Drakkar Noir is an Aromatic Fougere Men’s fragrance created by perfumer Pierre Wargnye. The fragrance was introduced in 1982 and is manufactured under license by the L’Oréal Group and capture the vibration of the time that represents the revolution of generation. Due to its timeless composition, this fragrance still enjoys popularity at this moment and responds to any person’s demands. Drakkar Noir combines elements of youthful exuberance made by using fresh notes with the power and wisdom of the mature men.
It won in 1985 FiFi Award for “Most Successful Men’s Fragrance” and, in 2010, the Canadian Fragrance Awards’ “Hall of Fame Award – men’s”. In 1991, it was the bestselling men’s “prestige” scent worldwide.
Pierre Wargnye says: ”I do believe the secret behind this fragrance is the emotion of its construction as well as the power feeling that it evokes. It’s still very modern nowadays due to it’s timeless contrasting and its sensual masculine power.”
Drakkar Noir Qualities
Citrus notes lead the aromatic herbs. The green essences of rosemary, wormwood, basil, and verbena are connecting with the aromatic lavender. The projection develops progressively and goes deeper in the heart of the ingredients. Coriander feels hard and is waking the jasmine petals. Its intensity revives the whole flavor, and the raw herbs armor is triumphant. The juniper and wormwood are bravely advancing from the baseline. The natural leather leaves its mark in a rich scent. Gradually the skin notes are thinned and tighten around the sandalwood bundle. Leaves of patchouli and oak are faded in amber notes. The vetiver and the musk will eventually cover the entire view of the fragrance with a soft, patchy smell.
- Top Notes: Basil, Rosemary, Green Mint, Verbena, Lavender, Lemon
- Heart: Angelica, Wormwood, Coriander, Juniper
- Base Notes: Patchouli, Oakmoss, Cedarwood, Pine needle, Balsam
Drakkar is, of course, a classic. This scent has been popular for years. This fragrance can still compete with a lot of the newer scents and can surpass a lot of them. The citrus and herbal opening is very similar to Eau de Savage, though much lighter. It dries down and settles nicely into pleasantly sweet floral notes leaving the nostalgic herbal notes very subtle in the background.
It manages to bring in a simple dark bottle an emotional load that has lasted for decades. The projection is very strong, amazing sillage and good longevity. It’s more a night date scene, not linear at all and well blended. The right season to wear it is winter or fall, maybe spring but definitely not summer. I’d recommend this for 30 years old and up, but some people can still wear this well at a younger age.
In the end, some will wear this better than others. It depends on the person. The confident types who enjoy this scent though are the ones will make it work for them. If you like it but you’re insecure or self-conscious, is better to choose something else. The fragrance is available as a