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    Default Are there any true 'black' fragrances out there?

    Yesterday I was thinking about which fragrances in my wardrobe would be which color (I was bored at work, cut me a little slack ) and while it's very easy to classify the blues, greens, browns, and even purple (Ungaro 3, I'm looking at you) I couldn't think of a fragrances that would be truly 'black'

    Part of the problem might be the completely inappropriate use of black in mainstream fragrances. Polo Black, Kenneth Cole Black, Paco Rabbane Black XS, none of these have any dark notes in their nature. Bvlgari Black isn't even black to me, vanilla and rubber just don't bring black to mind.

    So, what do you think a true black fragrance would be, and why?

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    Default Re: Are there any true 'black' fragrances out there?

    I happen to think Noir Epices, Black Aoud and Black Tourmaline are all pretty well-named. Perhaps also Czeck & Speake No. 88 and Antaeus. Meanwhile, Santa Maria Novella Nostalgia may be a good deal "blacker" than Bvlgari Black.

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    Default Re: Are there any true 'black' fragrances out there?

    Czech and Speake No. 88

    Very dark, mysterious rose mixed with incense. Must have been conjured up by the dark wizard.

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    To me, Aigner Black is a pretty BLACK smelling scent.. I love it.. I remember having read somewhere that it contains some pure Black Musk and if you ask me, it does smell like it really has healthy doses of Black Musk added it for good measure.

    If you haven't sampled it yet, I highly recommend that you do so.


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    Default Re: Are there any true 'black' fragrances out there?

    Trusardi Uomo
    Jacomo de Jacomo

    Are two that come to mind for me - and I do agree with Javagreen with Aigner Black. I just recently added this gem to my collection great lasting power and sillage.

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    Default Re: Are there any true 'black' fragrances out there?

    Dali Pour Homme.

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    Default Re: Are there any true 'black' fragrances out there?

    Scent Intense by Costume National is rather Black... in an obscure and morbidly challenging kind of way...

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    Default Re: Are there any true 'black' fragrances out there?

    Dzing! is black to me
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    Default Re: Are there any true 'black' fragrances out there?

    I agree with Black Tourmaline, and nominate CdG Incense Avignon. Its churchly presence is very gothic in my mind.
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    Default Re: Are there any true 'black' fragrances out there?

    I don't know how to articulate why these should be called black but:

    Dali Pour Homme is seconded, though I don't like it much!

    Black Aoud, it black - dark, think and sharp at the same time.

    Black Licorice by Ayala Moriel makes me think of a grey/black.

    supermarky mentioned CdG Tar - sounds pretty black!
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    Default Re: Are there any true 'black' fragrances out there?

    Quote Originally Posted by javagreen View Post
    To me, Aigner Black is a pretty BLACK smelling scent.. I love it.. I remember having read somewhere that it contains some pure Black Musk and if you ask me, it does smell like it really has healthy doses of Black Musk added it for good measure.

    If you haven't sampled it yet, I highly recommend that you do so.

    I definitely second this! I own it and really like it. As I said in my review, I think of black jacket whenever I smell it.

    Apart from this, Mat; Very Male paints black color in my mind.
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    What is "black musk"?
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    Black Musk apparently is a darker smelling musk.. a darker version of musk? Just like we have some colognes containing other variations of musk like "White Musk", "Transparent Musk" et al.. i'm not sure tho if it comes naturally.


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    Default Re: Are there any true 'black' fragrances out there?

    i always think of varvatos as sort of a black frag...dont know why but it has something mysterious about it! I dont consider polo black or double black to be a black though....polo black feels just like blue and double black should have been dubbed polo tan or Polo Cream or something else..double black....did ralph just run out of ideas...nice frag, but kinda dorky name
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    Default Re: Are there any true 'black' fragrances out there?

    Siseido Basala and Feminite du Bois
    Donna Karan Black Cachmere
    CDG 2
    Rochas Lui

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    Default Re: Are there any true 'black' fragrances out there?

    Ungaro III - truly gothic, the epitome of noir sensuality. My all-time favorite.

    Dali Pour Homme - something twisted about this one, like rainbows reflected in gasoline.

    C&S no 88 - another rose classic.

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    Default Re: Are there any true 'black' fragrances out there?

    I don't consider many of them genuinely black, but there are quite a few which are dark. Jules (Dior) is my favorite. It paints bold dark tones, using accents of rising green to highlight its umbra theme. It also smells incredible. And it's sexy too.

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    I have to second Dzing!, Antaeus and Jules.
    And disagree with #88 (rather purple velvet) and CDG #2 (rather white)

    I`ll add Aoud Cuir d`Arabie Montale, Or Noir Morabito, DK Fuel for Men.
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    I agree with black Tourmaline
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    Default Re: Are there any true 'black' fragrances out there?

    Black Orchid - T. Ford. While it's sweet at first, but it changes into a very dark orchid!

    By the way, anyone know a good place to get Aigner Black?
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    Default Re: Are there any true 'black' fragrances out there?

    black jeans

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    L'Artisan's D'zing! - as black as it gets - smells like elephant in India.

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    Default Re: Are there any true 'black' fragrances out there?

    Generally scents with prominent smoke (and/or ash) seem 'black' to my nose.

    I see I am not alone - Black Tourmaline by Olivier Durbano (which has many recommendations) is a smoke prominent scent that is also exceedingly well done. Others that come to mind instantly are Japan Noir by Tom Ford, Burning Leaves by CBIHP and Fumidus by Profumum.

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    Default Re: Are there any true 'black' fragrances out there?

    Well, when I think "black", I think gothic. Black XS is black to me along with C&S No. 88, L'Artisan VdR, CdG Avignon and the other CdG Insense series.
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    black cashmere
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