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Noir Divin (2011)
by Stendhal


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Year of Launch2011
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
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Parent CompanyBogart Group

About Noir Divin

Noir Divin is a shared / unisex perfume by Stendhal. The scent was launched in 2011

Reviews of Noir Divin

Stendhal Noir Divin is a quite spicy, candied and humid-resinous take on the rosey amber accord. There is a wet-greasy vegetal feel all around apparently accomodated down in to a sort of talky and yummy (cocoa nuanced) rosey background. Actually the note of cocoa is not properly chocolatey but, as combined with tonka, it provides a rounding and vaguely greedy/semi-gourmandish effect all around. The accord of orange blossoms, "slippery" resins, rose, balsams and spices is the main "topic" of this really sensual and erotic floral fragrance. Different types of rose (as combined with balsams) afford a sort of weirdly fruity-soapy "pink" effect. The note of cinnamon is heady, the balsams are wet, resinous and weirdly candied. Along the dry down the note of cocoa becomes more heady and dark, there is a sort of silky-rounded soft chocolatey undertone vaguely conjuring me the similar feeling enjoyed in Tom Ford Noir de Noir (which seems in this case combined with a quite resinous talkiness just in part conjuring me several creations about Cerchi Nell'Acqua and Farmacia SS Annunziata). Further scents come on mind for several of their characteristics (I think to the darker Gorilla Perfume Rose Jam for its weirdly hummy-herbal accord of rose/geranium and cocoa). I detect a moderately synthetic aura all around which does not anyway overcome the limits of tolerance. The dry down is a spicy concert of "chiaroscuro" with a velvety alternation of floral, soapy and candied nuances. Not a masterpiece but a pleasant experiment for sure.

PS: along the dry down the aroma improves significantly, cocoa recedes almost totally (as well as the humid resinous presence, amber jumps on the stage (warm, spicy, "nuanced" and refined) and I catch in the air a sort of intriguing eliotropic undertone conjuring me vaguely scents a la Reminiscence Do Re'.
07th May, 2015 (last edited: 08th May, 2015)
The opening of Noir Divin is nice, peculiar and intriguing since the very first sniff: ginger, tonka, perhaps heliotrope, a humid rose wrapped in a warm ambery aura, an overall bold "pollen" and resinous feel (on the dry-earthy side), a bit cloying at first but shady, elusive and fascinating. There is also a green note floating all over which I can't identify better, something that smells greenish but somehow "juicy", halfway carnation and red pepper, with a menthol vibe (geranium?). All mixed on a solid yet discreet woody base. Overall the "mixed soup" effect is just 'round the corner, but Noir Divin manages to step back just in time, and works quite fine the materials smell good and so does the composition. It's somehow dark and carnal, but also much spicy and somehow playful in a way. Nonetheless I agree with a fellow reviewer on (*that other prominent competitor website*) about the "moldy" feel: what I don't enjoy about this scent is precisely its heavy, thick, a bit cloying texture, with that moldy and almost rancid nuance that comes and goes - and which is surely not that pleasant to smell on yourself. Still, I feel that Noir Divin is perhaps one of those scents that may work great on the "right" person with the right attitude, so... give it a try.

19th October, 2014
A wonderful SA at Burgins in York suggested this to me during my trip to England in September. Love it, a current favorite. I get lots of complements when I wear it. It's warm and cozy, feels kind of like Hypnotic Poison, but not so much almond. Will look out for Stendhal's other offerings.
24th March, 2013

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