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Givenchy Dahlia Noir Eau de Toilette
Member Name: lillamarta
Givenchy Dahlia Noir Eau de Toilette
Date: 30/12/12, updated on 30/12/12 (79 review reads)
Advantages: Nice and softly blended powdery rose and musk
Disadvantages: Linear, bland, boring, expensive
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 As now we have a lighter version of the original, the 'noir' represented by a black cap has disappeared and been replaced by a powdery pink one.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.
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Summary: A gentle, powdery rose on a bed of soft musk and woody vanilla