Well, this one has me stumped. This was a free sample with purchase, one I requested specifically for its notes as I have a thing for chocolate scents. All I can say is that if Id purchased a full bottle based on the notes, Id be feeling pretty ripped off right about now, and pretty damn angry. I dont get any chocolate or vanilla or amber or musk. Theres a weird, sharp note, like a crushed tomato plant stem. I get a bit of the chili pepper with a faint hint of a (very old) cinnamon stick and some dusty old cloves ones that have escaped from the packet and have been sitting in the bottom of the spice rack forever and thats it. And after a couple of minutes, the scent is completely gone. Ive re-applied three times, thinking maybe it was just weak and I needed to put on a bit more, but nope. Id love to see what this is like on someone else, but on me, its just, well, nothing. I cant even smell enough in this to make a call as to whether I like it or not theres just nothing there. Thinking it was maybe my skin chemistry, I asked my husband to try this one, and he could barely smell anything either, so maybe it is simply a bad sample. Its a shame, because the notes in this all look so good. Definitely try before you buy. Im giving this a neutral unfair to give it a thumbs down if it is a bad sample. If I get the chance to try another sample and its different, Ill update my review.
Just because cocoa and vanilla are listed in the fragrance description doesnt mean Piment Brulant is a sweet fragrance; theres nothing sweet about it! In fact, I cant smell any cocoa or chocolate OR vanilla. Not one ounce of sugary sweetness here, just a vegetable garden
FRESH vegetables. Fresh, but not in a soapy or aqua way. I know it has clove in it, but the clove note is so well-blended that it isnt noticeable. Overall, a somewhat unique, although somewhat familiar, fragrance. Whatever their original intention, I give LArtisan a Thumbs Up for duplicating the smell of a farmers market, and converting it into a surprisingly wearable fragrance.
29th August, 2014 (last edited: 20th October, 2014)
Piment Brulant is a weird and eccentric fragrance. As the majority of reviewers have pointed out, it prominently smells of red peppercorns, the sweet variety more than the hot one. I personally love peppercorn smell, along with its taste: I particularly like the contrast between the fresh sensation of peppercorn pulp with the hotness of its seeds. I have always also thought that it shares the peppery, transparent freshness of a fragrant bunch of freesias.
So, the opening of PB is fresh, peppery, radiant, rendering successfully the fresh/hot contrast I mentioned before. The heart is floral- woody, rounded by the subtly sweet creaminess of cocoa. The drydown is light, transparent woods and musk with slightly harsh (and a bit synthetic) spicy undertones resulting in one of the typical signature Duchaufour accord (as in Fleur de Liane or Sienne LHiver, for example). The lasting power is good, up to ten hours on my skin, and the cool/warm effect this fragrance provides makes it suitable to every climate condition.
L'Artisan fragrances are hard to forget or hard to wear or both. For me, 10yrs after it's launch, Piment Brulant falls into the category of hard to forget. I tried a sample years ago but never made a purchase. This year I asked and was granted a big bottle as a Christmas gift. I could never quite get the thought of wearing a Mexican mole sauce out of my mind. This fragrance is gourmand but not in a sweet," foody" sense. It starts as sweet red bell pepper and quickly turns to chocolate and finally to vanilla. I love when all of these scents reach an apex of delight! My only regret is that it has slight sillage and staying power. I will try this again in summer to see if I have better luck!
I was dreading the density of a chillies-and-chocolate combo. Would this be like slathering oneself in stinging mud?
However, the wearing experience reminded me not to take notes lists too seriously, for this is mainly a cool and airy green floral. The chilli here is sappy and aromatic, just sliced, but fortunately without fire. This aroma was always there in the real thing but its one of those things one takes for granted unless reminded of its qualities in a novel and poised context.
The floral sweetness adds an elusive dimension the faint scent that certain flowers not known for their scent have, like some kinds of tulips that have a trace of musky saffron lingering within their cups. Here the note is supposedly poppy.
Disregard the spices, they are all but imperceptible. The chocolate and cocoa are a waveform in the air. The totality sparkles stimulating and calming at the same time.
A caveat: this perfume will not impress those more used to strong fragrances. Its perfect, however, for cool days of clean air.
Cinnamon, pimento, chili peppers and rich chocolate. Great scent, I don't think I could pull it off, too warm and chocolatey for me. Might make a good winter fragrance. Well made though...
UPDATE: I bought a new bottle of this in 2016 and it has NO notes of cocoa or vanilla. Straight green pimento/pepper accord. Beware of reformulations...
09th September, 2012 (last edited: 26th June, 2016)