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Hermèssence Paprika Brasil (2006)
by Hermès


Hermèssence Paprika Brasil information

Year of Launch2006
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 111 votes)

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PerfumerJean-Claude Ellena

About Hermèssence Paprika Brasil

Jean-Claude Ellena:

A local tinctorial wood once widely used in Europe to colour fabrics red, ‘brasil wood’ gave its name to the country. With its power of suggestion, ‘bois de braise’ sparked my imagination and I chose paprika, a Brazilian pepper, to illustrate it. By mixing and matching, and using an iris-reseda-pepper association, I recreated its scent, which is more secretive and discreet than its taste.

Hermèssence Paprika Brasil fragrance notes

Reviews of Hermèssence Paprika Brasil

Oviatt Show all reviews
United States
Paprika Brasil is a bit of an odd fish. It does not smell so much to me of the peppers and wood of its name. The iris note is there but smells more to me of violets and hawthorn. Another reviewer suggested that this is close to Fahrenheit, which I can see, but this reminds me even more of Grey Flannel--a darker, slightly spicy Grey Flannel. All of that said, the iris note skews this to the feminine side for me. I am not an unreserved fan of Ellena's work for Hermes and while there are a few in the Hermessence line that I like--Poivre Samarcande being my favorite--this is a neutral for me.
06th September, 2019
Don't let the name fool you - this is iris and loads of it. Jean Claude Ellena said of it: “A tinctorial wood to colour fabrics red, ‘brasil wood’ gave its name to the country. With its power of suggestion, “bois de braise” sparked my imagination and I chose paprika to illustrate it. By mixing and matching, I recreated its scent, which is more secretive and discreet than its taste.”

The notes are pimento, clove, paprika, iris, green leaves, reseda, ember wood (aka Brazilwood or Pernambuco) and woody notes.

The name is incredibly misleading for most who might even want to give this a sniff. It's really more of an iris focused perfume that it's main variant is the peppercorn or paprika note. The dry down holds those woody notes firms, but they are soft and gentle and not solidly dominate. The iris is not overly powdery and it's ever so soft and satiny.

I found Paprika Brasil to be almost a dark horse among the Hermessences line. I went in not expecting to like it but it has soon become one of my favorites in the line.
18th January, 2019
But? There's something very familiar here...wait...I got it. It's a quieter and smoother version of Fahrenheit for Men. Kerosene note and all.
03rd December, 2017
Portrait of Lydia Delectorskaya, by Henri Matisse 1947
13th August, 2017
An interesting but vaguely unsatisfying perfume. On me, Paprika Brazil kicks off with regular old dinner-table black pepper mixed with bright violets. There's a nose-tickling red pepper smell in there as well that I think must be the paprika. This stage is actually quite clever. The interplay of the bright perfumey florals with the woody pepper is the kind of thing that makes J.C. Ellena famous.

This eventually dries down to a peppery iris mixed with a woody vetiver, which is what I actually smell for most of the day. Smelled up close, it lasts into the evening, but the projection is extremely weak, almost like the concentration was intentionally left very thin. To really get anything out of it requires a fairly heavy application - thank goodness these Hermessence samples are huge....

Overall, Paprika Brazil is nice, but it never really sings thanks to the low concentration. You could do better with Van Cleef's Bois d'Iris, which is similar but much stronger, though it lacks the clever violets at the start. I'm still giving it a thumbs up, but with some hesitation.
25th April, 2013
Raid floral
23rd July, 2012

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