Roxana Illuminated Perfumes Figure 1 Noir is a natural perfume inspired by the bewitching quality of patchouli. If you didn’t know by now, you should know that I’m a patch-head. I love patchouli, especially a dirty patchouli. When I heard of this one, I couldn’t wait to try it. Much of the market has been flooded with “clean” patchoulis (which I do indulge in from time to time) but I knew that this one wouldn’t be clean or sterile. I’ve been longing for a patchouli for patch-heads.
Figure 1 Noir is an earthy and yes a truly “dark” scent. It actually deserves the “noir” title. It opens with a green bitterness that reminds me of unroasted coffee beans and raw cocoa. Figure 1 Noir is a patchouli heavy fragrance, a damp patchouli. To me, it sets a scene in a Lovecraft tale – dark, mysterious and galvanizing. Patchouli is softened by ambrette but made spicier by nigella. This middle/dry-down is exactly what I look for in a patchouli perfume. It’s dirty-cozy, think earth and fur. Because of the high concentration of traditional base notes, Figure 1 Noir wears rather linear as a musky, woodsy patchouli in the middle to base. The earthiness of patchouli is further heightened by a damp orris.
Out of the Roxana Illuminated Perfumes that I’ve tried, Figure 1 Noir is my favorite. But, remember I’m a closet goth and a patch-head. I think I may like this just as much as my beloved Serge Lutens Borneo 1834. I feel if I were to have had Roxana make me a bespoke perfume, it would have came out very much like Figure 1 Noir.
Notes listed include botanical musk, patchouli, vetiver, Mysore sandalwood, orris, valerian, buchu, black cumin, green cognac and davana. Launch date 2013. PERFUMER – Roxana Villa
Give Figure 1 Noir a try if you LOVE patchouli. Or if you like perfumes like Serge Lutens Borneo 1834, L’Artisan Parfumeur Patchouil Patch, Nobile 1942 Patchouli Nobile, DSH Perfumes Vintage Patchouly and/or Esscentual Alchemy Patchouli Creme. Figure 1 Noir is unisex and a must try for anyone that loves patchouli. And if you don’t like a rich patchouli, then don’t bother sampling this one.
Projection and longevity are above average for a natural perfume. I can apply a few small drops and they last for 8+ hours. That’s the power of patchouli.
Figure 1 Noir is available as a solid, parfum or an EDP. I’ve reviewed the EDP which is available in a variety of sizes. A small size retails for $75 at Roxana Illuminated Perfumes’ etsy shop. Samples are also available for purchase.
*I will probably end up buying the solid perfume locket in this fragrance. The woman looks so much like my mother when she was younger that’s is creepy. Greg Spalenka is the talented artist. That’s Roxana’s husband. And the locket is filled with a great patchouli perfume. I need this.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A dark, earthy and witchy patchouli. One of the few fragrances that actually deserves it’s “Noir” title. This is a must dry for those of us that are tired of our patchoulis undergoing unnecessary makeovers. We love our patchoulis for who they are.
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