I'm disappointed; I assumed I'd really like this one based on several reviews. For me, it's not special at all. Also, I don't get anything 'vague' or 'fruity'....on me (and i'm basing it on its reaction to my skin) it just seemed like a terrible terrible version of N. 5, which I don't like anyway. I like Coco and Coco M....unfortunately this one didn't do me any favors.
this may not be all noir or so close to coco mademos. and coco...but since coco is old fashioned on my skin and coco mademos. has a undetone that reeks sometimes.....this is perfect...elegant, soft , layered nice and pretty....i really like this on my skin...out of all 3 my bf liked this the most on my skin . some ppl's chemistry just dont fit this, so they might not like it...i do!
I expect Coco Noir to be bold and spicy however when I sprayed this onto my skin it is rather mild and soft. I like the smell but however it doesnt last that long on my skin (3 hours max). I think maybe the NOIR made me think its going to be a strong perfume. Dont get me wrong, the smell is pleasant but if they call it Skinny Coco then I wont expect too much from Coco Noir. Its just too mild in my humble opinion and I dont think the sillage is good either.
In terms of the smell, the dry down to me is a very soft sweet patchouli which I think is unique because most patchouli based I have come across are just strong. So i think the 'strength' or the selling point ( if you may) of this perfume is the soft and sweet patchouli. A clever blend I must say.
talk about stages!
whiff of strong men's cologne ~ pleasant, but def masculine.
flowerbomb meets coco mademoiselle.
angel peeks in, with a grapefruit top.
grapefruit top softens and sweetens a hair.
soft leather (like bottega veneta) comes in.
drydown is coco light (Coco light, not coco mlle).
put it on before bed, and woke up to strong vetiver, nothing more.
i wouldn't buy it, and i wouldn't wear it often if i had it, but i do like it.
these stages were very distinct, and the first whiff to drydown was around 30 minutes on me.
also, i never care if something is "generic" or not; i like many of those. but *this* ~ to me ~ did not warrant the price tag. at all.
i'd buy coco, coco mlle, flowerbomb, bottega, angel, a men's cologne, or velvet rope before i'd buy this.
it's weird, though, because i still say i like it. :)
Coco Noir is a beautiful fragrance, and I feel sure it will be a classic. If I could make any changes, it would be to increase the spiciness and decrease the grapefruit note. I would like it to lean a bit more to the original Coco and a bit less to the Coco Mademoiselle. I think it is suitable for either day or night, and if used in appropriate quantities it could be worn for any occasion--perhaps sprayed very lightly for a work environment & more lavishly for an evening out. It has good lasting power for me. I enjoy the layers as they develop. I enjoy keeping it on my vanity as a frequent choice as a scent of the day.
I have always loved and worn Chanel Coco and I do own Coco Mademoiselle but on a kind of basis of sometimes I like it, sometimes I don't (worn for day wear) as there is a background scent that I am not that comfortable with on me. Was looking forward so much to Coco Noir, being dark and heady etc. Had read lots of negative reviews and was sorry to read it seemed more Coco M, than Coco. Managed to get a tester, sprayed it and first thought was Coco M, but then as the day wore on and all day the next day, I could not stop sniffing my wrists and decided I loved it once the layers started taking effect (also how different a perfume can smell in the morning to later in the day!)...but not as much as Coco. Next day was 'release' day so I got it, so I could really see what I thought and I agree with those who say its inbetween the two, it does have layers and the lower layer is, for me the best. I have decided I love it (Coco will always be favourite though). Getting over the fact I would have liked it more 'dark' like Coco, I will be buying it again as a few days on I still adore it! My only bug bear is that, as others have mentioned, it simply doesnt last long enough and you need to reapply whereas with Coco you do not, as it lingers...
I would just like to add, that over a month on, I am completely besotted by Coco Noir and have worn it all the time since my last posting, I really like the perspective added by LavndarSky - that Mademoiselle loved black. Different friends have tried mine and most have been very positive about it - even those who, like me are dedicated to Chanel Coco. Still, we are all aware different perfumes are different on different skins - for me, I love and will continue with it indefinitely, as with Coco.
I was very excited about this perfume as I love Chanel perfumes, especially the Coco line. To me this starts out more like Mademoiselle and then actually morphs more into No5 than the original Coco. It is a nice, fresh smell but nothing interesting and the lasting power is next to nothing. It is like a mist but even Chanel mists usually have more power than actual EDP's from other brands. Not horrible just horribly disappointing. One for the ebay pile, stick to Coco or Coco Mademoiselle.
I admit I was a tiny bit concerned about trying Coco Noir because it was a blind buy(!). Dodged a bullet in that endeavor because I LOVE it. I don't live where I could easily sample it and I find that hasn't been a Chanel made that I don't at least like --- and most of the Chanels are loves, anyway. Thus --- the blind buy
Upon my first trials, I found that Coco Noir lasts well on me and, like all the Chanels, is obviously well-made using excellent ingredients. It is somehow "softer" than Coco Mademoiselle which, on my skin, was overpowering and had something in the base that I found to be cloying.
Anyway, Coco Noir is everything I liked about CM, but without the part I found annoying. Does that make sense?
I do not find Coco Noir to be truly a 'noir' form of Coco in that is doesn't remind me of Coco, the original, one bit.
I was a little disconcerted by the lack of connection I got to Coco, but I have moved beyond that disconnect and have decided to love Coco Noir on its own merits -- and there are many.
On my skin Coco Noir is not as abrupt as CM, and not as powerful as Coco (which I ADORE, BTW), but CN is a gorgeous scent on its own. It seems to straddle and area directly between Coco Mademoiselle and Coco by giving a small nod to each of the previous beauties while basking in its own loveliness.
I have long been a "Chanel Girl" and here is another reason why!! continued >>
Been there, done that.
I can't say how much I wanted to love this one... anything with NUIT or NOIR is a good bet for me and the thought of Chanel doing one of those dark beauties bringing with their name the promise of a quality parfum - oh yeah, I was ready for it.
First sniff - SWEET. Second sniff - nausea induced by sweet... I generally love grapefruit which brings some relief to otherwise sweet formulas, but not here, not to me. So, I brought back samples to work... we all were sniffing and comparing and scratching our heads - women of all ages standing there in the back office wondering - why is this new? We've smelled this before... worn this before, when we were much younger and prone to sweeter scents... it doesn't smell different or new or classic. It certainly didn't smell like the Mata Hari is was suggested by the hype to be and the promise of complexity and dark mystery was nowhere to be found.
It was however, a huge hit with the 18 yr old why has never worn anything besides fruity florals. Nothing wrong with that - but this wasn't supposed to be THAT girl.
Something about it reminds me of Ysatis - a heavier scent, but with similar sharp sweetness that never dies.
Lastly, the bottle cap spins around like a top - even the Chanel rep said it felt less the quality that the iconic fixed stopper with that satisfying click and a solid non-spinning around cap so it always stays aligned with the square design of the bottle. A small detail, but...
So, if you love sweet, if you loved YSATIS, you may indeed love this. If you love noir femme fatals, really think twice about this one.
This was just wow at first spray. I was convinced that coco Noir wouldnt be much of interest but curiousity pulled me to sniff this during my work lunch break. To my nose this is sophisticated and a cross between coco and coco mlle with all harsh and sharpness taken out leaving a smooth velvet soft fragrance of great quality. It didnt seem to leave much sillage and remained close to the skin. However i need to re try as the weather is so hot here. I seriously would grab a bottle if i could but have made a pledge not to buy anymore perfumes involved with animal testing. Sigh. As this is one of the best in the Chanel range since im unable to tolerate strong smelling scents. Noir appears to have fine ingredients. Does anyone else get the bois de iles vibe going on with Noir?