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There is something remarkably French about the French - I can't put my finger on it, but it is as if being French you have the inherited knowledge to be able to just look 'chic', naturally. Every 'petit' detail thought through, as if they've been tuned in simultaneously to a fashion guru - 'This is the way you walk, the way you talk, the way you look and smell - a type of national performance 'extraordinaire'. Parisian down and outs - tend to sing a melodic love song, when they ask for money, when you pass them by, they blow kisses at your back, as you walk on by. Creasing up at the pain of losing their only love forever. The shorter male seeks out three inch soles so their stature stands-up better to their stunning leggy bean-pole partner. Appearance is paramount, as is scent. No doubt the French do marry the balance of aesthetic and scent, too perfection; therefore it is no surprise the French rules the world of fragrance and it is epitomised in the fragrance 'Christian Lacroix NOIR'. 'Ah Non!'
Noir means black in English. In short the fragrance should be called 'Chris Black' along Blackpool promenade, yet even the insular, locked in urban British types buy into the French-ness when it comes to 'perfumeries'. Del Boy Trotter even spruced up his Peckham vocabulary with Franglais terms and you can see why the beautiful language is used by many - albeit, most haven't a clue what it means. Avon has adopted these traits in the same fold. By introducing, 'Christian Lacroix NOIR' to its catalogue, by spicing up its l'homme' range when it comes to fragrance - and going French, is because Avon think l'homme is worth it. I'm not complaining - shrugs shoulders like a Frenchman.
They used 'Eartha Kit' to capture the wood aromas
Ironically the packaging and decorative motifs on the l'eau de toilette; could've been designed by English textile genius William Morris (1834 - 96) Silver block foliage on a black background, draping around the beautifully named and formed 'Christian Lacroix NOIR'. The font is neither flamboyant nor ordinary, maybe slightly understated - as if it can't really take on-board the grandeur of the occasion of being a 'French fragrance' in all it's splendour. A garland motif resembling a poppy head delivers festivity to a stately home rather than the packaging to a mass produce product specifically for Avon. The price doesn't fit the retailer, as it is a hefty 20.00 GBP for a 75 ml of Christian Lacroix NOIR. Considering the brand is getting better known, Avon must've pitched the price tag about right to their male consumers. Not that their male consumers got a lot of choice. Avon is the equivalent to a Fosters Advert for men, but for the ladies. 'Noir' is as masculine as Avon gets; albeit spice wise you can sense it prior to breaking the cellophane. Like a bull in the china shop on the nasal passage - scent-wise it is reminiscent of an early Paco Rabanne - 'paco lotta punch.' I understood why 'Christian Lacroix NOIR' flooded the nasal airwaves as it does, just to compete with the nasal boxing match of Avon's sweet and floral scents. Noir has exerted itself down the rare spice route, cajoled with the musty aromatic wood scent that may waft with a degree of extra potency; evident when the heavens break open - Noir has captured the earthiness.
The bottle colour is in keeping of the brand being black. Square in shape without the sharp corners, the nozzle head protector visually imitates an old wooden head corkscrew from my youth. A smidgeon overdone for my liking - a black plastic cap would easily suffice. On first pump of the nozzle a familiar odour of alcohol lingers for a few seconds before it gets swamped by the nasally tickling spices - Ginger and Saffron and then the humidity of the woods gets introduced - Mint, Cedar and deep undertones of vetiver (used as therapeutic oils) plus musk is the last to enter the fray and last to leave the epidermis. On a good note the initial burst of robust spices dies down considerably and for four to eight hours a milder sibling of the fragrance takes centre stage. Thankfully, the scent is recognisably masculine - as it lacks the distinct feminine sweetness and floral attributes which we (the consumers) relate to as being from Avon. On the packaging there is a promise of further editions from the designer 'parfum' brand: Christian Lacroix.
Once you've gone black - you won't go back (excluding anything French)
If, the bottle has anything to go by, don't be drawn to the design, thinking it is an eloquent Ungaro' scent - Noir is 'Old Spice' re-branded. No, I'm being cruel; 'Noir' has some redeeming qualities - by being 'French' helps. Except for the useful fact you can see through the transparent bottle and see where the 'parfum' line is - Thanks to modern day 'transparent bottle technology'; this consumer friendly functionality runs across the l'eau de toilette' spectrum. No need to guess when you're just about to have the last squirt. In this case 'Noir' for the faint-hearted may wish every squirt was the last.
3/5 Star rating - I can take it or leave it.
38% anti-freeze product - please note; if it is over 50%; it is definitely more useful as an anti-freeze product.
The wife got a good few sample sized vials of this this when she bought the Rouge Perfume from this same designer. Both scents are available in Avon and although it is just the samples that I have used and not bought a full sized bottle I could say that I would buy a full sized bottle of this as it is nice.
This comes in a 75ml bottle and the normal price of this seems to be £20. As with Avon this is on offer now and again and I think this has been as low as £14. So not too bad a price for a designer brand bottle since it is a decent size.
I have seen the bottle in the Avon books and it looks the same as this picture on here. So although not the most exciting looking bottle it looks ok. My scent came in little glass tubes, pretty average for a sample.
The smell of this is nice. There seems to be a few different scents in here and they are all nice. I looked up online to see exactly what notes were in here and they are musk, cedar, vetiver, ginger, saffron and cardamon. This is a heavy scent as most Aftershaves are but there is a freshness to this as well which was surprising as there is more heavier musky scents in here than light scents.
After using most of 1 of the samples up in the first application I found this to be quite a strong smell but this got a bit fainter when it had dried. Then again you don't have to use all that much of this if you don't want to anyway.
I still have 1 of the samples left and have used them up for many days.
It is a nice aftershave which makes a bit of a change to the usual scent you tend to get with Aftershave and I will consider buying a full sized bottle.
One of Avons best fragrances without a doubt. I have gone through a numerous amounts of fragrances from Avon. That being due to the fact that i know a lot of reps and that now i have one in my house, so when a new fragrance comes out 99% of the time it will be at my house. Also that they have scented pages of the new fragrnace help aswell before you actually buy this. However the pages do not do it justice.
When i used the scented page for this scent i thought ok, nothing special just another product but at £7 (promotion price) i thought why not. The fragrance overall is a very nice, spicy sort of smell. My girlfriend seemed to have loved it. The only problem with this is that the smell seems to fade as the day goes by which is a shame. Overall for the price your paying (around £15 i think) its a great investment and would recommend.
christian lacroix noir-
i am an avon rep and absolutley love this fragrance i recommend it to all my male clients. it is sold in a gorgeous black square bottle and looks very expensive it also sounds expensive to but it is not it retails at a resonable price and you can sometimes get offers with it aswell for example a wash bag or moisturiser or body wash!
it has a spicy aroma to it, it is not an over powering aroma though, it is not that long lasting a fragrance but is a lovely fragrance for the day time and by far the nicest male fragrance avon has to offer. i think the fragrance has alot to offer and is good value. all my customers which have bought this product have loved it but i think it is not for everyone. get a sample from your representative, to make sure you like it!!
it makes a lovely gift.
This is the 'other half' to the Christian Lacroix Rouge, not wanting to leave the fellas out of the loop, avon are selling the men's line of frangrance as well.
I ordered a tester of this from my good friend who just happens to be an avon rep. I was looking for a little something to treat my lovely fella for putting up with me being a pain in the proverbial lately!
He is very much a man's man and definitely doesn't like anything too 'fancy', he's got expensive but simple taste so I thought this fitted the bill quite nicely, designer label in a simple bottle and not too expensive for me either.
The 75ml bottle of eau de toilette costs around £20 in the avon catalogue but depending which campaign you get, they sometimes throw in a wash bag and/or the shower gel free with the fragrance (worth keeping an eye out for if you're giving this as a gift).
The fragrance comes in a nice and simple dark grey rectangular glass bottle, with a rectangular lid. The motif on the front is said to have been inspired by a design on a bull fighters cape Mr Lacroix was given as a gift which all sounds very masculine. I have no doubt that this will look ab fab on the bathroom shelf (pardon the pun).
The scent itself is described as aquatic vetiver with faint spice notes. It has top notes of saffron and ginger, middle notes of cardamom and base notes of cedar, vetiver and musk.
It smells fresh, watery and there are hints of green grass and musk in there. The ginger gives it a little edge of spice and the woods give it a bit of warmth and depth. The watery scent and vetiver gives it a light and modern edge and it reminds me a bit of the Paul Smith line of fragrances for men.
It's a pleasantly light fragrance which isn't overpowering but still very masculine. It's fresh, young and different with a spicy warm edge of sophistication. The only downside is that it isn't very strong, I don't know what the lasting power will be but i don't think it will be an all-dayer.
Spicy ginger and natural saffron reveal a rich blend of earthy sea moss, clean cedarwood and hints of sparkling orris /