For a long time I assumed that the use of "black" and "noir" in the titles of perfumes was an indication of their notes. Nope. All it seems to mean is that the fragrance should be considered elegant or mysterious or off the beaten track. Well, I find Bijan Black quite elegant. I've learned Gardenia's slightly bitter, almost mossy undertone is great for making florals classy, if done well. Bijan did this well. Musk and Sandalwood are lovely in the base and the use of Tonka Bean instead of vanilla keeps the fragrance from being overly sweet. Though I can detect the Jasmine and the Rose, Bijan Black smells like someone plucked flowers and put them in a mink-lined vase. This is the second Bijan I've found to be less than a sillage monster, but I think that's intentional. Though he designed loud and ostentatious Bugatis and Rolls Royce's, I don't think Bijan was into loud scents. This one's not an oriental, not a chypre, not fruity and not precisely floral. What is it? Brilliant. Good for any event, including elegant or mysterious ones.