I love spicy and peppery food. I practically put Tabasco sauce on everything that I eat. And like perfume, I would have a hard time living without it. As much as I like spice and pepper, I don’t want to smell peppery! As a pepper scent, Black isn’t all that bad, it’s just not my thing so I’ll try to do it justice without being too prejudiced.
WHAT I SMELL: Black goes on cool to the touch almost sweet in a fashion. That quickly fades and a smoky incense comes to the surface. I’m not really smelling the pepper at this point, instead it’s almost a woody incense that swirls and curls like smoke. Eventually, the pepper comes to the surface and it’s sharp. The incense that seemed so smoky still is there, but the punctuated sharpness of the pepper gives it all a bite. But like the incense, the pepper seems to be a bit subdued as well. It’s like you are waiting for the ingredients to jump out in a blast, but as each note appears it manages to contain itself without being too loud.
Black Notes: black pepper, pepperwood, red pepper, violet, thyme, black tea, birch tar, incense, tree moss
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: Dried wood boxes that have been sitting in a smokehouse storage basement, but not as they just came out of a building, but rather if had been sitting outside for a month or so to smooth out the sharper edge of the remaining smoky smell.
THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE BLACK: dry, subdued, dusty
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT BLACK: Bois de Jasmin, Grain de Musc, CaFleureBon
BOTTOM LINE: This is an interesting scent and I find that its well done if you like your scents to feel more modern and remote. For me, it’s great for sampling but not for wearing. Black is one of a trio of scents in the Play Series. The other two scents are Green and Red which you can read more about in the above cited links. I do like the playful bottle though!
- Bone Rating: 3.5 out of 5 possible bones
- Scent: Woody Spicy
- Classification: Leans Masculine
- Nose: Antoine Maisondieu
- Expense: Approximately $100 for 100ml EdT
August 14, 2012 at 7:26 pm
For something that you hate you sure make it sound desirable.
August 14, 2012 at 7:43 pm
LOL. I was trying to be impartial. Funny thing is after I wrote this, I went to a store and the sales lady said I smelled fantastic. 🙂
August 15, 2012 at 1:47 am
Funny how that happens sometimes! Great post.
August 15, 2012 at 6:31 am
I didn’t try any of Play trio yet, but those hearts with eyes on the bottles make me feel creepy. I also don’t like smelling peppery, and I DON’T like spicy food. I think only green or red might work for me.
August 15, 2012 at 8:44 pm
LOL… I could see how they could creep someone out. As for the Green and Red, I’m in no hurry to try them so I would love to hear what you have to say.
August 16, 2012 at 3:37 am
I’ll be sure if I have the chance. CdG are hard to get in Poland.
August 16, 2012 at 5:50 am
Everything is better with Tabasco on it. Yum.
I like a little black pepper but too much is not for me. I’ll sniff this if I get a chance but won’t seek it out. I like tea and the Yogi tea brand seems to put black pepper in every darn flavor. It’s undrinkable to me. Yet I like spice. There’s just something about black pepper.
August 16, 2012 at 5:59 am
Unless you really like peppery smoky scents, there’s no reason to run out and test this. But maybe we should work on a Tabasco fragrance??!! 🙂
August 16, 2012 at 11:05 am
This sounds like it might be nice to me. But I think a large part of its desirability has to do with your fantastic description of the smokiness in this fragrance.
August 16, 2012 at 11:07 am
I can like smoky and incensy as well. But the pepper makes the less desirable for me.
August 18, 2012 at 3:30 am
I remember CdG’s Wonderwood being dry too. And if this is even more dry or dry with pepper…auch. Pepper works very well with something more soft and even sweet to prevent it from being too sweet or too soft.
August 18, 2012 at 5:09 pm
If I see pepper as a note, I am going to run away for a while. I find that it just doesn’t work for me as a note. I think because the scents are usually cold and dry.
August 21, 2012 at 3:49 pm
Once when you’ll get over pepper hating days, give Le Labo Rose Baie a try. I actually emptied the sample to the last drop with such a pleasure.
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