Puredistance Black will release in November or December 2013 (press materials I received say November, other blogs say December), just in time for the long winter night’s inky blackness. Puredistance is one of the few luxury brands that I feel comes close to earning their premium price tag, though the price on their perfumes still makes me a little squeamish and light-headed.
Does Puredistance Black hit another home run with this release?
It is oudy, inky, velvety blackness. I always get a bit miffed when they refuse to release notes, but I can live with it this time. Oud is clearly present or at least I get the sensation of oud, incense, patchouli. It opens with a cracky sharpness, slightly medicinal. There are some spices that pepper it up a bit shortly after it goes on. The open is as loud as Puredistance Black gets. Within about 20-30 minutes it has smoothed out to inky velvet. I use those two words to describe it because it is so smooooooth. It reminds me a little in the drydown of By Kilian’s Pure Oud. It has that same rich, honeyed smell texture. This is darker, and it’s a scent that deserves the word “black” in its name.
The marketing material notes that this stays close to the body, it is a dark, personal scent. Yup, exactly. It doesn’t strip naked for attention, it just sits on my skin and smokes a bit, then smooths into a rolling field of shadows. There are few scents that keep changing hours in, but Puredistance Black does. Like some enchanted perfume cauldron, it blows apart in airy puffs and reforms as something the same but new. I think they could have called this one Shadow. It shifts and moves and never really comes into sharp view. It’s the night we all wish for – one not that scary, not that dark and not that lonely.
Like all Puredistance fragrances, this thing has some outstanding longevity. The first time I wore it, it was happily percolating along a day later. They seem to classify this as more masculine, but, hey, I’m sorry, totally claiming this as unisex and definitely chick-wearable.
So if you love dark fragrances or are a fan of Puredistance, your wallet will take a beating on this. It’s moved up to share my favorite Puredistance perfume with No. 1, which is saying a LOT because I adore, adore adore No. 1 It’s
darn near perfection as far as holding my interest and love.
This is gonna smart, but I will give away two small samples of this from my already teeny sample. :::: cries :::: Just drop a comment to be entered in the drawing. Have you tried a Puredistance scent, and do you have a favorite?