When I and my husband separated last year, I did a recoup of my fragrances just so I wouldn't be reminded of him! I love Cinnabar, Opium and the orientals and musks too...and I saw the black topped bottle of Magie Noire on ebay, and went hunting online for a discription. I liked what I read and on the whim bought a bottle. It is very different. and it takes a brave woman to wear it, a confident sensual sort of woman. I have had many complements on it. It reminds me of wood, leather, incense and beeswax...and it DOESN'T remind me of my ex!! It represents the newly resurrected ME!! I would like to mention to the youngsters on here need to remember that those "old ladies" in minks were once young, like them, and the classics endure. Those fruity foo-foo fragrances are nice, but classic scents are for women and establishing your style of who you are!! (those fruity things are going to be like tatoos...cute when you are 19, but really sad when you are hitting middle age!) So be a bit adventuorous, and mysterious, 'cause there are a lot of men out there that like that sort of thing!
Will definitely keep wearing this keeper!
I know it does not come across as the most sophisticated fragrance especially when compared with more contemporary lines, but I just loooove it so much. I remember my mother wearing it in the eighties when I was a little girl. It reminds me of the 1950's because it's just so unapologetically...feminine and glamorous. Hey, Dita Von Teese wears it. As far as what it really smells like...I'm not sure if I can describe it...dark, floral, not really natural, powdery, like Marilyn Monroe. I don't actually wear it anymore. When I did it was like kid wearing an evening gown. I'm just not sure if I'm woman enough.
Magie Noire sparked my love affair with perfume. This was my mother's special occasion fragrance, saved for weddings and fancy events. I loved it so much that I started stealing spritzes of it when I was 15/16 years-old and wearing it to school. An in-your-face 80s fragrance, I remember loving the smell of those spicy green florals when I first put it on and something about the fact that you could still smell that woody drydown on your clothes and on your sheets the next day really got to me. And I still can't find a perfume that has this kind of sillage on me. I must've been knocking people over in my wake. What can I say? It was love at first sniff.
Since there was an 80s flashback in fashion recently, I was really hoping Lancome would re-launch this one (the parfum version) in its original beautiful bottle. The one I ordered from a discounter (which was the EDT) came in a black plastic bottle which doesn't do it for me. I don't think the plastic will do the juice any favors in the long run either.
A true Classic. Its up there with Chanel 5. Magie Niore is classic, sophisticated and confident.
I really like this perfume mostly because it is a fairly classic fragrance. It is leathery and oriental with spicy floral notes. It is a smell I associate with a confident, strong, sensual, and unique woman. So many modern fragrances are sticky-sweet like fruit punch and with pungent florals. Yes, Magie Noire is of a different age but I think that it is a refreshing change to get back to more of a classic scent, one of quality and fine craftsmanship in the formulation. Definitely use a light hand with the application. I like to spray it into the air in front of me and then walk through it. If it's subtle it will be absolutely beautiful and unique and I guarantee that no one else will smell like you. I am absolutely starting to hate that so many fragrances smell so much alike these days so Magie Noire helps to break it up a bit when I feel like I want a bit more sophistication and less foo-foo.
I love this. I think almost all lines have their signature "early" scents, like Clinique with Aromatics, Sisley with Eau du Soir, EL with Youth Dew etc...and I think this is Lancomes. I am not good at describing scents but it smells good. It's sexy, rich and warm. If I wear it on something like a jacket that I dry clean, it stays on for months, so use a light hand. I'm sure that's a big help...it just reminds me of when i used to work at the Lancome counter and they sent us to school and gave us this to wear and Ioved that time I worked there! $55 for the only size they carry anymore.
For an Eau De Toilette, Magie Noir has amazing staying power. I can put it on before I start my day and still smell it the next morning. That's powerful!
The top notes hit me like a ton of bricks every time I apply it. My coworkers laugh at me whenever I put it on, because they think it's so old and 80's and screamingly loud. But when it begins to mellow out, they all agree it's actually quite nice.
I love Magie Noir. I don't think it's a new formulation at all. It's just as I remember when I first wore it as a teen. Richly warm and melodic.
The name fits the juice! Rosbergs3 described this perfectly. Magie Noir is an edgy, dangerous scent. Think Angelina Jolie in leather. It is one of those scents that shouldn't be worn every day, but rather saved for those times when you're feeling aggressive and sexual. As it's not traditionally feminine, I think this would also smell interesting on a man.
This is a scent that i like to call a GEESH scent. You spray it and immediately go GEESH!!!!!! Magie Noire is definitely that kind of scent. Its beastly, ugly, and mean......very masculine, nothing frilly and frou frou about it. I sampled it for the first time today on the back of my hand and a few minutes later i kept smelling leather. Granted, i did have a leather jacket on but the jacket was not what i was smelling. It was Magie Noire. A little while later i was smelling candle wax. Its been a few hours now since i first sprayed it on and i am left with a deep, burning autumn leaves type of scent or maybe its billowing, black clouds of smoke from a raging, terrible inferno somewhere in the city. Magie Noire makes me think of a grotesque, ten horn beast roaming a dense forrest that is burning looking for something to kill and devour.
I am unsure which formulation I sampled today, but I must first state that Magie Noire to me is definitely not masculine. It is vintage in feel, it is also rather deep and heavy but it is very, very feminine. At the start, it made me think of Aromatics, and well into the drydown it is reminding me very much of Chanel No 19. On this winter's evening I find it quite winsome. Magie Noire is for lovers of oldschool heavy-hitters, and I mean that in the most complimentary way, being the retro fan that I am. This is a serious scent, for a certain time (winter night) and place (dressed-up occasion/celebration/seduction). This is definitely not a spritz-on-a-whim anytime anyplace scent like D&G light blue or SJP Lovely, and if you are into that type of scent then you'd best stick with those and stay far, far away from Magie Noire. I will eventually have a bottle of this dark retro beauty in my collection. This will probably be my only Lancome scent. 4&1/2 lip.
UPDATE: I think the scent I reviewed previously was the new formulation (It was in a squarish bottle). I bought a bottle today (black & gold plastic), and it smells rather different - definitely more animalic when freshly applied. I think I prefer the new formulation but I will have to compare the two side-by-side. continued >>