Comme des Garcons Black

Not as risque as some reviewers will lead you to believe, CdG’s Black is still a treat for the senses.

Starts out with a blast of smoky rough incense.
There is some surprising freshness offered somewhere in here, like an essence of bergamot without the citrus whiplash.

Licorice is ushered in very quickly to mingle with the incense giving this a smoked licorice feel. As it dries down there is a woody leather similar to that presented in Versace’s Pour Homme Oud Noir. It slowly pushes itself into the scent as the incense exits.

Late drydown the woodiness of Iso-E super comes out more and more in an odd dance with the licorice to simulate the woodiness of the plant.

An interesting composition by CdG, but in the times I’ve tried it I wonder what direction it could have gone if the sweet licorice hadnt of dominated a majority of the time.

I wouldnt wear it to work, or even friendly encounters as its likely so outside the box in terms of modern scents it may offend others you cross paths with. Casual evenings maybe winter comfort scent.

Good news is, if you love it, it lasts 8-10 hours.

Contrary to other reviewers, this concept has been done before.
It is black, but its missing an eerie darkness you’d expect from the marketing.

  • 6.5/10
    Fragrance - 6.5/10
  • 7/10
    Performance - 7.0/10


An odd ball of a fragrance which moves in many different directions but without much harmony.

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