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I should really hate Dahlia Noir. It does a lot of things I dislike, but in a way that's keeping me interested.
At its core, it's a fruity floral with cherry and rose. There's a mossy green undertone that gets stronger with time, as well as a subtle dash of iris, which go a long way to make Dahlia Noir smell smarter than it would otherwise. There's also a splash of pink pepper and vanilla, which are usually a red flag for me, a mix used to make perfumes smell more "common", though, to Dahlia Noir's credit, it never smells like just another fruity floral. That's largely because of the other two stars of the show.
First, there's a big explosion of baby powder, which gives everything a touch of old-world class. Then, on the opposite end of the spectrum, there's a very metallic lavender, which basically smells like that gross metallic aquatic "woody amber" note so prevalent in the worst of mens designer scents. So, all together, Dahlia Noir basically smells like someone in a fruity rose perfume spilled a bunch of baby powder next to their overly-chlorinated swimming pool. But here's the shocking part: As awful as that sounds, they actually kind of make it work.
To enhance your enjoyment, I should say that both the baby powder and the metallic lavender are nose-killing notes, in that, if you spray too much, they overwhelm your sense of smell and you won't perceive them. Sure, to the people around you, you reek of Windex mixed with baby powder, but you'll personally be able to enjoy the nice cherry/rose/iris mix with your nose happily ignoring the offending bits.
26 May, 2012