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    Default Opus 1870 vs. Poivre Samarcande

    I really own and love Hermes Poivre Samarcande and now start thinking about Opuse 1870 (another peppery scent) which I haven’t tried yet. So how do you compare the two and which one do you like most?
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    Default Re: Opus 1870 vs. Poivre Samarcande

    Very different. PS is a fairly transparent pepper scent, while Opus 1870 incorporates a dry, somewhat spicy rose. I prefer Opus 1870. It's much cheaper too.

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    Default Re: Opus 1870 vs. Poivre Samarcande

    I agree they are very different. While neither really was my cup of tea, I too prefer Opus 1870. If you like peppery scents my recommendation is to check out Tzora by Anat Fritz, as it features Peruvian pepper quite well, IMO.
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    Default Re: Opus 1870 vs. Poivre Samarcande

    Opus is more of a cedar than pepper, It is nice but be aware that all Penhaligon's suffer from poor longevity. There are alot of nice pepper fragrances around, Try Bang by Marc Jacobs...
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    I prefer Opus 1870.

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    Default Re: Opus 1870 vs. Poivre Samarcande

    Hermes Poivre Samarcande is much better IMO.

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    Default Re: Opus 1870 vs. Poivre Samarcande

    Poivre Samarcande reeks of Iso E Super to me. I prefer Opus 1870.
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    Default Re: Opus 1870 vs. Poivre Samarcande

    Hermes Poivre Samarcande
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    Default Re: Opus 1870 vs. Poivre Samarcande

    I own both.

    Yes they're both peppery but Opus 1870 is more full bodied. A bit of incense in it with some cedarwood.

    Poivre Samaracande is the typical Hermes line transparency "its here but not really" motif.

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    Poivre Samaracande has a very umm, I can only say "musky" BO note that completely turns me off, although I've not sniffed Opus 1870, but I can't imagine it being any worse...

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    Default Re: Opus 1870 vs. Poivre Samarcande

    Quote Originally Posted by MarquisdeSod View Post
    Poivre Samaracande has a very umm, I can only say "musky" BO note that completely turns me off, although I've not sniffed Opus 1870, but I can't imagine it being any worse...
    Really? Cuz I feel that PS smells a lot like your new love, Marc Jacobs Bang. Do you see the relation?

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    Jive: there's a definite cumin or caraway note in the Poivre that just rubs me the wrong way...can't quite explain it.

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    Default Re: Opus 1870 vs. Poivre Samarcande

    My choice would be Hermes Poivre Samarcande , excellent

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