When wearing Sombre Negra you may think “is this fragrance working in reverse?” It is beautifully crafted in a way so that it appears the base notes are first and the traditional top notes develop during the warm down. At first, it is the earthy aromas ascending off my skin; patchouli, vetiver, mushroom and tobacco. Between the earthiness of the beginning and the spicy pepper notes, Sombre Negra is balanced with a little sweetness from the opoponax and davana. I enjoy peppery notes in my fragrances but pepper notes disappear on my skin within minutes. It is a nice surprise that the pink and black pepper notes lasted all day. This fragrance wears like a second skin.