Coco Noir benefits from an impeccable image that brings to mind its predecessors Coco and Coco Mademoiselle, being in my opinion, one of the most important launches in the perfumery for women, over the last 5 years. That being said, in spite of the comments read in some reviews lately, according to which the critics were not so pleased by the outcome.
Arrived on the market in August 2012, Coco Noir was introduced as a flanker to Chanel’s already classic Coco, from 1984, a perfume which intended to replicate the huge success of N°5, except this time was targeted evidently at a younger audience. As a creation of Chanel house perfumer, Mr. Jacques Polge, Coco Noir was deemed as an oriental floral with a degree of sophistication and elegance updated for the modern times.
And because Coco is waiting for a long time on my “to buy” list (clearly as a present for my wife”), I was more than thrilled to sample this new scent, as soon as I discovered it on the shelves of my favorite Sephora store. Therefore, I could not wait to spray a blotter and instead, I jump right into launching a couple of whiffs on my wife’s wrist.
The first moments subsequent to applying Coco Noir on skin were revealing the floral facet of this perfume, a character which is maintained throughout all three development phases. After the fresh citrus opening, the accords were superseded by an even more pungent floral heart that heightened the olfactory pleasure and was transformed into something soothing and more personal in the end. For the dried down I perceived its notes of patchouli, combined with a hint of sandalwood and my beloved incense, although I wished the last one could have been stronger and with more impact.
But, I guess Mr. Polge knew better, therefore he delivered exactly what this concept was supposed to be. Coco Noir’s top notes are grapefruit, Calabrian bergamot; its heart is made of essence and absolute of rose, jasmine absolute, narcissus, rose geranium leaf; while the base notes feature Brazilian and Venezuelan Tonka bean, Indonesian patchouli, New Caledonian sandalwood, Bourbon vanilla, white musk, frankincense.
The signature bottle of Chanel is available for Coco Noir’s packaging and this time the idea of using a black color scheme renders the product into even more fascinating. The magic of Chanel is still there accompanied by an abiding persistence. Overall, Coco Noir might not be an exceptional fragrance (for the ones that are after exceptional, how many perfume did you considered in this category, over the last 2 years?), but the silver lining is that it qualifies as an interesting scent that deserves a spot in your perfume wardrobe.
Chanel Coco Noir Perfume Details
- Coco Noir by Chanel is available in 50 and 100 ml Eau de Parfum Spray; the lasting power is average (6 to 10 hours) and the sillage is good.
- Olfactory Group: Oriental Floral
- For: Women
- Year Introduced: 2012
- Perfumer: Jacques Polge
- Recommended Wear: Day and Evening
- Dress Code: Casual and Informal attire
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