Among the sample vials of fragrance that I received were several Givenchy scents, including a few perfumes for women. Dahlia Noir, is one of these perfumes, and a grown-up floral with a bit more sophistication than that of many other fragrances. In this review, I’m going to cover how Dahlia Noir smells, how it performs, when it should be worn, and whether or not it is worth a buy.
Notes include: tonka bean, iris, mimosa, rose, pink pepper, patchouli
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The opening blast of Dahlia Noir is an aroma of a creamy/powdery iris with just a hint of rose, at least at first. The rose note does become more prominent after a few minutes of wear but it never takes over the composition. It really does have a scent similar to iris-laden baby powder.
As it wears on, Dahlia Noir presents its pink pepper note, which adds a very slight spice to the scent and then a soft vanilla seems to emerge. The aroma is quite clean and fresh. Mostly, though, this is a floral affair and the iris, rose, and mimosa notes dominate a present a feminine perfume.
Projection wise, Dahlia Noir is pretty good. It isn’t overpowering or super strong but you’ll know it’s there. This is a subtle fragrance but not weak, by any means. Longevity is decent but again not superb. 4-6 hours seems to be its time frame to operate within. Beyond that, it doesn’t appear to really be present.
I think that Dahlia Noir would be good for casual or office settings. It is a pretty fragrance but it doesn’t strike me as sexy. I wouldn’t mind smelling it on a woman but I wouldn’t be all of that crazy for it either. It does have some good versatility and could work well in almost any season besides the height of summer. The perfume would fall apart in higher temperatures.
Overall, how does the Givenchy perfume rate? In my opinion, it’s just okay. There’s nothing amazing here unless you really love iris and rose. The performance is passable and it does smell good but I don’t find anything about Dahlia Noir to be spectacular. I’m not saying that it’s a complete no, it could serve a purpose in a perfume collection, though, it does nothing to make it ‘great’.