Back to Black (2009)
    by By Kilian




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    Back to Black Fragrance notes

    Bergamot, Chamomile, Vanilla

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    Back to Black is a unisex fragrance by By Kilian. The scent was launched in 2009

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    Way Off Scenter's avatar

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    Woody Oriental

    Back to Black’s honeyed cherry pipe tobacco accord reminds me one moment of Fumerie Turque, the next of those great tobacco fougères of the 1980s – scents like Or Black and Lauder for Men. Yet it remains very much its own creature. It lacks both the smoke of Fumerie Turque and the aromatic content of the fougères, and instead embraces a powdery amber and patchouli drydown with hints of cocoa, in the quasi-gourmand arrangement made fashionable by Christopher Sheldrake in Borneo 1834 and Coromandel. Back to Black is a dark, sweet, heavy scent that could easily have been crass and oppressive, but redeems itself through an underlying bitterness derived, I suspect, from a touch of birch tar. If you have a sweet tooth and like leather, tobacco, and patchouli, Back to Black might be just your thing.

    09 June, 2014

    Jack Hunter's avatar

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    A gorgeous blend of honey cherry like tobacco with vanilla and soft spices.

    If you love gourmand sweet scents then this is just wonderful.

    09 June, 2014

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    Very lovely honey pot smoky incense fragrance. I don't find it to sweet and has great staying power. The dry down incense is just beautiful and really lingers.

    05 June, 2014

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    My first experience with By Kilian Fragrances and that was a good one.
    A very pleasant fragrance which has a completely familiar vibe, but at the same time almost different.
    The opening of this fragrance is a warm and sweet cherry smell with some dry herbal tobacco in the background.
    The cherry note for the first time in my life doesn't smell synthetic and like cough syrup! usually they do but this time I'm getting a natural and pleasant one.
    They cherry note doesn't smell tart and fresh fruity. even cherry jam has kid of tart and sweet taste but here it's completely sweet and that's because of strong honey note.
    The honey note in this fragrance dominating in every step and all the notes are right behind it.
    The tobacco note at the start isn't that strong, but strong enough to give the scent a bitter and dark aura.
    In the mid I'm getting a little smoother cherry and stronger tobacco plus very heavy and sweet honey.
    The mid is a strong warm and sweet honey note plus cherry and tobacco hand to hand following honey just a few steps back.
    Both cherry and tobacco are strong and almost at the same level of power but I'm getting cherry a little more than tobacco.
    The base is exactly the same smell but now honey note is softer and it's has vanilla vibe as well. it's like mix of one spoon of vanilla ice cream and 10 spoon of honey!
    All other notes are almost impossible to detect (at least to my nose) because the prominent notes are honey, cherry and tobacco. nothing else can't even get close to these.
    And one last thing I'm not getting any raspberry in this fragrance. it's just straight cherry to my nose.
    Projection is strong (not heavy) and longevity is between 8-10 hours on my skin which is great.
    A very pleasant and quality sweet and fruity tobacco which is more toward the feminine side but man can wear it as well.
    Personally I prefer my tobacco based fragrances more toward masculine side. something like "TF Tobacco Vanille" or "Parfums de Marly Herod"

    31st May, 2014

    ClaireV's avatar

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    This is a photorealistic portrait of honey. The exact smell of honey - raw, vaguely animalic and heavy - is rendered in 3D. Yes, there are unlit cherry tobacco leaves (much better done than in Chergui I must admit) and some woods, but it is almost entirely honey. So just beware, if honey ain't your bag, don't even bother trying this.

    I am not the biggest fan of honey, if you haven't already guessed. I find both the taste and the smell to be heavy, sickly and cloying in its own peculiar way. So this perfume definitely is not for me. However, I can admire the artistic and clean way this was put together, and I must say that this is expertly blended.

    07 May, 2014

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    This honey and light cherry body sweat fragrance is not worth the price at all. A better and less expensive fragrance to purchase would be Serge Luten's Chergui. BTB is Chergui's little brother, but Chergui is better IMO. The longevity is horrible. I only get about three hours with BTB.
    Not a bad fragrance overall, just not worth the price! 6.5/10

    08 April, 2014

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