Fragrance Review - Lapidus Pour Homme Black Extreme
Lapidus Pour Homme is a powerhouse fragrance from 1987 that if you’re not careful, can be really overpowering in the majority of situations. So with that in mind, Lapidus’ 2012 release of Lapidus Pour Homme Black Extreme already sounds like a bad idea!
In my review of the original, I said it was a love it or hate it fragrance, so it would be interesting to see if this is a modernised version, following more recent trends, or indeed just an ‘extreme’ version of the first variation.
The presentation of Lapidus Pour Homme Black Extreme follows the original design, but this time in black. It’s classic and retains the same feel of the 1987 version complete with foil sticker on the box. Likewise, the bottle is a faithful recreation, matching perfectly the size and shape of Lapidus Pour Homme. The only difference, beyond the black colouring, is the printed logo and text is updated to a slightly more modern feel, although it still retains it’s classic feel.
So far, so good, but alas, things are about to take a turn for the worse! I really hate the opening of Black Extreme. I think it’s the violet leaves in the top that I hate. I never liked Parma Violets as a kid either to be honest. It’s very animalistic, although given them some credit, it’s marketed as an oriental fougère, which I definitely get. The pepper note also comes through quite strong.
As it dries down, it gets a bit more bubble gummy and is far less offensive, but still not something I enjoy. I thought about washing it off, but figured I should stick with it for a bit longer. It definitely improves overtime… or I just got used to it.
After a couple of hours, I couldn’t take it anymore and had to wash it off and spray on something else. Lapidus Pour Homme Black Extreme really isn’t for me. It’s probably the first fragrance I can honestly say I hate and will never choose to wear again… ever!
Top notes: Black pepper, Citrus and Violet leaves.
Middle Notes: Saffron, Woody Notes and Orange Blossom
Base Notes: Labdanum and Tonka Bean.