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Drakkar Noir by Guy Laroche (1982)

Drakkar Noir by Guy Laroche (1982)

Drakkar Noir by Guy Laroche (1982)

Overall Rating


Sex Appeal


Safe for work/school


How long does it last?


Critic Rating



  • Last a long time
  • Extremely Manly
  • Award Winning
  • Still Popular
  • Can be a signature cologne


  • Not the best for gifts
  • Shouldn't be worn if you work right next to people all day
  • Too strong if over sprayed
  • Young people shouldn't wear it

About Drakkar Noir by Guy Laroche (1982)

First ever Advertisement in print (1985)

First ever Advertisement in print (1985)

Drakkar Noir was created by Pierre Wargyne over 34 years ago and is still one of the most popular colognes worn today. Pierre has some other outstanding colognes that are worn today like La Nuit de L’Homme Yves Saint Laurent and Boss #1 by Hugo Boss. Drakkar Noir has won a few different awards like the 1985 FIFA award for “Most successful Men’s Fragrance” and in 2010 it received the Canadian Hall of Fame award for fragrance.

Drakkar Noir continues to be one of the most sold colognes every year and in 1991, it was the best selling men’s prestige fragrance ($20+/bottle)

The New York Times says the name comes from a “flat-bottomed ship”. Others have said the name comes from the word “Dracula” which implies it is a dark, gateway to men’s sexual fantasies, but most people find this theory to be ridiculous.

Cologne Master Awards Received


What does it smell like?

To me, Drakkar Noir immediately takes me back to the 80s. Since I was born in 1985, I don’t have a ton of experience of what it smells like, but I do have an older brother that is 10 years older than me. I can remember seeing this cologne on his dresser and he clung to it like it was the most important thing in his life. To me it smells a little like baby wipes with sophistication. I know this might not sound appealing but I promise it’s better then what I just made it sound like.

real man

Probably wears Drakkar Noir

Drakkar Noir is a classic barbershop scent. If you can imagine the scent of barbicide, old-school after shave, leathery chairs, and all-around manly, Drakkar Noir is it. To me, Drakkar Noir should be worn only by men with old school hair-cuts and mustaches.

This type of guy is most likely confident and not concerned about turning on every woman that he walks by, since his mustache does it for him.

What cologne does it smell like?

The Land of Warriors by Vagabond Prince

Dakar – Al Rehab

Tuscany per Uoma Forte – Aramis

Pure Black by Creation Lamis and Pure Black by Oliver Henry

The notes that you will undoubtedly notice from Drakkar Noir are;

Oak Mosslether noteLavender-2

As you can see, Oakmoss, leather, and lavender are the most notable notes when using Drakkar Noir.

What does it smell like to a normal person?

You need to be careful how much of this stuff you put on, especially if you don’t really have that tough guy vibe. This one is a beast.

I bumped into a former colleague of mine last night who was wearing it, marinaded in it, like. The man is about to turn 30, slightly on the chubby side (no judgment, so am I), and likes wearing off-the-rack suit jackets over black V-neck t-shirts.

He stank. I shook his hand and smelled of Drakkar myself for the rest of the evening despite having overdone it with my own stuff earlier.

One or two sprays will do for most. Put on more, and you risk disturbing the canine population of your whole city for a week.

This stuff is gorgeous in the right amount, but overdo it, oh boy… I’ll need six months before I’ll be able to wear it again myself after this encounter.” – Northside

Think we’ve all been there..temptation buying wins the day and DN became the newest recipient. More to the point I became the recipient of a fragrance that has stood the test of time and still firmly stands head and shoulders amongst some of the latest pongs. Pardon the expression! But anyway..

Sexy, sassy, clean, confident, masculine, earthy even raunchy..but equally quite mysterious in a way which is proving quite tricky to put into words..but then there lies the answer and why this gets a thumbs up from me. Ditto to a few who’ve got within ‘nose shot’ including the lovely curvaceous blonde from only a few weeks ago …
; )

A true classic which will IMO continue to tick the right boxes and to be fair, despite some divided opinion, one for any discerning gentleman’s collection or wardrobe. Very pleasurable to wear for many an occasion. Enjoy!” – Fasteddie

“I have to admit, I really like this stuff. I think it has withstood the test of time very well and still smells up-to-date compared to some of its other powerhouse buddies. When worn properly, Drakkar Noir is a very attractive scent. It retains a strong sense of masculinity, but is less in your face than other powerhouse aromatic fougeres like Quorum or Kouros. In fact, Drakkar has it all. A pleasant floral element from the lavender, a hint of sweetness, a touch of spice, and just the right amount of woodiness. This is an aromatic fougere which I can wear out in public in 2011 and not feel like everyone is scorning me. Drakkar Noir also has a history of having an excellent reputation with women, so try this out guys and see if it still has the right stuff.”FragrancesForTheModernMan

Who should buy this cologne?

Age Group: 30+

Drakkar Noir should be worn by men and that age is 30+ for me. If you do have an amazing mustache, I will say that 25+ is also acceptable if you truly wish to smell like a manly man.

Season: All year around

Feel free to wear it all-year around since it doesn’t necessarily have the winter notes to make it a cold season cologne, or the summer notes to make it a warm season cologne.

Time of day: Day or Night

Pierre sure created a versatile cologne since you can wear it pretty much whenever you want. Make sure you only use 1-2 squirts since it is ridiculously strong.

Occasion: Hanging out with the boys

Drakkar Noir is not a chick magnet by any means and I also feel for work and school there are better colognes that exist. I do agree it is one of the most manly colognes out there so try wearing Drakkar Noir for a night out with the boys but just don’t use too much.

Gift? – No

This cologne is one of those that need to be smelled by the person who is going to wear it before they try it. Although it has a huge following of people that enjoy the scent, there is also a lot of people that dislike it as well. It won’t be a good scent for you to give unless you 100% know they will like it.

Longevity: Amazing

Drakkar Noir will last all day/night and you will smell it on your clothes the next morning. Don’t spray too much or you will stink.

Harmless? – No

If you spray just 1 extra spray of this cologne, you will stink and everyone around you will notice. This cologne is well-liked and popular but is also disliked by many people as well.

Popularity – Very Good

Despite being a cologne made in the early 1980s, it is still one of the most sold colognes today.

How does it make you feel? – Manly

This should make sense. If you picture how you should smell after getting done at the barber shop, this cologne should help you realize that smell.

Price – Good

You can find it for $20-40 dollars a bottle.

Awards – 4

Most popular cologne 2015 (CologneMasters)

Most successful Men’s Fragrance – 1985 FIFA

Canadian Hall of Fame Award – 2010

Top selling men’s cologne award – 1991

Sexy – Not much

There are documented cases where women find this cologne sexy, however it has never happened to me. I think if you’re looking for a cologne that has a lot of sex appeal, this is not it.

Signature Cologne – Absolutley

One thing Drakkar Noir has going for it, is that it is completely versatile and can be worn everyday, all-day if the person wearing it chooses. If you wish for people think of you when they smell this cologne, the more power to you and use it as your signature cologne.

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Jason is the first ever self-proclaimed “Cologne Master” that is dedicating his expertise and knowledge to helping people choose that special scent for the 1st or 50th time.

2 CommentsLeave a comment

  • Overall Rating


    Sex Appeal


    Safe for work/school


    How long does it last?


    Critic Rating


    Strong smell. Can’t tell if I love it or if it’s overbearing

  • Overall Rating


    Sex Appeal


    Safe for work/school


    How long does it last?


    Critic Rating


    You must be living in the past Jason. Drakkar noir is one of the weakest smelling colognes now. IFRA and European Union made all the power house colognes like Joop, JPG le male, PR one million etc with little projection and silliage, also does not last long in the skin. They are all reformulated!
    Because 1% European population are allergic to perfume.

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