Bvlgari Black (1998)

Bvlgari Black by Bvlgari
Bottle Design: Thierry de Baschmakoff
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Bvlgari Black is a perfume by Bvlgari for women and men and was released in 1998. The scent is leathery-sweet. The production was apparently discontinued.

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Annick Ménardo

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Green tea
Heart Notes Heart NotesJasmine, Sandalwood, Cedar
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Leather, Musk, Vanilla



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Bottle 10.0/10 Longevity 7.0/10 Scent 10.0/10
Helpful Review    3
Back to Black
This one from Bulgari and Annick Menardo has a special place in my heart and in this video I review the current formulation of Black. Please enjoy......

Bottle 9.0/10 Sillage 7.0/10 Longevity 7.0/10 Scent 8.5/10
My favorite blind purchase
I had watched a review on this one years ago and was always intrigued. Finally picked up a bottle a few months back and I'm very glad I did (just wish I had gotten a bigger one). At first I get black licorice, leather, and a bit of rubber, like new tires. Once it dries down the vanilla comes... Read more
From Different Planets
Outside of the very unique bottle, this stuff is horrific. Of all the scents I've ever smelled and reviews I've ever read, this particular polarizing "fragrance" (misnomer) leads me to believe people are full on delusion participating in group think. Honestly, I get a terrible headache... Read more
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Scent 8.0/10
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Smoke. Leather. Rubber. Love
I bought this fragnance immediatly after smelling it for the first time. I love it! I find the scent is more leathery than rubber, though I do detect some rubber when I first spray it on. A soft masculine fragrance with smokey, leathery notes. Hints of florals and bitter vanilla. Easily worn by... Read more
Bottle 10.0/10 Sillage 5.0/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 10.0/10
Very helpful Review    5
Smoky Tea & Leather... an Ultra-Modern classic!
Annick Menardo is a perfumer who is known for taking risks... she takes unusual combinations (like Liquorice in Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin and Eucalyptus in YSL's Body Kouros) and makes them somehow work... and smell good! Here Bvlgari has released an ultra-modern, "urban" style... Read more
Bottle 7.5/10 Sillage 5.0/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 10.0/10
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Bvlgari Black
The opening of this fragrance is an aromatic crystalline citrus note. This interesting note disappears almost immediately, and on my skin remains a smoky tea note with a touch of leather as its base. The dry down is very soft and creamy, the main note being vanilla. I feel this is a very well done... Read more
Bottle 10.0/10 Sillage 5.0/10 Longevity 5.0/10 Scent 8.0/10
Very helpful Review    8
Days of war, nights of love: Sultry vanillic leather
Black is one of the few fragrances I would call outright sexy, and one of the few in which a prominent vanilla accord doesn't get cloyingly sweet. I get only a whiff, if that, of the various woods and florals listed: to me, this is almost entirely rubbery leather tinted with vanilla, and grounded... Read more
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Staggerinly discombobulated
My partner doesn't like it on me. That's a statement of fact, not anything to be swayed by. Is this the ultimate Terminator perfume? Is there an inner Sarah Connor to me?... don't think so. But, my friends, there it is, the machine and the human, all rolled into one staggeringly discombobulated... Read more
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Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 9.0/10
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Smoked Tea
In the Bulgari line-up are quite some tea scents, one of them is BLACK, evoking the smell of Lapsang Souchong, a Chinese black tea dried over pine wood smoke, a note which is very dominant in this perfume. This smoky note, also identified as rubber or tire, stays on strong for a long while... Read more
Bottle 7.5/10 Sillage 2.5/10 Longevity 5.0/10 Scent 6.0/10
Very helpful Review    6
Classic rubber!
Sexy and sweet leather that sometimes smells like burnt rubber with vanilla, which is great. Classic and innovative when was released. This is probably the main inspiration of VCA Midnight In Paris. I only wish it had more lasting power. Unisex. Worth it. Updated January 2014 Read more
Bottle 7.5/10 Sillage 2.5/10 Longevity 5.0/10 Scent 7.0/10
Very helpful Review    6
Bulgari's Best, But That Isn't Saying Much...
Definitely the best from Bulgari, IMO. It is unique and well made. I can really appreciate the rubber accord here, as it blends pleasantly with the scent. I am not going to go as far as to claim Black is a masterpiece like many critics (professional and amateur alike), but I like it and... Read more
Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 6.0/10
Very helpful Review    5
A bit like sniffing glue...
I have been wanting to test Bvlgari BLACK for quite some time now, but have put it off because of a negative experience with Kenneth Cole BLACK, which has a rubber tire facet as well. PBullFriend sent me a generous decant of the Bvlgari classic, and I finally have mustered up the courage to give it... Read more
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Vanilla Leather & Woods
This is a smoky vanilla woody and leather perfume. It's powdery and woody ...the opening is very prominent with vanilla and leather. It's dark and sweet.When heart notes unfold this gets more woodier . It's complex and not as simple as it seems at the opening.Cedar,sandalwood and musk... Read more
Bottle 10.0/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 5.0/10 Scent 7.0/10
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Don't let the rubber scare you off
At first spray you do indeed get the unmistakable smell of rubber tires. This will surely not appeal to everyone. Me, I like it. Perhaps this is because one of my favorite memories from my rural mid-American childhood is rolling myself up inside the cavity of a discarded tractor tire (these always... Read more
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When I first tried you I was hopeful every sniff. You were extremely linear on my skin. You smelled of new tires and vanilla. I wish I could write more about you, but frankly your quite boring! It's like hearing about this nice looking and charming man who works at Mr. Tire. You go to see... Read more
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Bottle 5.0/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 6.0/10
Very helpful Review    7
Black rubber
Every time I see this fragrance in the stores, it is almost always placed in the male fragrance department. For people that don't follow fragrance like a religion, one would assume that it is a male fragrance rather than unisex. I was compelled to try Bvlgari Black after reading that it was a... Read more


Lillibet 4 days ago
A slightly off-beat take on leather & vanilla. The leather is smokey-rubbery & the vanilla is a sophisticated blend. Unusual & fun to wear.+2
Bottle 9.0
Sillage 7.0
Longevity 7.0
Scent 8.0

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