I've (kind of) blind bought Reminiscence Noir, after asking opinions from other reputable members and it took me at least 2-3 full wearings to actually love it.
It's an unusual scent, a very smooth combination of fresh and oriental notes: moist-resinous eucalyptus with a fresh bergamot welcome you in top notes, followed by a smoky unsweeten balsamic incense middle stage, very realistic (reminds me our orthodox churches in a Sunday). Base notes are come their way much further, with sweet flowers, amber and a faint vanilla, all surrounded by the dry incense vale.
A good quality not-so-known scent and a valuable addition to my collection. My personal rank 8.8/10. Recommended.
Such a pleasant surprise. I would classify Reminiscence noir as a dry herbal fragrance built around a thick and dark oriental / balmy bone structure with ambery (mainly vanillic) facets. Complex enough, with character and presence and extremely cheap too. It could easily be one of those arabian cheapos along the line of Kalemat and the likes as well as an hypothetical new Tom Ford.
Noir by Reminiscence opens with a really powerful and hyper-dark blend, somehow fresh somehow stale and dusty (and also fairly harsh initially), in a way similar both to many niche scents, and several vintage masculine scents (Arrogance, Trussardi Uomo...). Basically it's a really gloomy concoction comprising bitter-minty herbs (eucalyptus), balsamic woods, patchouli, incense, a shady and sour resinous base with a bold indolic-urinous musky aftertaste, softened by a subtle ambery-resinous accord and brightened by a light citrus-floral accord which is barely perceivable initially. I think I also get something salty (vetiver?), and perhaps something like leather too. Basically Noir can be roughly defined in my opinion as a really dark herbal-woody-resinous Oriental fragrance mostly tending to mossy-earthy-incense territories, and for a while with quite a bold indolic-roasted note underneath, well contrasted by a refreshing quite bitter citrus-minty head accord. It reminds me of several fougères as I said, but with a decidedly contemporary texture so shortly, don't worry about smelling outdated: this is a modern, sharp, polished scent. The drydown is really pleasant, more tending towards soft, velvety notes of smoke, incense, resins, sandalwood, still dark overall but less raw. It also emerges better the soapy-dusty accord of violet and rose. All smells solid, rich, and also quite unique in a way: I named a couple of scents as a rough reference, but actually Noir smells much new to me to many extents new, yet nostalgic in some way. It's interesting because it can easily be pulled off by fougères nostalgics as much as niche-heads, which I guess makes it a particularly solid scent. Surprisingly creative, although a bit linear once it enters the (endless) drydown. Another cheapo (I forgot to mention that; 35 eur/100 ml here) easily surpassing so many expensive scents quality & creativity-wise. Addictive!
Extremely satisfactory piece of incensey-resinous balsamic-hesperidic aroma with (by soon) a really heady (spicy-smoky) opoponax note on my skin (with a burnt sugar-like sort of effect), a refined (somewhat earthy-spicy) "landmark" Reminiscence's patchouli and a moderately incensey final aura over a classically chypre texture (labdanum and sandalwood). Noir de Reminiscence starts soon spicy, "licorice-like veined", dusty-resinous, eucalyptol-rosemary-woodsy resins hallmarked and almost intoxicating, expressing immediately a glorious classically hesperidic presence and a plain cool aromatic "sticky" woodiness. I gradually detect the floral presence (talky violet a la "jumping on mind" Tiziana Terenzi Ecstasy more than yet present rose) along the central yet incensey-resinous phase while the aroma starts hanging out finally softer, mossier, myrrh-olibanum veined, woody (sandalwood), and extremely virile (assertive). The mossy (labdanum) and incensey resinous spicy-ambery dry down is dark, classy and comfortably warm. I see the ideal connection with Shiseido Basala, the two scents are really close in style indeed but while the Shiseido's one is spicier, finally drier, more "rubbery-leathery" and ambergris veined Noir morphs down darker, silkier, incensey and mossier. Extremely sensual, bold and classic (in style) fragrance absolutely recommended to all the lovers of genre.
P.S: the resinous Noir's dry down unfolds several olfactory points in common with the stouter Tom Ford Sahara Noir (resins, spices, synthetic olibanum, the burnt sugar/licorice undertone etc) but while Noir smells more mossy-boise and such like something "contemplative/meditative" the Tom Ford's one is basically far more spicy-oriental, ambery, seasoned, leathery and stormy.