Great topic. I do like several "black" scents. I think people use it several ways. For Bulgari Black
, I think it goes to the rubber note, and is also stressing the "modern" aspects (I think of a guy in a black turtleneck, or an emo chick, which I'm sure pains Luca Turin, who loves that fragrance and rolled his literary eyes at guys so dressed!
For Tom Ford Black Orchid
, I think it refers to the very opaque "wall" of dark, rich scents that open the fragrance, before the floral notes emerge. To me, the name is absolutely spot on, because I see "black" in a scent as the opposite of transparency. I see it as complexity so extreme that it blocks out every solo voice.
C.O. Bigelow has 4 colognes - Black, Blue, Red, and Green. The colors absolutely match the images of the scents. Blue is aquatic, green is piney, green and herbal, red is spicy, and black is deep and "other". I favor black and green versions, myself. Black has not been easy to find.