Basic Black Perfume by Bill Blass, Basic black is a chypre fragrance for women launched in 1991 by the bill blass design house known for its impressive list of successful perfumes. Basic black is an eau de cologne offering and is great for women who enjoy classy scents. It possesses a blend of a floral, fruity scent, drying down to patchouli and warm woods. It is so nice and smooth that it can be worn anytime and anyplace, dress it up or dress it down, the fragrance always travels with you. It opens with the top notes of cardamom, bergamot, ylang-ylang, peach and plum. At the heart of the fragrance are the notes of honey, carnation, rose, jasmine and tuberose, placed on the woody base of sandalwood, benzoin, musk, civet and styrax.