Product Review: Givenchy Dahlia Noir Eau De Toilette

Name: Dahlia Noir Eau De Toilette
Brand: Givenchy
Size: 1.7oz
Price: $68.00

What I liked:
– bright and feminine scent
– stays close to the skin
– longlasting
– the packaging

What I didn’t like:
– not very original

Dahlia Noir Eau De Toilette by Givenchy is one of those scents with a misleading name. The term noir may lead you to think it’s a dark and mysterious scent when instead Dahlia Noir EDT is bright and delicate. It opens with a bright citrusy burst of mandarin and lemon, laced with a generous dose of peach, which adds a thick sweetness to the scent. This is the most intense part of the fragrance, which will become less and less intense with each passing hour and become really subtle in the drydown.

The heart is a lovely floral bouquet of roses that is sprinkled with pink pepper. You can also smell cedar in the background, but it is very soft and delicate. I wish they had added more cedar as not only it is one of my favourite notes, but I also believe it would have given more character to the scent. The drydown is a sweet and woody blend of amber, vanilla, sandalwood and musks that will envelop you in its warmth.

I didn’t expect to like Dahlia Noir Eau De Toilette, mainly because Givenchy’s scents rarely appeal to me, but it is actually lovely. It smells good, stays close to the skin and lasts for about 10 hours on me, which I find really impressive for an EDT. But although I’ll hold tight to my sample and try to make it last as long as possible, I won’t be buying the full size pink bottle. As nice as it is, the scent lacks originality, which, at this price point, is a must for me.

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Dahlia Noir Eau De Toilette by Givenchy is a bright and feminine scent with a peachy citrusy opening, a spicy floral heart and a sweet woody dry down. The fragrance, which lasts about 10 hours, stays close to the skin. However, it’s not very original.

Rating: 3.5/5

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  1. Janessa says

    It seems all these designer brands like to play it safe! I don’t blame them as it is a business but if one brand dared to venture into the possible-failure zone, something spectacular may result! But we don’t need them to step it up when we have so many perfume-specialty brands out there.
    I word my sentences awkwardly at times. I aspire to write as well as you and read more books. :]

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Janessa, I agree with you. They could do something spectacular if only they’d dared. But I’d be content if they would just add a different note every now and then. There are always niche brands, that’s true, but it’s kinda disheartening to see the same floral fruity scent, with only minimal variations, being released over and over again..

      And you write well already. :)

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