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Series 4: Nappa Noir by Raphael Young (2012)
by Six Scents Parfums


Series 4: Nappa Noir by Raphael Young information

Year of Launch2012
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
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HouseSix Scents Parfums
PerfumerCalice Asancheyev-Becker

About Series 4: Nappa Noir by Raphael Young

Series 4: Nappa Noir by Raphael Young is a shared / unisex perfume by Six Scents Parfums. The scent was launched in 2012 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Calice Asancheyev-Becker

Reviews of Series 4: Nappa Noir by Raphael Young

Second wearing of the brand new 2021 Six Scents release, Nappa Noir, first conceived of some nine years ago and finally available to the public. The name conjures dark leather, and “floriental leather” descriptor seems very apropos. For me, the leather and violet factor prominently into the opening in particular, yielding a sort of “black leather jacket with tar violet” vibe that’s fairly sharp but becomes more balanced over time, giving way to some of the sweetness (resins, vanilla, cookie) emerging as part of the mix over time. As it dries down, the blend feels less sharp and the leather somewhat smoother. Violet is still a part of the mix, but it feels more like a mélange of leather, violet, resins, vanilla, and ever so slightly, patchouli.

Overall, though, it never ends up feeling predominantly like a gourmand; it feels like a leather-with-violet tempered by gourmand and resinous notes, a juxtaposition that works effectively, taking some more acerbic notes and counterbalancing them with something sweeter and more familiarly comforting.

Fans of violet should adore the opening and fans of leather should enjoy the fragrance as a whole. I’m definitely not a fan of violet (but enjoy it as fragrant note sometimes, as in Green Irish Tweed) and though I have many I love, I still consider myself to be relatively picky about leather in fragrance, but as a leather fragrance with a prominent violet note, Nappa Noir is very well-executed and provides an option for cold weather that I find very useful, a powerful wake-up call in the morning that is nonetheless sophisticated (and unisex) for the evening.

Like the other recent Six Scents releases, Nappa Noir is available in a 30ml size at EDP concentration and is very reasonably priced, at $78, comparable to the pricing of Ascent, Urban Tropicalia, and #087 (at EDT), and is sold through the house website. And it performs the best of the lot, very impressively loud during its opening hour and then with robust longevity thereafter.

7 out of 10
25th January, 2021
At first I could not discern any other note but one hour after application I could appreciate other notes, the strong initial leather had subsided, but still present, and I could smell coffee, patchouli and a hint of flowers.
Two hours later and the hint of flowers is almost gone but I detect a note that reminds me a lot of Prada Infussion D'homme. The dominant note now is a very very sweet vanilla with some coffee and leather in the background. This fragrance tells me a story. In this case it is that a very well dressed man in an old English Club (like the club of Phileas Fogg LOL) reading his morning paper while savouring a rich cup of coffee.

*I know that the actual smell of leather is nauseating and in perfumery what is referred as "the leather" note is a mixture of oils and herbs applied to leather to mask its actual smell. That mixture contains usually birch oil, ambergris, juniper, myrtle among other scents.
13th December, 2012

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