Piment Brulant By Bertrand Duchaufour for L’Artisan Parfumeur 2002

Hey Perfume Junkies,

It feels like it’s not a week without a L’Artisan Parfumeur review. Today we are looking at an extremely discreet fragrance from their range, it starts out super fireworks but very quickly becomes an alluring skin scent, just enough to make you smell better than ever but not enough to pick unless you are very, very close. It’s like a reward for getting that close.

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The L’Artisan Parfumeur site says:
Piment Brûlant was inspired by the Aztec drink of xocotatl, the bitter cocoa and chili drink beloved of the warrior king Montezuma. He was reputed to drink fifty cups a day. This is an aphrodisiac blend of cocoa, vanilla, clove and poppy all tempered with the fire and bite of chili. Surprisingly green and fresh on the skin, this wonderful study in contrasts brings the skin alive.

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Fragrantica gives these featured notes/accords all in a line:
Amber, cinnamon, musk, poppy, vanilla, dark chocolate, cacao, clove and chili pepper

What do I smell? I love the opening of Piment Brulant, it’s like that first cut into a Bell Pepper, we call it Capsicum in Australia, a fresh green, wet and herbaceous smell. This lasts about 10-20 minutes depending on the day but is gradually joined by spicy chocolate, not a sweet chocolate, nor an edible one yet, but an unrefined cocoa-ish will be chocolate. It’s almost like the fragrance is fighting itself with a very treble capsicum and this dark undertone. As the fragrance lives on my skin the two separate shades move together as the amber & vanilla weave their way through to the top of the pile making it all smell extremely good but not bakery style, did I mention that up super close you get the cinnamon but less so from far away.

Now at about the 1 hour point the whole fragrance kind of eats itself and becomes so close to the skin that it’s almost undetectable unless you are close or you stick your head in your top and breathe deep. This stage lasts indefinitely, I can never tell when it has truly gone but TSO Jin has still been able to smell traces the morning after if I wear 5 spritzes.

Photo Stolen L’Artisan Parfumeur

I love the freshness, the sprightly, springy, gorgeousness of Piment Brulant that is absolutely guaranteed to lift my mood. It fits well with warm weather but will also sit pretty on you in cool. Not too strong for work as long as there is no ANTI PERFUME LEAGUE there and I love to wear it for dinner and date night.

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What do you love in the world of spicy green fragrances? Does chocolate do it for you? Could you see yourself in this dizzying mixture? Where would you wear it?
I want to take a moment to thank you for your continued support, it means a lot to all of us at APJ that you have chosen to become part of our fragrance family, see you tomorrow,

Portia xx

5 thoughts on “Piment Brulant By Bertrand Duchaufour for L’Artisan Parfumeur 2002

  1. Mmmmmm, chocolate and chili. My favorite chocolate bars at the moment have chili pepper in them. This sounds tasty. There are so many L’Artisan’s. I’ve only tried a few and only own one. This might be worth a try. It’s interesting that with those notes it smells fresh to you. I’m intrigued. It will be a bit before I sample it because I’m trying to get through the samples I have, but I will give it a whiff when I can.
    Hope you have a great day Portia!


    • Had a super awesome day Poodle! Thanks. You’ll be able to read about it 15 minutes when todays post goes up.
      This reads very slightly different every time i wear it. Sometimes warm, others fresh, one day foodie, next floral. Not huge change but different stresses, if you know what i mean?
      I hope your day is lovely too,
      Portia xx


  2. I’m right there with Poodle in loving chocolate and chili, it’s a fab combo. I’ve got a solid of Piment Chocolat I won from Dawn Spencer Hurwitz, and it’s great stuff. You’ve reviewed several cocoa fragrances lately, Portia, and I’m really enjoying reading about them.


    • YAY! Thanks Dionne. I never thought I’d like the gourmand stuff but I’ve proven myself wrong, of course. I don’t think there’s much chocolate in the near future but we’ll see what we can do for you.
      Portia xx


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