Crystal Noir Versace for women
Perfume rating 3.88 out of 5 with 14,006 votes
Crystal Noir by Versace is a Oriental Floral fragrance for women. Crystal Noir was launched in 2004. The nose behind this fragrance is Antoine Lie. Top notes are Pepper, Ginger and Cardamom; middle notes are Coconut, Gardenia, Orange Blossom and Peony; base notes are Sandalwood, Musk and Amber.
According to Donatella Versace, Crystal Noir is a rare essence, sensual and delicate. The central note of the composition is mysterious gardenia, fresh, sensual, luminous and creamy, reproduced by 'headspace' technology. Amber and musk in the base make the scent dark and mysterious, very sensual and distinct. The fragrance was created by Antoine Lie in 2004.
Fragrantica? Trends is a relative value that shows the interest of Fragrantica members in this fragrance over time.
Perfume longevity: 3.84 out of 5.
Perfume sillage: 2.79 out of 4.
It is VERY spicy, dark, mysterious, flirty, devilish, femme fatale, "i'm pretty but don't fuck with me or i'll stab you with my stiletto's"
My ex couldn't keep his nose away from my neck, and in fact his best male friend ended up purchasing this for himself after constantly sniffing me one time we were all out on the town.
I've had men stop me and ask me what I was wearing many times, and have been hit on more than with any other fragrance.
I truly believe this is NOT for every body. Literally...i think you have to have a natural chemistry to your hormones and flesh for this to work with you. Also, it takes a very animalistic, primal, strong, sexy and aggressive person to pull this off. THIS IS VERY UNISEX in my opinion.
PLEASE, if you have any recommendations for me and my journey onto my next signature fragrance that is similar in character to this one...let me know!
This fragrance is probably the only one I can think of where fresh perfume lovers and oriental perfume lovers will both be in heaven! There is the DNA of the Versace Crystal line in this which makes it fresh and aquatic with a soapy touch, but there is also the spices and perfumey heaviness of an oriental! I have to disagree with those who say that this is an evening only perfume, to me this is totally A-okay for the day even in heavy heat and humidity. The freshness, aquatic and soapy nature of this scent prevent it from becoming cloying or nausea-inducing. This scent is very nice, I love it!!
So I blind bought the EDP since I love the reformulated EDT so much, I thought it would be a safe blind buy. And I was curious to see how similar or different they are.
Well, the EDP smells like the opening of the reformulated EDT. I can’t distinguish the notes as they are very well blended. After 30 minutes to the 2-hour mark, the reformulated EDT turns into an soapy-aquatic-tuberose-cashmeran fresh perfume, but the EDP stays in the warm-oriental-sweet-ish realm. I actually find that there is a similarity between this EDP and Mugler's Alien..
Personally, I prefer the reformulated EDT because it is more multidimensional, original and interesting than the linear EDP.
It is the sexiest, sultriest fragrance I was able to come across, to date. The coconut is very prominent in this, but not in a high-schooler-bodyspray type of way. The pepper and ginger mixed with the musk give mysteriousness to the exotic, tropical base. It reminds me of a nightclub, short dresses, heels, cigarettes, sticky/sweaty bodies. It's almost sluttish without smelling overpowering and cloying.
How did I overlook this beauty for so long? Thank you Versace for making this gem. I own the other Crystals, and this one is, hands down, the very best. I am in love.
I find Crystal Noir perfect for work - it's very unusual, not in the least bit boring or common, but subtle and never overpowers. It comes on all coconut and woods, but the most subtle 'real' coconut you can imagine. There is a definite 'expensive spa' feel to this. The woodsy vibe runs throughout, keeping the scent on the down-low and never screechy. It makes me feel powerful, in control, put-together.
I get the 'noir' aspect here - it's the beautiful introvert in the room, dressed in a black sequin gown, slinking mysteriously in the background. Cool, aloof, classy as all hell.
This stuff is intoxicating and my favorite woman's fragrance ever. There, I could stop right now but let me elaborate a little bit.
Crystal noir is above all goddamn sensual, it's smooth, it's intimate and it feels like a modern perfume while avoiding all the heavy stuff that instantly makes a girl 20 years older scent-wise. That creamy but upscale coconut vibe on top of the sandalwood is to die for.
My first experience with this fragrance was when taking a flight from Delhi to Coimbatore and this exotic beautiful flight attendant was running up and down the plane to assist people with their peanuts (hehe). I was reading a book during the flight but every time she passed by I was like ... daaaaammmn, this smells so good. Normally I don't do chitchat with flight attendants as I find that really cheesy but my curiosity was killing me. So I went up to air hostess and 5 mins later I got the name of the fragrance and paid her a compliment on having good taste.
I had far worse flight experiences.
Anyway, back in Europe it's needless to say that I went to the first duty free shop and bought a nice bottle (EDP) of Crystal Noir for my girlfriend.Happy to report it's even more beautiful on my girlfriend! I'm not familiar with female fragrances but I've never smelled it before so to my nose it was quite unique. To be honest, I even want to wear this myself, it's that good.
Ladies, get this. Or maybe not because strangers will run you down in the street asking weird questions.
Is it weird that the smell of this one kind of scares me? I don't know what it is... it is absolutely dark, but I almost invariably love darkness in perfumes, so no... not the darkness.
It's not sharp. It's quite round, actually... another quality I love.
God, I wish I could effectively put this into words. To me, it smells like it wants to hurt me. It smells mean, in a quiet, sneaky way. Sinister! That's it.
I don't love gardenia or coconut, but I have never felt physically threatened by either of them, until now... ;)
And, I love every single note in the composition besides those two!
Could it be that the combo of coconut and gardenia stirs some subconscious traumatic memory? Was I bullied by someone at the beach? What?
Crystal Noir opens heavenly, with an explosion of black pepper and gardenia, followed closely by a lactonic accord. Coconut peaks its head now and then, only to make things interesting. This stage lasts for about an hour before everything goes crazy. Coconut decides to take control, gardenia turns rubbery and the musk gives it a sweaty, body odour like smell. Coconut is non-gourmand, non exotic here. Nothing about pina coladas and summer vacation on an tropical island.
Performance is excellent, both longevity and sillage wise. To my nose, differences between EDT and EDP are minor. EdT allows coconut to show faster, while EdP is more peppery-floral at first. Nobody but the wearer will know what version he/she has on.
PS: this is a review for older batches. I read about a major reformulation 1-2 years ago, apparently coconut is gone, replaced by some red fruits.
Edit: It is just simply amazing how Crystal Noir accomodates to the different temperatures: in the colder weather it's comfortably warm but as soon as heat hits the air, this miracle of a fragrance turns into crispy and much, much fresher.
Edit: I bought this during the summer to save for colder weather. When I first smelled it I really liked it. However, I just picked it up to smell it again (11/14) and I was surprised to find I didn't like it as much. It smells a little to masculine to me now. If anyone wants to swap for my mini, PM me.
At first sniff, clean woody potent Eau De Toilette.
I have always gotten the smell of clean woods, especially from the bottle.
On my skin The Gardenia comes out. I am not a fan of Gardenia but this one lingers beautifully.
But it has a sort of sweetness to it.
I would not have said it smells like Coconut. But the sweetness and warmth comes definitely from the Coconut and Amber.
On some on else the coconut might come out more.
During the whole time I get a twitch of pepper. Can also be explained as a fresh strong draft at moments.
I am so damn sad. Loved this in the beginning, as you can see^
I just get coconut at this stage.
What I have learn is that I do not like coconut...
Even in the bottle, the initial scent that I got was heavenly! First 2 hours is the sharp floral notes; I used to own J'adore Dior a few years ago and the opening of VCN slightly reminds me of that. Perhaps the jasmine in JD and the gardenia in CNV are scrambling my memory scents.
A small dab behind my ears, base of the throat, and cleavage. I am in my late 20's with oily skin, so scent silage and longevity tend to be stronger, even with EDTs. Current climate also dictates that I go easy with the application (autumn).
The dry down is *chef's kiss*. Spicy coconut; a strong musky ginger presence but I can still pick up on the amber and sandalwood. I couldn't quite grasp the orange blossom as much, but the slight tartness is reminiscent of my other EDP/EDTs with it in it. Overall, what an intriguing combination of notes! And lasts for another 5 - 6 hours too. I would catch myself being surprised by the scent, when I get wafts of myself out of nowhere.
I'd love to take this back to my home country and test it out in the tropical heat and humidity. I don't discriminate on night wear or day wear, CNV is ok for whenever and wherever in my opinion. I also think this could work extremely well with a guy's skin chemistry.
Then some time down the road, I decided to get a small bottle, tested again, and it seemed really toned down and different somehow - something that has happened a few times with scents over the years. I had tested the EDT, so I tried out the EDP, in case I had gotten them mixed up - still too different and muted from what had been before.
I was fairly new to perfume then (still not a notes expert), so maybe I had grown sophisticated in my tastes from that first try, or a possible reformulation took place that was so drastic that even my pleb nose was completely thrown off.
I test both EDT and EDP every now and then, but they still don't have that wow factor that blew me away the first time.
Magic and alluring.
Elegant, feminine, sultry, long lasting.
P.s. mine is the edt version.
Then others have said this smells like a face cream, but I don’t get face cream either. I have to agree with parodoxx because this does smell a lot like aveno baby lavender and vanilla lotion.
I haven’t used that lotion in years but the smell is pretty spot on. It’s a little spicier than the lotion. It also has that deep coconut smell that doesn’t come across as edible or even real coconut at that. I call it designer coconut because hair care and body products that say coconut have this type of coconut smell. It’s hard to decipher the florals but the gardenia is the only one standing out on my skin.
Because of the spice/ginger, “coconut” and florals, crystal Noir is more mature smelling than the baby lotion. They would layer together nicely.
I remember when I first heard about this perfume. My roommate in college had told me that she had smelled the most beautiful sexy perfume on a girl in her class, and that the girl had said the perfume was called "Dark Crystal." When I went to the store to find this perfume, I was confused and smelled Bright Crystal at first, because I couldn't find this "Dark Crystal" anywhere. It took silly little me some time to realize that Crystal Noir is literally "Dark Crystal"...
Crystal Noir and Dead Sexy by TokyoMilk were the first perfumes I had smelled like this - kind of "boyfriend" smells, dark and woody. I loved it. I still love it, especially in the warmer weather, even though it seems like a wintery mysterious perfume from the name and bottle. I could see myself purchasing a full bottle for summertime use in the future :) especially because the bottle is so beautiful!
I smell ginger first, but tempered with a super creamy coconut, and supported by spicy black pepper. The cardamom supports too but is definitely second to the pepper. The main florals are gardenia and peony, which work so well with the pepper, but it's really ginger, coconut and pepper that lead the scent.
Wow, this is so different. I've heard it described as, "a perfume for a vampire on holiday", I'm not sure I'd imagine a vampire wearing this, it does smell late summer-autumn appropriate to me, when the sun is warm but rare. It's so spicy, it reminds me a lot of Origins Ginger Essence perfume.
I wouldn't have bought it over some other things on my wish list, but I am really enjoying having it for free. The choice of perfumes on offer as a reward for for doing the surveys was, on the whole, rather poor, so I think this was absolutely the best choice. For those interested, I checked the date of manufacture of my bottle, it was June 2019, so after the reformulation, but I can still see why Crystal Noir is a modern classic and I would urge people to try it.
EDIT: I read the new notes listed on Versace's website for this fragrance, which are totally different to those listed on this site. What is this magic?! I can detect perhaps the fig and blackcurrant, but there is certainly ginger and pepper here, along with something creamy that smells like coconut, maybe it is just fig and sandalwood? I don't understand, because the original notes make total sense with what I smell, but the new notes only half make sense. There IS ginger, there IS pepper!
And as is the case with most fragrance houses, from the fragrantica reviews I read before posting mine, this has probably been reformulated, and of course I am talking about the pre-reformulation version of this perfume.
This one is intoxicating, rich, warm, beautiful <3
It projects well, with an aura that envelops you like a blanket and makes you feel precious and beautiful.
It lasts for many hours, stays on clothes and in general is (or was) a gem of a perfume. The only note I would personally remove or lessen a bit would be the ginger that gives it an edge in its middle tones. The dry-down is where this perfume excels and luckily the one stage it lasts most throughout its duration ;)
Big love this one for those of us lucky enough to have the original, pre-formulation version
EDIT: Forgot to mention that Gucci Bamboo edt is the fresher version of Crystal Noir, perfecty balanced, creamy and fresh at the same time. Whoever doesn't have the pre-reformulation version of Crystal Noir, choose this one, it is trully a gem
If you can get your hands on a v-bottle, do it! You will love it. Unique, gorgeous, and has some good lasting power.
Stay well everyone!
On me the coconut and the white flowers are quite dominant especially at the beginning, it is almost like a summer perfume but with all the spicy notes settling I can get the dark character that I smell and like on others.
I would actually call it more fresh-spicy than warm-spicy
And honestly I don't even understand how come this and Bright Crystal got to avoid being copied by the designer companies (there are obviously cheap dupes for them, but they managed to remain unique in their own level)
This stuff is DIVINE!
It is incredibly difficult to explain how it smells because it's clean and soapy, but also deep and spicy and it's so well blended that it smells like all components are in perfect harmony.
That said, my nose picks up the waxy coconut and creamy gardenia which is a match made in heaven apparently. On my skin this does not develop much, but overtime the coconut becomes a little less central and a little less waxy.
Projection and longevity on me are poor unfortunately after 3 hours this is a skin scent for me, but I don't mind respraying.
All in all, performance issues aside, if you are a coconut lover like me, I think this is worth checking out!
I was gifted this for my birthday from my father, which figures as there is almost a non-domineering masculine vibe from it as well.
I would recommend this over Good Girl if you're looking for a sexy and intimidating fragrance.
I am trying this in the summer in the am. I see many others say it’s a winter night time fragrance so I think I’ll try again this winter and see if things change and amend my review if so.
I wore it to work and a coworker complimented, but she thought I was wearing a Japanese cherry blossom type spray lol. so perhaps not very identifiable at a distance. I can see the similarity though.
I like it though I think it's a bit too formal or womanly for me. I think it would be great with a dark tart jammy fruit note maybe fig or plum? blackcurrant? could make it more casual. but its pretty good for a coconut scent, not a lot of sunscreen vibes to me.
The scent of coconut is most prominent note in this perfume, It's soft elegant warm creamy scent, The bottle design is very pretty and unique. The performance is very good.
I ordered a sample of this hoping to enjoy the very much loved and long lasting according to the votes Crystal Noir. I sprayed it on my had and my nose smell like the solid hand soaps I used when I was little. Very soapy smell. Not likeable enough to buy it. But I was surprised to see on my sample card that the notes are 99% different from the ones listed on fragrantica. I have done some research and apparently the perfume was entirely reformulated and here are the new notes from the new formula of Crystal Noir:
Hard to understand why such a dramatic reformulations of a very much loved scent.
The new one smells different from the one people are talking here for sure as I cannot detect any coconut, ginger or pepper notes which I was very curious to have a sniff.
Blind bought this for the coconut, however I don't get any of that on my skin. Opens with quite a sharp laundry detergent vibe, and stays that way throughout. Clean, bright floral without any warmth or roundness. Doesn't strike me as a noir scent at all, I'd say a spring/summer day scent.
Edit: Okay so I tried it again (the EDT) and was pleased with it. Its soft and spicy without being too scratchy. I will give the EDP a go.
I love this in all times of the year - maybe with an exception for the springtime, when everything is so crisp and tender and fragile. But in every other season - hot or cold...
This perfume is nice rich n lovely, the coconut is nice.
Its special.lovely bottle too.
The notes listed on Fragrantica are no longer used in this perfume.
EDT is only version
Check the Versace Website:
Head: Blackcurrant, Black Fig, Violet
Heart: Tuberose, Frangipani, Jasmine
Dry Down: Sandalwood, Cashmeran, Vanilla Pod, Heliotropine
The notes are a learning curve for me. I wouldn't seek something with cardamom or ginger. On paper they represent what I don't want in my fragrance. And I don't like them in flavour either. Is it the way that those notes interact with coconut that gives the coconut such character? I've got some research to do for sure.
It smells like Roasted Coconut with vanilla and Coconut Yogurt.at night out This perfume is good mix with my Sweaty smell more beautiful.
It has this warm sharpness with a hint of coconut. Great fot winter or cool summer nights.
Message me to swap! 3.4 oz edp
Message me if anyone want to swap??
Edit: It's the first time I can appreciate a recommendation from all those designer fragrance youtubers.
Lately one of my go-to scents. But notice... this fragrance works best in hot weather from 24° on. When it's only slightly colder the ginger is way to prominent and gives off a weird sharp synthetic vibe.
I layer the EDT with a simple coconut-vanilla attar... thank me later.
I also think it's well to pair with a simple oud scent like Acqua di Parma Colonia Oud.
I don't think younger men love this scent on a woman, it is a bit heavy although I have gotten great compliments from many men. (with good noses)
Usually young guys like vanilla, honey and sweet smells.
This Versace gem is sweet, but with a dark sultry & tropical vibe. I think it a great in fall, winter and on cool spring/ summer nights. MUST TRY & BUY
All in all, I find it quite unique. I wasn't angry that I spilled it all over myself. At first I thought it was berries, but yes, coconut with a bit of a punch. Like a coconut cocktail of sorts. I think this is unisex. Spicy fruity.
Vibe: Late afternoon at the bar in the tropics. A bit of the sunset is creeping in.
The Look: Slinky stringy cowl top with wrap around pants.
Form: 7 mL EDT blind buy
I blind bought 30ml after numerous recommendations and I do not regret it. I've had spices in perfume before(Opium YSL), but this is a black pepper bomb sitting on a milky base with some sweet undertones. It is a stretch to call it Noir, because the scent is very fresh and uplifting, perfectly suitable for daywear. The pepper dissipates after a couple of hours and then it is a perfectly lovely flowery whipped cream that sits rather close to skin.
I am positively surprized by Versace in this case and will gladly keep Crystal Noir in my collection.
PS: Well, 30ml are almost up, I had to get a 90ml bottle now.
This fragrance opens with citrusy, zingy black currant. Soft spices are noticeable from the get-go. There’s something to this that smells sweaty and synthetic in a not-so-great way (I think it’s the sour notes mixed with the spices). Someone below mentioned bug spray, and once I read that, I thought, oof, I see the connection. Once the tartness calms down a little, you’re left with a light, spiced, lotiony, creamy skin scent.
This doesn’t come across as “noir” to me. It’s fairly light and tame, and besides the spices, there’s nothing really dark about it. It feels a little ambiguous and jumbled as a scent to me—it tries too much to be a little bit of everything. Light, fresh, fruity, citrusy, spicy, powdery. I excepted this to be warmer, opulent, full-bodied and moody, with a little more point of view given all of the hype. Overall, it’s not my favorite and I will probably swap it or use it to spruce up my bath water.
(Of course there is a chance I am just anosmic to something in this, that gives me the impression it's much lighter than most perceive.)
Head: Blackcurrant, Black Fig, Violet
Heart: Tuberose, Frangipani, Jasmine
Dry Down: Sandalwood, Cashmeran, Vanilla Pod, Heliotropine
Olfactive family: floral - oriental
The opening smells like cleaner. My initial thought was, "I done [email protected] UP." The coconut is a bit synthetic IMO (also, if it's even there since there is a general lack of consensus on this ONE note) but that maybe the contribution of the gardenia which can read sickly sweet to my nose at times. The pepper pulls through in an interesting way keeps it sharp; attention grabbing. Peony gives it levity but the dry down is where it's at: smooth and creamy with a little bit of spice (cardamom and amber?).
I purchased this for summer nights out (god willing we get summer nights out this year) and I'm fairly certain that's all I'll use it for. I originally bought Reb'l Fleur for that purpose but the tuberose in that is just beastly. I prefer this for our typical drink grab with other couples at a nice bar.
Projection is decent (arm's length with heavy spray)
Longevity EDIT: I wore this the other night; about 5 or so sprays. The cleaner vibe sticks around for longer with more sprays (about 30ish minutes). The sweetness was more pronounced wearing it so close to my face. My boyfriend likes it but he picked up the cleaner vibe (lavender fabuloso) this time around when he smelled it in that 30min window. The drydown did stick around all night--I could smell this in the morning after spraying it at around 8:30pm.
Edit: The last time I wore this, my bf asked what I had cleaned...this is officially a room spray.
Oh baby! Sexy, seductive come to mind. Definitely warm, slightly spicy, with an ever-present (yet not loud) sweet/nutty aroma that's unique & alluring! While coconut stands out, it blends in well with pepper and all notes listed.
It also lasts (7-8 hours) which is a positive and to me unique; I have nothing else that smells like this. Most importantly, the coconut does not smell like sunscreen (like most perfumes!) This is amazing. I haven't worn it yet, but I'm confident I'll get compliments. Girls..get it! Guys love it.
Crystal Noir was gifted to me completely blindly at Christmas. It's a strong, spicy perfume that is warming and lingers on your clothes for days. I have never smelt anything quite like it.
Would you think a man can wear this? Please PM me! Thank you!
I remember I’ve purchased this in my first year in college from someone that sold stolen perfumes (it was a thing back then). Anyway, so I was a bit reluctant with buying something from the guy and then he hands me this bottle without a cap and i was just stroke with that smell of something I knew I would like forever. I did not know about base notes, but was convinced that it smells like warm hugs, honey-coconuty-bossanova-at-candle-light with someone you adore.
I m not good with words, but this perfume was very well built and it has its place in people s memory.
I have to admit: I do not understand some perfumes. I have to admit that Crystal Noir is one of them. All I can smell is dry wood and coconut. Absolutely nothing else. A very dry and weird scent. Does not make me feel anything in particular, just makes me think of a forest. In the day time. Reminds me of freshly cut wood. Perhaps it would smell better on a man.
On ny skin the coconut is very prominent and creamy but still very dark and spicy.
To me it smells like a spicy, coconut scented bodylotion on hot skin
I ordered a mini of this because I wasn't sure if I'd like it, and nowhere around here seems to carry it (although they like to push Dylan Blue on you). I stashed it away for whatever reason and forgot about it.
Upon dabbing it on, I become enveloped in my most favorite coconut note to date...it's like, punk coconut. This is spiced, and the cardamom seriously pulls through with the ginger; this smells south-east Asian. The weather is pretty chilly here in the PNW today, and I'm almost grateful, because I almost think this does better. I went outside to putt discs (we have a disc golf basket), and this just SINGS in the cold air when you move around.
It settles into a mellow version of itself after a while, and it doesn't morph necessarily, it just becomes a little sweeter and more subtle.
Man, I really, really love this. I'm sorry for people who don't, I think it's brilliant. Funny enough, coconut isn't usually my favorite thing (I don't dislike it, but I don't seek it out), but it is here.
A sexy, punk, south-east Asian, spicy coconut dream ??
The Simple Nose
Smell: God level
Projection: God level
Sillage: Gid level
Quality: God level
Similarity: Prefer not compare
Blind buy: Yessssssssss
The best fragrance of the world. Trust me. Is it a women frag? Yes. Is it the best of the best efer made? Yesss
Having said that, I do not like this fragrance nearly as much in cold weather. It tends to be too sharp, with a harsh spiciness in the cold. If you've found it harsh but have not tested in much in the heat, I highly recommend doing so.
This is a scent for warm, humid nights, when it really blossoms to become a dark, sexy, kind of mysterious scent. My husband loves it, and I have gotten more compliments on this fragrance than any other I've ever owned.
Vibes: coconut, beach party evening, sultry, smooth
It smells amazing on the right person but on me it's just a huge fail, and an expensive mistake. Lesson learned for me. Try it on your own skin before buying.
This is my second review for Crystal Noir. I purchased the EDT about a month ago and although I absolutely love it, I didn't find the longevity to be great (became a skin scent on me within a couple hours), so I was really curious what I might be missing out on with the EDP. Since the EDP tester wasn't available in stores close by, I purchased it and now have both to compare.
For reference, both my EDT and EDP are from 2019 batches (purchased at Sephora and The Bay, respectively). I compared them by each spraying one on a wrist. Here are my thoughts:
Both versions opened up with the same waxy, spicy, not-too-sweet coconut accord, except the EDP may have been a tad spicier and overall stronger.
30 minutes later: although the EDT seemed less intense/strong compared to the EDP when I put my nose directly to my skin, it had better sillage than the EDP - it seemed to project further, but was also softer, airier and slightly sweeter/feminine as well.
Three hours later: longevity became an issue for the EDT - it merely became a skin scent for me - beautiful (like clean, warm, lightly spiced skin), but barely noticeable. Meanwhile, the EDP as still very much present, and seemed to have become creamier as well as woodier.
Eight hours later: the EDT had completely vanished from my skin, but the EDP was still very much there. I also found that I really loved the EDP's drydown compared to its opening - it was creamier, softer and more feminine than how it initially opened on my skin.
Verdict: Overall, the EDT and EDP are *very* similar and in my opinion, it's not worth owning both. Both are stunning and contain that coconut note (I feel like everyone bickers on this page about which version of the perfume has it or not. They both do - even in the 2019 batches). If you care about longevity, I'd go with the EDP. But if longevity isn't your concern, I'd go with the EDT as it has better sillage for the first couple hours.
Personally, I think I will stick with the EDP since longevity matters to me, but I will wear both a few more times before making a final decision on which one I'll keep.
Hope this comparison has helped those who are't sure which version to get :)
Edit: After wearing it another time, I couldn't help but notice how much more the EDT projected, and how it was softer and slightly sweeter (as opposed to muskier). EDT takes the cake for me.
I don't feel any warmth from this fragrance and I definitely don't get any coconut. It's a sweet floral. Generic, but very crowd-pleasing.
Performance is out of this world. Lasts 8+ hours on my skin and trust me, you will get attention from people.
Pretty sure I smelled something like this on women in the 90's but I cannot figure out what it smells like!
A lovely fragrance but it's not for me. However I can see why people like it and it's worth a try!
I briefly had the current EDT that I then passed on to my daughter who does enjoy it.
It just doesn't smell good to me, not from the bottle, not on me and not on my daughter.
Not horrible or anything like that - just not appealing in any way. Honestly, it doesn't even smell like perfume to me. All I get is coconut and pepper and a bit of woodiness. Nothing at all sweet or floral in any way.
There are many fragrances that I don't like but can appreciate why others like them.
Not this one, and I have no idea why. There's nothing in the notes that I can't abide.
The real review is somewhere below, I'm sure this is not my first time reviewing it. But I will always risk repeating myself stating that this is a master piece.
I've overlooked this perfume for so long and I really wish I hadn't. It's stunning! When I smell this I mainly get a not-too-sweet, creamy coconut, heady gardenia and buttery sandalwood, with a tinge of spice (black pepper and ginger). It reminds me of the smell of warm, clean skin - perhaps after spending a day at the beach and showering, or coming out from a high-end spa. The fact that it smells so warm, comforting and natural makes it quite sexy, in an understated way.. it has this inviting smell to it that begs you to lean it closer. There's also something about it that's quite mysterious, and it's hard to explain why. Perfect for hot summer nights where you're baring some skin.
Also reminds me a little bit of Le Labo's Santal 33 (which I love, and actually gives off a coconut-y aroma on my skin as well) and Ralph Lauren Hot (although that one is stronger/spicier, IMO).
Edit: Been wearing this one for a few days now, and I'm a little disappointed with two things: (1) longevity - seems to fade away into a skin scent within a couple hours; and (2) the perfume takes on a very buttery, nearly food-like smell on my skin, possibly as a result of the coconut note. Not a bad thing per say, but wish the gardenia stuck around a bit longer to add some freshness.
I purchased the EDT version of Versace Crystal Noir after sampling it at Macy's. I loved the drydown on my skin. When I returned home, my husband said that I smelled of coconuts. He loves coconuts. I purchased a mini and wore it to work. My husband later told me that my perfume preceeded me into the room and how lovely it was. I instantly ordered the largest bottle.
Versace Crystal Noir EDT is magic on my skin. I've been wearing it in 75-80F and it dries down to a smooth, dry, sandalwood and coconut scent. I've been looking for something like this for a long time. I'm curious about the EDP as well. I understand the hype. It is well deserved. It projects at arms length and last 8+ hours. I'm guaranteed a few compliments when I wear it. Crystal Noir EDT could become the only perfume I'll ever need. Hmmm...
It reminds me of a more easy on the nose Jeux de Peaux by Lutens. Or a more complex Adam Levine for Her. I got it thinking it would be a summer staple but this is quite wintery to me. And I like it a lot!
When I first smelt this, I was put off by those top notes.
This is a rare instance I can smell all of them - the pepper, the ginger, and the cardamom... and I wasn't a fan of such strong spicy notes.
Generally, I don't love spicy perfumes. They're harsh on me, and bring me no love.
Then, the game-changers: Monsieur Coconut and Mistress Musk.
Throwing these rogues after the spice allows them to mingle and get in my head! They won't leave, and now I'm stuck sniffing my wrist constantly and / or making a 90-degree rotation so I can catch my own sillage.
The longevity on this is actually impressive. I sprayed it last night at about 11:00pm, and could still smell it 9 hours later!
Perhaps, a first for me: A spicy, slightly sweet, intoxicating, lasting perfume. :)
Kitty rating: 8.5/10.
EDIT (07-07-2020) = Increased rating:
Kitty rating: 9/10.
This smells like a SPA establishment. I smell hint of coconut soap/shampoo/lotion that is used heavily in the spa including the chemical stuff SPA uses. The whole complete package.
Initial spray has loud chemical scent ish. I think its the orange flower and ginger on gardenia adding chemical vibe.
Projection is quite strong, also long lasting. i applied one at 3 pm and i can smell it in the morning when i wake up at 6 am, the dry down when orange flower dissipates is very pleasant. however the orange flower stays quite a long time 6+ hours.
I personally don't mind the chemical vibe to it, so i enjoy this overall scent. The word noir is quite appropriate. there is no pick me up vibe from this scent. It kept me emotionally stagnant when mellow or depressed.
- edit - I am going to layer this baby with Amber romance from Victoria secret or warm vanilla sugar from bath & body works ?? so excited for fall/ winter
It's a very nice and soft fragrance. I wouldn't say I love it, but I can see why others do. It's what I would call a 'sexy soft' scent. The vanilla pod, pepper and sandalwood give it a nice thick and full personality while the blackcurrant, violet and jasmine give it an airy vibe. This is actually good because sometimes you get a perfume where a few notes overload the other, but in this case everything has a perfect balance without being too cloying or musky.
When I sniff this fragrance, I imagine a confident woman dressed in black with high heels, roaming the city streets at night, on her way to a very chic party. Funnily enough Crystal Noir reminds me of the YSL Black Opium ad you see on TV. Not the scent, just the 'bad girl' image.
Overall it's a very gorgeous scent with a side of darkness and mystique to it while still being friendly and innocent.
Opening is spicy, with ginger, cardamom, and black peppercorn. After about 10 minutes it dries down to a combo of fresh white florals, milky coconut and an underlying hint of spiciness from the lingering pepper. Fragrance is linear. Sandalwood, musk, & amber are the listed base notes. I don't smell much of them, though they give the fragrance a warm, creamy feeling. Eventually fades to a skin scent after 8+ hours on my skin. Sillage is somewhere between moderate and heavy on me.
I think Versace Crystal Noir is good and I'm impressed by its performance. It feels feminine without being overbearingly floral, gourmand, or sweet. It remains youthful without being too loud or audacious. It manages to be a versatile scent while still feeling somewhat distinct & memorable. This is a perfect go-to when I'm not sure what to wear.
For some reason it's marketed as a mysterious, sexual fragrance, and that's pretty misleading. I don't consider this to be especially dark or sexy. To my nose this is a fresh gardenia & lactonic coconut scent with some underlying spiciness.
In terms of the smell itself; to me, it smells like if suede came from a flower. That's pretty much it. It's musky and very captivating, it demands your attention. She always dresses way nicer than the rest of us in the office, and this perfume suits her style IMO.
My wife prefers fresher, Summery scents, so i will be skipping this one for her. But if you like "darker" scents with ridiculous longevity, this one is worth a try.
The only pure about this perfume is its mystery— you can spend a million years trying to figure out what’s the mystery all about but you cannot reach the surface of its truth. That’s why if Mona Lisa is a perfume, this would be it.
“What’s the truth? And what are just conspiracies? What’s with the smile? Or is it really a smile because you seem to evoke sadness too? But most importantly, who are you? The only thing that’s certain is all of your uncertainties.”
I never thought that the Gardenia I used to adore will be presented like this together with all the other notes. If this affair of mine will continue, it will definitely replace my beloved Narciso Rodriguez EDT as my signature perfume.
I’ve got EdT and according to Versace website -
Head: Blackcurrant, Black Fig, Violet (very much what I can mostly detect)
Hearth:Tuberose, Frangipani, Jasmine
Dry Down: Sandalwood, Cashmeran, Vanilla Pod, Heliotropine
Olfactive family: floral - oriental
And I must say it is very soft skin scent barely there, especially in the beginning, it is very much soft blackcurrant with a bit powdery violet lingering through for quite a while until dry down when the scent becomes sweeter & perhaps slightly stronger. Maybe then I can detect a bit of coconut but honestly nothing really potent or sweet. And yes I agree that it does smell like a very luxurious clean soapy type of scent; you could say that even spicy. It is lovely don’t get me wrong but I wish it was stronger AND with that coconut..
The whole accord that is presented to your nose is a one off. It is beyond neat to smell this because it’s original. It hits those right spots in your mucous membranes. Very feminine and very sexy, just don’t over apply please, this is super strong stuff!
I really wasn't sure what to expect as I'm very bad at imagining fragrances just from the notes. Well, whatever I expected, that wasn't it!
As many others mentioned, even though the note list says 'tropical' or 'beachy', it's not really either - I also can't say that the coconut or the gardenia are really all that pronounced. It's a very well-blended perfume, and to my nose it reads as 'creamy-yet-clean, luxurious, slightly floral'. I can't say I can detect any spice or wood in there.
What it instantly reminded me of was...a spa. Or a really fancy, upscale bathroom in a rich person's house or a hotel - with fancy, upscale shampoos and hair masks and shower gels. By wearing this, you smell 'fresh' and 'clean', like you just walked out of the shower after washing and pampering yourself with the finest products - it's the luxurious, 'nourished' kinda clean, not your run-of-the-mill 'fizzy' or 'citrusy' clean.
It's really, really good if you're into that vibe (I am). I could still catch faint whiffs of it two hours after spraying, which for me is a lot - my body chemistry absorbs most fragrances within half an hour, and my nose isn't that sensitive. The smell lingers easily 4 hours on my skin, and a day or so on clothes. Excellent!
It looks like Versace now only produces an EDT for this fragrance with notes described as: Head: Blackcurrant, Black Fig, Violet Hearth:Tuberose, Frangipani, Jasmine Dry Down: Sandalwood, Cashmeran, Vanilla Pod, Heliotropine
Olfactive family: floral - oriental
This opens a little zingy and spicy with an aura of vanilla, some Citrus and dries down quite quickly to a nice warm soapy aromatic with some blackcurrant and floral hints. Sillage and longevity is not impressive. It's a pleasant scent though, albeit quite cheap and not exactly mind blowing. They sell it now for $40NZD in any discount chemist (drugstore for the Americans--about $25USD equivalent).
If you still love the previous version I would recommend purchasing anything labelled EDP as it's a safe bet that this is an older formula. As I have only been able to sample the new EDT in the stores at the moment I'm really quite sad as the notes shown above sound gorgeous. Will update this if I find an older EDP for comparison.
Update: so I bought a recent tester batch code 1825705 made in Italy manufactured January 2019. Notes on the back are top : cardomom /pepper /ginger
Heart :gardenia/peony /Orange flower
This is a pretty far cry from the notes described on this page. So I smell pretty strong orange and ginger w a touch of cardomom. The florals are quite sweet and I'm not overly into orange flower to be quite honest. I'm enjoying the spice more as it dries down but must say this fragrance is a touch generic and not really my jam. I'm desperate to try the coconut/gardenia concoction described above I must say... The projection is not inspiring either.
Ok so its a few days later. Received the EDP and sprayed right away on the opposite side of my wrist. Its now exactly 2 hours later and I have to bury my nose into my skin to smell it. It smells soapy delicate feminine. Im sure it would project more if I was to spray more around my neck ( or all over). Im happy with it. It does not totally WOW me like L'instant by Guerlain always does for example or Tocade by Rochas. But it is good and feminine and not overpowering like those 2 above. Over all I am happy I purchased it. 50 $ for 1.7 ml I think its a bit much for it I would happily repurchase it for around 30 max. I can see lots of smells that would be similar to this on the market even knock off ones .This was a blind buy based on reviews and such. Ill stick to getting what I first test smell. Its pretty but not the best ever omg! like some people make it sound. or maybe not on me... if I change my opinion I will update here as this site was very helpful( and fun!) for me to read about other peoples opinion and I really enjoy trying to contribute as well.