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    Default Comme des Garcons - Black Eau de Toilette (My Initial Throughts)

    Upon first spray, CDG Black starts off with a really dark blast of peppery liquorice and tar (think T-Gel light.) It's quite brash and in-your-face. The liquorice note I get is similar to that of Slumberhouse Vikt. Black smells like lightly charred wood that you might find on a barn that burnt down, basted lightly in tar, with a hint of peppered anise.

    After about 2 hours Black has turns into a very dark, dirty (tar still around), but crisp vetiver/ woody, similar to Sycomore (just the vetiver), not as sharp as Encre Noir, silky smooth and smoky, obviously w/o the aldehydes of Sycomore.

    After about 5 hours of wear, Black has faded to a more tame skin scent which is very mild compared to the very brash, in your face opening. In the base I'm getting dry cedar and very very faint smoky vetiver, pepper is lingering slightly on a bed of incense.

    CDG is not a safe scent, nor is it similar to any of the recent releases from the line. I think you'll find this a little darker, hence the name.

    I need to give this a few more wears to really formulate an opinion. But I figured I would post this for those interested in testing the fragrance.

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    Default Re: Comme des Garcons - Black Eau de Toilette (My Initial Throughts)

    Thanks for sharing, rynegne. I'm curious to try CdG's line with the creepy (yet hilarious) staring heart.

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    Default Re: Comme des Garcons - Black Eau de Toilette (My Initial Throughts)

    Totally different fragrance. Very confusing from the house of Comme des Garcons. The new bottle is pretty nice. It looks like an Effen Black Cherry Vodka bottle. Glass with a matte black rubberized ring around the middle of the bottle.



    Quote Originally Posted by Justin Case View Post
    Thanks for sharing, rynegne. I'm curious to try CdG's line with the creepy (yet hilarious) staring heart.

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    Sounds promising after the very un-Comme des GarÁons, not so amazing, Amazinggreen... What did they think, releasing a mainstream aquatic

    Sounds like it bears some of the CDG trademarks(cedar and incense), along with a quirky, in-your-face opening.
    I am looking forward to test it myself

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    Thanks for your thoughts! I'm curious about this one.

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    Default Re: Comme des Garcons - Black Eau de Toilette (My Initial Throughts)

    I remember you mentioning previously, rynegne, that you were looking forward to receiving this one. Sounds like a challenging scent indeed! Glad you finally got a chance to give it a sniff. CdG is one house I haven't got to test much of yet, but with their reputation for producing completely unique, almost avant garde scents, I look forward to it!

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    I'd definitely recommend grabbing a sample from LuckyScent. This stuff pays homage to the avant garde house in which it belongs. This is nothing like Wonderwood, nothing like Amazingreen, it will not be liked by all. But, has tremendous transitions from top to bottom, even for those that don't like the scent, I'm sure they will have respect for it.

    Also, I'll note - for those of you thinking this is a traditional incense from CDG...couldn't be further from the truth. The incense is very faint in this one, I would never expect to see this in the incense series.

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    I think I'm going to swing by Scent Bar this weekend and give this one a sniff. It does sound fascinating, and I'm a huge fan of CdG in general. Thanks for the overview!

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    I think you'll enjoy it deadidol. Vikt meets Black Tourmaline...Black is a very interesting one. It wouldn't be far off in the Slumberhouse line to be quite honest.

    Quote Originally Posted by deadidol View Post
    I think I'm going to swing by Scent Bar this weekend and give this one a sniff. It does sound fascinating, and I'm a huge fan of CdG in general. Thanks for the overview!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rynegne View Post
    I'd definitely recommend grabbing a sample from LuckyScent. This stuff pays homage to the avant garde house in which it belongs. This is nothing like Wonderwood, nothing like Amazingreen, it will not be liked by all. But, has tremendous transitions from top to bottom, even for those that don't like the scent, I'm sure they will have respect for it.

    Also, I'll note - for those of you thinking this is a traditional incense from CDG...couldn't be further from the truth. The incense is very faint in this one, I would never expect to see this in the incense series.
    Stop trying to sell this to me, you already got me at the first post :P You have got me into blind buy mode now

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    Thanks for sharing

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    NorstrÝm - Do NOT blind buy this one! I could see how this will be very polarizing, it's not a "safe" fragrance by any means. I'm sure you can tell by reading my description.

    Kielecki - No problem, I saw you bought some on "Today I Bought". Enjoy! Be sure to post your thoughts if you feel like sharing.

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    Thanks for the excellent review.
    This one sounds like it's right up my alley. I need to try it ASAP.
    In all honesty I am almost positive I would do a blind buy. If I had the extra money that is.
    I miss the anticipation and intense rush of blind buys!

    It sounds like CdG is Back in Black!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rynegne View Post
    NorstrÝm - Do NOT blind buy this one! I could see how this will be very polarizing, it's not a "safe" fragrance by any means. I'm sure you can tell by reading my description.
    Don't worry, I don't think too much about a scent being safe And looking at your description, the notes and what other people have said about it, it sounds like something right up my alley. Will see if the only store stocking CDG i Copenhagen(to my knowledge), carry or will get it Or else I'll buy it or get a sample, with my next order from Aus Liebe Zum Duft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justin Case View Post
    Thanks for sharing, rynegne. I'm curious to try CdG's line with the creepy (yet hilarious) staring heart.
    +1!!! I'm glad I'm not the only one who finds that thing kind of creepy (and, yes, funny too). I realize this Black isn't in any way related to that black, other than that they're both by CdG. I love this black's bottle though. I'm a sucker for well executed minimalism.
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    Default Re: Comme des Garcons - Black Eau de Toilette (My Initial Throughts)

    Thanks for the info. Nice review.
    Currently wearing: Memoir Man by Amouage

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    Default Re: Comme des Garcons - Black Eau de Toilette (My Initial Throughts)

    I will just say I've sampled this several times, and I think Black is outstanding. In Black you'll find elements of the Incense series, Patchouli from Luxe series, Wood Coffee from Sweet Series. This scent is very easy to wear.

    I get alot more coffee than others have mentioned. Some are comparing to Black Tourmaline. Black is more sophisticated and refined than Black Tourmaline.

    To my nose, one of CdG's best in a long time.

    Others have said there isn't any sweetness to this frag. I get sweet coffee, and plenty of it.
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    I wonder if Liberty has it in stock now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebeck View Post
    I will just say I've sampled this several times, and I think Black is outstanding. In Black you'll find elements of the Incense series, Patchouli from Luxe series, Wood Coffee from Sweet Series. This scent is very easy to wear.

    I get alot more coffee than others have mentioned. Some are comparing to Black Tourmaline. Black is more sophisticated and refined than Black Tourmaline.

    To my nose, one of CdG's best in a long time.
    Ahhhh...
    Now my nose is drooling!
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    Default Re: Comme des Garcons - Black Eau de Toilette (My Initial Throughts)

    Got mine in hand now. Smells so SO MUCH like Black Tourmaline by Olivier Durbano. I also agree with the idea it's kin to T-gel shampoo (t-gell being a coal tar, and this being Birch tar if I am not mistaken) But all in all this takes on a very dark, very "campy" vibe. Zero sweetness or aquatic whatsoever. Just, ash, coal, soot, black, sludge, grimy, goodness.

    If you are into CDG, this is so much better than what we got with Amazingreen, 8:88 or the play series(although a couple do better than the others) This is just much more true to the CDG roots , ALA Tar, Skai, Odeur 53 & 71.

    If you like bizarre, dark, and eathereal scents to make you smell like you have been working as a miner all day -- TRY THIS ONE

    Score: 9.5/10

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    Default Re: Comme des Garcons - Black Eau de Toilette (My Initial Throughts)

    I love the smell of T-Gel shampoo!

    Sounds excellent
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    Default Re: Comme des Garcons - Black Eau de Toilette (My Initial Throughts)

    Wearing it now for the 1st time. Definitely an interesting take on incense. My initial feeling is that this smells like what an incense flanker of Dirty English would smell like. Very nice. I am looking forward to what it will smell like in a few hours.

    Quote Originally Posted by walkdogg View Post
    Got mine in hand now. Smells so SO MUCH like Black Tourmaline by Olivier Durbano.
    Agree that the incense aspect of it is more closely related to Black Tourmaline than Avignon. Really hit me as similar for the first 5 minutes. Then it begins to diverge.

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    Default Re: Comme des Garcons - Black Eau de Toilette (My Initial Throughts)

    Looking forward to trying this also.

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    For those interested, here's the packaging. It comes in a box that mimics that bottle. The bottle comes in what looks like a black garbage bag that has a matte feel. Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments, it's my first real post on my personal take of a fragrance. Hope you all enjoy.


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    Smells so SO MUCH like Black Tourmaline by Olivier Durbano. That's freakin' hot!

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    Default Re: Comme des Garcons - Black Eau de Toilette (My Initial Throughts)

    Quote Originally Posted by rynegne View Post
    For those interested, here's the packaging. It comes in a box that mimics that bottle. The bottle comes in what looks like a black garbage bag that has a matte feel. Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments, it's my first real post on my personal take of a fragrance. Hope you all enjoy.

    Very good review / comments on fragrance and packaging!

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    Mike, if you love the smell of T-Gel Shampoo, I have a feeling you will like, if not, love CDG Black. My brother used T-Gel for years, battling psoriasis, so I know the smell quite well. Considering birch tar is used in Black vs. the coal tar in T-Gel, I refer to the initial blast in Black as T-Gel light. Obviously, it's not nearly as pungent and dark as the shampoo, but I do think you're in for a treat. I'm not going to speak too soon, but based on your nose, I think you just might love this one.

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    I love the smell of T-Gel shampoo!

    Sounds excellent

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    I agree with the initial review, especially the top notes. On me however the drydown is a straight combo of pepper (almost green pepper), dry woods and raw leather. A Clint Eastwood scent from the spaghetti western movies. It is actually very similar to Poivre Samarkande! Wish the licorice lasted longer into the drydown...

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebeck View Post
    ... In Black you'll find elements of the Incense series, Patchouli from Luxe series, Wood Coffee from Sweet Series... To my nose, one of CdG's best in a long time.
    I tried this last night and the above in bold is spot one. If you like Avignon and Kyoto you will love Black.

    My nose isn't very well attuned to picking up the subtleties of different notes, I paint in broad strokes:

    It's very dry, I get dry incense without any sweetness, a bit of smoke and a nice dose of wood. The overall feeling is austere and masculine, I don't see women wearing this one. It lasts well too, like many of the CDG I've tried. It is very synthetic in feeling and it can be a bit harsh, I would not describe it as being smooth at all, but that's partly what makes it dark and black.

    I love it and I'm tempted to get a bottle now. I definitely does not disappoint like Amazingreen and Wonderwood, which weren't bad but just lacking in a bit of the wow factor. It will be interesting to see what the hardcore CDG fans make of this one.

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    Agree with this, but I haven't tried Poivre Samarkande. And I especially agree with the licorice note, I too wish it lasted longer.

    I am not sure about the Kyoto and Avignon references. I find Kyoto and Avignon to be much more clean, crisp and upstanding. Whereas CDG Black gets down in the dirt and gets messy, full of tary, grimy goodness. Avignon and Kyoto are of a higher power, both I find churchy. Black doesn't go to church. Black is the offbeat younger, crazier brother that only plays with hints of incense rather than showing all of his cards. Black is a wild one and transitions as such throughout the life of the fragrance. The rest of the incense series stays linear to my nose at least, varying only slightly in dry down. Black shifts gears, and hard in transition. Never easing off the smoky tary clutch as different accords play in back.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tobbe View Post
    I agree with the initial review, especially the top notes. On me however the drydown is a straight combo of pepper (almost green pepper), dry woods and raw leather. A Clint Eastwood scent from the spaghetti western movies. It is actually very similar to Poivre Samarkande! Wish the licorice lasted longer into the drydown...

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