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Coeur de Noir (2015)
by Beaufort London


Coeur de Noir information

Year of Launch2015
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 14 votes)

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HouseBeaufort London

About Coeur de Noir

Part of the 'Come Hell or High Water' collection.

Coeur de Noir fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Coeur de Noir

Birch tar beast

If you like birch tar, Coeur de Noir has it in spades. Opens with a suckerpunch of the stuff and a worn biker's leather jacket with a dusting of dry ginger powder. I love the smoky phenolic character of birch tar, but at points it is overpowering. Other notes do peek out during the dry down, in particular, the leather gains a nutty quality and becomes smoothed out with vanilla. CdN eventually grows more tame and enjoyable for me. I would have liked it much more if the other notes were more prominent. It's like the birch tar is a wild, black beast that needs to rage at you for a bit before calming down. I'd have rated this higher if it hadn't given me a smarting headache.
26th June, 2018
W00dy Show all reviews
United States
The opening manages to straddle the line between woods and leather.
To a very nice effect.
Heavy and fragrant like a Tom Ford.
14th December, 2017
Beaufort fragrances seem to be smells in search of a vehicle and the vehicle is not necessarily the skin. I think they work very well as candles -they are, as another reviewer has noted- about creating a picture, perfume as theatre. This particular show seems to be bonfire night in the docks of London in the 18th century, ginger and other foreign spices mixing with tar and gunpowder.
05th November, 2017
Oviatt Show all reviews
United States
This is a perfect example of niche perfumery creating pictures with scent, as opposed to creating a great perfume with scent. The picture that Coeur de Noir evokes for me is of Miss Havisham's house. Consumed by flames. The arson squad is poking around the smoldering remains looking for the source of the fire. Was this an accident? Does it matter? A perfect fragrance for a modern day Guy Fawkes. Non-firebrands need not apply.
22nd July, 2016
At last, the reviews are coming in for this range of what the forums are calling "unwearable" men's fragrances. This one is, to put it in understated fashion, powerful, and represents an alternative for those want a powerhouse scent of some kind.

CdN starts off with a rush of ginger and a strong component of, of all things, paper, and probably condiments as well. If this sounds left-field...try it. Later on, the scent is dominated by the birch tar, and although this is the kind of accord I would usually like, this is just too much. To be fair, on those exposed parts of me that were subject to CdN, the dry down was not too bad at all: the birch being nicely trammelled by cedar and vanilla. However what clung to the chest and clothing was just too assertive for my tastes.

Mrs Funwithfrags, whose opinion I value greatly, said that this might suit someone in their fifties, a Tom Selleck type, alpha male in a Ferrari. She is not wrong, but this is unlikely to be me even in the decade I have left to make such a transformation.

Much later (read: the next day) CdN is still there and is in fact extremely pleasant, redolent of Pour Monsieur parfum in the remaining cedar and vanilla. But I can't plan that far ahead.

Not something I would buy, but an attenuated and better calibrated version would be interesting.
30th May, 2016
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
The top note is somewhat unexpected: a bit of an old and musty leather seat, dusty whiffs with the aroma of an old and neglected library - more private basement book collection than All Souls Library - and a hint of a slightly boozy tonka in the background.

The drydown states with a slightly greenish-earthy phase, where a mild and unusually restrained ginger appears, but soon a rather rich cedar impression arises and inexorably grows in intensity. A nice cedar, with only a modicum of pencil shavings and quite natural - reminding me a bit of Le Labo's work with this wood note.

The base notes sees a very attenuated birch tar added on, but the cedar remains in the leading role, fading out very slowly, with the dusty leather a bit stronger in my skin towards the end.

The performance is impressive, with moderate sillage, excellent projection and a tremendous thirteen hours in longevity on me - splendid.

Overall, an autumnal creation that is a bit like an toned-down and cedar-infused version of a East India of the same house. The quality of the ingredients is superb and it is well blended, although it lacks a bit of brilliance and excitement. 3.25/5.
27th April, 2016

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