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Cologne Noir (2009)
by Van Cleef & Arpels

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Cologne Noir information

Year of Launch2009
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 27 votes)

People and companies

HouseVan Cleef & Arpels
PerfumerMark Buxton
Parent CompanyInter Parfums

About Cologne Noir

One of Van Cleef & Arpels' 'Collection Extraordinaire'.

Cologne Noir fragrance notes

Reviews of Cologne Noir

Probably the most masculine of this line.

Fresh and spicy opening, with an elegant floral-woody drydown.
Like others have said, I would definitely not pay the $200+ it retails for. Indeed, it is nothing new or groundbreaking, especially 10 years after it has been issued. Some similarities with YSL L'Homme, but a step higher in quality, and targeted to more mature crowds.

That said, the quality is here, and at $55 for a large bottle on ebay, it was a no-brainer for me!
It gets a neutral rating because projection is very soft on my skin, and becomes a skin scent after just 30min.

Fall/Spring days, 30+

Edit: projection improved after a few wearings, and actually I can tell that this one has something "more" compared to other colognes... Thumbs up!
23rd April, 2019 (last edited: 06th June, 2019)
Opens up fresh with added notes of pepper, citrus, cedar; the type of mass pleasing boring fragrances, the fresh clean synthetic stuff that I'm sick of smelling these days. The dry down is the well know faux woody scent.
16th July, 2018
Double Indemnity by Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler
27th June, 2018
Spicy, Fresh & Peppery...

I like this one. I have smelt this kind of smell before though. The use of ginger and black pepper together is not new, and has been done before. I think it is a nice mix, although in my experience the house of Comme des Garçons does black pepper the best. I can't say the longevity is the greatest, although it lasts a few hours initially, but dries down fast. It seems like a fragrance that is light in some aspects, so I think it's limited in where it can be worn and when. I think this would be great in Spring in particular and during the change of the seasons. I get the cardamom and bergamot and orange, these all add a freshness when combined with the pepper and ginger. For me, I don't find this too different from what exists out there and I think that because of that I would only recommend it if you love it after trying it first. Still this house (and the Collection Extraordinaire line) are very good but it's just worth trying out on skin first.
04th May, 2018
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Whilst the ginger-pepper-bergamot-orange opening is quite pleasant, the drydown becomes a non-descript woodsy mélange on my skin that shows little interesting development. The performance is nothing special either, with moderate sillage, acceptable projection and four hours of longevity.

A nice start, the rest mediocre. 2.5/5
18th January, 2015
Cologne Noire opens with a classic fresh accord of pepper, Iso E, citrus/bergamot, sandalwood, perhaps vetiver, and mossy-balsamic notes. As minutes pass the cedar note emerges more clearly, together with a slight aldehydated soapy accord. Pretty much it, a classic, clean, sharp, refined, office-safe cologne, quite dull and frankly a bit cheap and uninspired. Dozen of less expensive (is this expensive?) scents come to mind. Another grain of dust in the eternal purgatory of decent crowdpleasers.

5,5-6/10
29th May, 2014

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