Black (2013)
    by Puredistance

    • Launched: 2013
    • Type: Shared / Unisex / Unspecified
    • Availability: In Production
    • Perfumer: Antoine Lie
    • Bottle Designer: Unknown - Let us know

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    blackened's avatar
    Spain Spain

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    you can clearly note Antoine Lie's hand in this work. Black keeps the style of his others hits:Tom of Finland and Rien and that game of contrasts between dark and bright, between the tarry leather and the metallic floral so typical of their Eldos´ works. Very good but in the same vein as several of his works ..

    20th February, 2014

    sjg3839's avatar
    United States United States

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    Great fragrance. Sampled at MINNY a few days ago. Light Oud and incense make this one I could see myself wearing often. Slightly sweet with a touch of rose and a few spices make this a pleasure to sample. 8/10

    24 January, 2014

    alfarom's avatar
    Italy Italy

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    I'm a big fan of both Antoine Lie and Puredistance but this time, I can't say I'm impressed. Lie is responsible of some of my favorite *contemporary* fragrances. His work for brands such as Comme Des Garcons, Etat Libre D'Orange and, lately, Nu_Be is the most blatant example of his talent and his ability to create subtly twisted fragrances that are wearable and at the same time anything but dull. On the other hand, Puredistance is pretty popular for targeting the upscale audience with their luxurious / plush deliveries. The pairing of these two polar opposites, sounded extremely interesting on paper but, as a matter of fact, Black doesn't convince me one bit.

    The fragrance opens with a citrusy-peppery-saffrony accord that is definitely well executed and promising. There's a dusty, sort of sharpish vibe that brings to mind of modern masculine fragrances while speaking at the same time of quality and artistry. Unfortunately things fall apart right away with the composition taking a sweetish, red fruity, trajectory during the middle phase. This part is completely boring and, if you want, *cheap* smelling. Overly safe and somewhat generic, even a tad *sporty*. Things get a little better during the drydown when a sweetish oudy-incense base takes over but it's still not enough to save the whole fragrance from precipice. The deja-vu vibe is so strong to drive me mad. It goes from Clive Christian V to something more generically Amouageish (thinking about Epic Man but also Interlude Man and more in general their latest masculines) via Monegal's Agar Musk, Piguet's Casbah and the plethora of other oudy-peppery fragrances released in the past 5 years or so.

    I think they tried to target the more mainstreamish upmarket crowd here but, as a matter of fact, while not being completely bad, Black is far from justifying the hefty price-tag. For those who care, the fragrance is pretty restrained but with an exceptional longevity.

    16 January, 2014

    Darvant's avatar
    Italy Italy

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    Puredistance Black is a luxurious and velvety obscure potion perfectly encompassing the wearer when he roams at night for the down town venues darkly clothed (better if by a black leather trench coat despite this fragrance is not properly a straight forward leathery one). The perfume conjures me by soon a bunch of diverse aromas so familiar and lingering day by day around my life of perfumes hunter. The spicy aroma evolves along the trip towards something finally smooth, soft (un-dense) and classy, so urban/chic and western despite the natural oriental/exotic agarwood's temperament. Well, actually some spicy/woody fragrances in particular jump in a while on mind since i detect facets of Epic Man (because of the high quality combination of resins, spices, aoud and incense), Dior Leather Oud (with a far less developed leather feel in P. Black), partially Pure Oud (with its resins and boots polish patterns), than barely Piguet Casbah (in its incensey spiciness plus hints of tobacco) Nasomatto Pardon ( floral notes, spicy aoud), Clive Christian C For Men ( spicy tea, red fruits, leather and resins) and Acqua di Parma Colonia Intensa Oud Concentree (leather, hesperides, oud, musk). Is like this fragrance performs a perfect soft synthesis of the best the aforementioned scents can offer. Black is a spicy dark incense/oud aroma with suede nuances that evolves and re-interpretates some Puredistance's M suede types of olfactory prerogatives in a smokier, balmier and darker way. Black opens with hints of floral notes (rose/jasmine i suppose), hesperides (a touch of bergamot oil for instance i suppose), with probably a spicy dark tea subtle note, a touch of lingering smoky incense plus a tobacco whiff, a notable hint of saffron (probably combined with cinnamon, cardamom, may be nutmeg) and with a spark of subtle suede (yet rising from the back). Is there a touch of rhum included in the secret recipe? There is by soon (ten minutes over the first spray) as "minimally prepared" a drop of boot polish (or probably the effect is just provided by woodsy resins plus suede) laced with agarwood resin as part of the velvety evolution embracing all the elements in a few time. The spices are softly aromatic and never pungent, just oriented to flavour the balsams and the soft resins while some arcane red fruits joined with dark patchouli, smooth leather, probably tolu balsam and moss enhance the general velvet noir aura. The final olfactory performance is so balanced and delicate, almost close to skin, this feel may be provided by the high quality aoud and may be labelled as a positive effect despite I perfectly agree who with underlines the Black's disappointing projection. I find Black a great take on oud/spices/resins with a solid level of silkiness and refinement that frankly few ouds around finally reach (despite the idea behind it is not utterly original in my opinion). The sweetness is absolutely well calibrated (with a final burnt sugar minimal effect) while the general "fluidity" is superb. Nothing to add about the "huge" price confinating the perfume at the boundaries of the common affordability.
    P.S: the dry down, after 5-6 hours loses its silky suede fluidy effect (I mean its defined, airy, almost dry feel) becoming warmer and unfortunately with a plain powdery (almost talky) substance.

    25 December, 2013 (Last Edited: 14 February, 2014)

    ScentFan's avatar
    United States United States

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    This is labelled a masculine perfume and Puredistance says they're not going to reveal the ingredients, but my nose knows rose (or is it jasmine, or both?) and sandalwood when it smells them. A beautiful resin is there, too. And the sorts of notes that make me love L'Artisans. No musk, really, and it's kind of spicey, but this is my kind of perfume. A possible buy

    22 December, 2013

    drseid's avatar
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    Black opens with a very brief clean jasmine floral laced with mild saffron spice before moving to its heart. During the early heart phase the jasmine and saffron both deepen as they are joined by a starring burnt rubbery slightly sweet incense and oud tandem with a plum-like undertone. As the composition moves through its middle the incense and oud tandem combines with an underlying sharp vetiver and leather accord that counters the earlier sweetness and adds an aggressive edge. During the late dry-down the incense and oud finally dissipate as the composition softens and turns more fresh with sanitized patchouli joining the remnants of the jasmine, diminished vetiver and now supple suede leather with hints of cedar subtly peeping in and out. Projection is average and longevity excellent to outstanding at well over 12 hours on skin.

    Black is a fragrance that I really didn't know *what* to expect. On the one hand it has some great pedigree as Puredistance M is a favorite and the house has yet to release a dud... On the other, Antonie Lie, while certainly competent and capable is the nose behind Secretions Manifiques and a few other compositions I dislike. Nose aside, I found Black a pretty good composition on the whole but certainly with some flaws... On the positive side, the late dry-down is very nice and the open isn't any slouch either. Where things get just a touch iffy is in the early heart as the slightly sweet burnt rubbery incense and oud overpowers what otherwise is a really very nice jasmine and saffron tandem. Some have compared the composition to the truly awful Black Afgano (I am sure many meant it as a compliment) and I can see where they are coming from to a degree, but it may be a bit closer to Arso's heart accord to my nose. Either way, Black thankfully does not clone either of them, instead following its own path. One alleged drawback that some have noted of Black is its disappointing projection. To this reviewer it is just right with the fragrance far from a skin scent, but not a powerhouse by any measure, making it more versatile. The bottom line is the $198 per 17.5ml extrait Black may not rise to the level of the best Puredistance releases and is relatively costly on a per ml basis, but it smells quite good indeed and is worthy of consideration earning a "very good" 3.5 stars out of 5.

    10th December, 2013

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