Or Black (2014)

Version from 2014
Or Black (2014) by Pascal Morabito
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Or Black (2014) is a popular perfume by Pascal Morabito for men and was released in 2014. The scent is spicy-green. It is being marketed by New Deal.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesLemon, Cardamom, Mugwort, Rosemary
Heart Notes Heart NotesLavender, Violet
Base Notes Base NotesPatchouli, Cedar, Musk



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Submitted by Michael, last update on 16.01.2019
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A must-have from Morabito!
at least in my humble opinion. An ingenious blend of tea, herbs, leather and musk. If you like Old School Suggestion Hammers á la VC&A Pour Homme too much of a good thing but generally leathery and teel-heavy fragrances are not averse, should strike here. At least if there's one at the dumping price at the red outlet.

Citrus and cardamom go directly steep and quickly a fine but very present herbal note in the direction of lavender and sage is added. A subtle leather note surrounds everything and soapy musk can be more and more guessed as a primer. Sounds unexciting? Smells fucking awesome! Especially with cardamom-heavy scents I react quickly annoyed, but here everything is so well balanced that nothing disturbs. No tea, no leather, no fougère, no chypre. Nothing so real anyway. Something of all, but independent, not clearly assignable to a genre. Strong character. Persevering. Masculine with modern twist. Millions of miles from modern unit (fruit) porridge. A milestone of Morabito. Without knowledge of the vintage version I can say that.

A word on the "gloomy" impression of the fragrance which is often mentioned here. The name is only part of the program here. I don't think it's as gloomy as the first time I tested it anymore. Dark, yes, but not unapproachable. The teenage note, which comes with a certain basic sweetness, certainly contributes to this. Of course no comparison to current gourmands, but just right to make it "accessible". The dark knight of Morabito is not as cold as an "Encre Noir". Doesn't have to be. Because Or Black shows that even a "black" can be multi-faceted in terms of perfume technology.
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Black is BACK!!!...
Or Black in its original formulation was a composition I had a major problem singling out individual notes with, and its 2014 iteration proves equally problematic in that respect. Instead of the typical note breakdown all I can offer are some general accords that present themselves throughout...

Or Black (2014) opens with a slightly citric bergamot, laced with an underlying peppery, near-boozy bent. As the composition makes its way to its early heart, musk-infused dusty resinous amber mixes with the remnants of the gentle pepper giving off a suede leather vibe. During the late dry-down the primary dusty leathery heart accord slowly recedes, revealing a mild natural smelling herbal woody base. Projection is below average and longevity is on the low side of average at about 7-8 hours on skin.

While note breakdowns may help some get a better feel for what the composition smells like in the case of Or Black (2014) it is all too easy to forget about the individual notes and just enjoy the symphonic overall effect. The primary heart accord is best described as a dusty suede with an almost play-dough-like undertone. While that may not sound appealing it actually is, big time. The herbal woody dry-down finishes off the fougere structure and is tremendous. I wish I could do a better job of explaining what the composition has to offer, but all I can say is it smells superb and is quite similar to the Or Black of old. This 2014 release is no cop out reformulation; it is the real deal with some minor modifications that don't detract from one's enjoyment one iota. The bottom line is the 69 Euro per 100ml bottle Or Black (2014) is a strikingly successful composition that will impress fans of the original while drawing in new converts to the fold at an extremely reasonable price point, earning an "outstanding" rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 and a super-strong recommendation.
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Peppery fougère
Well, I will dare to be the first to write something...
I never tested Or Black, vintage or reformulated, and profiting of a promotion last Christmas I made a blind buy of this gorgeous bottle.
And I am not regretting the risk I took. A wonderful peppery fougère mixed with citric notes over an ambery-musky base. Very versatile and for all year, fresh and warm all at once.
I think this is what Bleu de Chanel should have been!
Going to Paris next spring, I'll certainly visit Morabito's shop and hope to test the classic Or Black for a comparison, and would love to know other members comparisons.
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