Friday, March 29, 2013

Alchemy - Black Baccara

Black Baccara

In this bottle is an Alchemist's lab strewn with bottles, jars, brews, and divinely scented, decaying cabinets of curiosities. A mysterious unisex perfume blend -deep and sensuous with notes of incense, honey, sandalwood, cardamom, and the faintest hint of plum.

This is a funny one - lots of weird things going on but I can't pin down anything in particular. When I read the notes, I was thinking, oh yeah - that's there, and that's there, and that's there... but without that to tell me I was lost. It's incense but not quite, spicy but not quite, woody but not quite. There's something in the opening notes that almost makes me dislike it, but then I kept getting drawn in to sniff past whatever that was (and I still don't know - something sweetly sour, like when a baby spits up milk). The whole time I was wearing this I sniffed it compulsively, even at work like a weirdo. It's so interesting, even though I can't decide for sure whether I like it.

The dry down is sandalwood, and it smells musky even though that's not mentioned in the notes. The base is more of a classic scent than the unusual opener. I've probably been of no use at all describing this one, but it's a mystery to me, even though I wore it for a couple of days in a row trying to get my head around it. Sillage is lowish, but longevity is good - 10 hours at least.

3/5 I might come back and make this higher eventually. I'm not entirely decided.

Day 85!


  1. I know exactly what you mean about all that stuff going on and not being able to pinpoint a particular note. I was really interested in this one, thank you for reviewing it! Did you ever find out where it came from?

    1. Yep, you were right about it being Black Baccara - it's weird that the company name isn't on the label because the label is different from all of their others.

  2. I had this in the sample tin. I don't know if it was at the end of a batch when it was filled, but I could barely smell anything from this. It was so very faint on my skin and I expected a burst of scent going by the notes.

    1. Oh, that's a shame. I found it didn't have much throw but definitely a lot of scent close up.