Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while know that I am a big fan of Roxana Villa and her works. I think she’s a master at capturing California in smells. Figure 1: Noir is one of those masterpieces.
Figure 1: Noir is based on a ’09 scent in her chocolate series. I liked that one a lot, but sometimes pared-down is even better. Figure 1: Noir is a patchouli-fest- but an excellent one. It’s not one of those oily, head-shoppy patches. It’s a bone-dry one with threads of dark greenness and creamy orris and tart buchu leaf to it and a big slug of botanical musk with a touch of cumin. It’s almost unsettling, in a really delightful way it’s like a walk in a dark woods on a hot day. The woods are cool because of the shade but you know when you hit a clearing you’ll be hot. You also know someone (or something) is following you and you are hoping to make that clearing before looking back to see who or what it is.
Roxana sent me a smidge of both the EDP and Extrait versions of Figure 1: Noir. The EDP blossoms more quickly; I prefer the Extrait which lays purringly close to the skin but has a more concentrated version of the opening that makes me go “squeee”. It’s not a shock that my scent twin feels the same way..
Notes (from her site): botanical musk. patchouli, green vetiver, Mysore sandalwood, orris. valerian, buchu leaf, black cumin, green cognac and davana. Lasting power is excellent for a botanical; I got 6 hours. I know from experience that if you layer it with her solid perfumes it can be even more long lasting.
Available at her Etsy store. I received my samples from the perfumer.
Image: Greg Spelanka for Roxana Illuminated Perfume.