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I can't actually remember who gave me this perfume as I've had it for a while but I'm sure it was a gift from someone at some point. I do love receiving perfume as a present so it is something I always tend to ask for whenever it comes around to birthdays and Christmas.
This scent comes in a pretty little clear glass bottle which is rectangular in shape and has a pinky coloured liquid inside. It also has a pink coloured plastic lid with silver coloured edging. The overall look is very pretty, elegant, feminine and timeless. It does have a slight modern edge to it because of the hard edges and clean lines but for me the name seems somewhat contradictory with the design. It is very pretty and girly and calling it dahlia noir seems like a bit of a mismatch. It is really just the noir bit that i find confusing because it seems as though it should be darker and more mysterious with that title, but it really isn't. Oh well, as long as it smells good right?
The first thing that hits you with the scent it the citrus notes which cut through the heady, powdery floral aspect of this perfume. The florals you expect given the name but the citrus smell took me by surprise, particularly because noir suggests to me night-time and citrus smells I heavily associate with a summers day. Underneath the citrus notes there are immediate chords of flowers which are tempered by sweet fruity and musky scents. These all compliment each other nicely and overall give a very classic, elegant scent which is reminiscent of another era.
The top notes of this fragrance are lemon, mandarin orange and peach which is why the instant smell that his you is one of citrus. Luckily the peach and orange cut through some of the lemony sharpness but overall this layer does smell very fresh, light and summery. The heart notes are pink pepper and rose which give both a lovely floral hit and a slight peppery spiciness which mesh really nicely together. The base notes are sandalwood, cedar, amber, vanilla and musk. This combination of scents creates a very complex and deep layer at the base of the perfume which combine nicely to give the perfume depth. This is a nice way to finish off a scent which is so light, floral and fresh.
This perfume retails at around £30-£50 depending on what size you choose to go for. As with anything it is worth shopping around to see where you can get the best deal. I tend to think this is a little expensive for a perfume that I'm not totally in love with but if you can get yourself a good deal then it is a nice day scent which does feel expensive.
Overall, this is a nice scent but nothing new.
I review fragrances as a hobby and recently won a bid on Ebay for a lot of fragrance samples including Dahlia Noir. Eau de Toilette from Givenchy, a follow up from last year's Eau de Parfum of the same name.
I usually consider Givenchy fragrance packaging uninspired and plain bar a few exceptions; this is no different in the case of Dahlia Noir. As now we have a lighter version of the original, the 'noir' represented by a black cap has disappeared and been replaced by a powdery pink one. Both the bottle and the cap are rectangular, powdery pink with black edges. Oh and did I mention the bottle is also powdery pink with black edges?
Top notes: mandarin orange, lemon, peach
The opening of Dahlia Noir is fresh, fruity orange mixed with a light and sweet powdery aspect. The orange is only moderately sweet and actually gives a sharp, bitter feel to the start that I'm not too keen of. Seconds later rose peeks out and adds an air of sophistication and delicacy to the otherwise ordinary fruity composition.
Heart notes: pink pepper, rose
Luckily, the rose soon loses its unfortunate orange-y pair so now I can enjoy its dewy and tender floral aspect in all its glory. The rose is soon joined by a powdery and musky note that reminds me strongly of a cross between the warm and clean musk and rose accord of Narciso Rodriguez signature fragrance and the powdery and soft iris in Dahlia Noir EDP.
In summary, the heart is a nice duet of a generous dose of sweet; powdery musk and a soft, dewy rose where both complement each other and blend in seamlessly while each retaining its character. The heart gives out a nice couple of inches of sillage for about 6 - 7 hours caught by me during the day and those close enough to smell it.
Base notes: sandalwood, vanilla, amber, cedarwood, musk
The majority of modern Eau de Toilettes will predictably fall short in the base mostly exhibiting a shadow of the notes promised. Similarly, when Dahlia Noir dries down, it is no more than a close-to-the-skin; light-veiled powdery musk and vanilla scent tinged with a slightly sharp and medicinal edge. The accord is moderately sweet, vanillic and powdery: a sort of predictable affair that offers nothing new or exciting. Despite some nondescript woody nuances that accent the dry down, the final phase is ultimately flat and boring. The fragrance disappears completely after about 8 hours of wear.
Right on trend with recent powdery numbers showcasing either iris or rose with musk (Chloe Love, Prada Infusion d'Iris, Narciso Rodriguez (the pink bottle) or the new Chanel No. 19 Poudré ) Dahlia Noir smells like it's trying too hard to follow their footprints. Weaker and with a lot less character and oomph, it's not just the black cap of the EDP that's been lost but also some good ingredients such as the punchy iris or powdery mimosa.
As a result, Dahlia Noir eau de toilette is even more bland and linear than its predecessor with only musk and rose holding up the front. It has a decent sillage and longevity of about 8 hours for a lighter concentration, making it ideal as a summer daytime or evening / going out fragrance as a break away from the even more common fruity florals.
I do not see black in either the EDP or EDT and the whole concept of a scentless black flower just makes no sense to me. Could the name hold a reference to retro Hollywood murder flick flop The Black Dahlia? Well, that would be more fitting. Dahlia Noir is a dull and conventional juice with no distinct personality or creative thinking behind it. Although nicely done to smell sophisticated and expensive, it largely copies trends and it totally bored me to death.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Being a new release, the 30ml Eau de Toilette version costs £35.50 in Boots, the £75ml EDT goes for £61.50 which is quite expensive for a mediocre perfume from a luxury designer house.
©powered by lillybee also posted on ciao.co.uk
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 Toilette: Composed by Franeois Demachy, who also created the Eau de Parfum, the Dahlia Noir Eau de Toilette expresses a more luminous, fruitier vision / Still intriguing and mysterious, yet more open, the Eau de Toilettees trail instantly releases zesty notes of mandarin, lemon and peach / While the Dahlia Noir Eau de Parfum evokes a powdery seduction, the Eau de Toilette reveals a sweet and voluptuous olfactory texture from the outset, like a fruit glistening with morning dew / A symbol of femininity and romanticism, the rose heart remains, interlaced with woody accents / But this time, it is the rose epetale and its freshness which are highlighted and combined with the bursting spirit of spicy pink pepper / Lastly, carnal amber, sweet vanilla and almost mystical sandalwood enshroud the composition with skin-caressing sensuality / In composing this Eau de Toilette, Franeois Demachy translated the blossoming of a fleur fatale in full light / On the skin, this flower engages an intimate dialogue, like a caress infused with lightness /