One sunny day of the summer that just went by, I wanted to sample a recent creation from Givenchy, Dahlia Noir and I was very surprised to find out that in both Sephora and Douglas, the scent was not available. The unpleasant surprise was generated by the fact that, according to my calculations, the feminine chypre floral perfume introduced last year and developed by perfumer Francois Demachy, should have been available by now, but at that time I imagined this was an odd marketing strategy of Givenchy.
In the last month, on the occasion of introducing the new version for Dahlia Noir (namely Eau de Toilette), the original perfume was largely available, therefore I was able to get a sniff of its character, helped as always by the willingness to collaborate of my wife, who agreed to spray a couple of whiffs onto her wrist.
The fragrance appeared to by interesting not only by the fact that this marked the first olfactory creation of Riccardo Tisci, since his appointment as Creative Director for Givenchy, but also because of its chypre floral character, a trait which I had no opportunity to sample lately. Luckily, the premises happened to be true and to reveal the end, Dahlia Noir is an interesting fragrance, which deserves to be discovered.
The official listed notes of this scent include pink pepper, mandarin, rose, iris, mimosa, patchouli, sandalwood, vanilla and Tonka bean and I should tell you that most of these may be identified throughout the development stages of the classic olfactory pyramid, imagined by Mr. Demachy. One special mentions goes to the mid development phase, in which the floral facet is spicy with a hint of pepper and also the base, with its beguiling aroma of a musky woody patchouli, enhanced by a powdery finish.
The flacon that contains Dahlia Noir is a true work of art, being made from transparent glass and exhibits a perfectly cut shape and rounded edges, everything topped by an elegant black stopper. The name of the house appears at the bottom of the bottle printed in black, while the perfume’s name does not appear at all. To match such a scent, the fragrance benefits from an original commercial which underscores Givenchy’s Haute Couture tradition and features the Italian model Mariacarla Boscono.
Overall, I’ll say that Dahlia Noir is a fragrance that deserves to be tested and appreciated, apart from its elusive character implied by the name.
Givenchy Dahlia Noir Perfume Details
- Dahlia Noir by Givenchy is available in 30, 50 and 75 ml Eau de Parfum Spray and complementary products in the range, such as: 200 ml Shower Gel and 200 ml Body Milk; the lasting power is average (6 to 10 hours) and the sillage is good.
- Olfactory Group: Chypre Floral
- For: Women
- Year Introduced: 2011
- Perfumer: Francois Demachy
- Recommended Wear: Day
- Dress Code: Casual
Mariacarla Boscono Video for Givenchy Dahlia Noir