Drakkar Noir by Guy Laroche Cologne Review

Drakkar Noir has been a staple in the fragrance world for a long, long time. It’s been so widely used that it’s been joked about in popular culture but there are still plenty of people who swear by it. ┬áIn this post, I want to throw in my two scents about Drakkar Noir and finally give it a proper review on this site. How it smells, how it performs, when it should be worn, and whether or not it is worth a buy.




Notes included: sandalwood, lavender, citrus, cinnamon, leather, vetiver, oakmoss, cedar, fir

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Drakkar Noir has been around for seemingly forever, it predates my existence, at least. That being said, what is the reason for its continued success over three decades after its release? Well, I think it’s because of how ‘classic’ of a scent it seems like. It just feels old school like a fresh bar of soap or shaving cream for men. Drakkar Noir is dark and masculine from the start, yet still remains very clean throughout.

The opening of the scent brings about an aroma of the oakmoss and lavender notes. It’s a rather dry and smooth opening with assistance from leather, a cinnamon spice, and a hint of some citrus notes in the background. With all the woody notes, it has that green/herbal type of scent that you would expect it to. As Drakkar dries down, I get more leather and spice then I do at first, and the cologne maintains its masculinity.

Projection wise, Drakkar is still pretty damn good in that regard. I know it has been reformulated over the years and while I don’t have a vintage bottle to compare it to, it still projects itself nicely. Not too overpowering but not weak either. Longevity, can be hit or miss but six hours seems to be average and sometimes it just lasts for a long time. It’s kind of a weird scent in how it performs. Drakkar is a solid casual or nighttime fragrance and I think that it works best in the late autumn or winter. Its dry and woodsy spice hangs really well in the crisp air.

Overall, is Drakkar Noir worth a buy? Yes, but only for some people. I think it’s pretty good. It doesn’t fit my personal style but I can certainly appreciate it. It’s a mature kind of scent, so it might not be the best option for younger guys but for the price it is certainly a good choice as an everyday wear. Drakkar Essence is a less mature version of this scent, though, it’s pretty basic itself.