Sunday, July 8, 2012
Noir by Christian Lacroix
Cardamom, Orris Root.
White Cedar, Vetiver, Musk.
Noir by Christian Lacroix is an Avon product. That, in itself, made me hesitant to try this. I personally don't care for Avon creations ( for my own reasons ), but I do like Tomorrow for Men.
Once I saw that Saffron was listed in the accords, I was persuaded to pick up some samples. Sadly, I am genuinely disappointed in its implementation. If your definition of "Noir" is "Bleak", then this release comes somewhat close. Overall, it smells better than your average Avon fragrance, but innocuous masculines have a way of aggravating me.
The first 2 minutes or so are promising. I enjoyed the opening that simulated what I can describe as spicy fruit. The musk wasted no time in inserting itself and Noir started losing me after 5 minutes. The earthy elements at work here are too bland, too generic and if I sound like a snob, sue me. I like what I like.
The extended drydown affords me a more pleasant experience, but it's much too little and far too late to salvage these wearings. Some of you out there may actually like this fragrance, so all I can do is tell you that a blind buy is not an intelligent decision. Sample this first and don't think it's good bang for the buck because Lacroix concocted this. I think it's a mess, but then again, I'm an opinionated snob.........
Sillage is average at best and longevity is approximately 4 hours on me. If this had the staying power of most Bogart scents, I'd be one, unhappy camper looking for a scrubbing sponge.