Today I had a chance to smell Coco Noir and it is nice, I like it. But once more I had to wonder “what were those people thinking of?”. I can see traces of the original Coco in the drydown but to get there I crossed a sea of bluntness. During most of the development Coco Noir has no texture. It is a two-dimensional smell that projects like a billboard image: big and flat. What troubled me even more was the fact that it kept reminding me of recent masculine releases like CK One Shock for Him and Paco Rabanne One Million. And this is the problem identified: it is not sexy! It is almost genderless with today standards. Where Coco pops out of the bottle full of body, texture, strange edges and aggressiveness, Coco Noir just sits there motionless like the outline of a portrait before details have been added. It is not weak, just void of intricacies. I really think it is a nice fragrance but it does not smell like a Chanel. Like Bleu, it is a nice smell but it is not brilliant, it is not even good. And it smells a lot cheaper and genderless than it should.
I chose the teaser photo from Chanel official site because this is what Coco Noir feels like: if you expect something more than the simple lines of this image you will probably be disappointed.