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Black Tourmaline (2007)
by Olivier Durbano

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Black Tourmaline information

Year of Launch2007
GenderFeminine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 117 votes)

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HouseOlivier Durbano
PerfumerOlivier Durbano

About Black Tourmaline

Black Tourmaline is a feminine perfume by Olivier Durbano. The scent was launched in 2007 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Olivier Durbano

Black Tourmaline fragrance notes

Reviews of Black Tourmaline

Mainly a spicy experience, Black Tourmaline by Olivier Durbano is pepper-dominant to my nose, with incense, leather, oud, and patchouli all contributing somewhat to its intensity, though I admit I cannot really pick these out individually, perhaps a testament to how well-blended it is. Incense (olibanum) is really the only other main element that stands out apart from the pepper. So it's very simple--incense and pepper--if those are elements you like a lot. I generally enjoy black pepper but I don't feel it's especially well-used in this perfume.

Decently strong for an EDP at its opening but not overwhelming in the way of projection, at pricing of $205 for 100ml on Luckyscent this is potentially bottle-worthy for someone who loves it more but for me it's mainly a "like" not a "love." Still, a solid cold weather option I might opt for if it were priced a little lower or had something extra.

7 out of 10
18th July, 2016
This is a nice, dry, dark olibanum scent. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys spending $200 on a scent that lasts about 15 minutes.
05th April, 2015
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Smells like an ashtray at first. Later on, I kept getting reminded of Polo Green as others have mentioned.
28th October, 2014
A green-accented bitter frankincense that is the ancestor of Memoir Man. However, it lacks the latter’s radiance and thrilling immediacy, and after the first bewitching fanfare tends to get quite subdued. Likely a radical creation at the time, but now appears part of the niche scenery where the smoky gothic vibe as shorthand for mystery has got well-established. For me, it could have done with a bit more aggression and a bit less sugar in the deep drydown.
20th August, 2014
A dark and mysterious fragrance that smells exotic for sure but don't get too excited by all these nice reviews! they are just hyping this fragrance! believe me!
The opening is a dark resinous smoky scent with some sweetness in the background.
There is frankincense at the beginning mixed with lots of resins that they feel kind of oily plus sharp and bitter smoky leather note and some sweetness to tune down these brutal notes a little bit. all these notes meshed together in a smooth way. it's not in your face and so loud.
In the mid that oily feeling of the resins faded away and the smoky leather scent replaced by sharp woody smell plus some earthy patchouli.
It's a dry bitter woody scent with some earthy feeling and slight amount of sweetness way in the background.
The base smell very close to the mid as far as the smell but the patchouli gets a little stronger and more earthy.
There is a spicy peppery note from the beginning to the end that smell like black pepper in the opening and mid and kind of like cardamom in the base.
Projection is above average and longevity is around 5-6 hours on my skin.
It's a really good fragrance but scents like this could easily get boring and also it's not something extraordinary and unique. it's like mixture of a few fragrances that I've smelled before.
15th July, 2014
Genre: Leather

Notes (from LuckyScent.com): cardamom, coriander, cumin, frankincense, pepper, smoked wood, oudh, leather, precious woods, musk, amber, moss, patchouli.

Black Tourmaline is one of those vehemently assertive and distinctive fragrances that’s bound to divide opinion. It combines an almost acrid, tarry leather accord with smoky, charred frankincense and medicinal oudh in an unremittingly somber, opaque composition that perfectly matches both the name and the black tint of the liquid in the bottle. It’s also potent, long-lasting, and relatively linear, so if you’re repelled at the opening, chances are slim that you’ll enjoy Black Tourmaline any better as it ages. Me? I love the stuff. Its smoke and leather come perilously close to the unfortunate “liquid smoke” effect of Andy Tauer’s Lonestar Memories, but Black Tourmaline’s obdurately inedible incense and oudh obliterate any trace of barbecue flavored potato chips. The drydown, when it arrives, is dominated by an animalic labdanum and a trace of patchouli which can cling to the skin tenaciously for a full day. My only reservation is that Black Tourmaline’s fierce intensity makes it hard to wear. It’s simply not a fragrance I can find many occasions to appear in. (If I tell you I have far more occasion to wear Oud Cuir d’Arabie or Yatagan, perhaps that’ll provide some perspective.)
09th June, 2014

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