I absolutely love this! It reminds me of Tauer's Une Rose Chyprée, but that fails to smell good on me. This however, is divine! I have a sizable perfume collection and tend to favor Middle Eastern and masculine perfumes, but this remains right up there alongside my heavier hitting Montales and Amouages.
I'm always so astounded by the difference things like skin chemistry can make. I almost didn't buy this (on sale!) because of the negative reviews, and even though the notes list sounded a little funky the overall description sounded relatively appealing. I bought it, and am pleased that I did. This smells exactly like it's supposed to on me: spiced powder. The main spice that I get is a pepper that verges on the fresh spikiness of ginger, which appears over a very powdery musk that borders on masculine. Over time, it threatens to veer into musty territory but it never gets there, just holds its spiciness and over time the musk becomes a lighter powder scent. AFter a couple of hours, it reverts back to a sweet ginger, and about an hour after than a very faintly spiced, lightly soapy musk. I actually really like this fragrance. It's a little to rich for the summer, but I can see this being a great transitional scent for months like September and October. A winner for me.
I, too, adore this scent. A friend of mine who's a serious perfumista turned me onto it when I told her I liked perfumes that were warm, with a touch of musk, "perfume that reminds me of a cashmere sweater." Even though it has warm spiciness going on, it's not overwhelming. I find it lasts about 5 hours on me. Unique and delicious. I live in a cool/temperate climate, and this perfume feels just right for that.
The bottle is very simple, which I prefer for perfumes, it implies that the money you spend goes on the bottle's contents!
Well, looks like I'm (for now) the lone dissenter again. I think this is one of the most wonderful fragrances I've ever smelled in my life!
Luckyscent has listed the Poudre d'Epices notes:
geranium, green notes, cinnamon, black pepper, floral notes, musk, woods, spices. This tells me nothing much about the fragrance I'm wearing. (I get nothing green in this unless it's in the initial 3 minute burst where it's not that great to my nose, anyway) I'm taken to a place and a time. It's almost as if being in a very dry, warm log cabin - - right in the kitchen and you can almost smell the cinnamon but it's not quite there; you can almost smell the sweetness in the air, but it disappeared just a fraction of a second ago. It's a clean-comfort scent that smells of dry-wood infused with spice. It's absolutely beautiful.
The longer I wear this scent, the worse it gets. I felt as though I was racing through the circles of Dante's Inferno as it headed for the drydown. This scent starts innocuously with a burst of floral aldehyde. As it starts to dry down, I notice a hint of pepper - that's as much spice as I got. For the most part, this scent morphed into a sour green scent with occasional hints of musk and something slightly rotted. The longer I kept it on, the more noxous and acidic it became. Not a winner on my skin.
Per Luckyscent, the notes are geranium, green notes, cinnamon, black pepper, floral notes, musk, woods, spices. Per that website, the effect is supposed to be one of spice-drenched powder. I would never have guessed. continued >>
Sweet spice scent in which black pepper and cloves stood out the most on me. It wasn't thick in how it smelled. It would work in warmer weather. Notes per Basenotes: geranium, green notes, cinnamon, black pepper, floral notes, musk, woods, spices