Noir Epices (2000)
by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle

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Noir Epices information

Year of Launch2000
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 420 votes)

People and companies

HouseEditions de Parfums Frederic Malle
PerfumerMichel Roudnitska
PackagingFrederic Malle
Parent CompanyEstee Lauder Companies

About Noir Epices

The name translated to English means 'Black Spices'. The fragrance is a woody-oriental composition with notes of geranium, clove and patchouli.

Noir Epices fragrance notes

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

Reviews of Noir Epices

Rose off the top, yet green at the same time from the geranium. Feels vetiver like even at times during the opening.

Lovely wood base, mainly sandalwood. It's all very well balanced (top-heart-base) and feels like something classical perfume producers would have wanted to attain several decades ago but couldn't yet. Mainly due to the use of hedione amongst other things.

In that respect, I like to compare fragrances in that genre to Lalique pour Homme, which feels much 'older' than it actually is (1997). Noir Épices is much more refined and and subtle, it kept hedione out of the mix and uses geranium in a clever way.

I find there are also pleasant animalic touches in Noir Épices, reminiscent of musk and maybe oakmoss, yet they aren't listed.

Beats most other classics, therefore i'll give a positive although i'm not into classic that much anymore.
27th February, 2020
If you asked an AI program or a 3D printer to make a copy of Mitsouko, this is what you might end up with: a sharply-spiced, plastic, fruit bowl of a fragrance spooned up with a large metal utensil.
28th November, 2018
I have fallen in love with a couple of Malle Fragrances, much to my wallet's chagrin, but Noir Epices is not one of them. I mainly detect nothing but very fresh, tart orange peel or rind just as if I had begun to peel a fresh orange. This citrus note dominates the entire composition for me from top to bottom. I like orange, but I prefer it a bit sweeter than this, and I prefer it not be the dominant note throughout. This is too much tart orange rind for me. Perhaps if the spice notes were warmer and more pronounced, I would like this fragrance more, but they are barely there at all.

There is not much more I can say about this fragrance. Projection, sillage, and longevity are average. It is as unisex as is orange juice. This might be a good fragrance to wear to the club for brunch and perhaps a bit of tennis later in the afternoon, but one could achieve much the same result simply by stuffing some fresh orange rind into one's cleavage.

Fragrance: 3.5/10

Sillage: 5/10

Projection: 5/10

Longevity: 4.5/10
25th May, 2018
This fell out of Louis XIV powder case.
A real let down especially after the superb French Lover.
15th January, 2018
I first tried this on a trip to Paris before I knew anything about Frederic Malle the brand - it was probably 2005. I sprayed NE on, walked out and kept wandering about Paris, and with it the scent on my wrist. I forgot where the store was (this was before their expansion) and forgot the name. A few years later, I tried it again, on another trip for work to London, but didn't buy because it was too expensive, I had already spent too much money and for some reason the damp London weather didn't do it any favors on me. Flash forward to last winter when a FM store opened near my office, Estee Lauder bought the company, and I got my employee discount. The stars aligned and I bought a bottle. Hurray. I love it on cool/cold days. Its warm, smoky, citrus-y and spicy all at once. I usually spray on a t-shirt (I'm wearing it now, sprayed on about 12 hours ago and almost no change - just more mellow). While everyone is gaga about Portrait of a Lady (very mis-named if you ask me, because it is great on guys) and Carnal Flower, I feel Noir Epices is the most unique in the family. Its not my favorite - I don't think I could wear it often - That's Bigarade Concentree for me. But It is kind of my secret weapon. Definitely one for everyone to try once.
11th January, 2018
I'll admit the opening is synthetic, but quite pleasant. In fact it almost has certain "mystique" in it, bear an unlikelyt resemblance to the opening of Ile Pourpre. I've also noticed certain soft aldehyde facet, not prominent, just in supporting role.

Then it just transitioned to the spice heart. I usually detected a rather "savory" or "flesh-like" aspect in warm spices, still yet to identify what it is. It also has a dry smoky note in it. if the smoke and flesh reach a balance, it will be a.......fantastic bacon accord.

The final stage has a usual...plastic feeling, subtle, but still there.
30th September, 2017 (last edited: 10th January, 2018)

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