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"Take this one, he's like the Black Afgano"
That's what they said when I was on the island and forgot to take a perfume with me. Good thing Julian gave me this tip a week before and I suddenly discovered this square black and wooden chunk in the drugstore. The old-established scent aristocracy probably turns over in his grave when comparing "Black Afgano -> Black Ash". He can also do it quietly. But the comparison isn't that far-fetched: even if there will be better and more exact dupes - with cocaine "Black Ash" from Rammstein, a cheap drugstore fragrance is the first one to hit the right scent - and it's not that unsuccessful at all.
The external values: Already the black, matt packaging of the smooth cube makes a dark promise. A wooden-look bar runs through the centre of the cube as well as around its base, and could even represent the fragrance composition that this eau de toilette aims to achieve in a figurative sense - greyish and dark scents are caressed by a touch of wood and smoky aspects. When the bottle is removed from its packaging, where it is stuck in a fine foam base before being pulled out, an equally square-shaped body appears in the slightly brownish-coloured glass, with a stylish Rammstein logo on the front and back. A black lid hides an equally black atomizer head, which sprays the fragrance wide and finely, held and surrounded by a copper-gold ring as a frame. The flacon appears compact and solid.
The inner values: The first time sprayed on, smoky notes come towards you with a touch of leather. Later on, wood resins - but especially sandalwood - come to the fore and round off the fragrance. One has to admit that the Sillage is nothing special, rather flat and standard. But the durability (for a drugstore fragrance) makes up for that - I was able to smell the black ash for about 4 hours during a hot and hectic working day. On my clothes even twice as long and with a lot of luck a little longer, as I was allowed to notice, when I slipped into my everyday clothes after 11 hours, freed from my working clothes and was immediately surprised again with a good smelling kick of the dark cocaine.
The conclusion is: "the Black Afgano of the drugstores" Here we go. I know that with this conclusion, all the old grannies and granddads will have their milk tipped over from the Sunday table during coffee parties and blasphemy. As if the tattooed boy next door had turned up the rock music too much again. Life goes on - every perfume lover will feel that he or she will find a dupe in the world of niche fragrances, which he or she will claim as the forerunner of Rammstein's cocaine Black Ash. For us fragrance rebels, Black Ash is the clear attempt to be a cheap equivalent of the classic Nasomatto. In the end the fragrance is convincing. It goes strongly recognizably in this scent direction, even if it does not come close to the great model for a long time. For me personally, the sandalwood is too strong towards the end of the day and dilutes the otherwise solid scent. But if you like the sandalwood direction and don't want to spend more than 30€ - you'll love Black Ash.
Grab it while the ashes are still hot & fresh - André from the fragrance rebels