I own Noble Vetiver and have always been impressed with it's simple, clean, nearly linear vetiver scent. Noble Cedar is also nearly linear, but it's not really a cedar scent IMO. The opening is very weird, with a tar like spice and rubbing alcohol note. It starts to fade right away, but not into a cedar fragrance. It's more of a soft dry vetiver and wood spice. If there's cedar here, it's not identifiable to my nose. It's not terrible, but not compelling either. Nothing like the cedar notes I'm familiar with. It won't be the first or last mis-named fragrance I've found. I'll try this one again with my remaining sample, but don't expect it will be any different. Neutral for me.
Noble Cedar opens with an extremely harsh and openly synthetic sort of cedar-tar note with a subtle yet pungent sort of nutty-metallic aftertaste, a slight “burning rubber” feel, and a couple of other depressing key nuances of many low-quality drugstore woody fragrances (or, “fascinating & totally legitimately overpriced avantgarde post-woody niche scents”). Surely more wood than nobility. The nice thing is that it is undoubtedly simple as it smells nearly as applying a couple of aromachemicals out of their bottle, right on skin; so if you like the smell – a raw albeit artificial woody galore - it’s a score. Within some 30 minutes though, the “synthetic cedar” part comes to a transition, and a smooth, way more enjoyable salty vetiver note pops out, basically becoming soon the main note. Bright and clean, which here feels like the balmy sunny breeze after a storm. I don’t know how Noble Vetiver from this same line smells, but this is definitely a vetiver scent at this point – and so it will remain for a couple of hours before starting to vanish. The opening isn’t really promising, but overall Noble Cedar isn’t that bad – just keep in mind it’s mostly a vetiver scent except for the obnoxious opening stage. Overall still too cheap for me, but almost decent.
Noble? - yes. Cedar - haven't noticed too much of it. The problem with this scent is the minimal longevity. Half an hour and it's gone. A shame since this could be a very masculine fragrance otherwise.
A very resinous and refined scent, dominated by an earthy/smoky cedar wood oil.
Top: Silver Birch Leaf
Base: Cedar Wood, Labdanum Resin
The fragrance stays linear throughout it's medium longevity, and has no synthetic/cheap notes.
The price cannot be beat for this quality a cologne, this could easily be a Gucci sensation under that house, but it's comparatively unknown under Chopard. It smells way more expensive than it is. It can be compared to GPH.
This fragrance is not coniferous enough to make it a *perfect* cedar scent for me, I would have liked a good dose of cedar leaf sharpness to be included.
The bottle is gorgeous, one of the best looking I've ever seen - the 50ml pic above does not do the design full justice - the 80ml is exquisite.
21st January, 2014 (last edited: 14th October, 2014)
Smooth Cedar Frag For a Bargain
I like this one. It's not a complicated fragrance at all, but it smells very nice. The cedar is dark and quiet and sits deep in the base as the labdanum and birch provide a smokiness to the wood that is sweet and almost creamy. I think the labdanum is an important note in this composition and needs to be smelled to really be understood. Its sweetness is not sweet in the fruity or foodie sense. Its resinous, but seems to possess a higher frequency than amber, and it's not nearly as familiar a smell as something like vanilla or tonka. There's a certain inscrutability to the labdanum that makes this a very unique scent, as it kind of dances along the top occasionally catching your nose when you least expect. Very well constructed and not synthetic, scratchy, or loud in the slightest, Noble Cedar will find good company among my bottles of Eau des Baux and Carbone de Balmain.
Longevity is good, projection is appropriately moderate. The bottle looks great and is very sturdy. Overall, this is a steal for under $35.
Pros: Nice Sillage, Smooth Composition, Inexpensive