this one flew under the radar....
Thread: Issey Miyake - Noir Absolu
Anyone try this? It's on the Neiman Marcus site so I guess it's out. I didn't hear anything about it.
I tried it at Neimans. I dislike it slightly less than the original Issey PH. There is just something in all Issey men's fragrances that don't agree with me - including this one.
However, I am sure "someone" has already bought it (blind) and thinks it is absolutely fantastic.
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Yes I did try it. It's their take on oud wood - which comes across a pretty sharp without much redemption. It is DEFINITELY dark though.
Bottle looks amazing, but im not a follower of the original L`Eau.
Would anyone consider this a winter version of Issey?
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Bought it and loved it more than the original.
Hm notes on this sounds promising to me. Is this daily fragrance or better suited for evening?
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UK-based readers may be interested to learn that Noir Absolu is now available exclusively at Harrods. After a couple of months, it will be distributed more widely.
To my nose, the male version smells very similar to the original; perhaps it's just a touch more amplified. The female version turns up the volume of the florals (particularly the jasmine) and ends up smelling similar to J'Adore.
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I tried this at another store, not Barneys. The best I can say is that it's not bad. I found the base note not very oud-like. Instead it seemed to be heavy on ginger — not a novelty with Issey Miyake scents. I'm going to skip this one.
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I only smelled this one from the bottle. I went to test (and wear) Aventus, but should have tried this. I really, really like the original. This one smelled very similar to that, but maybe a little bit stronger.
I tried this at Duty Free on Monday, not being a fan of the original release, I was completely taken by surprise at how good it smelled. I was trying a zillion things on that day and Noir Absolu was really the only one that stood out from the other new releases. Unfortunately, having only tried it on a test strip, I'm now left wondering if its intriguingly intense, bitter nutmeg top note is followed by something interesting or if it just settles down to the original's watery base. I'm certainly going to give this one a proper test wearing soon.
PS: I also like the woman's version very much; a soft amber floral - nice.
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I liked it when I smelled it a couple weeks ago also (I tried it on my skin). But, it quickly dries down to a very familiar Issey Miyake base note that left me a bit less excited than those incredibly well crafted top notes. I'll stick with my Cacharel Pour Homme and vintage Equipage.
I tried this on my skin last night actually. The opening was absolutely hideous to my nose. The drydown was pleasant and is smells like a very intense version of L'Eau d'Issey. I own the Intense version, so on the intensity scale: L'Eau d'Issey < L'Eau d'Issey Intense < L'Eau d'Issey Noir Absolu. The drydown for all three is essentially the same.
I really have to try Noir Absolu.
Douglas has this as of a few weeks ago, and I quite like it. It is very definitely a relation of the original, but to my nose, something of a darker, woodier, more intense L'Eau d'Issey. It also has much better longevity; I rather like the original, but it doesn't seem to last at all, while Noir Absolu is still there at eight hours and slightly beyond.
I tried it, liked it. But everybody I asked if they liked it, did not. With a firm "no". It's strong stuff, and because I hang out with these people a lot, I decided not to buy it as to not offend them.
I understand fragrances are a personal choice and you should buy what you want, but they attack olfactory sense which has more of a physiological impact on the person than does sight. It's okay to wear shoes you love but your close ones don't, because all they have to do is not look at them. Fragrance is very intrusive, however, and it's hard to avoid if you are in the same car with the same people often.
I prefer noir absolu to the original though. It seems a bit less floral and more sharp, slightly darker citrus. More balanced I would say, but stronger as a whole.
Stronger than the original? That stuff was strong enough.
I've given my 90% full bottle of L'eau D'Issey to my younger brother. I've had enough of it.
Tested this today, they got rid of that annoying note I couldn't quite put my finger on that was in the original. It also smells like it has washed down AdG in it. I think I like it.