Cologne Noire from the ‘Collection Extraordinaire’ by Van Cleef & Arpels is a composition created around the idea of the color black – an interesting dialogue between light and darkness, ease and depth. This scent definitely carries the seal of Mark Buxton, who has created Cologne Noire by using only the most precious ingredients.
Cologne Noire is a Casanova, who twists the women around his finger starting very innocent and fresh with a bergamot, neroli and tangerine opening. But suddenly – and this moment comes very quickly – the noble man pulls down the mask from his face and openly shows his passion. An herbal crescendo from ginger, black pepper and cardamom makes him irresistible. This man doesn’t need flowers, he directly gets the woman into bed. You can really smell the wood and the white sheets in the drydown.
I think there is frankincense too, which is perfect in combination with the woody smell of cedar. I just wanted to write this down for the Mark Buxton devotees and frankincense lovers, because it is not mentioned in the olfactory pyramid. My boyfriend, who is mad about frankincense scents has snitched my bottle immediately.
Perfumer: Mark Buxton
Notes: bergamot, neroli, tangerine, black pepper, ginger, cardamom, cedar, frankincense