Scuderia is the New Black
Launched on the market in 1999, a year after the launch of Hugo Boss Bottled, and with the name of Ferrari Black, this perfume was then relaunched in 2006 with the current name of Ferrari Scuderia Black. According to the reviews I've read, Scuderia Ferrari Black is the same scent as Black, but with some notes enhanced. Why did I mention Hugo Boss Bottled? Because the two perfumes share most of the notes and the atmosphere is almost the same, and this has undeniable similarities with each other. After smelling it, I was stunned. It has very similar note break-down with Boss Bottled. It's not a copy, not the same, but very similar.
I didn't mention in the other Ferrari Scuderia reviews that the bottle has a nice rubber clip with the black Cavallino (little horse) on a yellow background.
Scuderia Black welcomes me with a crispy fruity and sour citrusy accord, there's plenty of red apple pulp spritzed with lime juice and bergamot peel's oil. A luscious plum soon joins this blend, and the overall smell is reminiscent of the Coca-Cola, it leaves a caffeine aroma in the air for a while. Not at all bad, instead, a pleasant caramelized redolence not annoyingly sweet. The citrus notes are barely noticeable, but the apple and plum fruitiness is exquisite, especially when it meets the warm spices and the sweetness of jasmine. In the top stage, the fruit notes radiate the most.
After several minutes, the warmth of cinnamon chimes in. The heart becomes more floral with gorgeous sheer jasmine mixed with soothing rose. Cinnamon is a bit overpowered, and under some aspects, it shades the green cardamom, the minty is barely perceivable in the heart. Once it develops that coffee-like tone fades and the plum and vanilla come in making this a fresh, and aromatic but also warm, cosy, and comfy.
On the last dry down, I start to smell more of the woody notes, the black part chimes in with some sensual almost powdery vanilla, aromatic dry cedar, warm amber and a subtle muskiness. The base features an unusual Amyris wood, which has a very subtle scent, slightly sweet and almost benzoin or vanilla-like at first sniff, but more woody and balsamic fir then. The initial apple and plum fruitiness is pushed into the second floor, as well as the cardamom and cinnamon spiciness. It is a warm and sweet scent with a fruity/creamy sweet aroma.
Hence, Scuderia Black is a fougère, aromatic fragrance, almost linear except the fruity, floral, and woody spikes in each stage. The performance is moderate on my skin although it starts pretty strong; more than half a day of longevity and an arms-length of projection for the first two hours. Its is a good cologne that people will not notice before you get near them. The good thing is that it is s inexpensive, that you can spray it additional times to bring out the best performance. In my opinion, it doesn't work in the heat of the daytime, so I would refrain from rocking it in Summer. At night, it is fine, but I'd usually want to wear this during the colder months of the year, perfect for an intimate occasion full of dream and romance in autumn evenings.
This review is based upon a 2.5 oz (75 ml) bottle I own.