Blackbird was first an award winning menswear store that opened in 2004 in Seattle. Nicole Miller, its founder and creative director, brought Blackbird to new heights in 2013 when she decided to focus on distributing the Blackbird brand internationally and closed her stores. Today Blackbird is known worldwide for its unconventional and remarkable fragrances and grooming products.
Aaron Way, lead perfumer at Blackbird, described the process of creating these unique scents as coming up with an abstract concept before any notes are discussed. Using a few rare or unusual ingredients ensures that their creations are both beautiful and distinct.
One of Blackbird's original perfumes, Mizuchi, was launched in 2012 and discontinued in 2018. Almost 10 years later, the perfume was reformulated in a higher concentration with greater longevity (V.2). Shinto monks in black robes smoking Seven Stars. Sumi ink paintings of black cats and water dragons. A 1991 Mitsubishi Delica's old car diesel smell. Blackwing pencil shavings and dusty books. There is a familiarity here - difficult to place, yet strangely close - oddly comforting. With notes of ink, paper, dry woods and dry mild tobacco. Mizuchi V.2 is an eau de parfum, edp.
Influenster: This perfume is EVERYTHING. Both masculine and feminine, Blackbird does some really cool stuff and creates scents unlike anything you've ever smelled. It's decently long lasting and gives off this really cool androgynous leather jacket wearing cool person vibe.
Blackbird Perfumes: Hadn't been to the Blackbird website for a while, and didn't realize one of my old favs, Mizuchi, was back in version 2. It is as wonderful as I remember it, from a few years ago. Great to have this wonderful scent back, and in my rotation!
Blackbird Perfumes: I loved the original Mizuchi and am psyched to see this updated version — pretty much smells the same but lasts longer. Reminds me of a drafting table… graphite, paper, wood. Fantastic.
Blackbird Perfumes: I'm so happy you've brought Mizuchi back with a reformulation! I fell in love with version one of this fragrance years ago. The scent was mesmerizing and had me swooning for the first couple of hours of wear, but it was also, sadly, quite fleeting. Version two is still subtle, allowing the opportunity for gentle wafts throughout the day, but it now also has staying power to keep it lingering all day without fading like before. Putting this fragrance into words is difficult -- it's the pages of new book, it's dry desert air, it's black india ink, it's fresh pencil shavings -- it's more than that, though. It's nostalgic, but unfamiliar. It's at the tip of your tongue, but you just can't say the words. It's incredible!