Eau Noire by Francis Kurkdjian for DIOR 2004

Hello To The POSSE!
Portia here from AustralianPerfumeJunkies and doing a Wednesday shift because the incredible Musette has a special treat in store for you on Friday, dying to but can’t tell you what it is because it’s a DON’T MISS IT PERFUME POSSE MOMENT! He He He WOO HOO go Musette! It’s going to be great!

Eau Noire by Francis Kurkdjian for DIOR 2004

I bought the SurrenderToChance Couturier Collection Sampler a while back and have been slowly making my way through the samples. I find the line beautiful, interesting, elegant and sometimes surprising. They have not all been super winners on or for me but that’s chemistry not quality. With Eau Noire I’m a bit surprised I haven’t jumped on it sooner because plenty of the accords are right up my alley and it reads like an ole worlde fougere brought smack bang up to date. Which is exactly what it is, even though it’s not brand new.

Photo Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords
Top: Grass, sage, anise
Heart: Lavender, Virginian cedar, coffee
Base: Leather, vanilla, violet

On my skin the first rush is dark chocolate & coffee before anything else, it’s a big whack of it so monumental and enveloping that I want to do it again. WOW!! That burns down quickly and the lovely herbal, grass and sweet licorice-allsorts scenta are allowed to do their thing. I wore this the other day without looking at notes and there is something in Eau Noire by Francis Kurkdjian for DIOR that smells like my freshly washed dogs but none of the shampoo notes match. Dunno but it is a fabulous scent. Freshly hewn wood and coffee make an awesome pairing running high against the sweet green opening that stays for quite a while, the anise particularly, and the lavender doesn’t really shine on me but I can tell it’s there. As the vanilla winds its way through the coffee Eau Noire becomes almost gourmand but is kept dark and deep by the leather and cool violet, I also get a very slight chemical whiff towards the end that is not unpleasant but merely other and it makes the dry down interesting as well as cuddly warm and sensual. Something else I find on wearing Eau Noire again is that there should be notes in a line rather than on the table because even 5 hours in I still get wafts of the anise and woods.

Photo Stolen sheknows

Another tenacious winner Eau Noire by Francis Kurkdjian for DIOR is not loud and has a slight sillage, you won’t get in trouble for skunking your co workers unless you go spray crazy, and dinner will not be overwhelmed, nice for a movie, date night or even casual drinks. Amp it up with an extra spritz for the disco or a red hot booty call but remember to srpitz near where you want to be kissed not on it because perfume smells divine but tastes AWFUL! BLEAUGH

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You have to hunt for these beauties but it’s worth it. Eau Noire is exactly the rich, dark, delicious fantasy that I want and expect from a perfume called noire.

SurrenderToChance starts Eau Noire by Francis Kurkdjian for DIOR at 1ml/$3
Also available a very select DIOR boutiques and Department Stores.

Lady Dior – Lady Noire Affair

I thought you might like to be reminded of this great DIOR mini movie incorporating a whole bunch of their delicious accessories. Little bits of dribble run down my chins every time I watch it. I am guilty of greed, lust and covetousness! Only a few more and I’ll have the set. Though this is not strictly on topic it is DIOR and has noire in the title. It’s only 6 minutes if you ignore the credits. Exactly enough brain neutral time to recover and push through another day.

What is your favourite DIOR, Kurkdjian or Noire? Have you tried any of the Couturier Collection? What do you expect from a Noire fragrance and have you been offered it lately? Please join the discussion in the comments below. This is a forum for you too and I love to know what you think.
If you have enjoyed my Guest Post here on PerfumePosse why not come on over to AustralianPerfumeJunkies and say a hello there too, there is always some crazy madness/interesting discussion/fragrant wafting going on over there and we adore visitors.
Till next week, take care of yourselves please.
Portia xx

  • Dubaiscents says:

    They really shouldn’t call these the Exclusives here in Dubai since you can get them in almost all the big perfume stores but, I am not complaining! I love being able to try them whenever I want and for free! Grand Bal was my initial favorite (and the only one I have a FB of) but, Oud Ispahan is calling me now since it is such a great rose oud scent. I also love Mitzah for the gorgeous amber. I tried Eau Noire once and got only immortelle from it (not even listed as a note). I love immortelle but, this was too much! Maybe it is the heat and humidity here that bring it out. I will have to try it again though.

    • I am SOOOOO Jealous that you can get these everywhere. Not one store in Australia stocks them!!!
      You are very lucky indeed. I think the stores would be glad I don’;t live in Dubai. I would spritz them out of stock,
      Portia xx

  • Patty says:

    I adore Eau Noire! It really just makes me incredibly happy!

  • nozknoz says:

    Portia, that video and those photos – you always come up with multi-media extras that ice the cake!

    I haven’t tried all of the Dior La Collection scents yet. I liked New Look 1947 and Mitzah, and didn’t care for the leather one.

    Looking at Kurkdjian’s list on NST, it’s clear that I haven’t tried very many of them yet. Of those I have tried, Parfums MDCI Enlevement au Serail is the one I really love. I’ve been dithering about a bottle forever, and now their Chypre Palatin (by Duchaufour) is competing for my interest/credit cards.

    And WOW – can’t wait to see what Musette will come up with on Friday!

    • Portia says:

      Hi nozknoz
      Thanks, I enjoy looking for the images and videos, glad you like them.
      I am afraid to go down the Parfums MDCI path. I think it might leave me eating Maggi noodles for 3 months if I got an inkling for them. I like Maggi noodles but ….. I like the way Kurkdjian talks about fragrance. I have a video that I will put up in a couple of posts of him talking about his own range. He is charming and engaging. I’ll search it out for you,
      Much love,
      Portia xx

  • Lindaloo says:

    Haven’t tried any of the Dior la Collection. When it comes to Dior, I am a classicist — Diorella and Diorissimo. Diorella was a constant for me in the 80s and 90s and I wish I had grabbed a number of bottles so I wouldn’t be searching for them now.

    • Portia says:

      If we only knew en what we know now. I would have liters of Fendi Donna, Jazz, No 5, Shalimar and Blonde in my fridge and cupboard
      Portia x

  • Dionne says:

    Well, it’s because of you and Thomas that Oud Ispahan and Mitzah are on their way to me now, Portia, but thus far I haven’t tried anything from Dior La Collection. As far as Dior goes in general, it’s Dune that really works for me. Almost bought a 30ml bottle just the other day.

    • Portia says:

      OH DUNE!! What a fragrance!! Do they do a DUNE Parfum Dionne? Wouldn’t THAT be something. Even current formulation Dune is yummy!! Though I went to buy a bottle recently, had my money in my hand, spritzed and went, Meh! After pondering the issue I think the tester was light damaged. One day.
      Portia xx

  • Eldarwen 22 says:

    The only Dior Private Collection I have tried is the Granville. It was interesting because pine is not something you smell in a perfume marketed to women. I’m trying out the classic Diors (Miss Dior, Diorissimo, etc) and I wish that Diorling was a little more long lasting in EDT form.

    • Portia says:

      Hey Eldarwen 22
      I nearly grabbed Granville when I was thinking about reviewing. pine you say? Can’t wait now. Interesting good?
      It’s so fun trying the old stuff isn’t it? Even reformulations of them. Is it the modern or vintage Diorling that is short lived? I don’t know it yet in any incarnation.
      Portia xx

      • Eldarwen 22 says:

        I did like Granville a lot but it wasn’t love. The Diorling was the current formulation and even with a thick moisturizer, I got about a 3 hour wearing. But I cannot comment on the vintage Diorling. I wish that Diorling was more widely available and came in EDP form so for those of us who get no lasting power from the EDT.

        • Portia says:

          That is annoying. I get it with a LOT of fragrances. I’m so happy when something stays 6-8 hours. Is Diorling so gorgeous that you’d be happy to respritz or is it out of the question?
          Portia xx

  • dinazad says:

    Sigghhhhhh….. Eau Noire is GORGEOUS (and yes, it merits all capitals). It smells….. like the back of the Acropolis at night. I was once at a conference in Athens and the one evening we got out of the hotel we climbed up towards the Acropolis on some dark, forgotten path, with the starry sky and the illuminated temple above and all of the lights of the city below (and smooching pairs in-between). It smelled of something sharp (last year’s urination spot, I presume), dry grass and herbs, the last whiffs of smoke from the kebab and souvlaki joints at the foot of the hill, it smelled like now, and it smelled like then. Exactly like Eau Noire. The next time I visit the Acropolis – if I ever make it – I’m wearing Eau Noire……

    • Portia says:

      WOW! dinazad. That’s is an epic tale to go with Eau Noire. Thanks for sharing it. i am inspired to hit Greece. Maybe 2014.
      Portia xx

  • Ann says:

    Howdy, Portia! Lovely to see you on a Wednesday (well, anytime, really!)! Your post has sent me running to my Dior bag of samples to re-try this — I remember liking it but need a reminder on just how nice it is. I love Dior’s New Look 1947 for spring and summer and can’t wait for cold weather to waft the rich, ambery Mitzah.

    • Portia says:

      Hey Ann,
      How did you go? Did you find it? Was it similar to my experience?
      Mitzah! New Look! They do some great work don’t they at DIOR. I’m slowly making my way through the Couturier Collection and loving it and the process.

      • Ann says:

        Yep, I found it and wore it this morning. Its’ lovely coffee woods touched with a hint of lavender was just right for the slightly cool, overcast day here. Gotta try it sprayed, though, for maximum ooomph!