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Vintage Black (2010)
by Kenneth Cole


Vintage Black information

Year of Launch2010
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 35 votes)

People and companies

HouseKenneth Cole
Parent CompanyBenckiser > Coty Inc > Coty Prestige

About Vintage Black

Vintage Black is a masculine fragrance by Kenneth Cole. The scent was launched in 2010

Vintage Black fragrance notes

Reviews of Vintage Black

Pleasantly surprised with Vintage by Kenneth Cole.

What started out as smelling like a pedestrian, fruity young man’s cologne on the initial spray-on developed into a more mature, wood and berry citrus fragrance.

Reminds me greatly of Atelier Cologne’s Cedre Atlas, except Vintage isn’t heavily loaded with orange plus cedar wood; it’s more of a berry-lime citrus mixed with a lighter cedar note. The result is a sweet-sour-powdery-aromatic scent that’s actually decent. Probably not a universal fragrance, so a blind-buy would not be recommended.
04th May, 2017
What even is this? I bought this from target for about $20 after trying it somewhere else, and it's just not the way I remember it. I have no idea what I'm even smelling. Over time I've grown accustomed to it, so it's definitely an "acquired taste". I was tempted to give it to my dad, but I decided to give it a chance. It's good enough that it has become part of my regular rotation, so there's that.

I guess what I'm smelling is tequila, lavender and lime. It's nice, after the first few applications, but I'm not really blown away by it yet. Maybe a more mature nose will appreciate it more.
02nd April, 2017
A cross between a dandelion flower and a urinal cake. The plus is it has great longevity and projection ( on my skin). But since I have no desire to smell like urinal cakes or wasn't much of a plus.
18th February, 2016
Not as loud as KC Black, which I also like, but that's what makes this more versatile. Can be worn casually and formally, day or night. Might be just as synthetic as original Black but since it doesn't scream it, it's quite nice. Projection is below average but longevity on my skin is surprisingly very good. I did an overnight test on my arms with four different fragrances and this was the only one I could still smell in the morning.
21st January, 2016
KC Black has been in my regular rotation since I discovered it a few years ago. So when I was presented with an opportunity to receive a bottle of Vintage Black free as a gift, I jumped at the chance without having ever having had the chance to test it.

As a flanker to the original, this vintage version is very curious. At first sniff I detect almost no connection whatsoever to KC Black. It comes across as very citrus heavy and quite alcoholic, as if someone had just poured a freshly made lime tequila cocktail. The citrus is very juicy and almost natural. It does not come across like a pledge cleaning product as so many other citrus based frag's can do. As it progresses through its lifespan of about 5 hours tops, it does have some faint similarity with KC Black; but it is missing the incense and particulalry the sweetness of the original's mint (as already pointed out by dougczar).

Another curious aspect of this, is that despite the listed notes of sandlewood, oak and cedarwood, I can not really detect any woods in this at all. It stays very citrus and linear on me and doesn't really develop much at all. I do detect a very light musky type base though.

I also found the name to be curious too, that is until I made a connection that I suspect could be the answer. I was sure this reminded me strongly of something else in my collection, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it until I stumbled across my bottle of 4711 Eau de Cologne. That's right; Vintage Black dries down to smell very similar to a more concentrated version of a traditional Eau de Cologne. I guess the combination of citrus, lavender and musk has that effect. Maybe that's where KC got the 'vintage' inspiration for this?

Overall I find that I can only give this a neutral rating. It's sillage and longevity are average and I can't see myself getting nearly as much use out of this as I do with the original KC Black. At least it didn't cost me anything to give this a go!
26th June, 2012
To my nose (concededly less trained than many that post reviews on this site), Kenneth Cole Vintage Black is a a decent but uninspiring fragrance, an mixture without form or character that remains such (merely a mixture) throughout its mediocre lifespan. It teases with interesting notes (as well as an overall notes pyramid) but delivers something shapeless and generic.
19th March, 2012

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