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Stetson Black (2005)
by Stetson

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Stetson Black information

Year of Launch2005
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 56 votes)

People and companies

HouseStetson
Parent CompanyBenckiser > Coty Inc > Coty Beauty

About Stetson Black

Stetson Black is a masculine fragrance by Stetson. The scent was launched in 2005

Stetson Black fragrance notes

Reviews of Stetson Black

Stetson Black is a strange and far-reaching masculine that tries to ape the style of many popular late 80's and 90's scents. I can gather that the target demographic Coty was trying to reach with this stuff was assumed to not particularly care about distinction or originality, but rather just the Stetson name as a brand they trusted. I can further surmise that these same potential buyers had probably never smelled any of the things this scent was attempting to emulate, let alone recognize their piecemeal addition to the Voltron-in-a-bottle that is this cologne. The entire "black" fragrance trope to begin with was pretty undefined, as all of the most notable scents within it were "darker" flankers to bigger and older marquee scents, and "darker" is defined rather subjectively in the realm of fragrance anyway. I can't hate this stuff, because my mother loves it so and won't stand without me having a bottle in my collection, so I'm more acquainted with it than I perhaps should be otherwise.

The smell opens with some spice and what to my nose smells like a dry cherry accord. I know the official notes say otherwise, but the melange of herbs, pepper, spice, woods, musk, and the token vetiver note come across as cherry to me, just a sour candy kind of cherry and not the rounded cordial cherry or maraschino cherry that would have made this more of a gourmand scent. This dry and sour cherry is met with moss, sandalwood, a leather note, and patchouli all the way down in the base, so therein lies the "dark" smokey base anchor this needed to fit it's description of a "black" flanker. Stetson Black wears pretty fine for what it is, and overall smells like what one would get if Coty reformulated the much-better Preferred Stock (1990) to be a bit fruitier in tone and -even- sweeter than it already is, with a bunch more leather in the base to compensate. It sort of takes that same Preferred Stock route to the dry down too, going from soap and synthetics right up front, and ending in a haze of blended dry fixatives that make the Walmart equivalent to a sensual skin scent. Again, not terrible, just not particularly original either.

If you always wanted a less-scary or more masculine Joop Homme (1989), this is a good surrogate, but you'll sacrifice a whole lot of quality for that more buttoned-down approach to a fruity floral blast. Stetson Black also works as a scent that's just meant to be pleasant, safe, and a bit darker than the aquatic or ozonic meat grinder that most commercial houses were still making us traverse even into the 2000's. The scent just can't be disliked, but neither is it really noteworthy, or unique. It's a "black" flanker for a scent that really couldn't benefit from such a thing (Stetson original is furthest from anything that would impart edginess), and ultimately just becomes a cork board with a scattering of inspirations pinned to it. There's a bit of ozonic here, a bit of floral, maybe a touch of gourmand. Spicy cherry woods and musk in a black bottle. I can't really get past that initial impression. Do yourself a favor and only wear it if somebody you care about likes it on you, which is my case.
17th December, 2017
A weaker imitation of Dior's Fahrenheit. No more, no less.
07th August, 2015
Not an essential purchase by any stretch, Stetson Black´s staying power is very limited, a maximum of 3 hours shelf life if you´re lucky. The somewhat synthetic leather and suede blanket the aroma the whole stretch, with a tint of berry-grape that manages to tone down things a bit and certainly can charm but all too quickly seems to fade after the first 20 minutes.
A nice, affordable alternative to the overpriced Polo and Kenneth Cole Blacks, Stetson certainly hits on the masculine element of what black should embody with this one. Sure, the scent is one-dimensional, a bit sweet, and guilty of using cheaper ingredients, but for a cheap drugstore fragrance this is a decent find and worth throwing into the rotation if not to keep things interesting.
Agree with Jenson from India, the aftershave is far more wearable. Works well as a splash on more than a feature scent. Stetson deserves credit for bringing the dark and black back into black.

Overall 6.25 (Scent 7.75/Longevity 3.0/Sillage 7.0/Originality-Intangibles 6.5/Value 7.0)
17th February, 2011
man114 Show all reviews
United States
Highly synthetic, cloying, harsh and sweet.

Up front this smells very sweet. None of the listed top notes come to mind. It smells sweet and grape like.

I can notice a tad of the cedarwood and musk it the middle mixed with a harsh synthetic leather note.

The end has a sweet leather note, a touch of sandalwood and something I can't place but smells vaguely like glue.

IMHO this is a disaster that earns a neutral only because it isn't offensive despite its poor blending. Nothing about it smells good. It is like a cheap imitation of Gravity with worse linearity. About all it has going for it is it is not offensive smelling, and smells like some sort of cleaner. Something clean would probably be associated with good to most people.

The biggest drawbacks are it isn't cheap and it is terribly weak. Don't expect to get by on a spray or two for an 8 hour workday. It disappears in no time. Expect to go for about 6 sprays to make it last. This does nothing for it, it doesn't make it the drydown more apparent. It just makes it last longer. You get the same, sweet grape, fake leather and cheap woods. It is like an inferior imitation of Gravity. It isn't cheap. Regular Stetson, All American Stetson and the like all offer longevity for the price. Like Gravity this stuff doesn't last and it is just not as smooth. If you wanted a sweet budget scent that at least smelled acceptable go get something like Elizabeth Taylor's Passion for Men. Don't waste your time with this stuff.

Update... I finally placed what this smells like. Ever smell that copy paper, or carbon paper that has that weird sweet scent to it? That is exactly what this stuff smells like when it immediately hits your nostrils.
19th January, 2011 (last edited: 04th October, 2011)
shamu1 Show all reviews
United States
I liked this when I first sampled it on my wrist about a year ago, but actually wearing this is a completely different story. I really wanted to like Stetson Black because it's got a lot of notes I like, but this just continues my ongoing hatred of so-called "Black" fragrances.

Like every other "Black" fragrance I've smelled, Stetson Black is not dark smelling, but rather syrupy sweet and nauseating. It smells pretty good and quite aromatic for the first 15 minutes, but after that, the smell of grape juice just gets stronger and stronger the longer you wear this. Its sweetness is unrelenting, and by hour three I was running to the bathroom with a facecloth, scrubbing vigorously. I had to take a shower a few hours later to get the smell off of me.

I can't say that Stetson Black smells cheap or poorly constructed. It's just a terrible fragrance, that's all.

MY RATING: 2/10
02nd December, 2010 (last edited: 08th December, 2010)
While it's not bad, it didn't really leave me with a GREAT impression. For the price, its a good smell. Minimal lasting power. If you're looking for a slightly better "black" cologne for not much more cash, go for Corvette black.
25th September, 2009

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