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I've already written this in a different review, but I just can't believe that the people behind the VC&A "Collection Extraordinaire" approved not just two similar lily perfumes, but also two peppery incense scents.
Cologne Noir is one of the peppery incense perfumes, alongside Bois d'Iris (which was mostly pepper and frankincense with iris for depth and a horrid cheap cotton candy drydown). Cologne Noir is the better of the two, but that's not really saying much. It's mostly black pepper, with a pinch of bergamot and some herbs underneath (I mostly smell oregano, so it reminds me of cooking), supported by frankincense and some thin cedar. While I generally enjoys scents like this, they've become a dime a dozen in the niche landscape and Cologne Noir isn't one of the best. It's quite weak, or maybe "thin" - it lasts all day but wears close and requires a heavy hand to really come to life, but even then it's mostly just a blast of pepper. Watered down Bang? Maybe...
09th April, 2013