“Fashion and fragrance collide in Thomas, AKA The Candy Perfume Boy’s latest Escentual series. Whether you’re always head to toe in black or adore colour, he’s found a scent for your style.”
The colour black, when applied to fragrance, can mean many things. It could reference materials, ones that are darker and more brooding such as patchouli, oud and leather, but it can also be used to make us think of more familiar things in life, whether those be the darkness of the sky or clothing in chic shades of black. Black is ink and leather, smoky eyes, onyx and tea. It is an absence of light, and it is incredibly evocative. Here are four fragrances that evoke the colour black.
1. The Gothic Black LBD
Moonlight Patchouli is a perfume that smells like the night sky. It is a glowing shade of black where the plush beauty of rose illuminates the inky, intense depth of patchouli. This is a tremendously beautiful fragrance that has a wonderful, plush character that is somewhere between makeup powder and soft suede. Roses dusted in pitch black cocoa and iris powder striped with jet black patchouli make Moonlight Patchouli a vibrant, illuminated fragrance that still feels undeniably “noir”.
2. The Black Leather Jacket
I think L’Homme Ideal is the most fun you can have wearing a fragrance. With crunchy notes of almond and amaretto, lightened by orange blossom and darkened by leather, L’Homme Ideal is a cool cat of a fragrance that makes you think of a charming, attractive man who is likely to ruin your life. I kid – he’s a keeper, actually. But how does it evoke the colour black? Well, to me, L’Homme Ideal is the smoky eyeliner this irresistible guy wears as his signature. I told you he was fun.
3. The Black Tuxedo
There are few things in life more handsome than a black tuxedo and Bulgari’s Man in Black is the perfect representation of this in olfactory form. Warm, boozy and leathery, Man in Black is finely tailored, blending silky textures and a richness of colour to create an odour profile that is utterly sophisticated. This is one of those “every man should have a bottle” fragrances, just like every man should own at least one black tuxedo. Put those two things together and you have magic.
4. The Black Velvet Gown
Imagine a rose fashioned from black velvet. One with a sleek stem adorned with sharp claws rather than pointy thorns. That is Lady Vengeance. This is rose at its most opulent, its most glamours and its most “noir”. With tart fruits accenting the sweetness of rose, Lady Vengeance is a plush, powdery fragrance that was born to be paired with a floor-length gown (in black velvet, of course) or a killer biker jacket. The lady is a vamp, so heed my warning when I say don’t get on the wrong side of her…