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Blackpepper (2016)
by Comme des Garçons


Blackpepper information

Year of Launch2016
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 34 votes)

People and companies

HouseComme des Garçons
PerfumerAntoine Maisondieu

About Blackpepper

Blackpepper is a shared / unisex perfume by Comme des Garçons. The scent was launched in 2016 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Antoine Maisondieu

Reviews of Blackpepper


One of the best openings of freshly cracked black peppercorns, photorealistic quality. This show endures for ten to twenty minutes. Thereafter a familiar plot takes over. Cedar, slightly sweet, slightly musky, slightly smoky, in the style of many other CdG fragrances.

The dry down is pleasant, comforting, almost like a light cashmere shawl that clings to one's skin. However, it's also somewhat boring and commonplace, and not as interesting as, for example, the development of 2 Man or the original.

This is for fans of black pepper, and CdG fans. This probably won't cut it for fans of stuff like Piper Nigrum. This is also substantially better than the average niche release in 2016.

Sillage is low-key but one keeps getting occasional wafts till the end. Duration is good compared to other CdG fragrances, and is about five to six hours.

29th December, 2017
Blackpepper opens with one of the best notes of crisp, freshly cracked black peppercorns on the market. This lasts for about 30 min, and fades into a lightly sweetened, dusty/smoky cedar accord that's very pleasant, soft, dry and versatile. It smells great. The base is indeed reminiscent of Wonderwood, which is a good thing.

Unfortunately, it's a skin scent after about an hour, and has faded to near imperceptibility within 2-3 hours.

So although I think the pepper note is a great addition to the Wonderwood base in terms of smell, I have to advise sticking with the predecessor based on longevity, and cannot in good conscience give a thumbs up.
22nd September, 2017
The opening here is so very close to Freshly Cracked Black. It has nuances of sweetness of the berry.
This quickly moves to the Wood/Tonka base which becomes almost a soapy sweet canvas.
As others have said it's intensity disappears quickly. As a background the wood has an interesting soft Synthetic feel, very pleasant.
The best part of this is the opening, which is more rounded than my reference, Armani Bois d'Encens.

I prefer the Armani with it's dry austerity of dusty Black and White.
04th August, 2017
Those looking for a dark, peppery fragrance that's done right will have found it in CdG's Black Pepper. It's blended well, and is never over-powering. Certainly does share Wonderwood's base, but is quite a bit better than that. Vaguely reminiscent of Or Black in feel and tone, but whereas that was in leather, this is in pepper and a woody-cedar, the same dark vibe is present.

I'm going to give this a mild thumbs up because though the scent is really great, it's just not strong enough and requires more sprays than I think it ought to. Somewhat overpriced also, but aren't they all these days.
23rd March, 2017 (last edited: 28th March, 2017)
This is a nice scent. I don't think it is amazing but it is pleasant. Has a dry, peppery opening. Wood notes develop, and it gets very smoky. Then, the oud asserts itself for an "old sneakers in the sun" flourish. Settles into a very safe, crowd-pleasing wood and light musk scent.
08th March, 2017
Wow. Far beyond Marc Jacobs Bang (as general quality) and surely at same Villoresi Piper Nigrum's level (being anywhere the latter a basically diverse and more complex type of juice - less woody and more spicy-resinous), this CdG's black pepper-dominant accord is one of the best renditions of this supremely arid dark "old spice theme". An aqueous-fresh (Wonderwood-conjuring) cedarwood is equally dominant in its abstract dry woody saltiness while black pepper is super-realistic, exotic and elegantly rendered. A simple freshly virile and classy fragrance from the impeccable Comme des Garcons. Thumbs up.
06th February, 2017

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