Blog post by Gwen

Noir de Réminiscence – green and resinous and woody

Photo: perfumeniche

I have a single girlfriend who has made it very clear to all her friends that she would like to meet the right man. One afternoon, when I dropped round her place to return a book I’d borrowed, I noticed a sports station playing on the radio in the background as we chatted.

I asked her when she started following hockey, and she told me that she didn’t care about hockey at all. She listens to sports radio because she wants to meet a man and figures that she can do that if she learns more about what they talk about, what interests them, and how they think so she has sports radio on while doing things around the house.

I thought it was an interesting idea, Sure, there are lots of blogs and articles from women’s magazines telling women what men like, but what about a male point of view?

That’s how I discovered Noir de Réminiscence by Réminiscence, the French costume jewelry and fragrance line.

In an online article titled “8 Men’s Fragrances That Draw In Compliments Without Fail” I saw this comment on Noir de Réminiscence: “I guarantee that no one within 50 miles of you is wearing this. This is a niche fragrance that delivers a masculine, woody scent that’s sure to remind you of incense and herbal medicine. It’s the unique scent that’s sure to draw people in. Curiosity will be aroused. Wear this on a night out.”

After smelling and trying Noir de Réminiscence, I have to say, this dude is absolutely right.

Noir de Réminiscence opens with bergamot, sharp, citrusy and bitter, before a camphourous note of eucalyptus comes forward bolstered an aromatic, medicinal elemi. The combination is heady, indolic and gorgeously compelling! The green aspect of the eucalyptus is heightened by bitter, herbal galbanum and spicy, green coriander. A note of lemon gives it a welcome brightness. The opening is a totally unique texture that is aromatic, fresh and resinous. As it blooms, a lush, sensuous rose note appears alongside a note of earthy, powdery violet. Then there are the woods – cedarwood and fragrant, aromatic Marrakech wood. The camphour is muted but still present so that the heart is floral, woody and balsamy. This is carried over to a resinous-rich base of ambery labdanum, and sweet, rich oppoponax and balsamy, woody frankincense. Vanilla and creamy sandalwood give it a sensual smoothness.

The drydown of this men’s fragrance is exactly the kind I like: quietly powerful, confident and compelling without swagger or arrogance.

The next time I saw my friend, she reported that she was dating a political consultant. She sounded happy, and I was happy for her. I had to ask her if listening to sports radio helped her land this guy. It turns out it didn’t, but watching Parliament TV did. She said some of those guys were just what she was looking for.

Looks like we both found what we wanted, by looking in the right place.

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