Name That Scent: Dahlia Noir Smells Like A ‘Garden Party’


Fragrance reviews are silly, but sometimes, fragrance marketing is even sillier. What do “playful pastimes” and “nostalgia” really smell like? So from now on, we’ll be crowdsourcing our own fragrance reviews. Read on to find out what our office thought about the latest sample to land on our desk. This week, we’re sniffing Givenchy’s Dahlia Noir.

Fragrance: Givenchy Dahlia Noir, $90.

What Givenchy thinks it smells like: “A fantasy flower—The first fragrance developed under the creative direction of Riccardo Tisci, Dahlia Noir embodies the mysterious, singular radiance of a woman’s graceful power. Dahlia Noir is both feminine and sensual thanks to its floral and powdery facets, but also powerful and captivating with its woody base notes. A Couture fragrance all in pure lines, a return to supreme luxury. The quintessence of the Givenchy Style.”

What we think it smells like:

  • Sweet with a hint of baby powder.
  • Kind of beachy. Like a flower garden near the beach.
  • Dainty. Like a garden party.
  • A chic French mom.
  • Baby wipes.
  • Department store-y. Storage.
  • My grandma’s closet.
  • Generic. Citrus-y. Like a boring person.
  • It has a strong aftertaste in my nose.
  • Heavy. Like a bunch of smells are trying to step over one another.
  • A flower vase. Like with the water in it and everything.
  • Floral.
  • Baby powder.

Check out our previous Name That Scent stories.

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