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.’”
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 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