Chanel Coco Noir Eau de Parfum

Chanel Coco Noir packaging

Available since the end of 2012, Chanel Coco Noir Eau de Parfum was recently expanded to include a 35ml (1.2 oz) format, as well as a shower gel and lotion. Continuing the tradition of Chanel Coco and Coco Mademoiselle, the Chanel perfumer Jacques Polge envisioned Coco Noir as “the night vision of the ‘Orient that starts and ends in Venice.”

Chanel Coco Noir EDP

The packaging of the 35ml-bottle of Chanel Coco Noir (RRP in Belgium: 70 euros) is travel-friendly in terms of shape and weight. It’s great for trips as well as for those who are not sure they want to commit to a bigger bottle yet.

Chanel Coco Noir review

Chanel Coco Noir starts with a fleeting burst of grapefruit and bergamot before moving on to a powerful mixture of floral notes including jasmine, rose, narcissus, and geranium. I personally find narcissus the strongest note here, and sometimes I can detect a hint of rose as well. it feels like standing in front of a florist’s, trying to discern the shapes, colors, and scents of different flowers. It’s quite an experience!

After several hours, the floral notes give way to the base notes. I actually haven’t encountered a perfume that contains so many different base notes, but Coco Noir has a combination of tonka bean, patchouli, sandalwood, vanilla, white musk, and frankincense. The interesting thing is first I get a faint sniff of vanilla, and just as I think the perfume is already fading, a concoction of all the other notes come out, lasting for some more hours on my skin.

Chanel Coco Noir is a rich and long-lasting scent that never has a dull moment. There is always so much going on to keep you engaged. It’s great for autumn, winter, or a dinner date. I don’t think it is a crowd pleaser that everyone will appreciate (or even feel neutral about), but if you appreciate rich, complex Oriental florals, check out Chanel Coco Noir: it’s the right season!

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Mostly Sunny disclosure

  • Dovey

    Hi Sunny,

    I haven’t had the chance to try CHANEL Coco Noir, but it sounds really pretty! I like the idea of narcissus, it’s a flower that doesn’t get enough love. Looks like I should seek out a bottle for a spritz… :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Dovey, if you like narcissus you should definitely take a look at this! I agree it’s an underloved note!

  • Beauty Box

    When I first sniffed Coco Noir, it was at an airport and I wasn’t overly impressed because I thought it was a fruity floral – I only smelled it from a test strip. But after reading your description, I think I need to revisit it. It sounds so interesting! I think I should spray it on myself and see how it develops.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Yu Ming, you should definitely try it on to see how it works! I don’t think it’s fruity (at all)!

  • Joyce (bronzer bunny)

    love the sequin background :) i think all perfumes should come in little purse spray sizes lol. :) This sounds so interesting, though I suspect my picky nose wouldn’t like it! Oh well!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Joyce! I agree. I’d love to have a small bottle of everything 😉 You should try it on just to see how you feel! I don’t think it’s a scent that you can really get to know from a piece of paper.

      • Joyce (bronzer bunny)

        Ok! If i encounter this then I will! :)

  • beauties

    love the bottle!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      It’s very travel-friendly! The regular version has the same shape as Coco Mademoiselle and so on :)

  • Kiss & Make-up

    Sounds like a hit or miss! I think it would be a hit for me though :-)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Melissa, I don’t think EVERYONE is going to love this, but I do think there’s a good chance that you’ll like it!

  • Icaria

    The original Coco was one of my favorites, Le Parfum not the eau. I remember sampling Coco Mademoiselle and not liking it as much but I think it may be a differrent story with Coco Noir & you’re right, it’s the perfect time to try this type of fragrance. :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Helene, Coco Mademoiselle remains my favorite Chanel fragrance, but I tend to love chypres more than anything else!

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    Sounds interesting! I usually don’t care for oriental floras much, but I will sniff it!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Tracy, you should! Spritz some on and see how it develops on you!

  • Lily

    This is a little heavy on me, but some perfumes do grow on me. My fave has to be Coco Mademoiselle :-)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Lily, I can see this being on the heavier side in Malaysia! Coco Mademoiselle is my favorite Chanel perfume so far as well!

  • Krystle Kouture

    I usually think Chanel scents are too strong/spicy for my tastes. However, the flora notes in this sounds very intriguing!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Krystle, if that is the case have you checked out Coco Mademoiselle? I wouldn’t say that one is strong or spicy!

  • Kelly Amanda

    I’ve tried this one a couple of times and I absolutely love it, it’s definitely on my wishlist yet first I have to use up a couple of perfumes.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Kelly, I’m glad to hear you’re a fan! I hope you’ll use some up and get this soon :)

      • Kelly Amanda

        I’m a fan of heavier and oriental scents so this one is right up my alley. I don’t think I’ll use anything up soon but it’s nice to have a wishlist :)

  • peggy timmermans

    I really adore this perfume, but; there’s a but… It doesn’t stay long on me…people tend to find that strange but it’s a fact.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Oh that is indeed strange! This one lasts forever on me, but I guess that’s just body chemistry!

  • Sofia

    Gosh this sounds great (I dont care for crowd pleasers) and I will be off to my local Sephora to see if they have it and I can try a sniff and a sample. It’s quite annoying I am allergic to some perfumes, so buying a new perfume for me is a whole ritual. I must love the smell, the way it develops on my skin over hours, the packaging AND try it to make sure I don’t get a rash. It’s actually an advantage because that way, apart from seeing that no rash takes place, I get to see how the smell develops over the hours.
    PS. Nice photos there with the sequins :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Sofia, I am a giant pain in the a* when I try to decide if I want to purchase a perfume, and I’m not even allergic to perfumes in general! I don’t want to risk getting something that smells good on someone else/paper, only to have it turn out yucky on myself! You have every right to try something a couple of times before you purchase!

  • jenn @Abeautifulzen

    again i love my citruses so this sounds right up my alley. i love mademoiselle and the bf got me a bottle for my bday this year. made me so happy (he was very amused by how excited i was to get it)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jenn, oh I love Mademoiselle as well! It is still my favorite Chanel fragrance!

  • Beauty Treasures

    Soons good, Coco Eau de parfum is my mom’s favorite

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Ahh that’s such a classic it’s legendary!