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Or Black Pascal Morabito for men

Or Black Pascal Morabito for men
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male 25- 25+

I have it: 103 I had it: 19 I want it: 118 My signature: 1

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Or Black is made for modern, dynamic and passionate individuals. Chypre and leather notes exude personality and sensibility.

Top notes: bergamot, pepper and leather. Heart: benzoin and Cistus. Base: vetiver, ylang-ylang, amber, tonka bean and oak moss.

Available as 50 and 100 ml EDT. Or Black was launched in 1981. The nose behind this fragrance is Vincent Ricord.

Perfume rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 103 votes.

Perfume Pyramid

Top Notes
Bergamot Leather Pepper

Middle Notes
French labdanum Benzoin Sage

Base Notes
vetyver Ylang-Ylang oak moss Amber Tonka Bean Musk

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Or Black 2014
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Or Black Fragrance Reviews

Beaufort
Beaufort

Owning both versions I would like to reassure everyone that the 2014 release is in every way identical to the classic 1981 release...including identical fragrance, identical strength, silliage and longevity.

Jul
29
2016
polly golightly
polly golightly

cuoio, muschio di quercia, vetiver, patchouli, fave di tonka etc etc: tutto quello che di "nero" si può immaginare qui c'è, in un accordo ipermaschile resinoso e lievemente fougere. bello su un uomo, su di me è eccessivo.

Jun
01
2016
cytherian
cytherian

Imagine the deepest darkest mossy forest... aged tree bark still giving off the aroma of campfires from days long gone by... bone dry earthy and smoky, yet without bitterness. Distill this essence along with choice notes from nearby growth into an essential oil, then lubricate and condition a well worn leather jacket using this concoction. Take a deep breath. A chill comes up your spine as you hear "Or... Or... Or Black..." whispering in the distance.

There is a touch of softness that comes from the tonka bean, labdanum, sage, and ylang-ylang supported by a tinge of soapy quality from the benzoin. If aldehydes were thrown in, this would become a soap fest like that brought on by vintage Tsar or Tuscany per Uomo. Thankfully, the ingredients were too well blended for that.

When I first took in the aroma from the splash bottle opening (a batch that followed the original by a few years--still vintage), I thought for a moment that this might be some kind of Brut/Polo hybrid. But once on the skin... oh. Oh my. Something is going on here, something quite special. I bought this blind, and it is right up there in my top 5 favorite finds.

Fragrance: 9.5/10

Apr
27
2016
ezequiel91
ezequiel91

MY GOD!! This is absolutely gorgeous.... A true piece of art.The opening notes, and first minutes are pure glory . One of the most brilliant in the perfumery for sure. Breathtaking at least. The problem is later, when starts the dry down, beautiful for sure, but too weak, lacks of volume. This is about the vintage formula. Grab it if you can. 9.9/10, only cause of the low projection.

Oct
15
2015
Sacredsystem
Sacredsystem

Vintage Or Black is a breathtaking beauty for sure. My favorite leather along with vintage Bel Ami. It is one of a few fragrances that grabs my nostrils so hard and hangs on to them firmly until my nose begs for mercy. I have two reformulations: first reformulation is slightly toned down and more "friendly" but still retains the extraordinary beauty that is Or Black. The 2014 version is very good, but the opening is more transparent and anemic while it struggles to identify itself as Or Black. Do I recommend 2014 version? Yes! If you never tried vintage Or Black you would say the 2014 version is fantastic, and it is fantastic. Don't let snobs tell you that the 2014 version is unwearable and horrible...........they lie!
I will do a review of Or Black in the near future.

Apr
23
2015
bchavi
bchavi

I mourn the day the original Or Black was discontinued. I've been searching for something comparable for years (along with a suitable replacement for Rochas' Macassar), but to absolutely no avail. I haven't even approached the reformulated version for fear of being incredibly disappointed. I recall reading a review of Jul et Mad's Amour de Palazzo - someone said they were similar. I almost blind bought that very pricey fragrance based on the review alone and I'm glad I didn't! Picked up a sample last night and am wearing it today and it's not even remotely close. Nice - but not even in the same family. If anyone has any suggestions for a beautiful substitute, I'd love to hear of it.

Oct
01
2014
Guest_Colin Maillard
Guest_Colin Maillard

Or Black (vintage version) has a breathtaking opening of ultra-black patchouli, leather, amber, something indolic on the very base, carnation, herbal and mossy notes, tobacco, dark woods enhancing the leather accord, and a light, silky floral side which gorgeously manages to smell velvety in a "total black" way. Utterly refined darkness, modern and sophisticated, halfway the darkest Slumberhouse scents and Private Label, Norma Kamali Incense, House of Matriarch Blackbird, Puredistance M (ten times more powerful and interesting than the latter, obviously). Basically a more sophisticated, deep, intriguing, dusty version of all those scents. The very opening also reminded me of some works by O'Driù, also for a more broad sort of "industrial" mood, a general breeze comprising smoky, dark, pungent notes, also slightly medicinal. On the contrary it's really incomparable to other scents of its era – Or Black may be called a "fougère" but it escapes almost all the conventions of the genre, starting from the leather accord, which smells totally unique – softer, more elegant, sharper, more silky and more "realistic" of actual polished leather. The only vintage scents which may compare to this that come my mind may be Kouros, Krizia Moods, Krizia Uomo, Moschino pour Homme, but the similarity is really not that close. Urban elegance at its best (that is why I thought of Krizia). The only reason most of "dark leathers" of today survive on the shelves is precisely the fact that these gems are discontinued... Incredible!

9/10

Jul
27
2014
Matt Oldham
Matt Oldham

I think some of the reviews here are for the recent re-launch which has nothing in common with the original except for having coumarin as the main note. The old could never be described as not-dark. It's like the dirt in the motor oil you drain from the engine. Fantastic. And very very 70s but timeless as well. Obscene like Kouros but instantly likeable. Also has a lot in common with Knize 10 but is even better in a number of ways. Certainly more exciting, more sexual, more Studio 54. But now impossible to get. Which is tragic.

Feb
04
2014
Macassar
Macassar

The original one was dark , deep, the new one is a clean leather- floral . It became elegant , making no waves , lost all its former temper . A kind of young Knize Ten mixed with nice flowers . Not bad but different from the first one ( there are some similarities in the head notes , only )

Apr
23
2013
wesleyhclark
wesleyhclark

Smells like a murder mystery, or like a dame about to commit a murder in a murder mystery.

This is not an endorsement.

Feb
23
2013
SilverFire
SilverFire

Smells resiny in the bottle, and when applied, creates this mysterious sweet-resiny, heavy aroma that lasts two minutes. Two minutes? I was hoping that WAS the scent. After that, comes the skin-scent rose that you literally have to inhale your wrist to smell. If you really overapply it, a third phase comes out -- the wafting ylang ylang. Dark? Depressing? Nope. If you overapply it, the longevity is eight hours, mostly in the ylang ylang drydown; otherwise you're looking at four hours, tops.

Apr
30
2012
Taleb
Taleb

Nothing dark about this fragrance...on the contrary, I get a fresh fougere out of it. Oh and longevity and projection are not up the standard....the good thing is that you can open the atomizer, and I added 5 drops of Oud oil that purchased earlier, just to strengthen the aforementioned departments....let's see...

Apr
18
2012
kdlehr
kdlehr

its all been said
a true masterpiece.

if you lucky to smell the original

Unfortunately the so called refill , ordered from Morabito is nothing but a shadow of the former.
Longevity on me is 5 Min maximum , keeps a little longer when I sprayed onto my clothes.
A once amazing captivating fragrance of great depth and mystery. Downgraded to a nothing.

Oh dear Morabito, what have you done?

Mar
01
2012
alaaddin777
alaaddin777

15 min. later drydown is same like L`Air du Desert Marocain.

Feb
13
2012
alfarom
alfarom

Possibly one of the darkest compositions I've ever experienced. A dense chyprey leather which is almost impossible to describe due to its multi-faceted nature. Smoky, leathery, mossy, incensey (resinous), herbal, old fashioned, modern, bitter, aromatic..OMG there's really a lot going on here.

I do apologize if I can't go through notes explaination but Or Black makes me feel positively "uneasy" and prefer to simply recommend it as the perfect example of a "fragrance for people who actually like fragrances" as diametrically opposed to the Turin's concept of "a fragrance for people who don't like fragrances".

On of the most assertive compositions ever. A masterpiece.


Rating: 10/10

Oct
14
2011
tomatomiasma
tomatomiasma

Smelling this I picture the giant aquatic centipedes in Naked Lunch and the black meat for which they are prized. There is something nauseating and compelling about it; it feels hairless, oily, alkaloid, like a jar in which beetles have been kept.

Sep
08
2011
Giorgio
Giorgio

An amazing fragrance, plenty of beautiful accords and well crafted. The genius parfumeur, Jean Louis Sieuzac (Opium, Fahrenheit) made here a super masculine scent.
Or Black is smoky, leathery, dark, but never cloying or heavy
I have the vintage version with the black bottle and silver cap. It´s very dificult to find, but worth a try.
Masterpiece!

Dec
01
2010

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