Product Type: Estee Lauder fragrances
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Sensuous as in sexy? No. Cosy, soft and feminine? Yes
Estee Lauder Sensuous Noir Eau de Parfum
Member Name: lillamarta
Estee Lauder Sensuous Noir Eau de Parfum
Date: 22/12/10, updated on 17/06/11 (119 review reads)
Advantages: Well - combined, soft and interesting blend
Disadvantages: Staying power, not enough character from the middle onwards
Group: Woody Oriental
I have a miniature of the original Sensuous Eau de Parfum in my fragrance collection so I was looking forward to testing a sample of this I was given in Debenhams at the Estee Lauder counter.
Just like the original Sensuous, the packaging is the same plain and sort of bath line-looking, round and flat-backed bottle with ribbed embossement. Only the colour changed from champagne pink to deep purple since the previous version to be better suited to the 'Noir' or Night theme. The flacon is capped with a small, hexagonal lid which honestly is a little bit cheap-looking.
Top notes: jasmine, rose, black pepper, spices
Sensuous Noir opens with light and transparent but immediately recognisable, warm and honey-laced vegetal amber note strongly reminiscent of the scent of the Body Shop's limited edition Warm Amber range. The honey and amber were soon joined by a fairly distinct, nose-tickling but well-blended black pepper aroma which lifted the fragrance and added some character to it. I liked the contrast in Sensuous Noir, the fact that it broke away from the almost unavoidable and ordinary fruity openings so common in modern releases nowadays.
Heart notes: patchouli, lily, molten woods, crème noire
About 15 - 20 minutes later Sensuous got denser, richer, sweeter and spicier. Amongst the amber and creamy, soft but somewhat non-descript white florals I picked up a certain spicy and warm, aromatic chocolate-like note, similar to the accord in Yves Rocher Rose Absolue. There's actually no chocolate note in the fragrance, it just happens that my nose translates spices and roses as a chocolatey accord when blended in a certain way.
I appreciated the overall warm, spicy but somewhat filament-like ambery feel that was softened and fleshed out by the floral notes and unlike Sensuous, luckily never becoming overpowering or two sweet and still staying in the oriental realm. The heart notes practically melted onto my skin creating a unified but complex veil that fit like gloves. This only happens with quality raw materials so it was a nice surpise to see it happen.
After about 3 hours, the fragrance turned into a quieter and more subtle but rich and multi-faceted oriental with woody undertones alternating between an exotic - balsamic and a sweeter, fuller, more generic and creamier spicy floral accord having a herby, clove-like heart that must have been the lily. Jasmine was present too, not indolic or amimalistic in the slightest but rather clean with some dark residue lurking around its edges.
Overall, the heart was dominated by subtle white florals paired with spices and a dark, woody structure that lasted for about 4 - 5 hours hugging the skin and had a moderate - weak projection especially towards the drydown.
Base notes: amber, benzoin, honey, vanilla
Sensuous Noir seemed to go off on a tangent and had no real projection left for the final phase. There was a definite presence of non-foody, balanced but a bit flat and non-spicy vanilla that turned a little bit soapy and woody. In the final 2 - 3 hours a very light layer of patchouli - vanilla and sweet amber combo was detectable close to my skin up to 8 - 9 hours after application, however it was practically non-existent for me or those around me which was a bit of a letdown.
Although I have a miniature of the original Sensuous, I find it too overpoweringly sweet and floral and not dark or oriental enough contrary to it being classed as an oriental woody fragrance. As expected, Sensuous Noir is meant to be the darker, night version of its predecessor and indeed it's darker, spciier and less overpoweringly floral number while being discreet and rich thanks to the well-balanced, playful, wholesome, gourmand and oriental elements.
While it isn't terribly long-lasting as the sillage only lasts for 5 - 6 hours, Sensuous Noir is surprisingly well-done and decidedly feminine for a modern and sweet fragrance whilst not being tooth-achingly sweet or too common and cheaply-done. I'd never call it sensuous as in sexy as it's so clean and light to be even close. It's pleasant and creamy with additional spices and amber for a darker and more oriental tone.
Altogether better-done than the original I recommend Sensuous Noir for the colder seasons or with a more generous application for a night out for ladies who like their orientals discreet and soft with a touch of spice and amber.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Available in department stores at Estee Lauder concessions and drugstores such as Boots for about £36.55 - 50ml and this size / type of product seems to be the only one available so I wouldn't be surprised if Sensuous Noir was launched as a limited edition for the moment.
Thanks for reading.
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Summary: A soft, balanced and feminine ambery-spicy floral fragrance
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