Name: Dahlia Noir L’Eau
What I liked:
– lovely and well-crafted fresh green scent
– good sillage
– pretty and sleek bottle
What I didn’t like:
– not very original
– doesn’t last all day
Givenchy Dahlia Noir L’Eau, the latest addition to the Dahlia Noir family, is supposed to embody “a femme fatale veiled in tenderness”. But I don’t get the femme fatale part at all. Lighter than the original, Dahlia Noir L’Eau is not a scent I’d spritz on to seduce or impress, not even in a subtle way.
No, Dahlia Noir L’Eau is something I’d wear on an outdoor spring or summer day, for a walk in the woods or a picnic in a lovely field sprinkled with roses. The fragrance reminds me of nature, but in an abstract way. It evokes the ghosts of rose bushes, tall mossy trees and sparkling citrus fruits, but never allows them to get too real. The scent always remains dreamy and airy, although it is strong enough to be sniffed by those sitting right next to you.
Dahlia Noir L’Eau opens with a sparkling, yet bitter, burst of neroli that dances over a soft background of powdery iris infused with airy and green accents. The transparent earthiness of the top notes makes the neroli almost unrecognizable, making it smell so different from its usually happy self. It is still cheerful, but in a more subdued, aloof way.
Slowly, among the greenery, you stumble onto a rose bush. But even the queen of flowers isn’t herself here. Far from demanding attention, like it so often does, it emanates a delicate aroma that enriches the composition without overwhelming it. The rose accord eventually leaves its place to a chypre, cedar and patchouli blend. It’s mossy but light and blends in well with the other accords, rather than contrasting with them, like it would have done had it been a typical dark and earthy chypre.
Givenchy Dahlia Noir L’Eau isn’t the most original fragrance out there, but it is very well-crafted and screams spring, which makes me wish I had tried it in April. Instead, I’ll just keep enjoying it on these last few short summer days, and then spritz it on once or twice in the middle of winter when I’m in the mood for something fresh and green to remind me the dreary cold weather won’t last forever. And neither doesn’t the scent. After six hours, it’s gone.
Givenchy Dahlia Noir L’Eau is a well-crafted light fresh and green scent that just screams spring. Sillage is good, while staying power is only average.