Monday, 25 May 2015


Today I shall review a classic fragrance for you- The Noa Cacharel for women. Remember how when we were young we would be fascinated by that single pearl inside the oyster? I remember going to the beach and opening every single shell that I would find, in search of that one precious pearl, but sadly I never found it. After all these years, when my aunt bought me this fragrance back from her trip to Paris, I relived that feeling all over again. There it was; a tiny crystal bottle with a beautiful little pearl inside and it made me fall in love with it at the very first sight.


There isn’t much to say about the packaging as it came in a very basic white paper box, poised and elegant. The signature Noa trademark was the pearl and you would get a hint of that seeing the tiny pearl on the O of Noa on the box pack. However I couldn’t help but wish for the packaging to be sturdier since by the time it arrived to me there were a few creases from the long miles it had travelled in luggage.


Noa was launched by the design house of Cacharel in 1998 and was classified as a luxurious, gentle, floral fragrance, possessing a blend of fruits and spices. Cacharel is a French brand of ready to wear clothing, perfume and accessories. It was created in Jean Bousquet, in Nimes, who founded the company of same name in 1964. Cacharel was the first to give designer fragrances at a moderately affordable price. Their perfume line is now a division of L’ Oreal. Noa, Eau de Toilette, by Cacharel is contained in a crystal clear round glass bottle with a pearl inside.


Noa is a small planet in your hand with a pearl inside. Noa is a transparent composition of flowers, delicate spices, velvety fruit nuances and energizing power of coffee beans. The fragrances are like a tender whisper, feminine and subtle, weightless but with a noticeable presence.
Tender powdery top notes of freesia, peach skin, peony and musk lead to a floral heart of white flowers, ylang- ylang and rose. The base is woodsy transparent with coffee and incense touches. The perfume was created by Oliver Cresp in 1998.

3.4 Oz (100ml) for $75

Olfactory senses are often one of the most difficult to describe as they vary so much from person to person but this particular product wouldn’t be tough to categorize. Firstly I would throw a word of caution to those who do not like the smell of musk as that is one of the most predominant smells you would get once you put on the product. However to those who are neutral to musk, I would say that it is a musk smell that you will like because it is characteristically feminine with the flowery smell of freesia and peach skin. The perfume is not at all screechy or in your face, it is a very subtle fragrance. In a dry air conditioned environment it would last for around 8 hours. For all those who love subtle scents, this should be your signature item because it gets the best out of all things subtle, especially after a while when the top coat fades and you are left with the lingering fragrance of rose and jasmine and all the subtle white flowers. The bottle is oh-so-cute and I just can’t get enough of watching the pearl. Overall for a person like me who is all into subtle fragrances, this eau de toilette is just the correct choice.

·         The pearl and the bottle(how much more obvious could I have been in my post)
·         The feminine musk scent with freesia
·         The heart coat of all those lovely flowers
·         The subtlety of the scent
·         Feminine yet not the strawberry pink girly kind of fragrance
·         Perfect for the elegant formal dinner or party

·         The packaging, I would have preferred a sturdier packaging.
·         The quantity, one use exhausts quite a significant amount from the bottle.
·         The longevity of the scent: I live in Kolkata, and it is so humid that if you are planning to use it for an entire day, you would have to reapply once midway.
·         The price might be a turn off for some, but hey, it’s a designer perfume!

My overall experience has been pretty pleasant. The pearl made me fall in love with it at the first sight and the subtle feminine yet elegant scent made me continue the love affair. The bottle would sit pretty in anyone’s collection. However if you absolutely hate musk, you should reconsider and those who are fond of really strong and characteristic fragrances then this one isn’t for you.

RATING: 3.5/5

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