Black is a perfume by Bvlgari brand known for their 19-century jewelry. It appeared on the market in 1998 and is one of the most avant-garde perfumes ever. It was designed by Annick Menardo, one of my favorite perfume creators ever, with such creativeness and refinement in mixing the unmixable that Bvlgari Black, one of my favorite perfumes ever, can be seen as a genius perfume and work of art.

Black is a simple, linear perfume but it is not striving to be any different. Like black and white photos, the colors are scarce but the emotion is more alive, direct and dynamic. All the notes open at once, warm vanilla and a dry scent of new tires. Its a punch and a dare for every nose, but a punch you don’t want to recover from. Try it on your skin despite being skeptical over the scent of a tire on the skin. When you put that aside, you will notice that something is constantly forcing you to smell the perfume on your skin.

There is something animal, intoxicating in this perfume. It’s a bit perverse. Ok, it’s quite perverted.

This is a perfume Anastasia and Mr. Grey would wear if the book and the movie had any substance. But because they don’t we imagine them sprayed with sugary water. Black is not sugar water and it cannot be used by everybody. It requires a leather jacket or pants, dark sunglasses, bed hair and the “I don’t give a damn” attitude. It’s ideal for modern rebels. Disobeying the rules (in school, work or bed) never smelled better.

It is designed as a perfume for men but its nature is unisex. It has a small aura and a sillage but it stays long on skin and is meant for you and anyone who dares to gets close to half a meter from you. There are no rules when to wear it, just wear it freely and without limitations. We make our own rules and break them. And smell phenomenal along the way.

[Fragrance notes] top notes: tea, bergamot; middle notes: jasmine, rose; base notes: leather, vanilla, amber, cedar.

[Fragrance group] woody oriental.

Perfume creator is Annick Mendardo.

[Perfume profiling] introverted 70% extroverted 30% rational 60% emotional 40%

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