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Black Vines (2014)
by Kerosene


Black Vines information

Year of Launch2014
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 20 votes)

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PerfumerJohn Pegg

About Black Vines

Black Vines is a shared / unisex perfume by Kerosene. The scent was launched in 2014 and the fragrance was created by perfumer John Pegg

Black Vines fragrance notes

Reviews of Black Vines

God knows, I worship Luca Turin, but this time he's gone too far. Rubber, metal, and Ben-Gay - an accord, yes, but for whom? Lurking in the deep background is a soft, sweet edible, which eventually takes over, but not till you chomp through tinfoil with a filling in your tooth. I admire this perfumer's nerves of steel, and I'm going to try the rest of his samples, but this way!
05th August, 2019
The coniferous forest in high summer: a dark green almost medicinal scent of sun-ripened needles, sap and resin, with a gooey core of warm spiciness. Black Vines may contain a powerful dose of chewy licorice and spice evoking also a high monastic atmosphere, but they are so seamlessly enfolded in the magic forest that the experience is transporting. Eventually it’s that licorice note that reveals itself as the presiding spirit of this perfume, a kind of black on black emergence reminiscent of the slow progression of a doom metal track towards a moment of transcendence. This is a perfume of intensity and great depth; the wearer has to lose their self to it – that may not be to everyone’s taste. But wear it on a cold day to feel an almost fecund summer warmth radiate from your being.
29th August, 2018
The best fig-oriented fragrance I've smelled in years. The fig is earthy with a dark green note from the ivy. Anise, cinnamon, fir, and balsam are well-mixed. Very impressed with the cinnamon as I often have a hard time detecting this note. The Tonka, incense, and vanilla create a "new" oriental incense accord. I can't put my finger on it or describe it - it's different; temple incense maybe. Not ordinary. Black Vines seems to me to be sweet and spicy overall. Not in a sickening way.
05th August, 2018
Black Vines by Kerosene certainly isn’t the first fragrance featuring licorice/anise blended with something else; there is licorice with lavender (Hermèssence Brin de Réglisse), licorice with rose and amber (Aoud Black Candy by Mancera), licorice with mint (Reglisse Noire by 1000 Flowers), and licorice with lemon (Caron Eau de Reglisse), to name a few. But this licorice with fir/balsam/cypress blend is, by far, the most intriguing and powerful of them all. (The drydown reminds me very much of Eau des Baux by L’Occitane, but Black Vines is much deeper, and richer, than Eau des Baux.) Black Vines is licorice and wintergreen on steroids! But of course, most people don’t like the smell of wintergreen, that familiar medicinal scent from muscle rub creams and Pepto Bismal, but this is exactly the reason I find it therapeutic.
19th September, 2014 (last edited: 05th February, 2015)
Hot. Damn. You know that feeling you get, that scent of the moment, when you exit the hookah bar, sidle tipsily into the opium den next door, and then get run over by a caravan of anise exporters on your way out? Well Kerosene apparently does. As intense as it is gorgeous, Black Vines will entangle you with no regard for decency. Enchanting, exotic, straight up sorcery, the heart note is surely black magic.
09th August, 2014

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