It is not an overstatement to say that this is niche quality - an amazing release from Bvlgari! I always thought that loving a perfume meant that I would automatically want to wear it.After so many years of reading good reviews about it I finally decided to add Black to my perfume collection. On my skin I don't detect any trace of rubber like Tar by Comme des garçons. With time, I've noticed that there are certain scents that I admire greatly, while not really ever wanting to wear. It is seriously one of the most unique perfumes I've ever tried: a bitter powdery, rubbery leather, with a smoky vanillic amber halfway between Shalimar and l'Air du Desert Marocain. Either way, Black is weird and wonderful, and would go great on somebody who is likewise weird and wonderful.Smells weak, you have to spray at least 5 or 7 times to smell it, and once you do it smells like rubber.It's really basic and bland, nothing exciting or even fully developed about the scent.In his guide Luca Turin gave it a 5 stars rating but named it hot rubber... It's soft but at the same time have a strong presence and personality. It has this herbal greeness to it that really makes it shimmer throughout the day. For as brilliant as I find its composition, I don't really think it would ever suit me. Bvlgari's Black is very nice - a great unisex gourmand combination of soft vanilla and smooth leather, very likeable and comfortable.I hate the smell of rubber and certainly don't want to smell rubber. It's just a solid like for me, however: leather is a note that I rarely dislike but only sometimes love, and then most often when it's combined with (stone) fruits or floral notes, so it's no surprise that this one doesn't quite make my heart beat any faster.Not really strong, not really overpowering, just a comfort herbal burning plastic vanilla that blows my mind. To be honest I thought that this might be a bit strong, too wintery but this is not the case.
So I'll revisit my little decant again next winter, and who knows, I might still fall in love with it then.It is certainly unisex and in fact it leans toward being femine after the initial petrol smell is gone.For me that makes it a 'home fragrance' that I am not willing to really wear outside.Scent: 9/10 Sillage 5/10 Longevity: 6.5/10 This perfume is a masterpiece, and it is for only a select few unique men and women who can handle it's leathery, rubbery sweetness. I had been on the look out for it and managed to find it in a small perfume outlet.When I sprayed the tester on myself i didn't know what to think of it initially. I let it settle and I could smell the rubbery note, but it was so subtle.Testing it now back to back and smells like "Midnight in Paris Van Cleef & Arpels" the only diference is that Bvlgari at the oppening is more robust, fills more your sent of smelling. I bought this in '98 wehen it first came out I always thought of it as a softer companion to amen. The only thing is that although i really like it, I just don't reach for it as much as I should. Heat, rubber, tea and a little bit of something sweet.It's like the notes block eachother out or it's just too simple-what you get in the beginning is what you get in the end. It kind of makes me think of the smell that hardware stores have. Black is a perfume by Bvlgari brand known for their 19-century jewelry.From the house of Bvlgari and the legendary Annick Menardo [YSL Body Kouros, Dior Hypnotic Poison, Diesel Fuel For Life and Boucheron Jaipur].This is a great Vanilla and leather scent with impressions of burning rubber, very sensual and urban, I like to wear it on fall / winter nights in the city, it was way ahead of its time in 1998 and I still love it now, great value I recommend it for men even though it is unisex.If your a fan of this fragrance I would buy now before it's completely gone.If you don't believe me that it's been discontinued talk to a Bvlgari customer service representative like I did and they will tell you the same, and it has been removed from their website.