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Note Series #6 - SPICE

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Note Series # 6 – SPICE

4 -1ml. decants for $14.00, regular $18.00. 


Spices in perfume do the same thing as with food – they add aroma, warmth, intensity, and nuance, and have the power to transform a ho-hum accord into one that is spectacular, unique, and memorable. Everyday spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and pepper immediately evoke memories of Holiday goodies – every culture seems to have delicious spiced food for their special celebration feasts. Spices such as cardamom, coriander, saffron, and cumin conjure images of foreign landscapes with intense heat and humidity, resulting in saturated, sensational exotic scents. Here are four superb spice scents:

Caravelle Épicée by Frapin – Herbs and florals and sandalwood with tobacco.

Caravelle Épicée is a party in full swing, conversation buzzing, glasses in hand, food on a plate - ginger-spice cookies, eggnog, mulled wine, spiced beef – aromatic spices and herbs with a slight sweet and sour twist. Joined by peppery rose, patchouli, and amber, with sweet and earthy notes which add a boozy effect, the dry-down moves into sandalwood, with a hint of tobacco, making Caravelle Epicee wonderfully warm, nutty, and spicy. It’s snowing outside, and I’m not going anywhere.......

Arabie by Serge Lutens – Dried fruits and sandalwood with myrrh and leather

Arabie is really an experience as much as a perfume, a spicy Oriental inspired by Serge Lutens’ memories of travelling through the Middle East. He wanted the scent to capture the smell of the markets, the food, the landscape, the culture, and Arabie does this to perfection. It’s a place in a bottle. Pungent orange peel, cedar and creamy sandalwood layered on top of the dried dark fruits, clove, nutmeg, cardamom, cumin dusted over figs and dates, a dense heady aromatic cloud. When the dusty Tonka bean, benzoin and sweet myrrh arrive, fruit and spice start to blend into a smooth, rich, exquisitely warm, expansive, opulent scent with hints of sueded leather. Spectacular.

Poivre Piquant by L’Artisan – Pepper and sweet milk and florals

Poivre Piquant translates as ‘hot pepper’ and a white pepper note is right at the opening. Wow! What a way to make an entrance! The white pepper is packing heat - and an exotic spicy presence along with a musty edge that white pepper often has in perfume. A note of sweet creamy milk adds sweetness while a floral accord of peony/rose softens the spiciness. Poivre Piquant plays off  the opposites of hot/cool, sweet/spicy, passionate/tender to create an entrancing fragrance that beckons to be worn any time of the year.

Chocolat Amère by Il Profvmo – Dark chocolate and spice and dirty woods

This underrated gem opens with a note of rich, dark chocolate, its bitterness heightened by sharp green galbanum. There is no chocolate sweetness here. It’s pungent, venal and carnal. But the best part for me is when the spices show up and make it earthy from nutmeg and warm from ginger. The dry-down is smooth, dry, woody and a little dirty. The chocolate is still there, and so are at the nutmeg and ginger, but Chocolate Amère is not the least bit foody, and is so beautifully crafted that no one note dominates the divine accord.



Price: $14.00