Black currant (Ribes nigrum) belongs to the berry fruit and is characteristic of the northern hemisphere. Black currant grows as shrubby, low vegetation with small dark blue fruits that are somewhat reminiscent of mini clusters. Its scent is fresh, slightly floral, and foresty vibe with an incomparable balance of sweetness and acidity.

Black currant

In Europe, black currnt is grown in Germany, England, and France, where the climate is suitable for producing this exciting fruit, which provides a mystical and extravagant feeling. Black currant is also growing in America, but its cultivation has been banned there for a long time. Namely, a fungal disease appeared near the area with black currants, which massively destroyed the white pine population. Due to the suspicion that the infection originates from black currants, it is forbidden to grow this unusual fruit.

Black currant has also found its application in medicine due to its high concentration of vitamin C, phosphorus, potassium, iron, essential oils, and vitamin B. It is considered one of the extremely healthy and beneficial foods. Apart from food production and the preparation of sweets, black currant is also used in the perfume industry. However, it is loved only by real connoisseurs because of its characteristic scent, reminiscent of cat urine, like the former animal notes for which perfumes like Kouros became famous. This unusual aftertaste occurs due to the concentration of ammonia that can be found in traces.

For the production of perfumes, the so-called blackcurrant absolute is used, i.e., the distilled absolute from the leaves and buds of black currant, known to perfumers as bourgeons de cassis. Black currant absolute is a thick, rich essence in a magical deep, dark green color. Proper dilution is key to expressing all the subtle moments of this unique elixir. After diluting, you will experience the expected fruity-floral sweetness and fascinating notes of green forest, flowers, green tea, and wine.

When you inhale the sweet, fruity, and earthy scent of black currant absolute, you will feel strong and deep respect for this unique plant in the world of perfumery. Perfumes with a dominant fragrant note of black currant were wildly popular in the 1970s and 1980s. These are certainly Tiffany by Tiffany, Chamade by Guerlain, and Poems by Lancome.

Black currant

In perfumes, black currnt is mostly the top note and goes well with citrus, but also with fragrant floral notes with which it makes an irresistible and sublime blend. Black currant is especially interesting in combination with rose and pineapple, which give it a sweeter, more romantic, and hedonistic flair.

Whichever combination you choose with black currant, one thing is for sure. Its complex scent will contribute to every composition, elevate it, and make it more extravagant and refined, almost blue blood, just as this fruit’s dark blue color has been a symbol of luxury, prestige, and nobility for centuries.

Perfumes with fragrant note of black currant:

  • Aftelier Cassis
  • Amouage Imitation Women
  • Armani Because It’s You
  • Avon Outspoken
  • Bond no 9 Scent of Piece
  • Boucheron Serpent Boheme
  • Burberry Touch Women
  • Byredo Pulp
  • Cacharel Amor Amor
  • Creed Love in Black
  • Creed Silver Mountain Water
  • Diptyque L’Ombre Dans L’Eau
  • Escada Magnetism Women
  • Floraiku One Umbrella for Two
  • Georgio Armani Si
  • Hermes Amazone
  • Jean Patou Enjoy
  • Jo Malone Blackberry and Bay
  • L’Artisan Mure et Musc
  • Lady Gaga Fame
  • Lalique Amethyst
  • Lancome La Vie est Belle
  • LUSH The Comforter
  • Montale Pretty Fruity
  • Philosophy Unconditional Love
  • Skylar Coral
  • The Vagabond Prince Enchanted Forest
  • Thierry Mugler Innocent
  • Tom Ford Black Orchid
  • Victoria Minya Hedonist Cassis
  • Yves Saint Laurent Manifesto