Better performing on paper than skin, Bijan Black is a pleasant close-quarters scent for the uninspired. It doesn't project far or last long, but I have found it serves one use quite well - the body wash and EDT make a great layering accent to other scents and add variety to the drydown plus a little extra depth to vanillas like Perry Ellis 360 White, John Varvatos, Opium, etc.
I can't stand these damn "Black" fragrances. Why call them "black"? Because they're in a black bottle?
Just like other snooze-fests like Perry Ellis Black, Polo Black, Polo Double Black, and other bottles of silliness, this is just a sickeningly sweet, vanilla-laden slog with some soggy patchouli and wood notes that don't smell woody.
MY RATING: 3/10
Applied this about an hour ago in the store. Can't stop sniffing my wrist. The opening notes were quite pleasant...I was expecting to be bowled over, after all this is a Bijan scent. And it's "black". But it was sublte to the point of boring. Powdery and sweet with just a hint of that "black" element (which is fine with me!) I suppose this whole "black" thing came about with Armani Black Code and spread like wild fire. All of the subsequent blacks have had a similar element, which I'm guessing is tonka bean. None of those "blacks" have moved me in any way. In fact, they've kind of put me off.
But this one...
At first it wasn't very impressive...but now, into the drydown, I love it. There's some great, completely unanticipated things going on with it. Very close to the skin. You really have to press your nose into it, but when you do, it's seductive. It's so hard to find recent scents that maintain interest. Every house has some throwaway juice every six monts or so with no apparent thought put into it. It's like they just put out scents in volume, hoping for a success. Somebody took some care with Bijan Black. Hopefully it won't get lost in the dark forever.
This kept passing through my hands at Marshall's and when it dropped to ten bucks...well, how could I resist? I've quickly become addicted to it. Orange, Pine and Vanilla is what it boils down to. Sort of a mash of Happy for Men, CK Contradiction, and Halston 1-12. It's kind of Christmasy, yet also summery. It's an excellent all purpose, great quality fragrance. No, not earth shattering. But sometimes you just want to walk quietly and carry a small stick.
24th March, 2010 (last edited: 06th December, 2011)
The original Bijan for Men used was edgy, gaudy, pushy, gross, even, but if it was used with discretion (lightly misted never, never sprayed), it smelled good. With Bijan Black, the sillage and potency has been reduced dramatically but it is an unrelentingly synthetic mediocrity whose future is going to found on the lower levels of drugstore shelves. It is a generic attempt: I haven’t been able to find the notes under the synthetics. About the only good thing I can say about it is that it is better than Bijan Nude for Men.
Rather subtle so it's perfect office wear. Vanilla, florals and a bit of woods. A skin scent for you to enjoy as the sillage is fairly low.