Make it elegant. This must have been the brief to the perfumer of this Ferrari perfume Black. Well, the concept of elegant is the one of 1999, which is when it was first launched. It starts with citrusy, woody and spicy notes, with the main accent on citrus and clean laundry. The rest give the perfume its elegant side, and the fact that the spices are on the verge of body odor creates an interesting contrast with the laundry clean.
As time passes, a not-too-slow shift occurs in Ferrari Perfume For Men: the citrus subsides, and the clean laundry is joined by a smell of “old,” similar to the one I talked about in the review of Givenchy Gentleman. This aroma has still the clean notes of the beginning, plus a sweet halo, but it’s kept on a leash. At some point, after getting closer and closer to the line, the perfume leaves the clean notes behind, and jumps into a woody, spicy and (especially towards the end) smoked pool.
Ferrari Black perfume offers an interesting evolution to the perfume reviewer in the making, thanks to a change from fresh/aromatic/spicy to woody and powdery. The result is something for mature guys who want to smell cool and classy, with a touch of anachronistic, in not too informal occasions. A bit dated if you ask me, but in a couple of years from now, when I’m well in my forties, I may actually give it a thought.