WHAT I SMELL: Black opens with a sweet and deep incense and smoky accord. I want to say there’s some bergamot and what seems to be a bit of floraled honey mixed with the smokiness. That initial smokiness breaks away somewhat to reveal this almost butter like creamy light almond. But as soon as I notice that, the incense starts to waft up from the bottom again, this time with what seems to be a bit of sueded leather. There’s a bit of sour that makes an appearance that doesn’t detract, but like the smoke and incense, seems to pop in and out. After around 15 minutes it seems like there is a bit of peppered metallic that makes an appearance. Again, it comes and goes like all of the other notes which seem to intermix seamlessly without one note dominating. In the end you’re left with a very light, close to the skin, smooth and elegant slightly woody incensed perfume.
From the Puredistance Black release materials:
A MYSTERIOUS AND CHARMING FRAGRANCE THAT STAYS CLOSE TO THE WEARER AND WHISPERS STYLE & ELEGANCE
Puredistance Black is an understated elegant and mysteriously charming perfume inspired by the concept of BLACK; a concept that for centuries has been associated with secrets, mystery and style.
Puredistance BLACK is created in Paris by the famous French Perfumer Antoine Lie based on a concept of Puredistance founder Jan Ewoud Vos. The essence of the concept was to create a perfume that is close to the wearer and releases sensual and elegant scent layers in a whispering way – without shouting. A mysterious fragrance that stays in the shadow, giving away – only every now and then – part of its delicate nature.
Antoine loved the concept and created a sophisticated perfume full of charm with the same elegant personality as the timeless classic Puredistance I, but then more masculine and oriental.
And as a consequence of the concept of BLACK (that treasures the beauty of the unknown) we will not reveal the ingredients of Puredistance BLACK…. Envision, Smell, Feel. Don’t analyse.
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: A man of many secrets. What I mean is that there is a mysteriousness that surrounds Black. It’s very subtle and holds very close to the skin. It leans masculine and it doesn’t reveal itself until you are close at hand…you might catch a whiff of the fragrance from a slight distance, but you wonder where this deep and dark fragrance originates from. Then you realize, It originates from the man of many secrets.
THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE BLACK: quality, enigmatic, smooth
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT BLACK: BL’eauOG, Perfume Shrine
BOTTOM LINE: Once again Puredistance has created a fragrance that is of the utmost quality and elegance. The one thing about Black that I was not expecting though is how subtle it is and how much it wears close to the skin especially for a parfum concentration. But I guess I shouldn’t be surprised because Puredistance is not the house that creates perfumes that shout…”look at me,” and that’s a good thing!
- Bone Rating: 4 out of 5 possible bones
- Nose: Antoine Lie
- Classification: Leans masculine
- Expense: Black is a pure perfume (25% perfume oil) and will be available in November 2013. The EU retail price will be 165 euro for 17.5 ml, 275 euro for 60 ml. and 490 euro for the 100 ml. flacon.
Disclosure: Product for review provided courtesy of Puredistance.
October 2, 2013 at 12:57 pm
Gosh, everyone is faster than I am. My sample of Puredistance BLACK arrived on Friday, I came back home from Warsaw on Saturday and since I wanted to do the Monday Quick Sniffs, which have to be posted on Monday obviously, I decided to post my review on Thursday. In the meantime Juraj and now you are posting your impressions!
As suck at being first!
October 2, 2013 at 1:10 pm
LOL. If it wasn’t for the government shutdown and being out of work, I probably wouldn’t have reviewed this for a while. But since I now have time on my hands….why not??!! Looking forward to reading about your impressions.
October 2, 2013 at 1:14 pm
You’ve got more time now and I have much less time now, I’m back to university since yesterday.
I’m really bad at being first because whenever a new thing arrives I plan to write about it “next” week because I’ve already planned what perfumes will go in the following days and I don’t like to change my schedule.
October 2, 2013 at 1:43 pm
Lord, you are much more organized than I am. I fly by the seat of my pants!
October 2, 2013 at 1:47 pm
I’m very organized, I’ve always been. Not sure if it’s a good or bad thing. Depends on the situation
October 2, 2013 at 2:25 pm
Great review Houndy – sounds like a winner to you. Everything from Puredistance has sucked balls for me. Very overhyped, and pretentious. But there we go. I think it was an obvious guess Black would be an incense/leather and little else. I’m sure it’s nice enough but I won’t be hunting it out! Although the fact it’s by Antoine Lee intrigues me JUST A LITTLE BIT. Still seeing your incense taste develop here 😉
October 2, 2013 at 2:46 pm
Freddie – I’m afraid Black is not adventurous enough for you, that’s true. It’s like a nice fine cognac…very elegant and surprisingly understated. I’ll have to find something to review that has more of a kick in the balls for you 😉
October 2, 2013 at 3:19 pm
I see here the perfume houses now move back to incense from overloads of oud. The later is not my favorite note. I haven’t tried nothing from the line yet and I don’t even know if I want to. Prices are too high for my budget. And not much going on with this one ;-).
October 2, 2013 at 4:18 pm
I would agree, we are seeing many incense perfumes as of late. As for the prices, yes, they are a bit much aren’t they!
October 2, 2013 at 4:17 pm
You had me at incense. You lost me at “light, close to the skin”.
October 2, 2013 at 4:48 pm
Poodle, I believe someone would have to be up close and personal for them to smell this on you…depending on the person, it might not be such a bad thing 🙂
October 2, 2013 at 6:35 pm
I tried this today for the first time and loved it! Very much agree with your take, though my ability to detect individual notes is a little more fuzzy/shaky – it read as a very subtle, dreamy spicy/woody/dusty/incensey oriental. If there were some floral notes in there they didn’t make themselves known to me, but it was a definite thumbs up and I will review it soon too. I second your comment that Freddie might well find this too tame. 😉
October 2, 2013 at 8:33 pm
My ability to parse out the notes is in question too. For all I know I was WAAAY off with my thoughts. But I guess that goes against the grain of the concept being that one should enjoy it and not to analyze it. It is lovely from that standpoint isn’t it 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
October 2, 2013 at 9:48 pm
Oh no, the dreaded furlough. I hope the budget passes or at least some form of it passes because this whole impasse is just a big game of chicken to see who folds first and all it’s hurting are “the people”. Anyway….this read like 4 out of 5 bones for me too. All the notes sound very appealing BUT, the “leans masculine” part worries me as I don’t want to smell like a guy. Great review.
October 3, 2013 at 9:40 am
Thanks Hajusuuri…yes, this does lean masculine and I think a women would enjoy this on a man…but it might be a bit too manly for a woman herself.
October 3, 2013 at 12:36 pm
Hello, like I have said.. I would never guess there is incense inside. I never sensed it from my skin, interesting. Will test it again for my pleasure! I totally agree with you about what you have said, smooth with quality! And the picture you used, really describes it perfectly..are those Madisson guys? 🙂
October 3, 2013 at 10:20 pm
It sounds wonderful! You know me and Incense! And this one sounds like a perfect scent for work… Something you can enjoy without Mr. Anitiperfume getting all up in arms. Yippee!
October 4, 2013 at 6:20 pm
My dear Lanier – this is perfect for you as this is a very gentlemanly fragrance!
October 4, 2013 at 11:17 pm
I did look it up …very gentlemanly indeed and sold for a kingly price! LOL. I will have to grab a sample to test drive.
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