A treasure trove of splendours and an endless source of discovery and sensual delight.
Then, in 2001, came Coco Mademoiselle, a breath of air that lightens this cornucopia of fragrance, in which everything is simplified and accelerated in a radiant burst of fruit and flower.
It has such an interesting combination of textures: something honey-like and viscous, smoky and weightless, lemony and aqueous, rosy and gauzy..it all fades too quickly.
Shame, but I can’t help but fall in love with it again and again. The patchouli accord in Coco Noir is the same as in Coco Mademoiselle, Chance and Allure Sensuelle; however it’s different from Coromandel (that one is smoother, powdery).
Having gone back and forth between complete disgust and absolute adoration, I’ve settled on the latter.
It brings to mind a night stroll by the Seine, in November, a quiet chilly late Fall weekday. To the last two reviewers who have longevity issues: in my opinion Coco Noir smells extremely similar to Chance by Chanel but Chance lasts longer.
When nothing huge happens but you are in Paris, and that’s enough. So when you attach the "Noir" to the Coco Chanel name I'm expecting a fragrance that is darker, richer and deeper, as is suggestive of the name. I would have enjoyed a dark spicey rose, patchouli gourmand type of fragrance, sadly this is more of a gray shadow, a lighter version of Coco. This fragrance is a shadow to Coco rather than noir, should have named it Coco Ombre. The initial spray is different but the dry down is pretty close.
The night vision of the ‘Orient that starts and ends in Venice’ imposed itself upon me and that is where I wanted to go.” perfumer Jacques Polge.
In 1984, there was Coco, that sumptuous blend of wood, resins, flowers, spices and fruit.