Black by Puredistance
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Black is a popular perfume by Puredistance for women and men and was released in 2013. The scent is spicy-woody. The longevity is above-average. It is still in production.

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Perfumer

Antoine Lie

Ratings

Scent

8.5 (82 Ratings)

Longevity

8.3 (72 Ratings)

Sillage

7.0 (74 Ratings)

Bottle

7.7 (64 Ratings)
Submitted by Apicius, last update on 29.05.2019
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Silverfire

126 Reviews
Silverfire
Silverfire
3
Derivative and Costly
Before I even inhaled the scent, I wondered about the company name. Is naming your company puredistance such a great idea when perfume exists to facilitate interpersonal communication? That aside, Black goes on nicely, as a papery, peppery, wine-like creation, reminiscent of Herrera for Men. There's a little bit more of the wine note here, at first, and some distant floral scent that occurs often in gentlemanly frags - it reminds me of Boucheron, for some reason, but it's nowhere near as arrogant. This is a relaxed, upscale, in-control, sort of scent. What comes to mind is an executive relaxing in a private club after work, smooth jazz bleeding through the speakers from some distance away. He is reclining at his usual location in a private booth, leisurely smoking. Although there is no smoke in this scent, this is the scent that sort of man would wear.

Out of curiosity, I visited the puredistance site, and it's clear that they are aiming at the higher end of the fragrance market. To such men as I imagined, $485 for a leather-wrapped perfume flacon is no financial burden. While us middle-class folks can afford this, it is probably not intended for us, or for the avid fragrance tester or collector.

By 30 minutes in, the silage has expanded to between a foot and two; it wreathes around me, and smells slightly different, with the overlay of an old chemist's shop - or is that the floral and the wine-like note merging? As it further expands, the similarities to Herrera for Men prove inescapable. Is that pear I smell? The scent has arrived and from here on out, it fades into nothingness.

On the whole, Black does work as a "black" scent, and it is luxurious and well-blended, but I am underwhelmed by its derivative nature. It is arguably a better scent than Herrera for Men, but it is not hundreds of dollars better. For the price, I would have expected something as creative and longlasting as Creed's Green Irish Tweed.
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Flaconneur

49 Reviews
Flaconneur
Flaconneur
Helpful Review    5
BLACK by Puredistance
Black by Puredistance is the creation of French perfumer Antoine Lie. Lie has put his talents to good use with the creation of Wonderwood by Comme des Garçons and Divin’ Enfant by Etat Libre d’Orange, just to name a few. His newest endeavor is based on a concept created by Puredistance’s founder Jan Ewoud Vos. The idea was to create a delicate perfume that lay close to the skin. According to Vos, Puredistance’s newest perfume also needed to possess a sensual quality that released the layers of the scent in quiet whispers, without shouting. As part of the back story for Black, Vos included images of famed rocker legend David Bowie and the renowned actor Jeremy Irons in the visual brief for Antoine Lie. Both the musician and actor had qualities that mirrored Vos’s concept for this new perfume. He feels that David Bowie’s elegant and mysterious character and Jeremy Irons’ darkly humorous and charismatic manner are appropriate inspirations for Black the perfume. I believe that Lie successfully completed the task set out by Vos but regrettably, Black is perhaps a bit tongue-tied.

I guess you could conceive Black as an masculine oriental of sorts. This seems to be the intent of its creator and somewhat consistent from other fragrances I’ve sampled from Antoine Lie. You can’t help but think that Lie’s signature will influence an integral part of Black’s character, whether you like Lie’s work or not. Black opens with a flick of bright, juicy citrus. The perfume abruptly shifts to an acute sharpness that tickles the nose, the likes of pink peppercorn or black pepper. Off putting but interesting when combined with a subtle eruption of a soft creamy vanilla or tonka bean accord. This slightly sweet note tempers the peppery sharpness and is a wonderful transition to more conventional coziness to come. The heart of Black is structured around warm and comforting amber woven with smoky frankincense. Like a trusty hat and scarf to keep your head and neck protected, amber does an equally adequate job of keeping the heart of Black warm and fiery. As Black’s heart progresses, you are taken on a journey over blackened, pebble smooth roads filled with complex twists and turns, traveling through a forest of smoke and sensual woods. This warming sensation is quite memorable and fortunately continues on to the base of Black, where one or two new aromatic woody notes are introduced. Black’s base is layered with residual amber, spice and smoke as a touch of saffron appears. The base is further complicated by a delicate oud, light in nature and complimented with earthy patchouli. Last but not least, an animalistic musk gives Black its mysterious human characteristic.

I will admit that Black has lived up to the conceptual ideal of “layers” successfully. Black’s lay-low disposition however, extinguished any excitement created by the evolution of this perfume. Black has some interesting elements; spiciness, a warming quality, a composition of lovely woody accords and a slightly smoky overtone. What’s not to love? While enjoyable, Black it is not as extraordinary as Puredistance’s other offerings; Annie Buzantian’s Antonia or Roja Dove’s M. The latter are examples of very well composed and memorable perfumes. You might find yourself picking either of them up, removing the cap just for a quick heavenly sniff. I don’t find myself intrigued enough with Black to revisit it in the same way you might a favorite book. I find that Lie’s creation is very similar to several other of his perfumes. Like many perfumers, Lie has a signature that is all too apparent in Black. While it is composed of 25% perfume oil, I also find the longevity of Black questionable. Its subtle and discreet nature made it forgettable to my nose after about an hour. I had to remind myself that I put it on. For me, Black is a very well composed skin scent. Again, not as enamoring as any of the other offerings I’ve experienced from Puredistance. While a mysterious, quiet and sensual nature seemed to be the objective of Puredistance’s founder, it certainly does not translate well in value. I’m sure that Black will find its place within the Puredistances collection, and I understand why Vos perhaps felt this profile was necessary to round out their collection. Black does possess a mysterious, sensual demeanor, but it’s a sly cat or sorts.
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Drseid

671 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
3
Black Tire Rubber To Black Tie...
Black opens with a very brief clean jasmine floral laced with mild saffron spice before moving to its heart. During the early heart phase the jasmine and saffron both deepen as they are joined by a starring burnt rubbery slightly sweet incense and oud tandem with a plum-like undertone. As the composition moves through its middle the incense and oud tandem combines with an underlying sharp vetiver and leather accord that counters the earlier sweetness and adds an aggressive edge. During the late dry-down the incense and oud finally dissipate as the composition softens and turns more fresh with sanitized patchouli joining the remnants of the jasmine, diminished vetiver and now supple suede leather with hints of cedar subtly peeping in and out. Projection is average and longevity excellent to outstanding at well over 12 hours on skin.

Black is a fragrance that I really didn't know *what* to expect. On the one hand it has some great pedigree as Puredistance M is a favorite and the house has yet to release a dud... On the other, Antonie Lie, while certainly competent and capable is the nose behind Secretions Manifiques and a few other compositions I dislike. Nose aside, I found Black a pretty good composition on the whole but certainly with some flaws... On the positive side, the late dry-down is very nice and the open isn't any slouch either. Where things get just a touch iffy is in the early heart as the slightly sweet burnt rubbery incense and oud overpowers what otherwise is a really very nice jasmine and saffron tandem. Some have compared the composition to the truly awful Black Afgano (I am sure many meant it as a compliment) and I can see where they are coming from to a degree, but it may be a bit closer to Arso's heart accord to my nose. Either way, Black thankfully does not clone either of them, instead following its own path. One alleged drawback that some have noted of Black is its disappointing projection. To this reviewer it is just right with the fragrance far from a skin scent, but not a powerhouse by any measure, making it more versatile. The bottom line is the $198 per 17.5ml extrait Black may not rise to the level of the best Puredistance releases and is relatively costly on a per ml basis, but it smells quite good indeed and is worthy of consideration earning a "very good" 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Rouj

1 Review
Rouj
Rouj
3
Fine new creation from Puredistance
Dark, earthy, sweet, clean, and with a sharp note in there that I can't place. This is very masculine according to my girlfriend. Others have described this scent as fitting of it's monicker "black", I'm not sure about that. But it is dark. There's so much going on. Having worn this scent on and off for about a week now, I'm not picking up some notes as much as I did when I first wore it, the scent has gone from earthy to sweet. Seems like a very complex and rich perfume, and immensely enjoyable. When I don't wear it, I want to. When I do wear it, I look forward to the continuous wafts of… whatever note I don't know what it is hitting my nose. Black has gotten into my head, and I'm glad it's there.

After the first hour of moderate projection it becomes a skin scent, and from there it lasts all day and all night, with the scent still lingering on my arm after a good nights rest. So far all that I've asked have been very impressed with it's smell, from family and friends, to the SA at Neiman's, everyone likes it. And I do love it. This scent is appropriate for every occasion since I'm the only one likely to enjoy it, along with anyone who happens to hug me. So far no one has noticed the fragrance without me getting in close and pointing it out. I'm a fan of M. If M is the James Bond of perfume, announcing it's presence strongly, then what would Black be? Perhaps Tom Cruise at the masquerade ball in Eyes Wide Shut...

Puredistance has combined otherwise familiar scents into something that's wholly new for me. I will do as Puredistance asks and not analyze it any further, and just experience their newest creation with myself and my SO.

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Lexa 3 years ago
Even if i really admire Antoine Lie's creation,i find it really difficult for a woman.Fine leather,wood,spices,not flowery at all,man scent.+3
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