Caron • Poivre Extrait • Fragrances
|Would buy this product again.||75%|
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
very surprised I never reviewed this before. now that it's available at one of the premiere niche retailers online I expect a lot more people want to know about it. I was lucky that a MUAer turned me on to it a couple of years ago before the latest price hike cause golly is it expensive now!
I regard Poivre to be in a category that includes many of the Santa Maria Novella fragrances which I'd call "primatives" in the sense that this is nothing like a contemporary perfume, mass market or niche, due to it's oddness and I sometimes describe one of these oddballs as being the olfactory equivalent of listening to 78 RPM records. Today's slickness is not a part of the package. In fact it's quite eccentric. None of this should be construed to have a negative connotation, of course!
For me the story is: it opens with a medicinal clove that reminds me of the dentist's office, of temporary fillings. This in itself is a thrill; it's so offbeat.
it ends up a smooth smooth delicate carnation fragrance.
And there, I think, you have it!
The first time I bought a bottle it was $200 for a used 100 ml bottle 99% full. I sold 10 ml decants for $45 and I forget exactly how many of them I sold but eventually really regretted it. Fortunately the oppty came to get about an ounce for about $80. Thank heavens this surfaced before the stuff began selling online. For today's rate is $100 for 7.5 ml. Yikes!
the notes selon Caron: pepper, clove, geranium rose base, jasmine, tuberose, carnation bouquet
this is the only relatively old French perfume I wear.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Please understand that my main objection here is personal and possibly, goddess willing, temporary. Nonetheless, it is insurmountable and unavoidable. Poivre simply does not last on my skin.
It's a lovely distillation of all the spice notes in Caron fragrances -- that peppery top in anything by Caron using carnation notes, that richly spicey line of clove probably involving eugenol, the Parfum Sacre mace/cardamom/nutmeg accord, the hint of cinnamon in Tabac blonde. It's powdery to a far lesser degree than Tabac Blonde (which is why I got it), dry, not particularly leathery. There's the classic Caron base, though a bit more ambery than in many incarnations. It's beautiful, doesn't last, and I wouldn't put my money into the extrait again. If I got any more of this, I'd try the edp or edt and see what it does.
However, if it ever stops dying on my skin within 10 minutes, I'll fill a pool with it and live there.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
Simply wonderful! I tried both this and Tabac Blond extract at the NY boutique before it was redone last year. The boutique was special, very elegant, and the associate very nice, once she realized that I might be serious. I usually run from florals, but the spiciness attracted me. After a coffee break and test-run for longevity-I went back and bought both extracts. Yes, expensive, but the juice is stunning from start to finish-spicy, warm, morphing all the time. It played on my skin for many hours. I find the stopper a little unwieldy on the tiny bottle, but really don't care much!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I second paschat's review: this is a gorgeous, super-spicey carnation scent with woods, leather and vanilla in the drydown. I usually don't go for very peppery scents as I just don't enjoy them that much, but this is so smooth and so well-blended that the clove-pepper opening simply does not bother me. This is one of the spiciest carnation blends I've tried and it's simply wonderful.