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Aldest 12 months ago
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Very elegant and masculine Eau Noire
The first time I met Eau Noire (2004) I immediately and almost only smelt the Licorice and thought it was very strange in an Eau de Cologne... it left me an impression of something very dark, but interesting.

Actually when I use it, I smell the Lavender a lot. I don't really like Lavender, because you often smell bad quality of it, or synthetic - this latter even is a trigger for asthma attack to me!! - and it reminds me of an old man who just left the barber, or an old woman folding laundry.
In Eau Noire, the Lavender is really strong - like in an old man's Eau de Cologne - but excellent, like the one you can smell in Provence when the sun is burning your nose. It is combined with Sage, Thyme and also Curry herb. So the opening is like a French dish... so it IS very French (Iread the opposite somewhere).

Then you can smell the Vanilla and the Licorice - I don't smell very much the Cedar - and that's what stays on your skin for a few hours. It is not too sweet.
The overall scent is very masculine, quite classical and elegant. It can also remind you of pencil shavings!

The projection and the sillage are not that loud - less that what you could expect after the opening - and the scent remains on your skin for a few hours.

Despite all the components, Eau Noire is really comfortable to wear and is a good friend.

Aldest 13 months ago 3
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Grimoire - the mysterious old book ...
It is not just a scent.
Grimoire tells you stories ...

Very spiritual incense and yet human (beware: almost body/animal odors).

You leaf through an old spell book with fever, in a Benedictine monastery, near the garden.

You ARE a cathedral.

It is a very clever, rich and uncommon perfume - like all Anatole Lebreton's.
Some notes of Grimoire reminds me of my so beloved Ebène (Balmain).
Also a little like Irié "Nota Bene", but more interesting.
(very good performance on me)

Aldest 13 months ago 2
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Bottle

Alea iacta est ...
Can one tell that a fragrance belongs to her/him ??
I kind of have that feeling with Chanel N°19.

You can read a lot of details about it ...
In short, "19" is for Coco Chanel's birthday (she was born on August 19th) and has been released in 1970. It is the last parfume she chosed herself and I read it was first created for her and her friends / personal clients, before being relaeased to the public in 1971 upon her death. The fragrance has atypical green and woody notes for a feminine parfume, but this is quite in harmony with Chanel's sexual ambiguity ...
It was made with a rare high quality of Galbanum oil from Iran ... and I can imagine that the first reformulation started with the islamic revolution in 1979 ... At that time, Iran was a big open modern, but still exotic country.
You can read a lot (very very lot) about "ice", "heartless", "cold", "sharp" things about N°19 - because of the green notes.

As long as I can remember, N°19 is the first souvenir I have of a Parfume per se - and I knew (god knows how ...) that it was called Chanel N°19.

I was maybe 5 or 6 years old ...

I am the younger of a dozen of cousins, in the middle of which stands a magnificent boy: my cousin. From the moment I opened my eyes, I have always thought that he was the most sexy and desirable boy I have ever seen.
I see his emerald green eyes, enhanced by his thick eyebrows, under his full chestnut hair. His gold skin is magnetic, as much as his person: he is strong, reckless, generous and proud. He is always attracted by girls' and women's sex and seems ready to commit a crime in every moment. He is an incarnation of masculanity, before even blooming with testosterone. He is a perfect combination of Evil and Good ...
My parents are rich and my childhood is a fairy tail.
We have a big pool and my cousin often comes to us to play. I feel very strange in his presence: I love his protective attitude towards me and feel like a desirable and beautiful Princess.
I also go to his place somtimes. One evening, all the parents, sisters, ... are there. I am with my idol-cousin in his parents room, playing kind of Doctors in their bed. His mother is a very sexy woman, but also a hell bitch who burns everything around her.
And comes miraculously, but very naturally, the moment that I see - and touch and caress - his splendid bottom, drowned in the opulent and exquisite whiffs of her mother's parfume: Chanel N°19. I can see the bottle on the dressing table behind us. And I tell him that his bottom smells like his mother's perfume - that was my way to tell him that I was in the presence of an amazing beauty.

I was born in 1971 in Iran.
I am a man and this was the first love of my life.
Chanel N°19 is the first serious thing that came in my consciousness.

Parfume-associated sensations are obviously subjective.
To me, Chanel N°19 is of course a very sexy fragrance. It is highly sophisticated but provocative.
The green notes vanish a little after one hour and then emerges a magical floral accord, with white flowers but also Ylang-Ylang (never mentionned).
The effect is really dependant of the skin .... it can be very sexy (as I told) or smell like your grandmother's home textiles if the Lily-of -the-Valey or the Rose predomine, or nothing happened I guess ...
I have quantity of N°19 - vintage Eau de Cologne, Eau de Toilette, Eau de Parfum, Parfum .... and current versions ... body products and every size ...
Current version are definitely other fragrances (even Parfum), but the DNA is still there.
Overall, vintage versions are more leathery. Current Parfum is very sophisticated but very wise compraed to the vintage. I mostly wear current Eau de Parfum.
When I wear N°19, I always get lot of compliments (even with vintage Parfum !) - I asked several times if the fragrance sounds feminine - the answer is always no. Nobody guesses it is N°19. Maybe it is my skin ...

For me, it remains one of the most beautiful feminine fragrances ... but I love to wear it as a man.

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