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Description
Artisan Black tempts the senses with rich, dark and juicy Mediterranean citrus, with its opening of Meyer lemon, Italian red grapes, and tangerines. The heart combines the plush cream of jasmine sambac with the fiery spice of cardamom and coriander, cut with neroli and orange blossom’s soothing bright charm.
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John Varvatos Artisan Black main notes

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Scent type
Woody
Personality
Classic
Occasion
Date Night
Season
Fall
Complexity
Refined

John Varvatos Artisan Black rating and reviews

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Average rating (152 reviews)
4.1 out of 5
Rated3on the scale of0to5
04/05/2019
Age: 35 to 44
Skin type: Normal
Ok
It was ok didn’t last very long on me
Rated3on the scale of0to5
04/03/2019
Age: 35 to 44
Skin type: Oily
Bold
Bold but generic very musky
Reviews: 3
Upvotes: 0
Downvotes: 0
Products received: 3
Rated4on the scale of0to5
04/02/2019
Fresh
Cool, fresh and versatile..
Rated5on the scale of0to5
03/30/2019
Age: 45 to 54
Skin type: Combination
One Of The Best
Absolutely love this fragrance. Manly bur fresh.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
03/25/2019
Age: 25 to 34
Skin type: Oily
Favorite
Had to go out and buy a full size bottle of this after the month
Rated5on the scale of0to5
03/11/2019
Age: 25 to 34
Skin type: Combination
My wife loves it
Great for date night or coming to bed for the evening after a shower.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
03/11/2019
Age: 35 to 44
Skin type: Oily
My new everyday favorite
I love this scent. It’s casual so I can wear this everyday. It starts off cool then as the day goes on I feel like the scent warms and transforms into something very delightful. I found myself smelling myself like damn who is that, that smells so good.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
02/22/2019
GREAT goto scent
This is my new GOTO scent. I was looking forward to this one for a few months and it did not let me down. It's more adventurous than I usually like, but I love it. I would defenatly get a bottle of this. Great for datenight or office. Very trendy. Highly recommended!
Rated5on the scale of0to5
01/31/2019
Fresh
Nice and fresh
Rated5on the scale of0to5
01/02/2019
Love
This scent is fantastic. Smells like a really nice night out.
Reviews: 2
Upvotes: 0
Downvotes: 1
Products received: 3
Rated1on the scale of0to5
12/01/2018
Very strong
This at first spray will punch you in your noise. If you are sensitive to smells do not order. I deal with migraine headaches and I am very unhappy with this scent. Looking elsewhere for a winter scent.
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francisco
02/28/2019
LET ME HAVE IT
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Brian
03/27/2019
@francisco 😂🤣😂
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Rated5on the scale of0to5
11/28/2018
Smooth
I have been getting a lot of citrus type fragrances recently, and this was very smooth and warm compared to the bright sharpness of the others.
Rated3on the scale of0to5
11/25/2018
Pleasantly Mundane
It's not a bad scent, but there's nothing particularly remarkable or memorable about it. It's like when you're walking through Macy's and all the scents come together to form one mixture of whatever. Not good. Not bad. Just nothing special. Feels environmental.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
10/02/2018
My new favorite!
It is subtle but has a nice musk. I’m used to fresher scents that smell similar to soap. This is a very nice change.
Rated2on the scale of0to5
09/14/2018
eh
has i very masculine musk older biker guy smell. Love to hate. has it moments where i didnt want to have it on anymore but yet i wanted to wear it.not for me but it is a nice smell....an acquired kinda of smell. like the people who like yeager bombs you dont drink it cause of the taste lol
Rated4on the scale of0to5
09/06/2018
Artisan black
I liked this fragrance from the first smell. My fiance loves. Its a handsome scent. I believe it is ideal for evening wear and date night. It does not last long in heat. I have yet to test its full performance but on scent alone i really love it and its second only to Amouge reflection man from my selections so far
Rated1on the scale of0to5
09/02/2018
Too Musky for me
Too musky...
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francisco
02/28/2019
LET ME HAVE IT
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Rated2on the scale of0to5
07/13/2018
Below Average Scent
This was my first John Varvatos fragrance that was a complete let down. It's a beautiful scent that sits way to close to the skin for me. Even after over spraying it, I could only smell a hint of the blood oranges and ginger. Also, longevity is really poor.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
07/05/2018
Good summer scent
The blood orange leads the frangrance in this one. Good, warm, and simple. Nothing complicated here.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
06/30/2018
Strong and classy
This really set the tone
Rated5on the scale of0to5
06/24/2018
Good Everyday Citrus Scent
This scent is a good citrus based scent. It doesn't smell like I am spraying Lysol on myself in the morning. The major Notes are the Tangerine and Lemon to my nose, with a hint of the ginger on the last few seconds of a deep breath inward. I have used most of the subscription sized bottle and have enjoyed it every time. If you know citrus smells work for you, this is definitely a must have in your repertoire of colognes in my opinion.
Rated2on the scale of0to5
06/17/2018
Not For Me
Its not that i smells bad its just not my cup of tea.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
06/08/2018
Island time
This cologne was recomnended to me as a former cologne salesman I did have access to a lot of different fragrances but I always remembered this scent because it was very tropical. Uniquely so, fruity but not feminine and not too sweet it had good balance and wasn't overpowering. I feel like this is a good cologne to wear in the summer time.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
06/05/2018
Very good
Very very good smell. Starts off keep bad like an old lady, but quickly becomes something different and amazing
Rated4on the scale of0to5
06/02/2018
Nice fragrance
Nice notes. Elegant scent that was nice for dinner outings
Rated3on the scale of0to5
05/31/2018
It's a pretty average citrus scent. Complexity is it's major flaw
There is too much going on in this fragrance. Sometimes simplicity is best. I can smell a sharp artificial tangerine/mandarin note prominent throughout the life of the scent but that isn't the origin of it's downfall. The mishmash of a dozen other floral and spice notes give an almost headache inducing too many cooks spoil the broth. It's too sweet and floral for my tastes.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
05/30/2018
Wonderful
So im in love this wonderful smell. I cant describe it but it smells amazing.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
05/30/2018
It was great. The best one so far
Ok I'm impressed by the scent. Very fresh smelling. My wife loved it and that's good for me
Rated2on the scale of0to5
05/27/2018
Not Impressed
I was hoping to experience a more enjoyable scent from this one but was let down. It smells ok & this one will probably sit on the tray for a while until I don't have anything else to wear for that specific occasion. It sits very close to my skin & really didn't last very long.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
05/11/2018
Good
Good day smell, had a clean fresh scent and not over powering.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
05/10/2018
Nice Summer Scent
This is a very light refreshing scent. Great for the summer.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
05/09/2018
Best scent yet!
I really like the way this cologne smells. I don't know about the complexities of this cologne only that for my personal chemistry this scent leaves a wonderful fragrance and lasts for hours. I would love to try similar colognes. You can't go wrong with this one.
Rated3on the scale of0to5
05/02/2018
Super ok, solid backup plan
I definitely don't hate it. I wear it on occasion
Rated1on the scale of0to5
04/12/2018
Personally Hated
First time I have received a scent that I absolutely did not like and would not ever use. Just not for me, think it smells like something an older gentleman would wear but not my style. Would like a different scent to replace.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
03/31/2018
Dark Citrus & Elegance
Strong citrus scent that lasts all day. Its definitely a “night-out” scent but I wear this at the office too. Very powerful.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
03/30/2018
My New Favorite
When I started using Scentbird, I wasn't so sure I'd find a cologne better than Versace Pour Homme, the first sample I received, but then I tried Artisan Black. Oh man, what a scent. Artisan Black is a fresh, citrusy scent perfect for spring/summer. I definitely prefer fresher, more summery scents, and this is the best I've tried. It's mature, not over-baring, and still has great longevity. Immediate compliments once I started wearing it. Perfect for almost any occasion. I highly recommend Artisan Black, and I think I'll even buy a full bottle once my monthly sample is gone.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
03/28/2018
Very Pleasant
This is my first scent from Scentbird, and I am extremely happy with the entire process. I love this scent and can’t wait to get the next one from my que!!
Reviews: 5
Upvotes: 2
Downvotes: 1
Products received: 5
Rated5on the scale of0to5
03/23/2018
Artisan Black
At first i wasnt a big fan of it. But more i wore it i grew on me. Not to strong or overbearing. Scent last most or all day.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
03/22/2018
Amazing!
Absolutly love this scent, I do belive this has become my sevond favorite to that of creed. Its so mellow and so satisfying.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
03/17/2018
ATTENTION GETTER!!
It is very strong and forward when first put on, but fades by mid day.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
03/15/2018
Could wear this everyday
Very good scent that stays with you all day. Many colognes go on and will need refreshing throughout the day but this one stays with you for at least 10 hours or more but not overbearing.
Rated3on the scale of0to5
03/02/2018
Not something that d wear everyday
Strong at first but fades out nice. Not something to wear everyday but it’s bold and makes a statement.
Rated3on the scale of0to5
03/02/2018
Not the one for me
Not a bad scent, but not my type.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
03/02/2018
Finally
I've found it. Love this cologne, it's intense and intoxicating up front and then mellows out into a sophisticated manly aroma that lingers on you for a hot minute. Because it's so potent I can spray 1 time, meaning it'll last longer. This is going to be a staple in my collection from now on.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
02/28/2018
My husband is not safe around me!!
OMG this is one of my favorites, I can't stop smelling him, and kissing him, and .... Nom nom nom
Rated5on the scale of0to5
02/13/2018
Excellent
Top 5 one of the best
Rated5on the scale of0to5
02/07/2018
Great Scent
It’s a very light cologne but lasts for a long time. I’ve got many compliments from people I deliver to, I work for ups, and for some reason it’s always a topic of conversation. I would highly recommend trying out this scent.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
02/06/2018
Distinguished
This sent was amazing, it has a nice spice to it and is perfect for those with a more refined sense of style. It does -not- smell too musky which I was worried about when I initially selected it. Colognes with a lot of musk smell way too dated in my opinion. Overall it's a nice fall/winter sent that gives a refined/classy vibe and I'd recommend it for anyone looking for that sort of look.
Rated1on the scale of0to5
02/04/2018
Bob
The cologne I got from January is not in men’s cologne that smells more like a woman is cool I was very disappointed would like to start January all over again
Rated3on the scale of0to5
01/24/2018
Meh
Smells like an old dude
Rated5on the scale of0to5
01/21/2018
So Sexy
Loved this scent immediately!
Rated4on the scale of0to5
01/01/2018
Love this spicy night scent
This one smells spicy perfect for a night out. it mixed so well with my husbands natural oils.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
12/27/2017
Good
Good with leather
Rated5on the scale of0to5
12/27/2017
Manly
It's more manly and more brute smell then some of the rest I got. I would recommen
Rated4on the scale of0to5
12/27/2017
John V artisan black edit
This particular scent is one I can wear just about every day before I leave... Mixes well with hard work, unfortunately the scent does not stay with you the whole day so be prepared to bring it with to freshen up for that meeting after work... For that reason I'm giving it 4 stars
Rated1on the scale of0to5
12/21/2017
Not for me
Im in my 30s and this scent is probably something my dad or grandfather would like. Definitely an older man type of cologne.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
12/01/2017
I LOVE this scent, citrusy and woodsy blended with a nuance of leather! I love the first sprays but it dissipates quickly and does not last long. I wish this scent lasted longer!!
Rated5on the scale of0to5
11/29/2017
My husband loves this scent, he loves John Varatos brand.
Rated3on the scale of0to5
11/29/2017
Not a real favorite. When I first sprayed it on it snelles like a mixture if leather and a citrus which I personally didn't like. When it layed on the skin I got slight hints of the leather. The longevity was about 3 to 4 hours so you would have to keep reapplying. Not a top 10 favorite.
Rated1on the scale of0to5
11/28/2017
I love this scent, I've gotten many compliments on this and I love it. Very masculine, definitely one of my favorites.
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Kylan
03/01/2018
Why the hell did you give it 1 star then?!
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Rated5on the scale of0to5
11/14/2017
Great scent I was looking to try something new and it was it
Rated4on the scale of0to5
11/13/2017
Nice manly scent
Rated4on the scale of0to5
11/13/2017
Nice manly scent
Rated3on the scale of0to5
10/05/2017
This cologne smells okay it's too strong and you can smell the ginger and leather with a hint the blood orange.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
08/31/2017
Great perfume.. lasts longer highly recommend it..
Rated3on the scale of0to5
08/30/2017
I am not overly impressed with this scent it is ok but not one of my favorites. I have given this bottle to my son.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
08/09/2017
Loved the smell it lasted a while highly recommend
Rated5on the scale of0to5
08/07/2017
I love this sent and so does my Boo. He loves how it it disapates slowly leaving that lingering sent on clothes
Rated5on the scale of0to5
08/04/2017
My husband loves it warm masculine scent
Rated3on the scale of0to5
08/03/2017
This is a good office cologne. Not too strong
Rated4on the scale of0to5
07/21/2017
Loved it
07/07/2017
going您
Rated5on the scale of0to5
07/07/2017
啦咯啦咯啦咯1
Rated5on the scale of0to5
07/05/2017
Love this scent!
Rated5on the scale of0to5
07/02/2017
I KNOW THIS COMMENT WILL BE SO SIMPLE BUT: I LOVE THE SMELL!
Rated2on the scale of0to5
06/29/2017
At first I didn't like it. But it grew on me. I'm more of a oil base cologne guy I think it last longer. This cologne wore off after a hour of putting it on.😬
Rated5on the scale of0to5
06/27/2017
Loved it
Rated3on the scale of0to5
06/26/2017
Enticing tangerine notes with some rustic woodiness to balance it out. Missing some edge.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
06/07/2017
I loved this fragrance. Strong yet not over powering!!
Rated4on the scale of0to5
06/03/2017
It's good, but I like Vince Camuto better.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
06/01/2017
It little bit light but good for the night😄
Rated5on the scale of0to5
05/31/2017
Wasn't sure what I thought about it when I first got it, but as I put it on for the next few days the scent really grew on me. Its a subtle lingering scent that is fresh, and I enjoy very much. My two go two colognes have been Armani Code and Versace Eros, this will go in my collection as another favorite.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
05/12/2017
Love this cologne.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
05/03/2017
I love this scent! The longer it sits the better it smells.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
05/03/2017
Really liked this one a lot. Very clean and citrusy. Definitely satisfied with my first package.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
04/30/2017
This is a clean, bright smelling cologne. It is ideal as an every day cologne as it is not overpowering or offensive. I was presently surprised by this one.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
04/30/2017
Sporty on the go scent! Love it
Rated5on the scale of0to5
04/30/2017
Love it
Rated5on the scale of0to5
04/30/2017
it a good one
Reviews: 5
Upvotes: 0
Downvotes: 0
Products received: 5
Rated4on the scale of0to5
04/29/2017
Its a bit too masculine for my taste isnt that strong
Rated5on the scale of0to5
03/06/2017
<3
Reviews: 2
Upvotes: 0
Downvotes: 0
Products received: 2
Rated4on the scale of0to5
03/06/2017
An great scent... I just wish it had more longevity.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
03/05/2017
this smells GREAT!
Rated4on the scale of0to5
03/04/2017
Very musky and masculine, stronger than most. Subtle as long as you don't spray too much. Smells great, leathery and woodsy.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
03/03/2017
My husband did not like it, he says its too feminine for him. I love it however
Rated5on the scale of0to5
03/03/2017
I didn't like it. It wasn't what I was expecting. But good experience.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
03/02/2017
Nice Smell
Rated4on the scale of0to5
02/27/2017
Great strong smell. Subtle yet vibrant. Great for any occasion.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
02/07/2017
Actually. I didnt really like this one. I cant smell it. Dissipates too fast. Kinda peppery
Rated3on the scale of0to5
02/05/2017
Little spicier than what I'm used to. Fewer compliments received than with other perfumes. But, will wear when in a darker more mysterious mood. Lol
Rated5on the scale of0to5
02/04/2017
I really enjoyed this cologne, I got many compliments on the smell while wearing it. Without a doubt one of my favorite colognes.
Rated3on the scale of0to5
02/03/2017
Very subtle, almost too subtle for my taste. Would probably work better for an older gentlemen. Long lasting, great for wearing to the office, but not for date night.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
02/03/2017
First time wearing this cologne. Colleagues & friends have stayed, you smell good! Very cool.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
01/28/2017
This is very sexy, dark and mysterious. My husband loves it
Rated5on the scale of0to5
01/11/2017
not too strong and smells clean
Rated5on the scale of0to5
01/04/2017
Love this scent. Long lasting
Rated3on the scale of0to5
01/01/2017
Loved it!
Rated5on the scale of0to5
01/01/2017
LOVE
Rated5on the scale of0to5
12/30/2016
Good
Rated5on the scale of0to5
12/30/2016
Great smelling cologne, my wife loves it.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
12/30/2016
I love it
Rated3on the scale of0to5
12/05/2016
This cologne smells good but does not stay with you very long.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
12/04/2016
Still haven't received this yet... awks
Rated5on the scale of0to5
12/03/2016
I liked it but I didn't love it.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
12/03/2016
Nice fragrance has a slight floral tone to it. Doesn't last very long wears off quickly that's why it's getting 4 rating.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
12/02/2016
Love this cologne
Rated3on the scale of0to5
12/02/2016
Many compliments! Very warm and feminine
Rated5on the scale of0to5
12/02/2016
love the smell!!!
Rated3on the scale of0to5
12/01/2016
Very strong at first and fades quickly. Just okay.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
11/11/2016
👍🏽
Rated3on the scale of0to5
11/07/2016
it was alittle to manly stetson like for me i like a clean,sweet smell
Rated2on the scale of0to5
11/04/2016
I'm not a fan of colognes that smell too woody and his cologne is just that. Probably not going to much of this bottle.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
11/04/2016
👊🏽 amazing
Rated5on the scale of0to5
11/01/2016
I did not receive
Rated4on the scale of0to5
10/13/2016
I really like the scent of this cologne. It is very clean and very distinct. Whenever I get a new cologne it takes me a while to learn how many sprays are needed. This starts strong but the top notes just fall. You spray this and it smells awesome, but very soon the scent fades away leaving a mellow undertone. Don't get me wrong I love them both, I just want that initial strong scent to last...and it doesn't. Great scent though!
Rated5on the scale of0to5
10/08/2016
Really liked it. Very citrus forward and classy
Rated3on the scale of0to5
10/05/2016
This is a pleasant enough scent. It's not really dynamic to me though. I'm sure many people will enjoy the subtlety, but it's not my favorite. But I would recommend it a very wearable and familiar in a lot of ways.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
09/10/2016
Sexy spicy sweet aroma. Great for fall
Rated1on the scale of0to5
08/30/2016
It's to strong
Rated2on the scale of0to5
07/31/2016
2/5_ the smell doesnt stay much at all. Smells good but not worth it. Wasted my money on this one..
Rated5on the scale of0to5
07/31/2016
Very classic cologne. Spring and summer scent for sure, but very nice.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
07/27/2016
Similar to the artisan but more mellow and a little on the clean fresh side.
Rated3on the scale of0to5
07/03/2016
The scent is awesome. Its lingering affect is dismal. I get compliments but they only come within the application. Then I must reapply more to sustain the scent.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
07/02/2016
Boyfriend loves it!
Rated5on the scale of0to5
07/01/2016
Nice citrus and spice scent !
Rated2on the scale of0to5
06/03/2016
It's ok..... An acquired smell.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
06/03/2016
I love it !!!! At first it's strong , but then it eases 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
Rated5on the scale of0to5
06/03/2016
Awesome
Rated4on the scale of0to5
03/16/2016
Great manly musky yet somewhat sweet scent. I didn't like it at first, but after a while of wearing it, the smell developed and I began to really like it.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
03/05/2016
Smells great
Rated4on the scale of0to5
03/02/2016
Loved it!!!!
Rated3on the scale of0to5
02/08/2016
Was not crazy about it at first, but I've grown to like it. Strong at first, but wears off quickly.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
02/02/2016
classic, a little sweet, overall good.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
01/08/2016
Nice scent .. bird
Rated4on the scale of0to5
01/05/2016
A great masculine scent. Smells amazing, the ladies love it...A great winter scent. Only downside is it isn't too strong which can be good lingers very mildly but it does stick around throughout the day.
Rated4on the scale of0to5
12/30/2015
I liked it. Wife not so much. Its smooth and fresh.
Rated2on the scale of0to5
12/23/2015
Nice, interesting citrus aroma, fades to imperceptible in about 20 minutes, even with multiple sprays. Not worth the money.
Rated3on the scale of0to5
11/19/2015
Has a very good smell but it is very strong and lingers
Rated5on the scale of0to5
11/05/2015
Love this scent
Rated3on the scale of0to5
11/02/2015
Alpha scent, though it's like chewing gum, lots of flavor for a very short amount of time.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
10/30/2015
Love this, my new favorite.
Rated5on the scale of0to5
10/06/2015
Love it!
Rated5on the scale of0to5
09/30/2015
Classic Scent!.....highly recommended!
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