Is this what mainstream designer perfumery has come to?
17 December 2012
Summary: What is the point of even pretending that Givenchy is an independent perfume house when under the management of LVMH, the perfumer is one and the same as that of Christian Dior? Everything seems to be merging in a race to the bottom to a single and solitary layer of mediocrity. DAHLIA NOIR eau de toilette is a prime example. This is another "pink" fragrance among hundreds, about as trivial as they come. And what a waste of a name!
Summary: The new "Dahlia Noir Eau de Toilette" is a completely different fragrance than the Dahlia Eau de Parfum (which I prefer). While the Eau de Parfum is a pervasive mélange of rose and patchouli with great glamour and sillage, the Eau de Toilette is light-hearted with topnotes of peach and and lemon, fading into a soft whisper of rose on a light bed of conventional woody-ambers. "Dahlia Noir EdT" is not very thrilling, but quite suitable for a polite afternoon tea party.