• Launched: 2013
    • Type: Shared / Unisex / Unspecified
    • Availability: In Production
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    Average Rating: 4

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    Black Fragrance notes

    Madagascan black pepper, Somalian incense, Leather, Licorice, Birch tar, Pepperwood, Cedarwood, Vetiver

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    Black is a unisex fragrance by Comme des Garçons. The scent was launched in 2013

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    2nosedtwin's avatar

    Netherlands Netherlands

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    Comme de Garcons - Black
    I wonder why they called this black because it smells just as green.
    It opens with a very nice frankincense-note, with a bitter anisic-overtone on top and a soft candlewax-kerosene-note with citrus-undertones. It gets more smoky-tarry amber, sticky labdanum-like and oily-woody cederwood/cypriol, spiced up with some rosemary and black pepper, which altogether smells very potent- very blackish...with a dry-warm and roundish feel to it. But then a greenish, sour, plasticy hairspray-note comes in together with the warmth of melted rubber, that gives this perfume a change of color- it starts acting as a fougere, with a clear green tone. And then, the C-12 aldehydes start to really grow and grow and manifest themselves in a overdosed cloud of limonene-waxy stuff, that sort of deafens my sense of smell, making it hard to smell anything else- giving my nose a Black-out... It overshadows the beautiful opening, which was very dynamic while this smells bored. Somehow the waxiness gets a sweetly 'cheesy'-tone, like Maaslander, a cheese we make here in Holland. This could be due to perubalsam that’s in here, which also can catch a sort of cheese-like note.
    Towards and in the dryout there is more room for the resinous-smoky frankincense, the tarry-amber, the balsamic-peru balsam, woody-cedar and a soft, vetiver greenish mossy-feel. It settles down in a dark, rawish way with a touch of sharpish green which smells not as potent as its start-off, but very likeable.
    Overall I think Black's character is a bit too tame and reserved to be a really adventurous perfume- the smoked, tarry leather-note that it should have, smells more like a slight plasticy shoestore-suede one instead....not bad but I expected more after its very promising opening- instead, in the end, Black leaves me a bit Blue...

    06 May, 2014

    foetidus's avatar

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    When Comme des Garcons says “Black,” they aren’t kidding. This is one of the deepest, darkest, blackest “black” I’ve encountered. Black licorice, black pepperwood, black pepper, tarry birch tar, dark incense… even the vetiver and leather seem a bit black in this one. As black as it is, it does not seem heavy since many of the notes are just aromatic enough to remove their ponderousness and density - but not their aromatic mystery. Too bad for me the notes include birch tar: I won’t be buying, but I admire CdG Black, it’s excellent.

    01st March, 2014

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    This is one of those fragrances that is all about the smoke and the spices in a unique way.
    The smoky scent in this fragrance doesn't smell like burning woods or burning leaves. it's kind of synthetic and like the smell of arc welding smoke but in a good way!
    These is a good support of spices, woods and a little bit of sweetness to make the scent a little more complex but in general it's a completely linear fragrance.
    When I'm smelling this there is another thing that I can't stop thinking about it and it's the smell of fried smoky sausage (or fried smoky hot dogs!)
    Is it a good thing or bad thing? .... that depends on you taste!
    Projection is really good and longevity is 10+ hours easy.
    You should definitely check this one out if you like smoky fragrances.

    27 February, 2014

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    A total gem from beginning to end.. A very woody mellow concoction.. It starts a bit spicy but the incense and variety of woods kick in shortly thereafter.. Birch and cedar give it a warm and comforting edge while the incense remains in tact.. I don't pick up leather or vetiver but that is a good thing.. Good longevity and sillage but not mind blowing.. Great scent at a great price!!

    24 January, 2014

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    I’m happy to report that with CdG Black you get to have your cake and eat it too:
    - On the one hand it’s individual enough to distinguish it from a vast array of scents in the same woody/spicy/smoky genre, whether in the CdG line or elsewhere. It’s got that "urban edge" vibe one comes to expect in a (good) CdG incense scent.
    - And on the other side of the equation, Black is wearable on a daily basis. This is not something I expect of every scent – some are just too unusual or special for everyday wear. But I appreciate scents that are attractive for both work and play over the course of weeks/months, and after three months I can say that that's the case.

    The scent itself: The gourmand notes mix with the incense to make the fragrance interesting enough to get noticed, but then fade to the background in favor of the quite mellow incense. Nice. The best part though is the extended drydown phase: It lasts for hours and comes across to me as a (surprising) mix of clean but substantial musk and salty, low-key fireplace embers. Fans of CdG 2 Man, Greyland and the now discontinued Gucci pour Homme will surely like Black.

    Pros: longevity (three spritzes in the morning last the whole day w/o it being overpowering at the outset at all); drydown (warm, dry, mellow); overall wearability
    Cons: perhaps not edgy or innovative enough for those expecting more

    06 January, 2014

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    The opening was a little too 'fresh' for me, mainly because it seems like an overworked theme for unisex and masculine scents, and feels like a throwaway opening sometimes. I prefer openings to have a real connection with the rest of the fragrance - it makes it more cohesive to me. This one didn't entirely convince me of that. But that is my quibble. The opening, though forgettable, was shortlived, unobjectionable and transitioned well into the heart note.
    Which is where Black starts to shine. What a sensual elixir of leather, pepper, incense and woody vetiver. It was delectable and stayed on point through the dry down, becoming slightly more vetiver at the end, but it is by no means a dry fragrance, instead having an incensy warmth, not quite tipping over into amber.
    It doesn't have a lot of sillage, a plus in rich fragrances like this. In other words, it stays in your own space and doesn't project into others, which is always a little rude. It makes Black more personal, a nice thing in a sexy fragrance, which I consider this to be (sexy fragrances are always more effective when they say "Come hither" instead of shouting). Very nice winter fragrance.

    08 December, 2013 (Last Edited: 05 January, 2014)

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