Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
Man in Black description
Is there any scent higher in the pantheon of All-Time Greatest masculine smells than rum and leather? It’s a big question for another time, perhaps, but in fragrance nothing is more compelling, bolder, or more attractive than these two notes. Rum and leather are demanding and intoxicating aromas that instantly connect us to our animalic, wild side that’s buried deep under civility’s influence.
Bvlgari’s Man in Black is the smell of that wild side roaring back to life and dressed to kill. Deep, rich top notes of silky cinnamon, top-shelf rum and bracing cardamom firmly set the Y-chromosomal tone, and dispense with any ambivalent sensitivity. This fragrance comes right out the gate sporting a “deal with it” smile that owns the room.
But just to show the turtlenecked poets that there’s no hard feelings, the raw spice reality shifts into a gentler, floral heart of tuberose, iris, and leather. This is inspired perfumery, as immediately the nose connects the dots between the powdery heat of cinnamon and the lush velvet sweetness of tuberose. Turns out the mysterious Man in Black isn’t above bringing flowers to make a thoughtful impression as well.
The tuberose and iris notes, with their natural brushed suede feel, create all the friction that the leather note needs to explode in the middle of this fragrance. There’s just enough firm floral static happening in the heart to elevate its sharp-edged insistent force into focus.
The dry down is a howling column of black sweet smoke – like the Devil’s disappearing act, with his dark smile still hovering in the air. Tonka bean, benzoin, guaiac wood, and black amber fuse into a shining onyx diamond whose pale light quickly turns to shadow. There is no bright musk here – only midnight spice and indigo sugar sparkling in the dark. Bvlgari’s Man in Black is the insistent tug of the unknown waiting for you as the sun sets, with every tempting possibility just out of reach of the street lights.