Vanille Noire is designed by perfumer Jacques Cavallier who was born into a French family of perfumers and studied perfumery in Grasse. He designed perfumes such as Nu d’Yves Saint Laurent, Stella by Stella McCartney, Bvlgari Pour
Homme or Givenchy Hot Couture and apparently his knowledge and style could be compared to Karl Lagerfeld in fashion.
This perfume is created from three types of black vanilla, mandarin orange, mimosa flowers and cedar wood, which are pretty much the notes that you can smell. It is more of a heavy perfume for evening rather than for a daytime. I would say it is sensual and really sweet, but not fruity cheerful sweet, it is rather dark classy wooden sweet. The EDP stays on my skin for whole day/night and the intensity fades away really slowly. I don’t think that there are many perfumes around with such a specific vanilla scent on this luxurious side (most of the ones I know are rather on the sweet playful side), therefore I would like to think that this scent is quite unique and rare.