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.
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 EauPINION – Magical, 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 wedreamoficecream.com.