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.
Yep! This one is under the radar. Along the lines of Allure Homme and La Nuit by YSL. This actually smells better than both of those and lasts quite a long time. What really makes this fragrance stand out is it's dry down. Really smooth labdanum and Tonka bean drydown with just a hint of spice (pepper). Just the right amount of sweetness to make this a semi gourmand. Very well done.