I love licorice, anise and fennel flavors. And I also love these flavors in fragrances. For me, anise, star anise and sweet fennel flavors remind me of summer because they remind me of aperitifs like ouzo, pastis, raki…my favorite summer beverages. I’ve tried many licorice scents and I rather like most of them. However, my favorite is 1000 Flowers Réglisse Noire.
Réglisse Noire is a sheer, sweet licorice. There’s a balance of air and cooling herbs contrasted with warmer spices and at this stage it reminds me of an apertif like chartreuse or pastis. As it dries down, it still keeps that airiness while adding an earthy patchouli and sheer vanilla that reminds me somewhat of aging paperback books. Really all I can say about Réglisse Noire is that it is perfect.
In comparison to other licorice scents. 1000 Flowers’ is not as sharp as many, nor is it as bitter and herbal (Caron Eau de Reglisse) But, at the same time it’s not as sweet or like candy (Smell Bent Dead of Winter). And it’s not as cool as many (Etro Anice).
Notes listed include white pepper, ozone, mint, shiso leaf, star anise, ginger, licorice, cocoa, patchouli, cedarwood, vanilla vetiver and musk. Launched 2010. PERFUMER – Jessica Buchanan
Give Reglisse Noire a try if you like licorice scents. Or if you like perfumes like Etro Anice, Smell Bent Dead of Winter, Hermes Hermessence Brin de Reglisse, Caron Eau de Reglisse and/or Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille. Reglisse Noir is unisex. I actually prefer wearing this one in the summer because of its sheerness. But, the spices also work well in cooler weather.
Projection and longevity are average for an EDT.
Reglisse Noire comes in 2 sizes. There’s a 1.7 oz with a vintage-style bulb atomizer ($135) and a 1/2 splash for $50 at Indie Scents and 1000 Flowers* (Canada). Samples are also available for purchase.
*Prices are much cheaper on 1000 Flowers website (20CAD for 1/2 oz splash – A DEAL!) but this ship from Canada. FYI- I haven’t had issues with Canada to US shipping before.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A perfect licorice. There isn’t a thing I’d change about this one. I love it.
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