy studied incense ceremonies for several years in Japan, so she seems quite experienced with the concept. The smell of sandalwood, whether natural or burnt as incense, is slightly resinous, woody and simply celestial. The sandalwood in Geisha Noire is not freshly cut but slightly antique, mysterious and dark. There is a powdery element present in Geisha Noire that seems appropriate in honor of the snowy faced Geisha culture. Similar to the monochromatic presentation for the face and hair of the Geisha, this powdery element in one-dimensional but necessary to complete the fragrance's Oriental disposition. Visually, the Geisha are like exotically colored birds. Their garb has captured the interest and imagination of the western world for decades. While their mythical outward appearance is doll-like and seems to lack a certain humanness, their sweetness is achieved by their colorful attire. Geisha Noire derives a satisfying sweetness from the careful use of the vanilla-like persona of Tonka bean. This sweet note blends naturally with woody sandalwood making the merger smooth and silky. Black amber is the final key component in Geisha Noire's sweet but deeply cozy nature. Like the allegorical and ominous landscapes of Japan, black amber introduces a sculptural element not unlike the carefully pruned trees of a Japanese garden. There is also a sensual element reminiscent of the softly rolling mountains of Japan. Black amber is a slightly heavy, but rich, element that concludes this Oriental accord. The dry down in Geisha Noire is warm, comforting and sensual, which makes it a perfectly appropriate fragrance for night.

The presentation of the Aroma M products keeps in tune with their Oriental inspired roots. The products are presented in a black, kimono-like drawstring pouch. Some of the bottles are decorated in beautiful papers that are like miniature Japanese paintings. Other more colorful and beautifully-made fabric pouches can be purchased separately from the Aroma M online store, if so desired.

Some have said that they can detect vague echoes of Shalimar in Geisha Noire. This fragrance is more simply constructed with a less aggressive bad girl personality. Geisha Noire eau de parfum is much like the Geisha themselves. This fragrance is quiet, somewhat reserved but slightly exotic, and always capable of keeping one entertained.
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Sherapop

1239 Reviews
Sherapop
Sherapop
Very helpful Review    4
A Silken Web of Seduction
I was initially disenchanted with Aroma M GEISHA NOIRE, my first perfume oil to try from this house, because immediately after application I found that my neck was stinging. It is entirely possible that something in the oil reacted with a lotion I had applied earlier in the day, so I don't want to say that this is necessarily a part of the perfume, but it did affect my initial reaction to it.

However, by the end of an hour the pain had entirely subsided, and as more time elapsed I became captivated by this dark amber creation. There is an animalic side to it, so I think that ambergris is present, but it also has a soft and sumptuous labdanum facet.

Overall, this a winter-weather perfume for amber lovers who like darker rather than lighter treatments. GEISHA NOIRE seems to me to be an excellent name for this composition because the sillage expands to trap the wearer--and anyone else who happens to be around--in a silken web of seduction. It definitely won me over through the course of a single wear... GEISHA NOIRE is a beautiful amber perfume.
5.0/10
Awesomeness

247 Reviews
Awesomeness
Awesomeness
Helpful Review    2
Price is outstanding, scent not so much!
At the opening, it immediately reminded me of Youth Dew. However it tames quickly into a dark vanilla-ish, woody amber. It's OK and not without interest. However, at this price-point, I was expecting something better than "OK" because the price is outstanding ($44 for 1/4 ounce of oil).
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