“For Coco Noir, I thought of Coco and of Coco Mademoiselle too, because it’s also part of the history. I wanted to continue exploring an entire esthetic range of CHANEL perfumery, a range that distinguishes itself from the Florals, one that is illustrated by Bois-des-Iles and Cuir de Russie. I took it up with Coco. It’s what I like to call the CHANEL Coromandel culture, what you see and feel in her apartment. The night vision of the ‘Orient that starts and ends in Venice’ imposed itself upon me and that is where I wanted to go.”
– perfumer Jacques Polge.
Top notes: grapefruit, Calabrian bergamot, Heart: rose, narcissus, rose geranium leaf and jasmine. Base: tonka bean, sandalwood, vanilla, patchouli and white musk frankincense. Coco Noir was created by Jacques Polge and Christopher Sheldrake and launched in 2012.
Coco Noir is like the older, more mysterious sister of Coco Mademoiselle. It’s not exactly a dark fragrance, certainly not a “noir,” but it’s very beautiful and leaves a “come undress me” trail. Sillage is very noticeable but not smothering. It lasts for hours with just one spray. I love the sleek, black bottle it comes in. It’s darker than Coco Mademoiselle, but lighter than Coco Chanel. It’s sexy and sophisticated and well crafted, a great fragrance to wear for a night out. Definitely a night time scent.
Its like if Coco Mademoiselle and Tom Ford Black Orchid had a baby, this is what it would be. Noir has many faces, sometimes it gets dark and smoky yet sometimes fresh and citrusy. For me it’s a very intriguing fragrance and it may not work on everyone. Some men have worn this and pulled it off as a unisex however we advice against that. So men please leave this one alone, there are many other unisex scents out there to chose from.
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House of Parfum rates it a 10/10 rating , but what did you expect from the house of Chanel ?