Givenchy’s black dahlia

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Givenchy Black DahliaPink bubbles, a mysteriously large flat screen and an oversized decal of Mariacarla Boscono (provocatively dressed in leather and lace) greeted myself and a roomful of fellow beauty editors when we were whisked into an elegantly decorated room at Casa Labia a couple of weeks ago. Timeless, elegant and mysteriously fatale, the new face of Givenchy, Boscono is the perfect embodiment of the new Dahlia Noir line.

Directly translated, dahlia noir means black dahlia, which we all know doesn’t exist. But that hasn’t stopped the house of Givenchy from naming their latest fragrance and bath line after an imaginary flower.

To match the imaginary flower’s perfect lines and intense, black colour, Givenchy created a chypre floral eau de parfum and a floral, fresh, woody eau de toilette fragrance for the scentless flower. It’s not every day that a brand creates two scents for their EDP and EDT, but this surprising treat only makes the fragrances more enigmatic.

Mandarin and mimosa top notes open the EDP, which then blooms into the heart notes of rose, iris and patchouli, while sandalwood and tonka bean round out the base notes. Simply put by Givenchy, ‘classic notes that are modernized by combining mysterious and bewitching ingredients’.

The EDT, in contrast, is an ‘explosion of citrus softened by the lightness of peach’. The top notes include cedrat and mimosa, heart notes of rose and peach, and the base notes of sandalwood and amber. So if you’re looking for a summer and winter or day and night time fragrance, ladies, look no further.

The bottle is just as mysterious as the fragrance. Pure lines and silver contours, ‘Givenchy Paris’ is the only inscription on the glass bottle. But once you remove the top, the name of the fragrance is unveiled underneath the cap.

We were all surprised to learn that the fragrance’s TV ad was banned in France for being too risqué. Of course us liberal South Africans scoffed at the French, but take a look and judge for yourself…

What we say:
I’ve been searching for a warm, winter fragrance for some time now. My go-to had always been Gucci’s Rush, but there comes a time when a woman must move on. And I’m moving right along on to Givenchy’s Dahlia Noir EDP. At first, the fragrance is strong and reminded me of the freshly powder bottom of designer baby, but there’s something mysterious and dangerously sexy about the fragrance that gradually wraps itself around your senses.

Dahlia Noir will be available from 20 August at all Givenchy counters at selected retailers nationwide. The EDP retails from R660 for 30ml and R945 for 50ml, while the EDT retails from R575 for 30ml and R805 for 50ml. Included in the Dahlia Noir line is a perfuming bath gel, skin dew and body lotion.

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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. Sue1N

    Going to put this one on my must have list!

    5 years ago •

  1. Alex01

    This is a wonderful perfume, I love smelling great but I’m always aware of the people around me as I cannot stand others who you can smell from a mile away! I feel this perfume has a pleasing, not at all overpowering, clean smell.

    6 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Sounds interesting…should give it a try at least.

    6 years ago •

  1. Botes

    Excited to smell this fragrance!!!!!

    6 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    waiting to take a wiff at Dahlia Noir

    6 years ago •

  1. Mpbutterfly

    Ooohhh looks like it can smell nice!

    6 years ago •

  1. Tanya

    Would love to smell this,can’t wait

    6 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    Love pink fragrances as they are always floral but I imaging such a wide bottle makes it difficult to hold

    6 years ago •

  1. kunene

    it is very feminine, i love that when i enter a room it just gives off its unique scent. i put on the EDT but i found that it wears off quicker and i have to respray, otherwise it is lovely

    6 years ago •

  1. joubert

    I love the video, just hope the perfume is as good as the ad, because then i will get myself a bottle.

    6 years ago •

  1. Chicara

    Sounds nice. I can’t wait to smell it. I’m super fussy when it comes to perfumes. :)

    6 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    I love Givenchy, Dahlia Noir loving it, can’t wait to smell this one, but the bottle is stil the same.

    6 years ago •

  1. Zu

    Im not fond of the name…
    Im not fond of the bottle..
    I dont know about the scent…

    6 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    The bottle looks boring…

    6 years ago •

  1. The Ferosh 1

    Rose and iris as heart notes…I love it already

    6 years ago •

  1. Clarad

    From what I gathered on the blogosphere, Dahlia Noir is a summer perfume. Looking forward to try it!

    6 years ago •

  1. landman

    Like i said in my precious reviews i receive a lot samples from a freebie site on all kinds of perfume, think the name does not fit in with the perfume, i saw the movie Black Dahlia, why call a perfume the same name, very mysterious i have to say, but the perfume itself is nothing to go wild about, and it did not last very long on my skin, the smell is soft and feminine but that’s about, would have preferred i more classy type of packaging.

    6 years ago •

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