Café Noir (2003)
by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz


Café Noir information

Year of Launch2003
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 12 votes)

People and companies

HouseDawn Spencer Hurwitz

About Café Noir

Café Noir is a feminine perfume by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz. The scent was launched in 2003

Reviews of Café Noir

My nose immediately detects cinnamon and cedar, even though the latter does not seem to be part of the scent’s make up – I’m referring to the booklet that comes with The Passport To Paris collection.

The coffee emerges slowly, still mixed with cinnamon.

It somehow smells like Christmas morning to me – not a bad thing. Olfactory memories have a life of their own.

A lovely, warm, gourmand.
07th February, 2015
bisby Show all reviews
United States
Top notes remind me of soft cinnamon stick, and black coffee. Warms quickly into a nice floral with a hint of vanilla sweetness. Reminds me a lot fo Serge Lutens Chergui, yet less sweet. Hints of warm herb, light wood and smoke. Mostly gone next day but has decent staying power. Low silage. I like this a lot and it is certainly not nearly as sweet as one might expect. Perfectly suitable for men.
25th January, 2014
It seems to be very hard to create a good coffee scent that doesn't turn stale, but the coffee in Café Noir is rich and warm, more like ground coffee beans. It's also quite subtle and blended with the other notes in such a way that it might be mistaken for a bitter cocoa note spicing up a gourmand. (A much better cocoa than in the sickening Piment et Chocolat!) Overall, the scent has a vintage feel to it - like one of those old-fashioned smooth, rich, warm, powdery orientals that instead of the strong synthetic sweetness so common today has a certain "bite" and restraint. I think the "bite" is the bitterness of the coffee note and the dry spices (pepper, cinnamon, pimento), which I sometimes have trouble with as they turn too dry and harsh and bitter on my skin, but here they're kept in check. Instead of doing funny Red Hot things the cinnamon actually smells like a cinnamon stick, an old one with a faint and slightly dusty scent. I can't really make out any of the other notes (resins, florals...) and I don't feel much sweetness from the tonka and vanilla. However, the scent does seem to turn sweeter as it develops on skin - a non-descript, almost white musk-like sweetness rather than a vanilla sweetness, which I guess is what'll linger in the end.
This might sound like a positive review, but actually I think the scent is just decent enough. It would be a star in DSH's cheaper line, but I set the expectations higher for Parfums des Beaux Art. It has a high comfort factor and I like the evocative, bittersweet vintage vibe, but it doesn't really stand out, except maybe as one of very few decent coffee scents. I do wonder if I might be anosmic to something in it though, or rather, if there's something in it I just feel briefly upon application and then quickly develops anosmia to, because it seems to have less throw and fade faster than one would expect from this type of scent in this concentration.
08th June, 2008
Tovah Show all reviews
United States
Very nice deep coffee, smoky scent. Its richness and warmth is perfect for a crisp, cold day.
05th March, 2006

Add your review of Café Noir

You need to be logged in to add a review

Shop for Café Noir products online

Some of the links we use are affiliate links, meaning if you click the links and make a purchase, we may receive a commission, which helps us keep the site running

Search on ebay

Member images of Café Noir

There are no member images of Café Noir yet. [Image Uploads Currently Unavailable]

Private Notes

You need to be logged in (or register here) to use Private Notes.



Features relating to Café Noir