Dior Eau Noire was one of the three original fragrances from the Dior La Collection Couturier Parfumeur Collection (also La Collection Privee) in 2004. Created by Perfumer Francis Kurkdjian under the guidance of Hedi Slimane, it is a rich scent with notes of immortelle, vanilla, lavender, liquorice, vanilla Bourbon and Virginia cedar.
Dark woods, honey and smoked caramel shot through with lavender - this is unique, and there is really nothing else like it. A couple of notes about immortelle, since this is loaded with it - It often smells like maple syrup. It can throw you a little bit. Annick Goutal Sables is loaded with it as well. The pairing of the immortelle with the caramel and licorice is just outstanding.
I wish more people had loved this
Eau Noire is an eau de cologne, edc. Sadly, this has been discontinued.
Reviews of Dior Eau Noire
From Bois de Jasmin - "Helichrysum with its scent reminiscent of fenugreek and celery seed drizzled with dark buckwheat honey lends a surprising facet to the composition. Also known as immortelle, everlasting and curry plant, helichrysum (helichrysum italicum) indeed resembles a scent of masala, an Indian spice mixture used in curries, and its exotic spiciness lends a luscious, intoxicating element to the composition. As it darkens, the arrangement attains a subtle sensual quality and the herbaceous bitterness melts into the resinous sweetness of woods, taking one from the meadows and into the old castles, where the candle smoke has permeated the wooden panels on the walls and the flames of the fireplace have charred the polished stones."
From Into The Gloss - " I liked Eau Noire because it didn't remind me of anything I'd ever tried: there's a spiciness that I'd call “curry-ish' or “cumin-esque' (apparently, it's a Provence mix of lavender and thyme), and a lingering, sugary warmth (cedar, vanilla bourbon, liquorice), which makes it ideal for winter. And for evening—it's sensual and kind of mysterious, in that you can't really place the smell. India? A log cabin? It's going to please some and alienate others, but isn't that what life's about?"
From Kafkaesque - "Nonethelesss, Eau Noire is oddly mesmerizing. I feel almost paralyzed and transfixed by the scent which becomes increasingly more nuanced and complicated. An unexpected floral note darts about, though it’s not immediately identifiable, at this point, as anything in specific. Then comes the immortelle, coffee, and caramel. The coffee is lovely, potent, and black, just like a freshly brewed cup combined with the scent of freshly ground expresso beans, and it works beautifully with the licorice."
From Candy Perfume Boy - "The first blast of Eau Noire is somewhat of a baptism of fire, there seems to be a heck of a lot going on; lavender, liquorice, curry and vanilla all whirl round you in a swirling whirlwind of scented goodness. I find it to be a totally joyful experience, and unlike anything else that has come into contact with my nostrils...Possibly the most striking aspect of Eau Noire is the HUGE amount of imortelle within the heart. It’s kind of like the elephant in the room, you can’t help but notice it, but whether you wish to talk about it depends entirely on how you feel. Personally I love imortelle, it is perhaps one of the most complex and pleasing smells around, it smells like sweet maple syrup, burned sugar and curry."