By Kilian Again to the Black Fragrance Evaluate
By Kilian Back to the Black Perfume Review
By Kilian Back to Black Eau de Parfum is categorized by the brand as “gourmand tobacco harmony” with “sluggish honey” with “sweet spices” and “smoky incense essence” with “vanilla absolute”. While the opening was a burst of raspberry liqueur, most of the wear lived in a warm and cozy cloud of cherry and almond, eventually sweetening further with vanilla and often maintaining depth through the inclusion of honey at heart and later amber in the draining.
- Top notes: Bergamot, cardamom, coriander seed, raspberry, blue chamomile
- heart notes: Honey, Olibanum, Atlas Cedarwood, Vetiver, Patchouli, Moss
- Base: Tobacco, Amber, Labdanum Rockrose, Almond, Vanilla
Back to Black opened with a blend of the best raspberries – the perfect raspberry of the season, juicy, deliciously sweet with a touch of acidity to finish – with hints of bergamot. The honey entered the composition so that it felt like a rich raspberry sauce being drizzled over a dripping honeycomb.
Twenty minutes later, the distinction from raspberry wasn’t so clear, and the scent reminded me more of syrupy cherries and almonds. This sweet cherry-almond phase intensified and continued as the primary facets of Back to Black two hours after wearing.
It ended up being a more linear scent as the drydown wasn’t that different from the time post open and hours later. After eight hours wear it had moderate projection, little sillage and was defined as a fruity, honeyed amber with the lowest percentage of tobacco. From further away the tobacco was more of a hint than when smelling close to my skin where it was really quite dominated by sweet cherries, almonds and vanilla and a honeyed depth.
For testing, I had a 1mL swab vial sample that was applied to the bottom and top of my wrist area on my left arm using half the vial. I use an unscented moisturizer before applying the scent as this is also my swatching arm (aka being incredibly parched at a certain point) as I found the scent didn’t last well here otherwise. It was extremely long lasting (over 16 hours and still noticeable as a skin scent) with heavier sillage and projection for the first few hours; it was definitely a scent that rose with walking, even just dabbing on my wrist.
Subjective, I found the raspberry opener interesting as they are one of my favorite fruits and I don’t know if I’ve ever tried a scent that had such a blast of raspberry (possibly a body wash, many, many moons ago). That being said, cherry almond and honey aren’t notes I’m drawn to, and they were definitely the stars of this scent. However, I can easily understand why others rave about it when I see how many love gourmand scents.
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