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.
If anyone has the chance to smell the body lotion, please do - the lotion, not the cream. I have been known in the past to change my opinion on these grand-dames of fragrance, but I have given CN several chances and have come to the same conclusion each time. Strangely the fresh citrus top notes come after a couple of hours and quite intensively.
I wanted to continue exploring an entire esthetic range of CHANEL perfumery, a range that distinguishes itself from the Florals, one that is illustrated by Bois-des-Iles and Cuir de Russie. It’s what I like to call the CHANEL Coromandel culture, what you see and feel in her apartment.
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.
Coco Noir is the smell of inward confidence, of self assurance and actualization.
Determined, headstrong, demanding, yet somehow still demure and sensitive.