Magie Noire (translates to Black Magic) presents itself in a bottle that does imply something bold, dark and dangerous lies within........
Upon first impression it is indeed bold, this is not a fragrance for those who want to be a wall flower. This is a fragrance that will announce your arrival to the room so be prepared to be noticed.
It is without doubt a very feminine, sensual fragrance that we imagine being worn by someone immaculately dressed and made-up, who is very aware of the power of seduction.
Nickie detected the blackcurrant straight away - she described it as 'fruity with a green edge, as if the leaf had just been picked from the bush'. Indeed the green notes of blackcurrant leaf and galbanum (our smell of the week) are noticeable immediately, quickly followed by sweet and woody notes (we noticed honey, patchouli, cedar).
There is an air of quality to this fragrance, in Harry's words - 'rather posh and reminds me of my mum' - and we know she is a very classy lady!
After wearing it now for an hour or so it is much more subdued, the floral notes emerge making it far more wearable and enjoyable than we thought at first smell (the civet was somewhat overpowering at first and we were a little worried!).
So our recommendation is to give this one a chance - give it a good hour before you make up your mind. It will be worth it!