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Harmatan Noir 11 (2006)
by Parfumerie Generale

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Harmatan Noir 11 information

Year of Launch2006
GenderFeminine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 55 votes)

People and companies

HouseParfumerie Generale
PerfumerPierre Guillaume
Parent CompanyPierre Guillaume Diffusion

About Harmatan Noir 11

Harmatan Noir 11 is a feminine perfume by Parfumerie Generale. The scent was launched in 2006 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Pierre Guillaume

Harmatan Noir 11 fragrance notes

Reviews of Harmatan Noir 11

Genre: Woods

Harmatan Noir begins as a rich, very smoky tea scent, heavily spiced, and sweetened by berries and perhaps cassis. The smoky fruit and tea accord rests on a foundation of powdery cedar whose dry aspect offsets the sweet berries nicely. Like Olivia Giacobetti’s otherwise much different Idole de Lubin, Harmatan Noir manages to be at once mysteriously dark and transparent. If forced to guess, I’d attribute this effect in Harmatan Noir to a tart lemon note and a very carefully integrated dab of mint.

The spiced fruit outlasts the tea, which is unfortunate, since the fruity accord is more pedestrian than the fabulous sweet smoke of the first half hour. Harmatan Noir continues for another hour or two as a spicy, jammy fruit composition over a woody base, before trailing off into a woody-musky drydown. While it’s an attractive and distinctive scent, especially toward the start, the longevity is very, very disappointing. I’d like it much better if its opening accords persisted for another hour before the more conventional fruit pie phase set in, but as it is I find the olfactory experience a letdown.
15th June, 2014
Such a nice surprise. Minty notes and citruses juxtaposed to spicy and smoky notes. It's funny how the mint takes the distance from the toothpaste-y / bubblegum-ish aspect of this ingredient. What really works is that it is paired to a smoky lapsang tea accrod that made me immediately think about maroccan mint-tea. it's grassy, herbaceous and refreshing but at the same time sort of warm. The fragrance transitions to a super-smooth woody-spicy base with smoky undertones which feels unquestionably modern and masculine. Probably not groundbreaking but a fantastic go-to fragrance for summer. Kudos to Guillame for creating some of the most original accords in modern perfumery...

I'd suggest this fragrance to anyone who likes modern takes on masculine themes. A couple keywords: Hermessence, The Different Company.


01st November, 2013
Japanese traditional atmosphere
Effectively this secret (superbly blended) gem starts shortly (just for the first part of development) fluidy, with a sort of moderately fresh --green tea-ozonic elements-citrus-- dark (licorice type)/herbal dominant accord but slides soon in to a sort of incredibly comforting and enigmatic soapy/spicy/mossy darkness, like a conceptually modern, smoother and warmer Antaeus's sort of introverted brother (with all the notable differences). Undoubtedly the initial fougere-like minty tea-citrus-ozonic-aromatic herbs accord is counteracted in a while by a soothing amber-oakmoss-spices (bath foam type of) cushion (never dense but silky a la Equipage) which is really balmy and kind of salty/laundry (a sort of hay kind of olfactory effect with hints of salt and tartness) with a minimal touch of secret floral mildness. The ozonic elements are never metallic/aquatic in a modern chip ordinary way on my skin. I detect for sure a floral spark in the final phase, the dark patchouli presence and a touch of toasted tobacco in the blend which affords its support in the "darkening-soothing-warming" progressive process. I detect elements in common with the brighter (un-salty-un-smoky) Montana Homme, more citrusy/musky and slightly less soapy and a final sheerer olfactory resemblance with the greener, spicier (and brighter) Bvlgari Pour Homme (tea, spices, amber, musk, cedar, oakmoss, floral notes etc etc). Harmatan Noir teleports us in to a sort of silent, calm and cozy japanese holy atmosphere (woody ambiences, sake, kimono, ambiental lamps, futon, tatami, fusuma, tea caremonies, fumes, harmony, fog beyond the windows in the artistic gardens etc. etc). A surprise from a remarkable brand so appreciated inside the boudaries of the niche territories.
Pros: Superbly blended
Cons: Faint sillage"</p>
02nd September, 2013 (last edited: 27th May, 2014)
Moroccan Mint Tea

Such a nice surprise. Minty notes and citruses juxtaposed to spicy and smoky notes. It's funny how the mint takes the distance from the toothpaste-y / bubblegum-ish aspect of this ingredient. What really works is that it is paired to a smoky lapsang tea accrod that made me immediately think about maroccan mint-tea. it's grassy, herbaceous and refreshing but at the same time sort of warm. The fragrance transitions to a super-smooth woody-spicy base with smoky undertones which feels unquestionably modern and masculine. Probably not groundbreaking but a fantastic go-to fragrance for summer. Kudos to Guillame for creating some of the most original accords in modern perfumery...

I'd suggest this fragrance to anyone who likes modern takes on masculine themes. A couple keywords: Hermessence, The Different Company.

05th August, 2013
Jasmine, cedar, mint tea, salt, patchouli
Interesting assortment of notes. Minty, florals are not too sweet, smokey and silvery incense, a bit of spice. This is a cool, dry scent and so far I like it. It gets more floral and spicier, bigger and smokier. I have a marvelous image – old stones anointed by incense and prayers. Interesting! It hovers at the edge of sweetness but does not go over the line. The tangy notes of salty patchouli get bigger. Yet it remains cool, translucent (not dense), mysterious and intriguing. Slightly metallic in an interesting way, quirky, elusive, intriguing. Obviously I need to think about this and try it again…
30th December, 2010
Yet another great fragrance from Parfumerie Generale. Very modern and "trendy". Casual, but also great for a night at the town. Girls will love this one on a man! This aromatic, fresh, herbal spicy fragrance is great for spring and summer, and will fit any age and occasions. The longevity is very good on my skin, and the sillage is ok. One of the most modern and trendy fragrances in my collection. Highly recommended!
18th December, 2010

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