Don't be fooled by the citrus/fruity opening. This is hard core old school stuff masquerading as a contemporary frag. The fruity opening quickly reveals some interesting spices and the dry-down actually resembles it's older successful sibling, AzPH. While Silver Black may not be the legend that AzPH is, it definitely commands my respect.
Silver Black / Onyx by Azzaro, 2005
Apple & cardamon dominate...and nauseate. Add a layer of woody musk and it gets worse. Confused, bare and cheap. 4/10
I didn't like this the first few wearings...it has grown on me. Much more 'me' than the original Azzaro PH (which I like, but is more formal). I get some tea in this one too - almost like Gucci PH II, but a bit cheaper. Less anise than the original, but more barbershop. If I ever run out of Rive Gauche, I'll turn to this one first.
Azzaro Onyx smells metallic and manly with a bit of fruit sweetness at the top. It becomes more barbershop as it dries down. Reminds me of Francesco Smalto with just a bit o fruitiness or some cheap deodorant sprays in the 90's which means it is way better than most modern generic, "smoky vetiver" or wimpy unisex niche releases. Onyx is not formal or elegant but very good for casual or office wear. Longevity is very good while projection is first strong then moderate. All in all a good fragrance especially for those who want a more modern and longer lasting Azzaro PH or Drakkar Noir.
Hmm, this is a unique one. I did a blind buy based on reviews. I dig the bottle, all black and mysterious. Looks like an old school power house just based on the attitude the bottle gives off. First spray... oh no... why did I buy this?! Smells like Aqua Net hairspray right out of the can. Blast of rubbing alcohol and chemicals. Thankfully this goes away quickly or i would have had to get the scrub brush and fire hose ready. I am not sure how to describe the notes. I get a little bit of the opening roar of Quorum, but not so loud. I get a bit of lemon zest, maybe even a little sour grapefruit. I definitely note some pepper and some other indeterminate spices. Grass, trees, roots, dust and musk come through and seem to stay the longest. This reminds me of the outdoors. It's a scent of mountains, forests and deserts all together. You need a steady trigger finger for this one, don't flinch and over spray. Two shots to the chest are perfect, three may result in problems. It's bold, brash and fun. At the price it can be had for, this one surely can fit in any collection.
It goes on gloriously a very gentlemanly, mature (but not old), high-end, refined woodsy smell like you were in an old furniture shop, and the smell of wood, well-polished, and well-cared for permeated the air. This lasts about 20 minutes, and then the woodsy part fades to become a high-end cologne kind of smell mingled with cardamom (I think), and it has receded in projection a bit, too. By two hours, it has turned citrusy, by three, its a little woody, by four its a lightly woody citrus as a skin scent. There it stays, but you can still smell it even at twelve hours, if you sniff your wrists.
An unusual fragrance. Fruity, woody and patchouli. It's good.
Full wearing (body and clothes, ~10-12 sprays) - it has been sitting (for no reason) on my shelf for several months. I bought a tester bottle and wanted to wait for warmer weather before trying it due to the notes written on the back: "bergamot, green lime, coriander, cypress tree, vetiver, amber and white musk". I had several opportunities on warm fall days, but reached for something else. It was "that" bottle which remained mysterious (I have a couple more for when I want to try something new on a whim that are also highly-regarded)! So, based on what the bottle said, to me, that expressed spring, summer and the early days of fall. It is early March - a sunny day, some coolness in the breezy air and I decided after reading more and more that I have been neglecting this bottle for too long. I have to first say, I love Vintage Azzaro Pour Homme and like the current reformulation as well. That said, there are a lot of other fragrances by the Azzaro house, including this somewhat unknown gem by Francoise Caron, that stand on their own merit. No correlation and I couldn't even put the two next to each other on a shelf. I wanted to see what Onyx (also called Silver Black) is all about... This bottle of Azzaro Onyx, as I am engulfed in a lot of juice - inner wrists, neck, shirt...is really modern and a breath of fresh air! Wow! I get Bergamot and Mandarin Orange on top with a nice smooth lavender and a squeeze of the aforementioned lime - a blast of fresh citrus and a dash of their bitters!! I am impressed as the notes blend into a wonderful, juicy composition. I get a nice, warm, earthy spiciness underneath from the cardamom and coriander. I defer to the Tester bottle's notes for that one as well as the cypress. The green note I get is more refreshing and slightly woody. A dash of geranium and a touch basil are components in the heart (as the middle is nice and transcendent), but they are both in the shadow of a beautiful, tall cypress tree. Interesting - I get more cypress on my skin and more basil/geranium/citrus/lavender on my shirt in the middle as the top is still going strong on my clothes - fresh but with even a slight orange rind/basil bitterness that some mention. I am neutral to this - it keeps it unique and a modern "twist" on things. First base note that I get is white musk - clean and lifted...followed by a nice touch of amber. The patchouli and leather add a nice touch in the drydown (I love patchouli in scents like this as it keeps the composition on the fresh, green and spicy side). The leather is a soft note - not dominant, as I detect a light "suede" feel...'plush', if I may. I disagree with the bottle notes - no vetiver...period. That's fine as I don't think it would have been a note needed (or desired) in this very good fragrance by Francoise Caron. Vetiver, as a note, can take a fragrance in a whole different direction - and mind you, this is coming from a Vetiver-lover! No shift in direction wanted or needed. So, I waited for the right occasion to wear this and now I find myself asking - "What is NOT the right occasion to wear this?" This is a terrific bottle of grab-spray-and-go juice! It is truly vibrant and warms up so nicely. Not overly synthetic at all - as a matter of fact, I would say that it smells like a bottle far more expensive than its price tag. This is very good for virtually any age - high school/college up to 50's+. Special occasion - sure. Jeans and a shirt - sure (that's my attire today). Shorts and a nice polo - absolutely! I have to give this a genuine 7.5/10 for the value and versatility. I don't know about longevity yet as it's only been 35-40+ minutes, but the drydown shows promise and my shirt still has warm and fresh citrus on it! Glad I "found" this amongst my bottles on a Friday afternoon. Impressive. *Update* - after having lunch outside, this became a skin scent with a little more projection on my shirt. I was hoping for more power, but it is not there...a little disappointment for longevity. So, do apply generously if you are going to be outdoors with Azzaro Onyx and know you will need to reapply. Same score 7.5/10 - I look forward to wearing this again...how do people not see this as a spring/summer scent as well as cool weather? This will be even better when the weather hits 80 degrees, in my opinion - but a true year-round scent.
I don't think I'm going to keep this one. There's nothing charming about it. 'Forgettable' is an accurate description. Grigioperla and Gillette Cool Wave somehow reminds me of this one, but Onyx doesn't hold a candle to either one.
Hmm... not really a fougère (no coumarin) and not really a chypre (too much lavender), this is a strange beast. But strange, for me at least, is not always bad. The herbal spiciness in the middle notes and the woody oriental feel in the base notes makes this an interesting play on contrasts. Having said that, I think the balance among all the elements is what makes it work. It wants to say "aromatic fougère," but then it stops and contradicts itself, and says instead, "I'm my own animal." Frankly, this isn't something I wear a lot, but when I tire of fragrances that more or less play by the classical rules, I may turn to this with solid confidence that at least I'll smell good.
Silver Black / Onyx by Azzaro, 2005
|Top Notes||Green Apple, Bergamot, Green Lemon|
|Middle Notes||Coriander, Cardamom, Caraway. Juniper|
|Base Notes||Cedarwood, Musk|
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