Noir by Reminiscence opens with a really powerful and hyper-dark blend, somehow fresh somehow stale and dusty (and also fairly harsh initially), in a way similar both to many niche scents, and several vintage masculine scents (Arrogance, Trussardi Uomo...). Basically it’s a really gloomy concoction comprising bitter-minty herbs (eucalyptus), balsamic woods, patchouli, incense, a shady and sour resinous base with a bold indolic-urinous musky aftertaste, softened by a subtle ambery-resinous accord and brightened by a light citrus-floral accord which is barely perceivable initially. I think I also get something salty (vetiver?), and perhaps something like leather too. Basically Noir can be roughly defined in my opinion as a really dark herbal-woody-resinous Oriental fragrance mostly tending to mossy-earthy-incense territories, and for a while with quite a bold indolic-roasted note underneath, well contrasted by a refreshing quite bitter citrus-minty head accord. It reminds me of several fougères as I said, but with a decidedly contemporary texture – so shortly, don’t worry about smelling “outdated”: this is a modern, sharp, polished scent. The drydown is really pleasant, more tending towards soft, velvety notes of smoke, incense, resins, sandalwood, still dark overall but less raw. It also emerges better the soapy-dusty accord of violet and rose. All smells solid, rich, and also quite unique in a way: I named a couple of scents as a rough reference, but actually Noir smells much “new” to me to many extents – new, yet nostalgic in some way. It’s interesting because it can easily be pulled off by fougères nostalgics as much as “niche-heads”, which I guess makes it a particularly solid scent. Surprisingly creative, although a bit linear once it enters the (endless) drydown. Another cheapo (I forgot to mention that; 35 eur/100 ml here) easily surpassing so many expensive scents quality & creativity-wise. Addictive!
09th January, 2015 (last edited: 13th January, 2015)
Extremely satisfactory piece of incensey-resinous balsamic-hesperidic aroma with (by soon) a really heady (spicy-smoky) opoponax note on my skin (with a burnt sugar-like sort of effect), a refined (somewhat earthy-spicy) "landmark" Reminiscence's patchouli and a moderately incensey final aura over a classically chypre texture (labdanum and sandalwood). Noir de Reminiscence starts soon spicy, "licorice-like veined", dusty-resinous, eucalyptol-rosemary-woodsy resins hallmarked and almost intoxicating, expressing immediately a glorious classically hesperidic presence and a plain cool aromatic "sticky" woodiness. I gradually detect the floral presence (talky violet a la "jumping on mind" Tiziana Terenzi Ecstasy more than yet present rose) along the central yet incensey-resinous phase while the aroma starts hanging out finally softer, mossier, myrrh-olibanum veined, woody (sandalwood), and extremely virile (assertive). The mossy (labdanum) and incensey resinous spicy-ambery dry down is dark, classy and comfortably warm. I see the ideal connection with Shiseido Basala, the two scents are really close in style indeed but while the Shiseido's one is spicier, finally drier, more "rubbery-leathery" and ambergris veined Noir morphs down darker, silkier, incensey and mossier. Extremely sensual, bold and classic (in style) fragrance absolutely recommended to all the lovers of genre.
P.S: the resinous Noir's dry down unfolds several olfactory points in common with the stouter Tom Ford Sahara Noir (resins, spices, synthetic olibanum, the burnt sugar/licorice undertone etc) but while Noir smells more mossy-boise and such like something "contemplative/meditative" the Tom Ford's one is basically far more spicy-oriental, ambery, seasoned, leathery and stormy.
29th December, 2014 (last edited: 15th January, 2015)
Think about resins.
Then add an eucalyptus note.
Now a bit of vanilla.
Shake well with a incense note.
Now you have Noir.
This is a very complex fragrance that is mostly about resins with eucalyptus that sometimes can burn your nose.
Very unique and not easy to wear.
Sillage, projection and lasting power are medium-high.
Definetely thumbs up!