I’m not intimidated by many fragrances. I can wear orientals and I love “heavy” scents. I usually wear too much perfume and I spritz on juice like I’m using the free tester at the store. But, I have to admit that I’m a bit intimidated by Geisha Noire. This is a black amber fragrance. It isn’t shy. I can see how this scent is like a mysterious character in a film noir. But, I also get a bit of mysticism from Geisha Noire. It’s like that dangerous siren first went to get her fortune told by gypsies, of course they foresee a fiasco, and then she goes to the hunky detective’s agency.
I’ve sampled Geisha Noire before on the weekends. I knew I liked it but it did remind me of other perfumes I have. (I went through a huge oriental and amber phase years ago). One day I wore Geisha Noire to work. I felt a bit intimated and way to sexy for my job. Geisha Noire exposed her garters and lit a cigarette in my little windowless office. Excuse me, but this is a smoke free facility 🙂 After my “wore to work” experience, I finally realized just how special Geisha Noire is.
Geisha Noire is long-wearing and “strong”. I’m surprised by the strength that this little dark oil has. This is a black amber heavy fragrance. I describe it as “amber in yo face”. I do get an “exotic” sandalwood. With time, I get an unusual but very nice smoky asphalt note. The dry-down is powdery amber and sweet tonka bean. It’s like tonka bean pods soaked in liquid amber. The dry-down is powdery and sweet. I can see how one would compare the dry-down to that of Guerlain Shalimar because of the sweet talcum. I can see the comparison, but the are very different to me. Geisha Noire is like if your Shalimar bottle was high-jacked and held hostage by the occult perhaps in a 1930’s Shanghai opium den, a thriller of a film. (It’s very difficult for my nose and mind to separate black amber from magic/mystic shops. Geisha Noire is mysterious.)
Aroma M Geisha Noire is very long wearing. It still wears fairly strong on my skin after 12+ hours of application. I feel like this is one that is on until I shower. This is amazing. Especially considering the price.
Notes listed include black amber, sandalwood, and tonka bean.
Give Geisha Noire a try if you like amber scents or powdery orientals. Or if you like fragrances like Estee Lauder Youth Dew Amber Nude, Guerlain Shalimar, Regina Harris Amber Vanilla, Sage Onyx, and/or Michele Bergman Black Amber.
An 1/4 oz perfume roll-on of Geisha Noire retails for $44. It is available at Lucky Scent.
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