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VLAD: Dark, mysterious and perfectly sinister. Vlad conjures visions of the madman himself. A rich blend of allspice, cedar, leather, tobacco and bay rum, among others. This is perhaps the darkest brew among my men’s colognes.
I know this is a men's cologne. However, as a rule of thumb, I strongly believe in wearing what you enjoy, not what society tells you you're supposed to enjoy. I'm sure I've mentioned that before, but it's important to me. Anyway, Vlad is freaking amazing! Upon initial application(wet on the skin), I smelled a strong leathery note. Mmm, leather. I'm a big fan of leather in perfumes, so I suppose I'm not shocked at how much I liked this one. The leather is mixed with a sweetness that I'm fairly certain is the tobacco. I actually think tobacco in a perfume is a fabulous idea! The tobacco and leather smell absolutely magical together, like I'd imagine Aragorn from Lord of the Rings would smell. I loved it so much that I ran to my boyfriend, who was in the hamster room cleaning their tanks, and I made him smell my wrist. I got a delighted utterance out of him, so I'd say he approves. The dry down reveals the allspice note. I'm not quite sure I can detect the bay rum, though I'm not heartbroken over that fact.
Black Baccara is quickly becoming a favorite perfumery for me. I love the theme and I adore both the perfumes I've tried so far. I might have to place another order soon!
DISCLAIMER- I received Vlad from Black Baccara as a free sample with my purchase. I am not affiliated with or compensated by any of the companies mentioned. All opinions are always my own and honest!