The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.

Black by Comme des Garcons Play Series


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.


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

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

14 thoughts on “Black by Comme des Garcons Play Series

  1. For something that you hate you sure make it sound desirable.
    Portia xx


  2. 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.


  3. 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.


  4. 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.


  5. 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.


  6. Pingback: Comme des Garcons PLAY Black EDP Perfume Review | EauMG

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