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My bottle of Dahlia Noir by Givenchy was a very thoughtful gift to me by my lovely husband. He’s bought me perfumes before and I always worry about him doing so, as he’s made a few horrible choices in the past, but this one was one of his better efforts, I have to say. I had tried this on my skin a few times beforehand when I’d been out shopping with him and tried it on my skin and on one of those little sticks and could never decide whether to splash out the £40 cost of a 30ml bottle of EDP. A sit was Valentine’s Day coming up though, he took the decision for me and bought me a bottle. I was really delighted with it and I’ve worn it almost every day.
The bottle is plain and simple and not very pretty looking to be honest, but the gorgeous fragrance itself more than makes up for the plain packaging. The perfume itself was launched about two years ago but six months ago was the first time I had even heard of it, never mind tried out the tester for it. I think it’s meant mainly for eveningwear but I love to use this during the daytime too. It’s a really distinctive fragrance and right up my street.
It’s quite a floral scent but certainly not sweet or old fashioned. It’s modern floral, elegant and sophisticated and it lasts for ages on my skin. It changes with the time it’s been on my skin and it seems to start off as being quite a rose petal type of floral smell as it has definite top notes of mandarin, mimosa and oink petal. After about half an hour, this gives way to more of a patchouli type of fragrance until finally the base notes of sandalwood and vanilla come though. The whole combination is simply out o this world and I adore this smell.
The notes are all perfectly balanced and its what I’d class as a timeless fragrance, modern and sophisticated, elegant, powerful and intense. My husband says it’s “intoxicating” and that is a compliment indeed, coming from him. I am so pleased with this perfume and I am now trying my best to use it more sparingly so it will last a little bit longer.
I really love this smell and I totally recommend it if you are looking for something both timeless and sophisticated.
A scentless flower garbed in dark colours / In nature, this botanical rarity develops downy petals in a dark, nearly black shade of red / In the imagination of Riccardo Tisci, Creative Director of Givenchy since 2005, this naturally scentless blossom becomes ink black, onyx black, recalling black velvet or black chiffon / The first fragrance developed under the creative direction of Riccardo Tisci, Dahlia Noir embodies a mysterious and atypical woman / There is nothing antithetical in this tension between light and shadow, between danger and delicacy, the sacred and the profane / Here it takes on a mesmerising olfactory identity, intense and powdery, floral and woody / Dahlia Noir fans the flames of desire / Like Riccardo Tiscies Couture creations, Dahlia Noir resonates with a fragile strength, a confluence of opposing forces, to better express the tough softness of the woman who wears it / A Couture fragrance all in pure lines, a neo-classic whose extreme sensuality arises from a surprising twist of the imagination, a return to supreme luxury / The quintessence of the Givenchy style / Givenchy Dahlia Noir Eau De Parfum: Expressing the power of a fragile woman, the enticing softness of the Dahlia Noir woman, inspired by an imaginary flower that is a scentless fantasy / Franeois Demachy, composer of olfactory creations, delved into Riccardo Tiscies imagination, and his family history as well, to achieve this fantasised fragrance / Its powdery notes evoke maternal gentleness and a traditional vision of femininity, generous and protective, conveying a sentimental quality / Avoiding any trace of nostalgia, this floral chypre fragrance is based on rose, iris and mimosa, enriched with utterly contemporary woody facets / As in Couture, like an olfactory interfacing, sandalwood and patchouli lend a woody depth to the caressing volatility of the powdery weft, blended with tonka bean / The presence of sandalwood, a sacred substance used in offerings and rituals, propels this olfactory opus into a mystical dimension, imparting a balm-like effect, a fleshy density, an enveloping warmth / Dahlia Noir calls out to be touched, to become one with the skin / Far from evoking an extinguished fire, its delicately ashen notes underpin the emotional tension of an intriguing ritual presided by the woman who wears Dahlia Noir /