Noir Epices Fragrance Notes

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    The name translated to English means 'Black Spices'. The fragrance is a woody-oriental composition with notes of geranium, clove and patchouli.

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    pavel's avatar
    Canada Canada

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    Nostalgic notes

    Frederic Malle Noir Epice.
    This is a delicate perfume. There is orange, geranium and rose. It is an aged perfume. There is cedar, nutmeg, and clove. I find the composition to be nostalgic.
    Smelling Noir Epice is like finding your favourite fall coat from your college days. You remember how much you loved it, the good times associated with it, and how dashing it made you feel. You are happy that you found it. It still looks great, and you wonder why you haven't worn it in so long. But wearing it out that night, you notice that it is a little torn on the sleeve, and a bit worn out on the elbows, and that it is just not you any more.
    Noir Epice is an evocative and a romantic scent. The rose, woods, and spices are intoxicating. Despite being a bit aged and a bit too sensual for my taste, this one begs to be worn.
    Perfectly unisex.

    Pros: One of the best uses of the rose note
    Cons: Old wood chest vibe"

    28 August, 2013

    tsuzumi's avatar
    United States United States

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    'Black (and) spices' might be the translation--not 'black spices' because the adjective is supposed to come after the noun in French. Anyway, this fragrance has lots of oddities beyond the name. I found the orange and sweet flashes of the opening very fleeting. The geranium managed to hold on and add a tiny bit of herbal freshness to balance the dark angularity of the base. The woods and spice used here have nothing to do with anything incense-y. The base is like an old wooden box--maybe a cigar box--that has been stored in a dry attic or maybe an Egyptian pyramid. When you open the box, you get only the very basso base notes of wood. It is a dark scent that reminds me of Domenico Caraceni 1913--another very dark rose, although Noir Epices is much smoother. It is a very unique note that has nothing 'perfumey' about it. As the blurb puts it 'its sensuality is elegant, never lascivious.' The very dark rosy and woody hum is brightened by the geranium and pepper. I got something kind of minty about it from time to time, although such a note is not listed. An analogous visual effect might be, say, a very powerful or spiritual person, very serious, wearing heavy, sombre earth toned clothing, but also wearing just a small swatch of sparkly netting or something else bright and a bit ephemeral. This dichotomy eases as as the base smoothes out, and the sparkly upper layer settles down to blend with the base in a more relaxed and balmy tone. This is unlike anything I have ever smelled before--quite a creative accomplishment. Not for everyone--get a sample first! For me, it was a completely new concept of fragrance. Groundbreaking. Super masculine, I would say. A woman who could rock this would be a very special person indeed.

    22 February, 2013

    perfumebox's avatar
    Singapore Singapore

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    I'm still trying to wrap my head around it.
    It's definitely an interesting concept to create an oriental with loads of spices and no vanilla.

    At the opening, there is a burst of spiky, glorious, warm spices blended with floral sweetness. At this point, I’m in love. (Which explains the impulse purchase.) Then as it starts to dry down in the next hour or so, Noir Epices gets dryer and dryer, to the point where it starts to catch at the back of my throat. I don’t have a problem with soapy clean scents, but there’s nothing decidedly “noir” or “epices” about this laundry-sheets drydown, and I hate to admit it but I’d much rather the fragrance was a little less over-architectured, and just stayed that fuzzy, sensual, inviting cloud of spices.
    I give it props for being daring and day-appropriate since it dries down so clean and transparent, but I was looking for something a little less clever and a good deal more warm and accessible.

    14 November, 2012

    iivanita's avatar
    Croatia Croatia

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    Huge thumbs up on this one:-)

    When i first smelt it i was having that woooooow effect, my surprise could not be greater.
    Its name did not reveal anything of what was going to happen! Noire for me has meaning of something strong, deep, oriental, epices some strong animalic musk, but not fresh sparkling, energizing orange-geranium opening!!!
    I love geranium, this flower by itself is like citrus flower, emanating citrusy feel, combined with my favourite orange:-) , this perfume is stunning, nothing similar to anything i have tried yet, would make it perfect summer scent as well as all round year scent, wearable, and just hits every box with me

    Can not believe this combination was not tried before, but this is the most refreshing scent i know:-) modern orange!! Near chypre how they say and i agree, patchouly-sandalwood combo, the one i love in 31 rue cambon, maharanih intense , and here too!

    13 November, 2012

    syntheticangel's avatar
    United States United States

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    meh. this smells like my neighbors house in the 70's who used to make homemade candles. just the most basic kitchen ingredients here. nothing special.

    02 August, 2012

    drseid's avatar
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    Noir Epices opens up and continues for the first one to two hours with a blast of spiced orange that reminds me very much of a spiced orange tea with some geranium mixed in at the start before focusing primarily on the orange and spices like clove and nutmeg at its heart. The spices remain in a more subdued form through the base notes that include sandalwood and patchouli. In my opinion, the base notes are definitely the best part of the scent, and if you can survive the tenacious "orange tea" heart you are rewarded well in the end. Longevity is excellent, but projection is very average. Noir Epices is a fine overall rendition, but I have a hard time recommending it without reservation due to the length of time you have to wait to get to the good stuff. 3 out of 5 stars.

    10th March, 2012 (Last Edited: 21st December, 2012)

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