This is the first fragrance I 'tested' at the Malle boutique in Paris ( Rue de Grenelle ). Each time I wear it, it brings me back to that place. The impact of this scent is immediate and uncompromising. The top citrusy-orange note is evident but then it is very well balanced with the rose and geranium. It''s the spices in the middle notes that quickly reveals itself and hangs on to the drydown of patchouli, and sandalwood. I am wearing it today ( in 85 degrees ) heat and I've already received several compliments. Previously, I thought this would be an ideal 'winter' or cold weather fragrance, but I"m enjoying it in warmer months. I think it really brings out the fantastic composition.
Not sure if it reminds me of Guerlain's Mitsouko. Noir Epices does not remind me of 'cyphere' scents evident in the Guerlain classic.
Today is actually the first time I am wearing it in the daytime on a hot day. It will not be my last. I'm really getting used to this fragrance. I 'tested' Noir Epices on my left arm and Idole de Lubin on my right arm last night. Although there are similarities, Idole reveals that rummy sweetness that Noir Epices does not have. They are similar, but different enough for me to warrant the purchase. I"m glad you started out this thread because this is simply a good fragrance to have in everyone's wardrobe:-) I agree, it's truly an amazing fragrance. Catherine Deneuve knows a good scent, for sure. Yet I find this masculine enough.