A very good scent combination. Simple, but smells good with a darkish bourbon/vanilla combo. It is a great weekend scent when you can splash it on every couple of hours. I can't see wearing it to work because I'm not sure it would still be around by lunchtime.
Overall a solid scent for the cheap price point.
A "drugstore cologne" that really is better than you'd expect, but then again, CO Bigelow in New York is known for its wonderfully curated niche fragrance shelf. Elixer Black Pepper delivers exactly what it promises: a sweet bourbon/vanilla combination with pepper and sandalwood notes and just a hint of clean musk. Nothing too complex, just a great clean and long-lasting smell. I rate it great value for money.
Given all of the sexy marketing surrounding this new C.O. Bigelow release, I guess I was expecting something edgier (maybe more of the bourbon/black pepper combo?). The drydown smells nearly identical to Bvlgari Jasmin Noir, which is a great fragrance, but not exactly what I was looking for.