Shay & Blue London Framboise Noire EDP Perfume Review

Shay & Blue Framboise Noire

The notes of Shay & Blue Framboise Noire sounded so good that I ended up buying a sample. I had no idea what to expect with this. RETRACTION – I actually thought it would be terrible and sometimes it’s just as fun to talk about something awful as something great, right? I figured, “what the heck” and added a sample to my cart. Who says I don’t live a fun and exciting life?

Framboise Noire opens with a red berry compote (or pie filling). Instead of the usual sweet vanilla/amber/gourmand notes, this is paired with a rustic oud and woods. Don’t get me wrong. Red berry compote is sweet but this isn’t your typical gourmand. It’s forest berries paired with a sharp oud and smoke. Framboise Noire dries down to a sharp musk, clean iris and moss. It comes across like a fruity-woodsy fantasy forest.

Framboise Noire is not that bad. In fact, it’s good. I didn’t expect to be saying that. I thought I’d be laughing about oud and berries. Nope. I actually *enjoy* wearing this. I smell like a raspberry bramble on fire and I absolutely love that.

Bill GIbb photography

Notes listed include raspberry, berries, iris, oud, musk and dark woodsy notes. Launched in 2015. PERFUMER – Julie Masse

Give Framboise Noire a try if you like the idea of a raspberry bramble on fire. Or want a weird fruity fragrance. Or perfumes like HEELEY Agarwoud, Terry de Gunzburg Terryfic Oud, Juliette Has a Gun Another Oud, Aquolina Black Sugar and/or Aedes de Venustas Iris Nazarena. All fragrances are unisex but I want to reiterate that about this one. It seems to adapt to the wearer.

Projection and longevity are average.

The 3.4 oz bottle retails for $90 at Indigo Perfumery. Samples are also available for purchase.

Victoria’s Final EauPINIONMagical, mystic raspberry bramble bonfire in some magical, mystic forest. Who knew I’d get such a kick from red berries and synth oud?

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*Sample purchased by me. Product pic from Shay & Blue. Bill Gibb dress from

7 thoughts on “Shay & Blue London Framboise Noire EDP Perfume Review

  1. I am totally in the anti-fruit camp when it comes to my stinks and smells, but you’ve utterly ensnared me with the image you’ve chosen to represent the scent. So gorgeous! Also fiery brambles sound amazing, and even though raspberry is The Worst fruit (barring banana), I think I am going to have to give this a try.
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    1. I don’t mind fruity but I’m so picky! This isn’t the typical fruity fragrance at all. It’s more like a synth oud with some forest-y fruit thing going on. It made me eat crow.

      I do think if Bill Gibb were still with us and had a perfume brand (like all designers end up with), it would have something in it like Framboise Noire – pastoral, exotic and mystical. Ugh, I really wish his fashions would inspire a perfume brand.

      Speaking of banana, there’s a body oil that I really like that I think smells like tropical flowers. Hubs was like “What smells like bananas in here?” and now I can’t un-smell the bananas. Thanks for ruining my expensive body oil for me, Hubs.

  2. “raspberry bramble on fire” is a great image. I can see why you’d be side eyeing it based on the description, but it does sound unique and kind of delicious in a dangerous way. Thank you for the review!

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