Eau My God! – Christian Dior Eau Noire Perfume Review

Eau Noire

Eau Noire – My Latest ‘Eau My God’ Moment

The best thing about sharing samples with other perfumistas is that every now and then you will receive one that stops you dead in your tracks and makes you call out to the heavens. I like to call this moment the ‘Eau My God’ moment – that moment where you are literally blown away by the smell wafting out of the sample vial. My most recent, and probably my strongest ‘Eau My God’ moment happened only last week.

Following my Guide to Lavender, the lovely of Tara from Olfactoria’s Travels insisted that she send me a sample of Eau Noire because she thought it might be something I would like. Well, I think we can safely say that Tara knows her stuff because I absolutely love Eau Noire, so much in fact that my love for it is currently bordering on full-blown obsession.

Eau Noire was released in 2004 (I’m late to the party as always) and started out as part of a trio of exclusive Dior Homme colognes, it was created by the über-talented Francis Kurkdjian (one of my favourite perfumers no less) and now sits within Dior’s ‘La Collection Privée’. Dior describe Eau Noire as “an elegant gala spirit in an intense evening fragrance” [1], and if any fragrance screams ‘evening’ it’s Eau Noire. This dark, brooding beauty wears a coat of emerald green and bewitches you with a sense of intrigue, mystery and danger.

The Notes

White Thyme, Lavender, Liquorice, Vanilla Bourbon and Cedar [2]

How Does it Smell?

The first blast of Eau Noire is somewhat of a baptism of fire, there seems to be a heck of a lot going on; lavender, liquorice, curry and vanilla all whirl round you in a swirling whirlwind of scented goodness. I find it to be a totally joyful experience, and unlike anything else that has come into contact with my nostrils.

Things fall into place pretty quickly and the top notes are very much about lavender and liquorice, two aromas that are very much intertwined. Each brings out the dark anisic, herbal, and sugary qualities of the other and the overall vibe is neither floral nor gourmand, it sits somewhere comfortably between.

Possibly the most striking aspect of Eau Noire is the HUGE amount of imortelle within the heart. It’s kind of like the elephant in the room, you can’t help but notice it, but whether you wish to talk about it depends entirely on how you feel. Personally I love imortelle, it is perhaps one of the most complex and pleasing smells around, it smells like sweet maple syrup, burned sugar and curry. Much to my pleasure, Eau Noire seems to showcase each and every one of the imortelle flower’s wonderful facets in perfect proportion.

The maple and curry spices of the imortelle are a perfect fit with the lavender and liquorice, and whilst its main components are all rather weighty materials Eau Noire never feels heavy, intrusive or overbearing, it’s actually very chic in a masculine kind of way (it is of course suitable for the ladies too). Eau Noire has a very french attitude, it knows that it won’t be to everybody’s taste, but it doesn’t care, it thinks it smells great and that’s all that matters.

Finally, after many hours of wowing the senses, Eau Noire settles on a base of warm spices and a wonderfully creamy vanilla. I keep trying to think whether I have smelled a fragrance as damn good as this recently, and I really don’t think I have! Eau Noire is everything that a good fragrance should be; distinct, unusual, well proportioned and exceptionally blended, beautiful and of obscenely high quality. Bravo Dior!

Availability 

Eau Noire is part of La Collection Privée Christian Dior and is available in 450ml, 250ml and 125ml Eau de Parfum. Prices start at £120.

Disclaimer

This review is based on a sample of Eau Noire generously provided by Tara of Olfactoria’s Travels.

Image 1 jaime-ellicson.blogspot.com

[1] & [2] Dior.com

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37 thoughts on “Eau My God! – Christian Dior Eau Noire Perfume Review

  1. You write so beautifully, what an alluring review. And I agree with you, I think Kurkdjian has made some of the loveliest perfumes around (I really love APOM for women, Narciso and ADP’s Iris Nobile, which I believe he helped create).

  2. So do you like this one? ;)

    Tara has an astounding ability to match people with perfumes, she is responsible for some very expensive items on my wishlist. I’m glad you have been touched by the Tara-magic as well.
    Unfortunately on me Eau Noire is curry and only curry, which makes me sad since it sounds so good on you and I love the green juice. Well, I can always go for A Taste of Heaven if I crave green. :)
    But maybe I’ll give Eau Noire another shot sometime, you can be very convincing, you know?

    • Hmm, I think I do like it yes! :P

      Eau Noire is the most intense imortelle I have tried and I can totally see how you get only curry. How did you take to the imortelle in Like This? I find it MUCH softer.

      As for A Taste of Heaven, I think Eau Noire has replaced it as my ‘dark, brooding lavender’, is that sacrilege?

    • I’m afraid I’m with B’ on this one. ~ It too was “only curry” on me, and little else. Tho’ I too don’t usually have a problem with Immortelle. (Plus I had a similar problem with Fougere Bengale come to think of it).
      Although reading your glowing review has just made me wish to revisit it. Maybe in this icy weather I might think differently of it (??). Gonna have to dig out that sample methinks …..

  3. Oh, I believe Tara sent this to me as well last summer and I was blown away by how much I loved it. :)
    From now on, OMG when applied to perfume will always sound as Eau my God in my mind. :)

  4. This review makes me very happy. I just knew you and Eau Noire were a match made in heaven!

    What a great review. Totally echo how dramatic this perfume is and of such great quality. FK has done a masterful job of blending lavender and immortelle.
    It is very French. Chic, daring and wonderfully unapologetic.

    So pleased I enabled your “Eau My God” moment – hope that makes up for Chanel’s Jersey :)

    • It MORE than makes up for Jersey :P Thank you much for sending it! I managed to blag a relatively decent sized sample from the Dior counter, which should keep my obsession going until I get hold of my travel bottle :D

      “Wonderfully unapologetic” – sums it up perfectly!

  5. Have you tried Arquiste Anima Dulcis? If not, you must get your hands on some and review it! :-) (Oh, sorry, that sounded a bit pushy, didn’t it???) Would love to know your thoughts on it. It’s dusky and dark – but also lots of immortelle that reminded me of Eau Noire…

  6. I am so glad you and Eau Noire got together so well. It is a truly unique fragrance. Maybe it is also time for you to (re?)visit Sables, the iconic immortelle. Fougere Bengale is a lavender and (most people would say) immortelle combo. I do not think it really has immortelle in it. And the most beautifully balanced immortelle note in a a fragrance is L‘ Être Aimé Homme by Yann Vasnier.

  7. I love Eau Noire more and more since I first experienced it, and your enthusiasm only stokes my fire. When I first reviewed it, I gave it “positive but middling” ratings, but as time has gone by, I’ve found less and less ‘middling’ about it. As a friend of mine always says about things she likes, Eau Noire is “gorgemous”…. and it’s definitely on my “redux” list of frags I need to re-review.

  8. With licorice, lavender, thyme and undisclosed curry notes this scent was never going to be my holy grail, and so it has proved. I sent it optimistically to my brother, thinking it might work a treat on male skin, and he has sent it straight back, saying it was “overpowering” and “weird”. But then he is more of a straight up Tangerine Vert man anyway. Could you use another sample, if I can put my hands on it….. ; – )

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