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Eau Noire Cologne (2004)
by Christian Dior


Eau Noire Cologne information

Year of Launch2004
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 244 votes)

People and companies

HouseChristian Dior
PerfumerFrancis Kurkdjian
SupplierQuest International
PackagingHedi Slimane
Parent CompanyLVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton

About Eau Noire Cologne

Part of an exclusive collection of three scents [Eau Noire, Cologne Blanche and Bois D'Argent], designed by Hedi Slimane which are exclusive to Dior Homme outlets.

Eau Noire Cologne fragrance notes

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Reviews of Eau Noire Cologne

I don't much care for gourmands and I don't at all like the everlasting maple syrup character of over-loaded immortelle (vis a vis Sables). That said, Eau Noire comes real close to this point of no return and simply stops. I can't explain it, but the result, the space it occupies, its vibe... is unique, kind of dark, something I'd expect to be radiating off my favored tragically hip musicians & artists, and thereby fit for any of us average superstars as well.

I associate Eau Noire with a holiday nut roll; specifically, the dark filling which (in my family) usually means some dark nougatty combination of walnut, molasses, praline, etc. But Eau Noire's not just nut roll filling... there's dark spice, dark bitter chocolate, dark over-roasted ground coffee bean, and a little anise too. Come to think of it, I'd say it's a much more refined cousin to MPG Eau de Isles of sorts.

Tempered immortelle in a dark gourmand. I like.
06th March, 2019
Aromatic, spicy-sweet fragrance with a great green color, Eau Noire Cologne has some wonderful moments with licorice, lavender and coffee notes being the most pronounced.

There isn't any curry in this one per se, but I can see how some of the fragrance notes could create such a composite experience within Eau Noire. Curry proper is turmeric, chili powder, coriander, cumin, ginger and pepper; white thyme, sage, lavender, immortelle (fenugreek-like, not listed here), saffron (also not listed here), licorice, vanilla, cedarwood, leather and violet - in varying proportions - can easily result in a perceived curry-like finish that mimics the real ingredients listed above.

I personally don't smell it to the degree that some do. What I experience overall is warm spiciness, with a tobacco-like touch, lovely herbal lavender with licorice swirling about along with vanilla wrapped in a tasteful bit of leather. Classy!

Great scent that must be smelled to be truly understood.
23rd October, 2018
A desperate shame for this to be discontinued. A blast of lavender and herbs (clary sage), the burnt sugar of immortelle, and dark woods. Please Dior, reconsider this and bring it back. Pretty please. EDIT 30 June: Have just today acquired a 250ml bottle of this at usual retail price - it will be a very treasured possession.
30th June, 2017
Being number 8 in a series of 16 reviews on critically acclaimed and noteworthy scents.

Lavender, liquorice and coffee - Yohji Homme anyone? In fact, following the Basenotes member who starts off with his "bottom line up front" or similar - a good idea that - we might say something like "Yohji Homme as put together by the people who brought you Eucris". But any comparison or analogy I can think of still stops short of characterising this wonderful scent.

What I like about EN is that it amplifies the parts of Yohji that I like and puts them front and centre. The result is a wonderfully three-dimensional, characterful scent that is always present but never in an overpowering or unwelcome way. It does not become cloying but retains the element of stark and natural greenness that we associate with a cologne.

It starts for me not with lavender but with anise or liquorice - big amounts of it, like the side-effect of being in a room at Willy Wonka's factory. In due course the lavender / coffee join in. The drydown brings in vanilla, and the burnt sugar effect of the immortelle. It's sweet, but not too much so; gourmand, without being "foody"; green, without being introspective. Cedar joins the party at the very end.

Oh, it's so clever. EN fits together like a jigsaw. It's simply impossible to be completely sure which of the parts is providing the scent at any given stage of development. So many of the accords are characteristic of so many of the ingredients (I should add, there are many good reviews on-line that do a good job of providing a full list of components). Longevity is fantastic and sillage very good.

And just when I am feeling about for my wallet - it goes and gets itself discontinued. Better start making a few calls to Selfridges in the hope that there are some leftovers out the back.

Right up my street. Terrific stuff. If you get the chance - give it a go.
24th September, 2016
Fantastic gourmand. I think it smells like gram crackers with some herbs. Price is the only thing keeping me from owning a bottle.
28th June, 2016
The first time I met Eau Noire (2004) I immediately and almost only smelt the Licorice and thought it was strange in an Eau de Cologne... it left me an impression of something very dark.

Actually when I use it on me - I bought it a few months ago - I smell the Lavender a lot +++. I don't really like Lavender, because you often smell bad quality of it, or synthetic - this latter even is a trigger for asthma attack to me!! - and it reminds me of an old man who just left the barber, or an old woman folding laundry.
In Eau Noire, the Lavender is really strong - like in an old man's Eau de Cologne - but excellent, like the one you can smell in Provence when the sun is burning your nose. It is combined with Sage, Thyme and also Curry herb. So the opening is like a French dish... so it IS very French (Iread the opposite somewhere).

Then you can smell the Vanilla and the Licorice - I don't smell very much the Cedar - and that's what stays on your skin for a few hours. It is not too sweet.
The overall scent is very masculine, quite classical and elegant. It can also remind you of pencil shavings!

The projection and the sillage are not that loud - less that what you could expect after the opening - and the scent remains on your skin for a few hours.

Despite all the components, Eau Noire is really comfortable to wear and is a good friend.
18th June, 2016 (last edited: 26th June, 2016)

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