Notes: honey, spices, iris, violet, sandalwood, cedarwood, vetiver, amber, styrax, incense, patchouli, vanilla.
This is an extrait de parfum, so use sparingly as the concentration is 25%. It has a great longevity (an average of 24h) .
A secret about The Dark Side.
I love woody warm sweet woody oriental stuff, and this scent is my attempt in this category. Its formula is very complex, made up by lots of components which I tried to mix in the smoothest way I could. So many components that, if you ask me, I have to look up the formula, the pyramid being just a synthesis.
The funny thing is, I worked so much on the balance of so many ingredients that I forgot how it all started. It all started in Marrakesh, one of my favorite city, which I visited at 28 and then 39, always coming back with plenty of fake oils, scented stones, resins to burn, carpets, swords, and other useless but crucial objects. Last time I came back with many smelly bottles, among which a deliciously fake oud oil. I have never been a fan of it — as it was so fashionable lately, and I really hate trends — but this one is different. So, once home, I tried to make my own base inspired by this Moroccan fake oud, thus creating a sticky sweet woody smoky oriental stuff, which I called ‘My Oud’.
Some time after, I started my Dark Side project (at the time named ‘Into Darkness’) and integrated this base in it. By doing so, I added in due proportion all ingredients of ‘My Oud’ into the bigger formula of Dark Side. After that, I made so many other variations during the following months while searching for a further harmony, that I simply forgot that the soul of ‘My Oud’ was in.
Only a frag lover’s review — wondering about the possibility of the presence of Oud, which of course was not enlisted in the pyramid — made me remember about my lovely fragrant memory from Marrakesh. So, if you really want to keep a secret, you just have to forget about it, like I did with ‘My Oud’ base.
Utterly gorgeous fragrance by Francesca Bianchi it reminds me of middle eastern style of perfumery woody and dark oud a really sexy scent. It is extrait concentration so a little goes a long way.
Phyllis Iervello –
The Dark Side is a beautiful perfume. I love all of Francesca Bianchi perfumes and I would be hard pressed to rate them in order of preference, but The Dark Side is one of my favorites. It is somewhat mysterious and addictive to me but completely wearable for all occasions.
Federico Gori (verified owner) –
Mi sono avvicinato alle creazioni di Francesca Bianchi più di un anno fa attraverso il discovery set. Solo oggi mi sono regalato un suo profumo, non per il tiepido interesse suscitato dalle prime suggestioni avute dai campioni ma proprio per il tempo di decantazione che ho creduto opportuno far scorrere dopo la loro scoperta. In questi mesi ho allenato i sensi e sono tornato sulle sue fragranze più volte, in diversi stagioni e diversi stati d’animo. Ho lasciato che la complessità degli intrecci si disvelasse con pazienza e io fossi pronto a goderne trama e ordito senza mortificarne gli slanci. I profumi di Francesca Bianchi meritano naso, cuore e testa. Prendetevi il vostro tempo per poterne apprezzare anche solo sussurri e lampi fugaci, godetevi il viaggio, l’attesa sarà ripagata e alla fine in ogni suo profumo troverete non una meta ma una ripartenza.
Pepe Balaguer –
Beautiful, sexy and powerful fragance. Masterpiece. I love this fragance.
Everyone must try this jewel.
Thank you Francesca.
A beautiful, mystical perfume … dark at first, difficult to detect after a few minutes of sensual exotic scent leading to the deepest hidden secrets, meditative …
dave hadley (verified owner) –
My First purchase from a fantastic collection, which says it all. Beautiful, sensual, a masterpiece.
Non è stato facile scegliere questo profumo dopo aver provato tutti gli altri. Tutti eccellenti! Alla fine ho deciso per questa morbidissima frangranza calda e avvolgente, che rimane a lungo sulla pelle lasciandoti una sensazione di profonda serenità e, al contempo, di sensualità.!
Anthony Ruck (verified owner) –
I am not qualified to leave a perfume review, so all that I can say is this… From my small little collection of 43 bottles this, the dark side, is number 1, the best of the best. Truly beautiful..
untereiner (verified owner) –
This is an intoxicating fragrance.
Compre el discovery set llevo solo una semana y por lo menos todas están de otro mundo unas fragancias que tienen su particularidad y son esquisitas…. Black night y Etruscan Waste son de mis favoritas….
ahmed5005000 (verified owner) –
It’s a very unique and it has a great projection and very long lasting It’s still in my clothes two days.
Andrew Dunn (verified owner) –
I thought under my skin was great but in my opinion this is better. This has gotten me compliments 8 hours after I put it on.
Georg (verified owner) –
Wonderful scent, fantastic sillage, perfect longevity… I had to order a bottle for my own immediately. If you do love iris and sandalwood a must try! 100% unisex, just divine, love it!
bokomanhatan (verified owner) –
Уникален и неповторим, благодаря Франческа, че ни позволяваш да се докоснем до тези творения.
bokomanhatan (verified owner) –
Amazing and unique, thank you Francesca for allowing us to touch perfection.
thorknud (verified owner) –
very nice/beautiful perfume. dark,spicy,mysterious,woody sensual and sweet perfume.medium projection but very long lasting on your skin.it is a unique perfume and probably not for everyone,but if you like these . kind of perfume i will highly recommend it. Make you smile ,every time you wear it,i love it.
versace0dayhack (verified owner) –
This masterpiece – I find myself in it.
This artwork is – mistic, deeper than you can imagine, silent.
A touch of the Creator.
Gilberto Di Virgilio (verified owner) –
The Dark Side è entrato nella mia vita all’improvviso, accompagnato da una nuova amicizia a cui ora associo questo fantastico profumo, e non ho potuto fare altro che acquistarlo e godermi a pieno questa creazione a mio avviso rara. Complimenti Francesca. Inoltre ti ringrazio Francesca per aver soddisfatto la mia richiesta! A presto!
Thierry JUNCA (verified owner) –
I am quite disappointed with this fragance of which I expected much. As a matter of fact a strong smell of dust takes over the other facets whereas I would have liked a more comfortable perfume. Moreover, its longevity on my skin is not as important as I thought. All in all, it’s a complex and very interesting fragrance that doesn’t suit me.
Robert V –
very linear on my skin – I get lot´s of honey with a little bit of incense and some woods. Easy to wear in the colder month. Unisex but probably better on men + too shy for the name that´s why only between 3-4 stars.
Daniel Fernández Hidalgo (verified owner) –
I love this extrait , it make me feel so confortable and remarkable, when i am wearing it a feel the fragrance all the time… the leather, honey, vanilla, incense are amazing, the long lasting is awesome, my girlfriend smelt my neck the next day of i used it, and she could find the dark side. I recommend it, and the best of all, it is totally unisex.
diego.150621 (verified owner) –
As its name, this is a dark scent, mysterious, evolving, intriguing, adorable. For a very special events or nights, perfect because is not that strong. Loved it!
evangelos (verified owner) –
A fine, well blended, sexy fragrance.
Brava Francesca Bianchi!
Philippe Rigal (verified owner) –
Un parfum capiteux, dense, un miel brun et épicé, sublimé par une tendre et discrète violette, qui rythme une danse puissante jusqu’au bout de la nuit.
HRM (verified owner) –
This is a sumptuous, warm, smooth and oh so very beautiful fragrance with a heavenly dark side (as the name suggests), which adds a depth to the composition to make it incredibly addictive and intoxicating. The incense is gorgeous on my skin and is sweetened a touch by the honey, which when combined with the comforting hints of vanilla, iris and sandalwood is a sheer delight. I particularly love the addition of cedar and vetiver as the fragrance devlops on my skin, which not only stops it from becoming overly sweet but also maintains the dark quality of the overall fragrance. I am quite simply in love with The Dark Side, it is another incredible creation from Francesca!