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    Default Mandarina Duck Black - Are you looking for a Higher Quality Boss Bottled?

    I found a hell of a deal on Mandarina Duck Black EDT, so I picked it up despite not being a fan of "black" scents. Perfumer is Nathalie Lorson of Encre Noir fame. For those who don't know "black" in men's fragrances usually refers to a blend of heavy fruit topnotes (Apple, Plum, Cherry) with a strong vanilla base. Mandarina Duck Black does nothing to challenge that, it follows that well worn formula to the letter, but it does it in a very high quality way. This follows the Boss Bottled/Black XS/Ferrari Black/Polo Double Black etc. line and deviates only slightly in the tobacco note.

    So what does it smells like? Easy, it smells like Boss Bottled with higher quality ingredients. Off the top you get a strong apple and plum note that blends into a respectable cherry tobacco note on the base with vanilla present throughout. The tobacco note is very well done here and this is quite the sexy scent. On the one hand this stuff is fantastic quality, on the other, for less money you could just buy boss bottled. What the Boss lacks, however, is a very well done tobacco note that invites comparison to Burberry London on the drydown. You'll get a strong cherry pipe tobacco drydown. The drydown only smells reminiscent of Bogart pour homme, but is far more muted than that loud cherry tobacco bomb.

    Longevity is decent I got around 6-7 hours on multiple wearings, but the projection isn't fantastic but respectable. If you can find it reasonably priced (30-50 for 3.4 oz), it's a buy otherwise skip it and go with Boss Bottled.

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    Default Re: Mandarina Duck Black - Are you looking for a Higher Quality Boss Bottled?

    Thank you for this excellent introduction. This scent is less commonly available and I always wondered what it's about.
    I also didn't know about the perfumer behind it. Hope to test it sometime soon.

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    Default Re: Mandarina Duck Black - Are you looking for a Higher Quality Boss Bottled?

    Sounds pretty good. I will try to get a sample.

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    Default Re: Mandarina Duck Black - Are you looking for a Higher Quality Boss Bottled?

    Definitely reads like something that I would like. Will look into this one further. Thank you for the tip.

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    Default Re: Mandarina Duck Black - Are you looking for a Higher Quality Boss Bottled?

    It's a big tangerine opening with a touch of tobacco and a heavy dose of tonka bean. I don't get the similarities to Boss Bottled, but nice review on a under the radar fragrance.
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    Default Re: Mandarina Duck Black - Are you looking for a Higher Quality Boss Bottled?

    I have had this on my list of ones to test for a while now. I am going to make it a point to get this soon - thanks for the description!
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    Default Re: Mandarina Duck Black - Are you looking for a Higher Quality Boss Bottled?

    Quote Originally Posted by silentrich View Post
    It's a big tangerine opening with a touch of tobacco and a heavy dose of tonka bean. I don't get the similarities to Boss Bottled, but nice review on a under the radar fragrance.
    This. Tangerine and tonka is what I get.

    It's a great fragrance and quite versatile. I think I'll wear it today!
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    Default Re: Mandarina Duck Black - Are you looking for a Higher Quality Boss Bottled?

    I really enjoy this fragrance.
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    Default Re: Mandarina Duck Black - Are you looking for a Higher Quality Boss Bottled?

    The closest thing to Mandarina's Pure Black is Samba Kiss Me. Take my word on this one, I am sure there is nothing closer. Kiss Me is a fraction of the price, around 10 bucks for a 3.3 oz bottle. Smells almost identical to Pure Black, except take out the overdose of tonka. Kiss Me has great cinnamon and nutmeg notes, making the fragrance more edible and gourmand. Imagine a lemon meringue pie.
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    where did you find this deal? been looking everywhere for it!

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    Default Re: Mandarina Duck Black - Are you looking for a Higher Quality Boss Bottled?

    Quote Originally Posted by silentrich View Post
    I don't get the similarities to Boss Bottled.
    Nor do I.

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    Default Re: Mandarina Duck Black - Are you looking for a Higher Quality Boss Bottled?

    If anything, it feels like Chanel Allure without the household cleaner opening.

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    Default Re: Mandarina Duck Black - Are you looking for a Higher Quality Boss Bottled?

    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Nor do I.
    Nor I. I thought it was closer to Memoir d'Homme by Nina Ricci (one of the worst blind buy purchases I have ever made over the years). I can safely say I couldn't stand the stuff and had to give my bottle of it away which is really a shame as I love Lorson's work with Encre Noir and had such high hopes Pure Black would be up my alley, but alas it was not to be.
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    Default Re: Mandarina Duck Black - Are you looking for a Higher Quality Boss Bottled?

    Saw this at a discounter in the mall that seemed to always push the no name-brand/off brand fragrances. THis was one that they were really trying to push, so I thought it was some kind of crappy knockoff and did not bother even smelling it. I'll have to go back to the mall and see if the store is still there, then give this stuff a try.

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    Default Re: Mandarina Duck Black - Are you looking for a Higher Quality Boss Bottled?

    Quote Originally Posted by drseid View Post
    Nor I. I thought it was closer to Memoir d'Homme by Nina Ricci (one of the worst blind buy purchases I have ever made over the years). I can safely say I couldn't stand the stuff and had to give my bottle of it away which is really a shame as I love Lorson's work with Encre Noir and had such high hopes Pure Black would be up my alley, but alas it was not to be.
    Memoir d'Homme smells like Minestrone soup mixed with cement to me.
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    Default Re: Mandarina Duck Black - Are you looking for a Higher Quality Boss Bottled?

    I thought the opening reminded me of Burberry Touch, but wearable. Pure Black has citrus, pepper, and tonka in common with Touch. However I do not like Touch at all. I just put a small spray of Pure Black on my wrist today, and it was pretty decent. I didn't get much projection and it didn't appear to last too long. But it was a very small spray. I do feel that the drydown is completely different from Touch though. I will have to give it a few wearings to see how I really feel about it.
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    Default Re: Mandarina Duck Black - Are you looking for a Higher Quality Boss Bottled?

    I have seen in threads this was at ross for 16.99. I have never came across it myself though

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    Default Re: Mandarina Duck Black - Are you looking for a Higher Quality Boss Bottled?

    Boss Bottled is in a different ballpark from Mandarina Duck Black and Boss Bottled is of higher quality and more refined.

    I find Mandarina Duck Black to be heavy, loud and crude. The closet alternative to MDB i smelt was Calvin Klein Encounter but MDB is stronger.

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    Default Re: Mandarina Duck Black - Are you looking for a Higher Quality Boss Bottled?

    Bumping this thread because, imho, those who aren't familiar with this one really should look into it. Got my sample today and I'm pleasantly impressed. I'd put it alongside Chanel Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme. But what do I know...

    Went ahead and layered it with CH Men because that's just how I roll. Even more pleasantly surprised.

    Then I layered Narciso Rodriguez for Him on both of them and died a little inside.

    But still, this Mandarin Duck stuff is pretty nice. Very wearable.

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    Default Re: Mandarina Duck Black - Are you looking for a Higher Quality Boss Bottled?

    I didn't care for it. I gave my bottle away. It did get compliments though.

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    Thanks for the recommendation. In a certain way, the Baldessarini line is- getting a bit off-topic here, I know- already a step up from other Boss fragrances in spite the fairly similar price and especially Baldessarini EDC can easily be, a more than respectable contender to Hugo Boss.

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    I already consider Boss Bottled high quality but thanks for the review all the same.

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