AldestAldest's Perfume Reviews

Aldest 2 years ago 3
9
Scent
8
Longevity
8
Sillage
8
Bottle

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 2 years ago 5
9.5
Scent
10
Longevity
9
Sillage
8
Bottle

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)