I can probably be forgiven for the erroneous assumption that Givenchy Dahlia Noir might be somehow dark. After all, the name means “Black Dahlia” and what does this suggest but a grisly Hollywood murder? Come to think of it, Givenchy seems the last house one would think of as conceiving a scent to match the name. Most of their names are meaningless and arrive somewhere between sounding good (Dahlia Noir) and sounding silly (Oblique Rewind).
Dahlia Noir Eau de Parfum turns out to be a chypre based on rose, iris, and patchouli. With a big citrus opening, it isn’t terribly dark, though. Instead, it is intensely powdery, with the powder intended to describe the “femme fatale” allure of the marketing copy. To me though, the drydown of iris and vanilla is too strong on baby-powder. In its heightened use of this iris and vanilla, Dahlia Noir is somewhat similar to Guerlain L’Instant Magic. Ultimately, the eau de parfum reveals a rosy center and a creamy patchouli base.