What I'm going to do is describing this fragrance from the opening to the base and also comparing it to the original at the same time!
In the opening you can smell huge dose of lavender which is sweet because of the tonka bean note.
It's dark, sweet and spicy. very nice.
In the original the lavender is muted by the apple note but here in black version it's strong and easy to detect.
The pepper is there but it's really muted by tonka bean and lavender and it's in the background.
In the dry down the lavender and pepper start to decay and you will leave with sweet tonka bean.
In the base you have lavender and pepper weak in the background with sweet tonka bean and only hint of floral note.
If the pepper note is too much for you in the original, it's muted here and it's more wearable for those who don't like pepper.
If you don't like lavender, it's in this fragrance but it's not that bad and it's pleasant.
Personally I prefer the original over this because I'm a big fan of pepper based fragrances and the pepper note in the original is stunning but the black version also is a great fragrance and I like it.
And about the overall smell comparing to the original.
There are similarities but they are so different to my nose.
Very good projection and longevity.
Intriguing at the beginning this new italian concoction that comes in this phase out running across Chanel Allure, Joop Nightflight and the Badedas Noir shower foam (or if you prefer La Martina Cuero) with a subdued patchouli in the blend. I have to say in the meanwhile that first of all this is not expensive, second is a bracing sporty/casual fragrance (better) for the evening, third it starts semi fruity-aquatic (but not properly ozonic) and ends down with a mossy/ambery labdanum (plus a touch of patchouli) still holding a part of its fresh (simil berries) aqueous initial fruitiness. The beginning is citrusy (lemon/orange) and aqueous because of its watery and dusty aromatic lavender with its bracing coriander. The problem is the dry down when the synthetic, barely smokey and fruity amber/labdanum starts to rise up a bit powdery, exuding an YSL La nuit de l'Homme's type of feel that is so boring to me. Other problem is that the dry down unveils in the air the synthetic feel that is sheer since the beginning where anyway it's less notable because of the general freshness. Anyway, an acceptable tear in this huge olfactory ocean.
P.S: i'm sorry, i have to change soon my rating cause after a while the smell becomes really too much synthetic on my skin.
11th February, 2013 (last edited: 15th June, 2014)
F Black has a strong longevity and medium-high sillage and projection. Smells great and sexy with lots of tonka bean rounded by sweet lavender. That's a good surprise from this house. Worth it.
Opens up with a sharp, and pungent lavender and citrus combo, and dries down with an overdose of tonka bean, basically. I see the comparisons to La Nuit, TdH, and Allure Homme for sure. Problem is, those fragrances are well rounded, F Black is quite "rough around the edges". I loved it at first, but more so, because of all the positive reviews. After a while, I realized it was just another fragrance trying too hard to fit into what's in demand right now. F Black has its positives, it projects like a beast, and lasts forever, granted you like the smell. I enjoy the mid notes, where it becomes a smoother version of the opening with some spices and a little tonka; but beginning and end are turn offs. Has a chemical like odor throughout. Almost worthy of a thumbs down. You be the judge!
26th October, 2012 (last edited: 26th March, 2013)
This one is a must have! Not much on notes, but I do know a good smelling fragrance. Received a bunch of compliments wearing this one. Not cloying but projects fairly well.