Minimalist, subtle, pure refinement... ofcourse its a Jean Claude Ellena! .
My skin absorbs spicy notes all together, so the pepper and whatever there is of paprika disappears whithin the first few minutes. Well, the spicyness is there, but very subtly. The spicies are from the dry/cold-type, an Ellena signature (see Declaration by Cartier). What is left is a beautiful, if somewhat austere, green iris. Could be my imagination, but there is something leathery in the base. Lasting power is good for such a subtle theme. Sure it must be my skin, yet if you ask me the name Papriza Brasil is all wrong. Maybe "Iris du Monastère" would suit it better? LOL!
As lovely as PB is, why did Hermes created yet another iris-based fragrance when they already have the most perfect Hiris by Olivia Giacobeti? Both are minimal: Hiris more bucolic, thanks to the carrot extract and PB somewhat more masculine, because of the cold spice accord. Hermes seams to use iris is all of its fragrances, still both PB and Hiris are single florals based on iris. Did Hermes want their own version of Ellena's Bois d'Iris for the Different Company (IMHO the only real star in that line)? I wonder...
Anyway Paprika Brasil is my favorite, together with Vetiver Tonka, in the Hermessence line.