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Reviews of Roberto Cavalli Black by Roberto Cavalli

Total Reviews: 20
Roberto Cavalli Black smells like Versace The Dreamer minus the tobacco leaf note. You're left with a pleasant, non-offensive, creamy lavender. Smells more like a casual scent than something you want to wear to be taken seriously. The opening is nice but the drydown leans into what you'd expect from cheaper scents.
10th November, 2017

The tarragon and vetiver combine to make Roberto Cavalli Black too soapy for me: I often like soapy fragrances but this soap gets a little close to artificiality – it’s not clean-soapy. It would be cleaner if the bamboo note came through more strongly. The geranium, too, could have been a savior, but it also does not clean up the light miasma of the musky lavender-tarragon. What R C Black needs is more green, or perhaps even some aquatic layering. It needs some sharper points to increase its bass depth... it needs more layers of interest.

Roberto Cavalli Black is not unpleasant; it smells fine, just as so many of the moderately priced men’s fragrances do. But its lack of depth (and its lack of longevity) makes it inadequate… you can find many better even at this price point.
07th February, 2016

Very good is very modern scent.the top notes is OK.intimate and masculine not for every day use.Nice straight-ahead fragrance without too much fanfare.suitable for romantic mood with your lover during the spring/autumn evenings.

Good sillage but longevity is poor for my my opinion RCB is the best masculine RC fragrance.

17th December, 2014
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Tony T Show all reviews
United States
The Best Cavalli

the best and that's not saying a lot. semi spicy opening coriander/pepper that dries down to a powder concoction.musk/Tonka that stays somewhat close to the skin.decent slightly above mid range fans that does not do a lot of justice.

Pros: great warm and inviting
Cons: lacks depth"

14th August, 2013
Black is an outstanding fragrance. Smells unique, sexy and warm. Thats a very well done blend of tonka and lavender with touchs of cedar. Wonderful. My only complaint is about the lasting power thats weak.
04th November, 2012
I really like this one! This is a great for a party or in the evening (especially in the winter or autumn) If you like a spicy, peppery special scent, this is the winning ticket.

Longivity and projection are very good, thats a big plus for me because mostly fragrances last for like 5 hours max on my skin.

Ill give it an 8!

01st November, 2012
Soapy, musky "toilette splashing water" type of fragrance with a sort of bath foam smell due to a prickly accord of lavender-citrus-bamboo-tonka-musk-pepper. Very masculine, aromatic, green and clean with a refreshing toilette sparkling (even thanks some spices) soapy (slightly bath foam) smell, at least in the first part of its development. Set the dry down the scent becomes more creamy and consistent. The cedarwood placed in the base provides a touch of dry texture to an otherwise too watery/balmy fragrance. It's a sensual, casual, a bit sportive scent in the same clan with Body Kouros, Le Male and Lempicka au Masculine but with a darker spicy beat and a less dusty (i mean less powdery/humid and resinous) temperament. It reminds to me a bit the smell of clean and airy washing back in my youth. May be a touch of amber enriches the base with its mild resinous temperament. Some dry flowers in the heart provide a touch of sophistication and romanticism. Decent projection at the beginning and very bad longevity on my skin. Not bad in the complex.
18th February, 2011 (last edited: 11th January, 2014)
The key to understanding this scent is to acknowledge that it is a fougère. Lavender + coumarin (in the tonka) = the basic fougère chord, and style. Certainly that is here: the distinctive soapy-mossy tone is very nice. This scent is called an “oriental fougère” perhaps due to its smooth and slightly rich character. I would call it a “woody fougère” because I get attractive lingering wood notes. The scent has airy, grassy notes. It is dry and wears well. It is a comfortable, non-challenging introduction to a low-key fougère. The term “black” here is a complete marketing ploy, there is nothing ‘black’ about this in any way, as far as I can detect.
04th January, 2011
Great scent for dating and clubbing. Shares the vibe with Cerruti 1881 Black and YSL La nuit Del Homme.Longevity and projection are great. Better to wear it in autumn and winter. Even though it is not overly heavy, I wouldn't wear it in summer. Thumb up!
20th July, 2010
Not my cup of tea,I didnt like it at all.its not herrible as I found some scent like kenzo PH
which I couldnt stand a minute...but I wouldnt buy it.
08th March, 2010
What a great winter scent.
I tried this one based on several positive reviews, and I'm glad I did.

It does have a bit of an "alchohol" smell right at the beginning. But that fades very quickly.

I do see the comparison to Armani Code...which isn't a bad thing at all.
08th January, 2010
The overriding emotion I experience when sampling this,is disappointment. I cannot detect the black vibe that the name alludes too, more a murky grey. The opening is dry, herbal, with a strong pepper presence. It certainly isn't unpleasant, but it lacks vibrancy and inspiration. The heart notes provide some welcome relief from the slightly depressing top notes, and a warmer, mellower fusion of lavender and geranium are discernible. This softer phase is too brief, perhaps designed to usher in the fragrance's party piece; the tonka bean in the base. As others have already alluded to, it is an especially pleasing tonka bean note, but it lacks the support from the musk and cedarwood to ensure that the dry down is wholly enjoyable. The longevity is an issue that finally consigns Cavalli Black to the lower end of a neutral rating. It is difficult to locate any trace of it beyond four or five hours.
13th November, 2009
I would describe this scent as smelling similar to Armani Code in the beginning and finishing off very similar to Burberry Touch. The beginning is unique in its take on coriander and the bamboo gives off a flat, woody feel. I can't really make out much of the notes listed as the middle in the pyramid but I do get a noticeable dose of white pepper from the very start. This is spicy and modern with a dark feel to it but I can't quite say why. Anyway, the dry down is a simple tonka bean and vetiver. Though this smells like a combination of Armani Code and Touch, this fragrance doesn't really live up to the appeal of either of those scents. Its unique, but I would stick with the other two based on performance (better sillage, longevity, etc.). But don't take my word for it. Try it yourself...
13th October, 2009
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the best black scent ive ever smelled, which knocked Code off the perch. very different here, and its actually more green and black than just black. first scent which ive caught 2 different notes coming off of 2 different sprays on my body. oddly, i also get a new money scent thats slightly sweetened, but not at all sweet.

this has entered into year long, constant rotation in my wardrobe. 5 stars, and recommended to any man. the design on the bottle is supposed to be a snake, by the way.
02nd May, 2009
Damn I love the tonka bean in this. The entire frgrance is slightly spicy, slight sweet with a nutty bitterness to it that lingers for hours. One of the few "black" named fragrances that comes close to its moniker. Rather interesting graphic on the bottle.
12th November, 2008
This one flew underneath everybody's radar. I don't think it was ever released in the US. Anyway, I did manage to get a bottle for a good price, and I'm glad I did. If you tried other "black" scents, forget those pretenders to the throne of darkness and give this one a try. First of all, this bottle is cool! A strikingly dark black/purple hue illuminates a snake crawling around the bottle. In a different light, the bottle turns green. But how does it smell? Like a modern take on a club scent that is balanced and nuanced. The opening reveals a bamboo and spice mix that is very inviting. Tickles the nose a bit. Gentle yet very elegant. Towards the midnotes, the white pepper and geranium take this to a different dimension. There's a subtle lavender note in here that's hard to detect but it's there if you "look" for it. Slowly the sweet wood and musk notes take over for a finale. You'd think with white pepper, lavender and musk, this would be an in-your-face fragrance, but I'm here to say that the perfumer did an excellent job blending these notes that it remains present but not "too" present. I'd also go so far to say that the vibe here is towards a dark, gothic glow. I can see some parallels to Armani's Black Code, but this one is more interesting because of the different transitions it takes, especially in the midnotes. Nothing groundbreaking here but a superb scent when all is said and done.
27th August, 2008
Kaern Show all reviews
United Kingdom
This is one dark sexy beast that keeps giving. Nicest take on amber I have come across. Not groundbreaking, but after previous offerings -- it's like stumbling over a gold bar.

02nd April, 2008
After the first three catastrophic releases for men, Cavalli´s Black is big step forward. By no means a particularly orginial fragrance, but instead a very plesant one. Basically a subtle and rustic amber with strong notes of dry lavender and a noticeable white pepper. Very italian in it´s overall feel.

Initially the longevity may seem limited, but Black sticks around for quite a while but without major sillage. The late drydown is in fact it´s most rewarding stage, This is where the tonka bean in the base steps up and sweetens the deal significantly.

To those that might feel Caron´s Pour un Homme is a tad old fashioned and stuffy Roberto Cavalli Black is a nice alternative. Of course with such a trade what you´ll gain in wearability you´ll lose in complexity and quality.
01st December, 2007
This is a lot better than nice. It is amazing. So sexy and dark and mysterious. This stuff is awesome. It is what Dali is trying to be. Black is sexy and perfect for those men who have an edge to them - this stuff is for men. The exact opposite of the garbage Calvin Klein and Tommy put out. The only American fragrance worth a dime is Sean John.
04th November, 2007
Nice. Another 'amber' scent, which I was initially surprised that it is not one of the ingredients. But it makes perfect sense because the amber (which shows up in less than an hour) is not dominating like most amber frags. This character makes it perfect for those who enjoy that amber flavor but don't want it to be overpowering.
This reminds me of "so delicious" by Gale Hayman, in fact they are almost exactly the same. The Cavalli though is more well starts out like Bulgari black (short round bottle with what looks like a tire) and then the amber shows up. It also smells like GUCCI PH plus the aforementioned Bulgari.
04th May, 2007