Who eats peppers everyday? Me. Who goes through more bottles of hot sauce, dried peppers, and powdered peppers in a month than most people do in a year? Me. Who wants to smell like a fresh, red sweet pepper? Me. I’m a Southern gal and I love my peppers. I swear, I skipped Gerber rice cereal and was given pureed jalapeños instead. I’m a pepper thrill seeker. And since I’ve been hooked on hot since childhood, nothing ever seems hot enough anymore…except for L’Artisan’s Piment Brûlant.
Piment Brulant smells like fresh banana peppers and red bell peppers on me. This is why I like it! It smells like spending time in my garden in the heat of summer. It’s a mix of the ripe veggies and plant greens, mainly tomato plants. The chocolate doesn’t smell like chocolate, no sweetness at all. Instead it adds an earthiness, reminding me of dirt wthout being dirty. Piment Brulant is garden fresh. The heart of Piment Brulant becomes less green and crispy and turns spicy. It reminds me of freshly ground cloves and red peppers. This is Piment Brulant’s capsaicin heart. It’s hot. Within 30-45 minutes, I lose all of these amazing notes. I’m left with this pretty floral musk. It’s pretty, actually too pretty in comparison to the interesting top and middle. It’s generic but likable. It’s powdery floral musk that is super sheer like a veil, reminding me of washing my hands with a pretty white soap after digging in the garden.
Notes listed include red pepper, chocolate, vanilla, cloves, poppy, musk, and amber. PERFUMER – Bertrand Douchaufour
Give Piment Brulant a try if you want to smell garden fresh or if you are like me and you actually want to smell like peppers. Or if you like scents like Prescriptives Calyx, Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta, CdG Harissa, Hilde Soliani Stecca, and/or Demeter Green Tomato. If you are looking for an “Aztec hot cocoa” perfume, Piment Brulant is not it. It isn’t chocolate-ish or sweet.
L’Artisan Parfumeur Piment Brulant EDT is available at Beautyhabit. Prices range from $100-$145. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – I’m debating purchasing a bottle of Piment Brulant for summer. It’s summery without being a tropical floral or sparkling citrus. It is unlike anything I own. The only thing holding me back is the pretty, but generic base that reminds me of a few Penhaligon’s. The top notes and the heart = awesome. Piment Brulant’s base is dull but not bad. I’m torn. I’ll keep using my sample and then decide when it’s gone. But, I do have to say, that the hotter and muggier it is, the more I want to wear Piment Brulant. I have a feeling I will be buying a bottle in the near future.
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Product picture from Luckyscent. Edward Weston “Pepper No.30” , 1930, from www.Edward-Weston.com. Product purchased by me. Post contains an affiliate link. Thanks!