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    Question Is 'Back to Black' worth all that money?

    i know it is too subjective, but this is probably the most expensive scent (besides attars) i have read about, with $225 for 50ml. i have not tried it yet. what do you think?
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    Default Re: Is 'Back to Black' worth all that money?

    No. It's just a syrup / honey scent with fruity top notes. Smells nice and smooth but definitely not worth the cash imo.

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    Default Re: Is 'Back to Black' worth all that money?

    Quote Originally Posted by mspa View Post
    i know it is too subjective, but this is probably the most expensive scent (besides attars) i have read about, with $225 for 50ml. i have not tried it yet. what do you think?
    I think it is a very good fragrance. But most of that cost is for the "fancy" bottle. Just buy the refill - it's much cheaper.
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    Default Re: Is 'Back to Black' worth all that money?

    No. It smells really generic and nothing special. Way overhyped!

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    Default Re: Is 'Back to Black' worth all that money?

    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    I think it is a very good fragrance. But most of that cost is for the "fancy" bottle. Just buy the refill - it's much cheaper.
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    Default Re: Is 'Back to Black' worth all that money?

    I agree, you're mostly paying for the luxury bottle/case.

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    Default Re: Is 'Back to Black' worth all that money?

    is this actually the most popular by kilian?
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    Default Re: Is 'Back to Black' worth all that money?

    At $2.33/ml (if you buy the travel refill), I think it's worth the price if you like the scent.

    The normal bottle is quite expensive at $4.50/ml.

    Also, if you want some discussion on the scent and not just the value proposition, I think it's one of the better Kilian scents for sure. It's also good if you enjoy honey and tobacco. I might like it more than Tobacco Vanille, as I find it more complex and interesting.

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    Default Re: Is 'Back to Black' worth all that money?

    Way over-hyped. It might be worth the money if you buy the travel refills and don't purchase the bottle.
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    Default Re: Is 'Back to Black' worth all that money?

    No. Pour Robitussin on and you get the same smell...a couple of drops of shoe polish and voila, you got the Oud note. ;-)

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    Default Re: Is 'Back to Black' worth all that money?

    If you desperately want to smell like honey, then yes.
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    Default Re: Is 'Back to Black' worth all that money?

    IMO the price is a bit steep for the size you get, but if one wants it badly enough...

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    Default Re: Is 'Back to Black' worth all that money?

    I gave it a sniff, it was sickeningly sweet, the cough syrup example is apt...I think it might be another case of oud-overdose

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    Default Re: Is 'Back to Black' worth all that money?

    I come to the defence of Back to Black. One of my best tobacco scents. Unlike Fumerie Turque, it has more sweetness, if this is what you like. I have the small travel bottle, so I did not spend much.
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    Default Re: Is 'Back to Black' worth all that money?

    You should sample it. If you hate it the question of price becomes moot, really.
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    Default Re: Is 'Back to Black' worth all that money?

    Waiting for my sample, and really looking forward to it.

    Will you guys say it's as sweet as Tobacco Vanille?

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    Default Re: Is 'Back to Black' worth all that money?

    No. Sweetened fruity tobacco in a fancy bottle. It's much sweeter than Tobacco Vanille.

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    Default Re: Is 'Back to Black' worth all that money?

    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    I think it is a very good fragrance. But most of that cost is for the "fancy" bottle. Just buy the refill - it's much cheaper.
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    Default Re: Is 'Back to Black' worth all that money?

    Quote Originally Posted by Primrose View Post
    I come to the defence of Back to Black. One of my best tobacco scents. Unlike Fumerie Turque, it has more sweetness, if this is what you like. I have the small travel bottle, so I did not spend much.
    I agree.

    Back to Black is made from very high quality ingredients. If you like it, it is worth the price. If you don't then it doesn't matter.

    BtB is complex and not that easy to get, some of these replies are pretty funny. Lots of people passing judgement without investing any effort. Oud overdose? Robitussin? Sorry, your noses need a tune-up! There is no oud in this at all, and if you think there is, you have no idea what oud smell like.

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    Default Re: Is 'Back to Black' worth all that money?

    I've had a sample and I loved it. Too bad I can't afford it.

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    Default Re: Is 'Back to Black' worth all that money?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dorje123 View Post
    I agree.

    Back to Black is made from very high quality ingredients. If you like it, it is worth the price. If you don't then it doesn't matter.

    BtB is complex and not that easy to get, some of these replies are pretty funny. Lots of people passing judgement without investing any effort. Oud overdose? Robitussin? Sorry, your noses need a tune-up! There is no oud in this at all, and if you think there is, you have no idea what oud smell like.
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    Default Re: Is 'Back to Black' worth all that money?

    If it smelled better it would be, But NO.

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    Its not just very good , it is incredible . They could double the price and it would still be worth it ... its a love affair for me

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    Default Re: Is 'Back to Black' worth all that money?

    If your looking for a tobacco fragrance it's one of the best. Personally I don't compare it to Tobacco Vanille which can't hold a candle to it in the "smells like tobacco" department.
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    Default Re: Is 'Back to Black' worth all that money?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dorje123 View Post
    I agree.

    Back to Black is made from very high quality ingredients. If you like it, it is worth the price. If you don't then it doesn't matter.

    BtB is complex and not that easy to get, some of these replies are pretty funny. Lots of people passing judgement without investing any effort. Oud overdose? Robitussin? Sorry, your noses need a tune-up! There is no oud in this at all, and if you think there is, you have no idea what oud smell like.
    This. No oud at all. And the Robitussin/cough syrup comparison is ridiculous. You can smell the quality of the ingredients. It is a rich, warm, comforting scent well worth every penny.

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    Default Re: Is 'Back to Black' worth all that money?

    Worth every single cent u'll spend on it. If u can't afford the fanciful bottle + coffin, get a 50ml refill. If U wanna go cheaper, get the travel sized spray, comes with fanciful atomizer. Or get in on a split.
    Now if yur question is whether the case is worth it or not. If you are a passionate collector, without a doubt it is. Once U buy it, all u'll need 2 do is buy refills. It's an investment, like a capital overlay, as you use it more and buy more refills, the price per ml will continue to fall over the lifetime of the fragrance. So if u absolutely adore this scent, then save up & buy it. It's definitely more cost effective than TOM FORD PRIVATE BLENDS - just as expensive without the decadent packaging.

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    Default Re: Is 'Back to Black' worth all that money?

    I'm not a fan, but if you like it enough, then by all means go for it. It all depends on if you like it enough...

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    Default Re: Is 'Back to Black' worth all that money?

    Its sweetness has washed off any other note. I personally didn't like it at all.

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    Default Re: Is 'Back to Black' worth all that money?

    I found it too sweet and powdery.
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    Default Re: Is 'Back to Black' worth all that money?

    Quote Originally Posted by galwaygirl001 View Post
    I found it too sweet and powdery.
    'sactly. And I found that Immortelle de Corse does a similar thing for me, and cheaper.
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