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Black Vines

by Kerosene

There is nothing cold about this fragrance. It's a warm touch on the shoulder, as the spicy, sweet scent of black licorice envelops you. Black Vines is climate change for your skin.

NOTES: Ivy, fig, star anise, cinnamon, Canadian fir, balsam of Peru, tonka, incense, vanilla



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  1. Sweet & Spicy Winner 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Jan 2023

    I like sweet and spicy and this one really hits the mark. You have to enjoy anise, but there's more going on than just that. I think it is primarily the cinnamon and fig, but after I saw ivy in the notes that also made sense.

    Performance is above average but it's not overwhelming at all. Great dry down.

    I think I have a new favorite for the time being...

  2. Close your eyes... 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Jan 2021

    My daughter says that this smells “old man”. Being the inverse of her age, I suppose that can certainly be a valid interpretation, but there is quite a bit more to it. It could even be thought of as a novelty scent.

    It is bold. It makes a statement. Chick magnet? Maybe not, unless you are Willy Wonka. Great for men or women who are bold themselves. If you cannot smell this, you may have Covid! Not my signature scent, but more one I’d spritz on before bedtime, as I presume Pliny the Elder would have done, on one of his sleepless nights, had he have been lucky enough to have a bottle of Black Vines around!...... although I find this to be an excellent “lazy day” scent. Also great for holiday parties, especially if you are playing Santa Claus.

    To me, this is a licorice/anise smell, pure and simple…and a very potent one at that! This anise scent can evoke memories of grandpa pulling a magical candy out of his sleeve for a grandchild, but mostly, whatever feeling it may evoke is one of comfort.

    I am not really one for gourmand fragrances, but this is delicious and addictive. Like the few samples I’ve tried from the house of Kerosene, this is superb. I’ve stopped trying to figure out which is the best Kerosene fragrance, I think I’ll just buy them all!

    I have not yet tested the pH of this substance yet, but I’d say it is a few points either direction of 7. Remember to close eyes, and not to inhale any molecules when spraying. This stuff will burn!

    Depending on how open your pores are, you likely will notice some stinging. None of this is a deal breaker, for out of pain comes pleasure!

  3. Perfect Holiday Scent 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Nov 2016

    I received Black Vines in a Kerosene sampler pack and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this fragrance. As someone who despises licorice, I was wary of a scent formulated around that note.

    On initial spray it's a hot blast of black licorice and Red Hot candies. About an hour later, it dies down to a cinnamon candle. The enjoyment is when the scent settles into a beautiful spiced cream with a light touch of anise. I can see this being wonderful when worn to a holiday party. It's comforting, cheerful and brings back memories of Christmas past.

  4. Licorice for adults only 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Aug 2016

    Love this! Very interesting and beautiful scent.If you are expecting a sweet licorice you will be surprised to find instead a full bodied earthy licorice tempered with spicy notes that make this a true stunner. The Ivy note somehow wraps around the anise and makes it earthy and the cinnamon,incense and vanilla add a warmth that you will rarely find in a perfume today This is a perfect cold weather scent..but actually is perfect for any time you want to smell just truly fabulous! I have been collecting perfumes for years and this line is quickly making many of my scents obsolete as I don't want to wear anything but one of these gorgeous creations!This perfumer is an artist and he paints absolutely gorgeous pictures with his creations

  5. Alchemy 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Aug 2016

    I would describe the scents I have sampled from this line so far as magical. This one seems to combine all the best and darkest elements of ivy, licorice with a bit of cinnamon. This perfume is for those who want to smell fabulous without any of the traditional ploys of the perfumer! I am not sure how he does it but this perfumer has ventured into the realm of magic with all of his incredible scents.This is strong, while being comfortingly soft and spicy without being overwhelming. If you want to make a statement but to make it quietly and with impact this perfume would be the absolute perfect choice. All of the notes are identifiable but combine to make a scent you have never experienced before and will love forever!

  6. Black Vines. 2 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Aug 2016

    This sounded wonderful, but I mostly just get a big blast of cinnamon, like red hots cinnamon candies. There are hints of black licorice candy and sour evergreen at first, but the drydown is all cinnamon on my skin.

  7. Licorice and cinnamon 3 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Jun 2016

    This scent is strong, strong licorice which dries down to cinnamon. There may be other notes, but those two overpowered everything else. I like this scent a lot, but it read as a little more masculine on me than I like, so I gave it to my husband.

  8. This BURNS.... great scent though 2 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Dec 2015

    I previously wrote a review on this (titled strong anise scent). I've owned this fragrance for over a year. I don't know if the chemistry has changed or what... the scent is great. Very nice scent. But it absolutely BURNS. Do not apply if you have freshly shaved or gotten out of a hot shower. Absolutely do not apply if you've just worked out. It is downright painful. I made the mistake of applying this after working out and it was a feeling akin to being pepper sprayed. Washing it off only provides a slight respite as it absorbs in your pores. It no doubt contains cinnamon oil... imagine placing that on your skin. So while the scent is awesome, I don't really think this should have made it to market as it is borderline dangerous.

  9. Licorice, and lots of it. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Oct 2015

    The opening of this fragrance is something like a black vine licorice twist dusted with cinnamon--emphasis on black LICORICE!
    A hint of fig and balsam are evident during the first hour, but the scent of licorice (a highly refined star anise) dominants this experience, which is about 7 or 8 hours on my skin. It's the longest-lasting fragrance from the house of Kerosene that I've tested so far. The projection is also well above average.

    By the second hour the tonka and vanilla surface strongly with just a hint of resin mixed in. It's something of a hodge-podge of notes that don't really compliment each other, in my opinion, though it's by no means objectionable either, just somewhat "confused." The refined licorice note eventually devolves into a more familiar star anise scent. By the third or forth hour the vanilla and incense share center stage with the star anise and things get interesting again. The star anise and the incense are there until the final curtain.

    Despite the somewhat muddled transition in the middle of the dry down process, I found this fragrance to be very attractive--attractive enough to buy a full bottle, in fact. A word of caution to those with sensitive skin: this fragrance may burn slightly when applying.

  10. 6/5 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Jul 2015

    My sample led to a purchase of a full bottle.
    The mix of licorice, cinnamon and fir is outstanding, never smelled anything like it. Very unique so do not blind buy. Not for everyone, definitely for me!

  11. This is MY scent 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Mar 2015

    I'm in love with black licorice and Sambuca and this perfume, is so amazing. It's not "sweet", but it is refreshingly delicious. People ask me what is that amazing scent every time I wear it. I'm totally addicted.
    It comes on a little strong, but within about 10 minutes of sitting on your skin it turns to magic.

    LOVE this

  12. Love Anise? Love This! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Mar 2015

    I love the heady top note of star anise and licorice root - it's not a candylike smell, unless you only associate anise with black licorice. I sense it more as the actual spice itself, like when you take a spoonful of the "digestif" fennel seeds at an Indian restaurant on your way out the door and proceed to crunch them between your teeth. It settles into a lovely base of warmth and some incense and smoky notes without being too "oriental" or ambery. Longevity is great, I can spray it in the morning at 5:30 and still smell it around 3 PM.

  13. I wanted to like it but 1 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Mar 2015

    It smelled like licorice and diesel fuel. the descriptions was stunning but the reality was nauseating!

  14. Gorgeous spicy sweet licorice! 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Apr 2014

    So true to its description, warm and spicy, heavy at first - I only need a little on my wrists and neck, but the sweet licorice smell comes out more and more through the day and ends up being the last note that lingers. Truly beautiful - strongly considering a full bottle!

  15. strong anise scent 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Apr 2014

    At first, this fragrance is a strong, almost overwhelming anise and cinnamon combination. I'm not sure if it is the cinnamon element or something else, it actually burns a bit on my skin for a few minutes. Once the scent mellows, it is a great anise/spice gourmand scent.

  16. Just as Described! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Apr 2014

    Actually I give ****1/2 stars! If you love anything in the fennel/anise/licorice territory this is VERY worth purchasing. I can really smell EVERY note listed..except the (vanilla) which isnt the main player,anyway.this is a really interesting scent,and I really love the way it looks bottle.