Apparently a lot of guys like to wear this, and I don't know why. I've smelled women's fragrances that smell more manly than this. When I put this on, I feel ridiculous. It smells like a room spray, for spraying on pillow cases.
I've read reviews describing Back to Black as a tobacco fragrance. Acqua di Cuba is a tobacco fragrance, not this. I smell zero tobacco here. This is nothing more than a painfully boring vanilla and amber fragrance. This is even worse than Incense Oud; I didn't like Incense Oud, but at least it was interesting. Back to Black smells linear and cheap, like a bad knockoff of Obsession For Men, with all the spices removed.
In my review below of Domenico Caraceni 1913, I noted my irritation at how a superb niche scent like that gets so little attention, while big-name niche houses like Serge Lutens can release a piece of crap like Arabie and have everyone drooling. I'm adding Back to Black to the "crap" list, with its $395 version of a household product. Until I find something that I like, this will probably be my last review of a By Kilian scent.
This fragrance sucks.
MY RATING: 3/10
Fragrance House: By Kilian