I just got a *huge* compliment from the burly construction worker fixing our roof at work. I walked past on my way to the mailbox, and he said with enthusiasm, "You smell reeeeeally good!!". He asked what it was so he could get it for his wife -- and I told him, but I don't think he'll be able to remember all that -- esp the "noir", which I don't think he'd ever heard before.
By the way, this was 10am, he smelled me from a bit of a distance as I swooshed past him, and I worried it was too strong. I had applied 2 1/2 hours previously. I'd say it's plenty strong, with good throw and excellent lasting power.
I like this Noir flanker more than original Viva La Juicy. Noir is my second fave Viva La Juicy flanker behind VLJ Gold Couture, which is a caramel-vanilla version that is definitely my favorite VLJ. I also have VLJ La Fleur, which is very nice.
I'm always drawn to the words "Black" and "Noir" in the name of a scent -- and also black bottles. I love dark scents, so I made a bee-line for this and was a bit disappointed. I wouldn't really call this scent very "noir-ish" at ALL -- it's really not.
I'd go so far as to call "Noir" a total misnomer -- it's very misleading. It's a "More-Berries-Added" version of Viva La Juicy. What's "noir"-ish about that?? Nothing!! Yet, I do like the fragrance anyway.
Launched in 2013, here are its notes, per parfumo.net:
Top Notes: Strawberry, Mandarin, Wild berries
Heart Notes: Honeysuckle, Gardenia, Jasmine
Base Notes: Amber, Caramel, Vanilla, Sandalwood
Strawberry, Mandarin, Wild berries -- there's your "noir" factor -- Strawberry LOL! With the "Wild berries" note, It doesn't specify black or purple berries (blackberries?) -- it seems to be just more Red Fruits added! -- which to me doesn't make it "noir" at all -- not sure what the JC people were thinking -- but to me, this is a totally day time, night time, any season, any time fragrance.
I love that the irridescent dark pink bottle with black lacy bow on cap is drop-dead gorgeous!