Poivre Piquant is an interesting blend of white pepper, liquorice, milk, and honey… and it smells just as good as it sounds. It blends into the skin seamlessly — you know how some fragrances smell great, but they smell like fragrances? Well, this smells like your own skin, but softly spiced and scented to perfection. As if you’ve consumed something magical and it’s slowly emanating from your being!
I expected something much bolder, with a name like “Poivre Piquant,” but I actually find this to be very easy to wear; “mainstream” friendly. On my skin, the first twenty-odd minutes are my favourite, as the pepper (my favourite part of this fragrance) starts to wane after that point. The white pepper has been crafted impeccably, and smelling freshly-applied Poivre Piquant is like smelling freshly ground white pepper on a soft honey-and-liquorice base. Minus the sneezing. Somehow, Bertrand Duchaufour (the perfumer) has succeeded in creating a pepper that is more real than the real thing.
Availability: Poivre Piquant can be purchased through the L’Artisan Parfumeur site here, or through retailers like Neiman Marcus and BeautyHabit. It can also be sampled (or purchased) though LuckyScent.