Hey Perfume Posse People, Reglisse Noir means Black Licorice and Canada’s Jessica Buchanan, who mixes her high-tech chemicals with organic naturals and biodegradable musks, has created a beautiful homage to one of my favourite candies. A licorice as if seen in a sub-continental Indian’s dream of European fragrance. Even if you are a licorice in fragrance hater you may well be able to wear this particular scent.
Reglisse Noire by Jessica Buchanan for 1000 Flowers 2010
Photo Stolen Fragrantica
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: White pepper, ozone, mint, shiso leaf
Heart: Black licorice, star anise, ginger, cocoa
Base: Musk, patchouli, vanilla, vetiver
Straight out of the gate Reglisse Noir gives a luscious licorice note tempered by the icy blast of mint and cool wash of arctic air. Sweet and aloof and surprisingly quiet. Though I am fully fragrant it’s not a big scent, and it is done with very little of the sugar that seems ubiquitous in modern perfumery. This is the greenest gourmand I’ve ever smelt.
Photo Stolen Wikipedia
The heart of Reglisse Noir is the dry sweetness of expensive licorice and lightly surrounded by vanilla/chocolate, though this hardly covers the range of flavours I can smell. There’s a spiciness that brings to mind a market in Northern India, sweet and spicy and full of life. Sometimes when I open a new sari sent from India this smell floats out and lingers while I sew the garment I’m creating, it’s a heavenly melange of sweet, spice, sweat and dusty dry earth.
What I smell, if I take Reglisse Noir at nose value, is expensive and exotic. The calm and still composure of the very best that money can buy: no fanfare, just pure sweet luxury. The patchouli is an added depth to the chocolate and I think it’s the vetiver that keeps the whole fragrance feeling dry and crisp till it fades and is gone .
Photo Stolen Flickr
I could imagine Reglisse Noir keeping you composed under pressure, stiffening your back in adversity and pouring oil over troubled waters. The fragrance will give you exactly the aloof, refined and sophisticated air so many of us strive to maintain, or even achieve in my case. A softly spoken whisper that borders sweet and cool, and in the other sense of the word is very cool.
Have you tried Reglisse Noir? What hits your licorice spot, or are you mortally afraid of the note?