Guerlain Angelique Noire is from the L'Art et La Matiere Collection. It was launched in 2005 in celebration of the renovations being completed on the Paris Guerlain headquarters on the Champs-Elysees. The perfumer was Daniela Andrier, and she was asked to create a perfume that was meant to reproduce the Guerlain famous compositions. This is a lovely, smooth creation that may require a little time to get past the open so you love it.
Notes of angelica, pink berries, pear, jasmine, caraway, vanilla, angelica roots, cedar.
From Kafkaesque - "Angelique Noire from Guerlain is unusual. It takes the classic Guerlain signature, up-ends it, and then sticks it in a house of mirrors. You see constant reflections of past Guerlain perfumes beckoning to you through a long hallway, but the reflections are changed, faintly distorted, sweetened, and modernized."
From Bois de Jasmin - " Creamy vanilla punctuated by a dark citrus note is what forms the main facet of Angélique Noire. Its somber richness is transparent enough to notice a swirl of almond and spicy sugared angelica, with a whisper of bergamot lightening the vanillic veil. While Andrier did not create another Shalimar, the fragrance possesses a soft and gentle character, creating a sensation of warm silk and hot flower petals. Therefore, perhaps, it is more correct to classify Angélique Noire as a Romantic composition, rather than a Neoclassisist one, in its hazy and sensitive handling of the notes."
From Olfactoria's Travels - "Angelique Noire is not noire in the least. It is light, airy, uplifting, bitter, sweet and features an unusual top note and the familiar Guerlain-vanilla in the base. Citrus paired with bitter angelica contrasts beautifully with the sweet and almost treacly base, setting a force field of sorts, a tension that serves to hold the fragrance up in the air. It is like an electrical current, an arc of energy that is self-sustaining."