Lampblack by Fzotic / Bruno Fazzolari
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Lampblack is a popular perfume by Fzotic / Bruno Fazzolari for women and men and was released in 2013. The scent is citrusy-smoky. It is still available to purchase.
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Bruno Fazzolari

Fragrance Notes

OrangeOrange
Black pepperBlack pepper
GrapefruitGrapefruit
NagarmothaNagarmotha
BenzoinBenzoin
VetiverVetiver
InkInk

Ratings

Scent

8.061 Ratings

Longevity

7.545 Ratings

Sillage

7.245 Ratings

Bottle

6.642 Ratings
Submitted by Apicius, last update on 17.10.2021.
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Bloodxclat
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Top Review    26  
Shango and the explosion
Shango stood on the porch and looked out over the old work yard. The setting sun was turning the sky a glowing red. Thick mists were already wafting up from the swamps behind the sugar cane fields, breaking the light. A hot day came to an end at Shango's tire service. Not much had been going on. Still, his friend Neal's old '49 Hudson hadn't been ready. How annoying.
He took off the stained, gasoline-soaked coveralls, sipped his iced orange soda, and lost himself in thought for a bit. He felt a little woozy in the bulb. The sun was setting fast.

All at once, inconceivably, a monstrous, burning, smoking can of Orange Soda flew through his field of vision - falling from the sky! And exploded with a metallic BLÄÄMMMM behind the sugar cane fields.
"aaaaaahhhhiiii O/E iiiaaaahhhh" Shango screamed while jumping around the porch like crazy in his underpants. Thousands of orange fireflies burst from thick juicy grapefruits, buzzing around like a sparking fire from the old tiled stove and soaring up toward the sky. Yellow-green citrus peels fell at Shango's feet, ethereal, herbaceous, and flickering. "What the oily bog hole was THAT again? What happened to Ishtar?"

He squeezed on a shirt, put on his machete, and let his gasoline lighter snap open. The old ship's lantern from the swamp. He lit the sooty, petroleum-soaked wick and ran, swaying a bit. From the field the smoke of glowing citrus pricked his nose. The orangesodacomet thingy had smashed into the neighbor's property. The crazy Swiss with his vetiver plantation. Here, in the middle of nowhere! He shook his head and pulled open the gate of the Vitrum Ltd. corporation. His arms were shaking, though it was still hot. He had to check on things when the owner wasn't around. Why today?
Cursing, he made his way through the dense vetiver plantation, dry, spicy sweetgrass scent rising to his nose, along with damp, herbaceous, swampy Nagarmortha. A blow here, one there, take this and BANG.
His head spun in the rush of the burning orange can. Grapefruits burst behind his eyeballs. Melted rubber tires flowed through his bloodstream. The old kerosene lamp pulsed in his hands. He became one with the lamp and when he smelled the gasoline it was too late.

Shango woke up in his yard. Through the flickering glow of the old ship's lantern, he saw his friend Neal circle a small hammer, then catapult it ZACK into the sky and then, as if by magic, catch it behind his back with his left hand.

"Shango, you crazy little bastard! Got you out of the burning field, didn't I? Chasing bush rats in your underpants, eh? In a dry vetiver field with a kerosene lantern, you old fogey! Instead of working on my Hudson, you lunatic!
I've got to get back on the road!
By the way, I forgot my acid here yesterday, did you see it?"
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Lampblack is a 6h trip through the citrus grove, with dry, very spicy vetiver and a damp, herbaceous nagarmortha. The two grasses with the pepper together give the illusion of an old, burning kerosene lantern. A citrusy-smoky summer fragrance that is very easy to wear and is once again a modern attempt to redesign vetiver.
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HerrKatz
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   5  
Dr John Hamish Watson
Immediately the association leads me to Martin Freeman alias Dr. Watson. Yes, it I experience an eccentric, but one who has nothing manic, does not step away, but is (and remains) present in a quiet way, even in that melancholy, insistent way that I liked so much in this interpretation by Dr. Watson - the loyal hero in the shadows, one who, for all his reliability, cannot hide his own drama. It will reliably keep those people at bay who have no access to drama, with a delicate metallic grey over a spicy sweetness it remains as mysterious as it is potentially popular (i.e. with the so-called "drama" limitation). The lack of style that the "Sherlock" TV series Watson writes a blog corrects the ink changing from gray to black-blue and back again. Bitter is the grapefruit and longing (at least for all simvastatin swallowers, who are forbidden the bitter pleasure on the tongue by the fight against cholesterol). Yes, I would say that "Lampblack" is good at formulating prohibitions and turning discipline into a state of inner peace, nightly scraping of the fountain pen on unruled paper in the dancing light of a petroleum lamp - its warmth envelops the quietly determined, a companion of the companion. The words on the paper, they are not love letters, they have something deterrent, at the same time nostalgic, old disinfectants, as they are no longer used today, in treatment rooms, perhaps it is the proud benzoin, which wafts as a veil over the classic Cypriot Nagarmotha primer. Not an easy character, but a good friend.
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Silverfire

130 Reviews
Silverfire
Silverfire
Helpful Review    3  
Remnants of a Flash Mob
Initially, Lampblack smells like a rather expensive gentlemanly cologne. After settling on my skin, it smells of paper, metal, heat, a little bit of plastic. This must be lampblack itself, as I've smelled nothing like it and no other fragrance like it. It evokes the feeling of an industrial age, and yet of literacy. However, it frayed apart within an hour. The notes each went their separate ways - heated plastic turned down Main street, and sharp turned down 1st. Average life expectancy - six to eight hours. Subsequent tests revealed that the magic lasted less than hour each time and the rest of the fragrance was just the elements uncombined, the remnants, the embers of something special.
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7.5
Longevity
7.5
Sillage
2.5
Bottle
K1

121 Reviews
K1
K1
   3  
Intellectual inky vetiver
Smoky earthy vetiver with bold hint of petroleum. An intellectual postmodern twisted vetiver collaborating with creamy grayish grapefruit and powdery frosty black pepper. Lampblack is woodsy, casual, fresh smoldering oriental and inky. Artistic and elaborate minimal vetiver. Long lasting, massive projection, interesting and amusing smell. Great frosty, dark fresh minimal complex outdoorsy vetiver.
9/10
jtd

484 Reviews
jtd
jtd
Very helpful Review    4  
Lampblack
There is nothing new in Lampblack. Then again newness is overrated in perfumery. 'Unconventionality' is code—camouflage for a lack of nuance and uninventive composition. Niche perfumery is the boy, novelty is the wolf.

Better than novelty, Lampblack has a point of view. Consideration and creativity are more valuable than gimmickry, and let’s call Lampblack what it is. It is a perfume that uses known materials and compositional tools. But it manipulates otherwise recognizable facets of the materials to offer a new perspective. It is a thoughtful piece of work.

Bruno Fazzolari is a visual artist who has chosen perfumery as another medium for the investigation of ideas. His crossover to perfumery disproves the axiom that the medium is the message. It also points out that artistry and technical training are not the same thing, a point that vocational schools such as Givaudan and ISIPCA may or may not recognize.

There is considerable buzz around Fazzolari’s perfumes, Lampblack in particular. The problem with buzz it that there’s always the next new thing to capture it. Fuck the buzz and forget the flavor of the month, but try Lampblack if you have the chance. It is remarkable not for the hype, but its thoughtfulness and exploration of ideas.

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Rickbr

190 Reviews
Rickbr
Rickbr
Helpful Review    3  
Shades of dark
Bruno Fazzolari is part of the new breed of independent perfumers that are producing beautiful works uniting an artistic keen sense with a proper implementation and usability of their final products. Bruno is a painter and a person who has their its senses intertwined in a synesthetic way, so for him the colors and scents have intrinsic connections that despite existing are not so evident to us.

The perfume lampblack is related to this painting done by him and is an ode of the artist one of the most classic paint pigments, the black one obtained from the black soot of the burning lamps. In my view of his abstract painting, the light and its byproduct seem to blend into a concept that explores the dark tones, as if it was not absolutely from the point of view associated with smells and colors.

Lampblack is conceptual and at the same time very wearable. There is something in its scent in the output that is metallic, rubber, hot and oily, where the black nuances, referring to ink, from nargamota primarly create this effect. Vetiver contributes secondarily, mainly by rubber tone and the woody dark green side. I also realize pepper and its woody nuances touted contributing to enhance the effect of ink nargamota. Mixed them is the most bitter citrus smell, effervescent and slightly sweet grapefruit combined with sweet orange.

Interestingly, just as lampblack plays with light and darkness it also makes a duality between classicism and modernity, linearity and complexity. If you pay attention to its structure, it refers distantly to the elegant scent of classic Habit Rouge, especially the aroma of bergamot and vetiver. Still, ist vetiver as it the times passes shows the lighter, beautiful and more direct aura.The musk base with a hint of incense, the last thing to appear in the composition, seems very current and cozy. Almost all its nuances can be perceived right away, which to me gives it sometimes a linear impression, but as perfume the impression that I have is the same as when I appreciate a work of art: first I see the body of work and gradually my eyes are discovering, highlighting and understand the intrinsic elements to it. It is a beautiful scent!
ColinM

516 Reviews
ColinM
ColinM
Helpful Review    5  
Chiaroscuro
A woody-leathery-citrus symphony with a ton of class. The wood here is dry, dark and rubbery, quite close to leather (hence my definition above), with a mellow smoky vetiver note and a “woodier” vein than usual, made drier and darker by cypriol (I guess). On the polar opposite, bright and astringent citric notes; in the middle, something peppery – I see black pepper listed but it seemed also a bit reddish to me - and bitter leafy notes. That’s it. It may sound ordinary, but it’s not, mostly because of its sort of really peculiar “angular” texture. The feel here is really sharp: the citrus notes are much bitter, the woods are particularly dark, sour and rubbery; but they’re all so precisely, elegantly juxtaposed that the whole thing smells perfectly sophisticated, classy, understated, solid and harmonic. It’s like a white and black constructivist piece of design – bold shapes and sharp angles, which can look messy and out of proportion until you find the perfect angles to juxtapose them. And here’s harmony, flawless beauty and class. Lampblack works similarly, in a way: a few contrasting notes, dark corners and light beams, all really “bold” in their own way, put together with elegance and sharp precision. The drydown is respectively more bitter on the green-citric side, and more roasted-rubbery and drier on the base line, which makes the woody vetiver notes smell even more close to leather. Perfect class, great evolution. Personally I find the drydown a tad too bitter-astringent and kind of “sweaty” after a while, but other than that, Lampblack is more than remarkable and surely worthy a try.

7,5-8/10
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Drseid

803 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
Very helpful Review    2  
Light Versus Dark...
Lampblack, aside for a very brief splash of bitter grapefruit skips any other detectable top notes, instead moving directly to its heart. During its early heart the bitter grapefruit remains in full strength, adding in co-starring woody cypriol with sharp vetiver support. Moving further through the heart phase the woody accord gradually morphs to a more tarry aspect with the bitter grapefruit remaining as co-star throughout. Finally during the late dry-down the composition smooths out considerably, as the vetiver fades leaving the woody cypriol remaining with just faint hints of powdery benzoin lingering in the background through the finish. Projection is outstanding (especially the first couple hours), as is longevity at well over 15 hours on skin.

The first thing I did when applying Lampblack on skin was to smell the composition up close to gauge its fragrance profile more closely. When one follows this method of analyzing the composition the tarry aspects come on relatively strong, slightly overpowering the fresh bitter grapefruit causing one to initially think the composition smells quite good but not great. That, it turns out is not the best way to experience what Lampblack has to offer, as the composition absolutely sings when one smells it through its very potent sillage. Upon leaving the house and stepping outside, the heavy winds of the day blew around the relatively strong sillage of the composition, making it immediately clear that the tarry black sharp woody accord plays perfectly off the fresh bitter grapefruit, providing a superb counter. There is a somewhat synthetic bent to the composition throughout, but in this case the synthetic aspect is completely welcome and entirely successful. Quite frankly, Bruno Fazzolari's Lampblack is a true wonder and is impressive on all counts. The bottom line is the $96 per 30ml bottle Lampblack is a marvelous juxtaposition of light and dark aspects making it perfect for just about any occasion imaginable smelling superb at all times, earning it a "near masterpiece" 4.5 stars out of 5 rating and an extremely enthusiastic recommendation to all.

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PBullFriendPBullFriend 4 years ago
10
Scent
Odd/gorgeous. I smell quinine and creosote, neither of which is present and neither of which is gorgeous. Cannot explain my love for this.

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