Mancera Black Prestigium EDP Perfume Review

Mancera Black Prestigium

Until recently, I’ve never tried a Mancera perfume. I just thought they were rehashed Montale. They’re not. I’ve been really pleased with the few that I’ve tried so far. They actually smell *expensive* but don’t have a crazy price tag (for niche).

Black Prestigium is an iris leather with lots of patchouli. So, that means I love it. It opens with radiant aldehydes (think like Chanel No. 5).  This is quickly followed by an iris-rose. This gives the impression of a proper “lady” perfume, even a bit “old-fashioned”. But, don’t think that Black Prestigium stops there. It gets kinky. It’s like this proper French perfume but underneath there’s leather and latex. There’s dried patchouli leaves to further butch this fragrance up. The heart is a powdery iris…with a hint of latex (is this the oud?). It dries down to new black leather with a warm, powdery musk and amber.

I enjoy Black Prestigium much more than I thought I would based on its name and note list. Briefly, it’ll come across as elegant but the more you pay attention, the more you’ll notice some of its weirdness.

Shalom Harlow

Notes listed include bergamot, orris, patchouli, rose, violet, Nepal oud, woods, amber, leather and musk. Launched in 2015.

Give Black PRestigium a try if you like leather/amber perfumes. Or perfumes like Stéphane Humbert Lucas 777 Khôl de Bahreïn, Ex Idolo Thirty Three, Huitieme Art Naiviris, Ramón Bejár Deep Amber, Juliette Has a Gun Citizen Queen and/or Guerlain Shalimar.

Projection is average. Longevity is average (to above average).

The 4.2 oz bottle retails for $160 at Osswald.

Victoria’s Final EauPINIONIris leather…elegant kink. I love it.

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*Sample obtained by me. Product pic from Fragrantica. Shalom Harlow circa 1996 in a Chanel suit (by Karl Lagerfeld) from