A few weeks ago, I asked on Twitter if people could recommend some nice perfumes as I was looking to buy a new one. Quite a number of people indulged me and made some recommendations and there were one or two recurring that I had set my mind on to give a try. However luck smiled on me when I recently received two new perfumes as gifts. I've decided to review these two scents on here, a short break from the usual makeup and skincare chatter you know :-)
Chanel Coco Noir
I literally screamed and did a little dance when I received this perfume. My one and only experience with Chanel perfume before this one was with Chance which is oh-so-divine. I had had my beady eyes on Coco Noir when it was released last month for Fall. Although it's a HOT summer all year long where I live, my makeup, nail polish and perfumes sometimes move with the fashion season.
The packaging of this perfume is just gorgeous! It looks dark, sturdy,powerful and sexy; it was love at first sight. The gold detailing on the bottle contrasts really well with the jet black bottle making it the perfect accessory for my vanity table.
Chanel describes the scent as: "Magnetic and uncompromising, COCO NOIR reveals a black that is intimate, seductive and intensely brilliant. Striking top notes of Grapefruit and Bergamot accentuate the floral accord, with Rose and Jasmine, while Indonesian Patchouli and Sandalwood notes add warmth."
When I first took a whiff, it hit me really strong (in true Chanel style). I wasn't sure about it but after it had dried down for a few minutes, the gorgeous fruity but dark and rich scent came to the fore front. I think it's a perfect balance between fruity and musky, just how I would like it. However I must point out that it's staying power is not that great, after about three hours, it faded out into a flat scent which I wasn't pleased with. I would have expected more from Chanel in this regard.
It currently retails for £75/$98 for the 50ml bottle which is a tad pricey but well worth it in my opinion for an iconic fragrance.
Have you ever fallen in love with a perfume just by watching the commercial? This was the case with Gucci premiere. After I saw Blake Lively looking like the sun in human form, I knew that I had to have this one. The ad is breathtaking, watch it here. It is also Gucci's most recent release for Fall 2012.
Starting with the packaging again, it's the classic all gold bottle reminiscent of many previous Gucci releases. Nothing really special except it does come with two gold charms round the neck and a signature on the top, making the bottle appear dressier.
The fragrance is described as "a powerfully sophisticated aroma, with vigorous notes of wood and musk. Just as a leading lady graces the red carpet with her couture Gucci gown, so every woman deserves her Gucci Première moment."
I loved it from the moment I sprayed it on. I think Gucci really gets me when it comes to perfumes and I have never tried one I didn't like. However, if you are not a fan of floral/fruity scents you might want to give this a miss. Though they describe it as woody and musky, I failed to notice this at first. It's a really sweet, floral smell and reminds me very much of Gucci Flora. However, when it dries down, it then begins to give off the dark and musky scent. It is quite strong, lasting about 5-6 hours before fading off but it lingered all day.
It is slightly cheaper than the Chanel one at £64/$87 for the 50ml bottle.
In summary, I really love both perfumes and would recommend either one if you are looking to change up your fragrance for Fall/Winter. Coco Noir will appeal more to you if you like dark and musky scents but if you are a sweet and floral kind of girl, then Premiere will be right up your street!
Will you be getting either perfume if you haven't already? What other perfumes are you currently loving?
Peace and Love,