A really bland and sharp woody-violet fragrance mostly built on musky notes, synthetic cedar, something slightly fruity reminding me of blackcurrant, a subtle minty head accord and not much else. Nothing “black” for sure, the mood is rather bright and cold. Tons of other similar designers come to mind, but while most of them at least try to smell different, Black instead feels so lazily generic it almost smells like an archetype of woody-violet fragrances. The strong feel of harsh synthetic cheapness doesn’t really help – adding the “unpleasant” to the “boring” factor.
A yet tested soup (ozonic molecules, aromatic lavender, angular jasmine, vetiver and hyper dry cedarwood), namely something irony, crispy, somber, artificial and aquatic. Dunhill Black ideally sounds like a sort of mash up of Chanel Bleu, Obsession Night and Tonino Lamborghini Forza. Decently appointed but boring. Forgettable.
This has a pretty boring muffled set of top notes. Smells like a little bit of this and a little bit of that. I didn't particularly care for this one until it dried down. Here it turns into a soft smooth leather, it really redeems itself from its trashy opening. There really isn't anything "black" about this one though.. the opening has a slight ink like accord for a few moments, perhaps that's where the name came from.
The unexciting green opening is so uninspired that it not only causes boredom, but foreshadows future ennui for the rest of the fragrance – I can’t remember another green accord so characterless as this – it’s not bad, it’s not synthetic, it’s just meaningless... and short lived. The heart accord unceremoniously enters as a weak jasmine / lavender – again, not bad, not synthetic, just characterless. The jasmine is weak, and so is the lavender. I think the opening’s green notes stays in the background, but it’s hard to tell with two such unmemorable accords. I wait for a long time for the base to show up, but the middle seems to insist on a slow agonizing death before it yields to the next in line. The base – well… it took me three testings before I admitted that the base was nearly non-existent. The pyramid says suede, giaic wood, and cedar – two woods and a mild leather. My inability to catch much of the base is a disappointment because the base sounds like it could be good if it were done right. But the base appears to be one typical of many modern fragrances – hopelessly weak.
I’ve been rough on this fragrance – probably tougher than I should have been and that presents and opinion that I don’t really have. Dunhill Black is not overtly “synthetic,” it is not gross or juvenile or annoying in any way; its main character is that it is uninspired and generic … but that is apparently no crime these days. The top levels are pleasant and enjoyable. The base, though, deserves a bit more criticism than the top levels of the fragrance… but I have to admit that this is not anywhere near the worst fragrance I’ve smelled in the past few weeks... it’s worth testing.
Unique? Not to me. This is about as unique as a typical Adidas or Nautica. Very generic smelling, nothing special.