I wondered if Lolita Lempicka Minuit Noir might be one for you when I tried it yesterday at Nordstrom. It's much thicker licorice than the original, and much less sweet, though there is sweetness there. It's a limited edition in a black apple.
Minuit Noir via
Choward's Violet via
Guess what I own? I smell like licorice, KP! And it's all because of you.
Minuit Noir comes on stronger than Kathleen Turner in Body Heat. And yet within the realm of my licorice/anise fragrances, it's different than the uncompromising Etro Anice, which seems almost directly from the plant, whereas Minuit Noir is licorice candy, still spicy and anise-like but sweeter and richer and slightly more floral. And it's somehow less gratingly artificial than I remember Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin, though I may be misremembering that one.
Minuit Noir is so gratifyingly bold for a department store perfume. And it's pretty masculine for a feminine. Though I think it would also be pretty feminine for a masculine. Which is another reason why it's great. And it's a flanker! What was the last flanker that excited either of us? (You can't count body butter.) It's just heartening all around, I love this stuff! Thanks for making me buy it. (That's called "transferring responsibility" and it's helped me out of a lot of jams.) I do have one problem with Minuit Noir, but it comes late enough that to even mention it may qualify as nitpicking. Around hour four, the licorice fades and the violet becomes more prominent. And I don't like the violet as much as I like the licorice. Still, it's not bad. Even at this late stage, it's merely violet, like almost every other violet: magnified, artificial, Choward's candy violet. Compared to hour four of most perfumes, I'll take it. Alright, I've got a second date tonight and I'm taking no chances with the violet: I showered and put on some Van Cleef & Arpels Cologne Noire. I hope she appreciates the gesture, if only subliminally. That is where my strength lies. Women adore me on a subliminal level. Dan