Notes: Black coffee bean, Allspice Berries, Cardamom, French Lavender, Attar of Roses, Cedar, Patchouli, Vanilla, Mocha, Sandalwood, Siam Benzoin, Ambrette seeds.
Pros: Sweet without being cloying, and unlike most, this has a true coffee aroma. Wonderully-blended and well-rounded composition.
Cons: I'd like a little more projection, but I'm not sure if my sample is EDP or Parfum. Other than that, this is a perfect composition.
Bottleworthy? Yes, this is one for the wishlist. Might just be the only coffee scent I need.
Where can I buy it? $45 for 30ml EDP at Ava-Luxe.com (other sizes and parfum available)
The Bottom Line: Serena Ava Franco is a new force to be reckoned with. Similar in style to CSP's Vanille Cafe (though not as sweet), Cafe Noir's accents are beguiling - a hint of lavender at the beginning, amber in the drydown, etc. I find this preferable to Bond 9's New Haarlem.
Rating (out of 10): 9
Which coffee scents do you most enjoy?