Some floral scents can be insipid on me, so I am always looking for one with a bit of oomph. Today I found it. Agent Provocateur Petale Noir is a deliciously pretty floral with a Grown up feel to it. It’s the fragrance a woman would wear if she were to don a pretty sundress with lacy black underwear underneath.
Petale Noir opens with Roses, Lily of the Valley, Hyacinth and pretty, squeaky clean Magnolia. However, within minutes the Patchouli, Amber and Oakmoss have stepped into the background making this a wonderful combination that is both floral and prickly with moss and woods at the same time. The base notes are divine: Benzoin, Vetiver, Sandalwood and a dark hint of Leather.
There is a confusing aspect to this in which I can clearly smell brand new Band Aid fabric plasters, but to be honest I’ve always liked the smell of them , so this was no drawback for me.
If You like Lanvin Rumeur, you may like to try Petale Noir. They are both Magnolia / Patchouli combos that give you a feminine scent with delicious patchouli depths. Longevity is very good, and the price is excellent too: less than 25GBP for 50ml of EDP. I’m adding to my ever growing can’t-make-my-mind-up Wish List.