Comme des Garcons Blackpepper ~ fragrance review

black peppercorns

Coming off a heat wave, it’s hard to believe that Labor Day is this weekend. To me, Labor Day signals autumn, and autumn means sweaters, falling leaves and warmer fragrance. Comme des Garçons Blackpepper should come with “autumn” stamped on its label.

Perfumer Antoine Maisondieu developed Blackpepper. Its notes include Madagascan pepper, cedar wood, akigalawood (a spicy-woody material by Givaudan derived from patchouli), tonka bean and “musky accord.”

Say “black pepper” to me, and I think “biting, bracing, sneezy.” Fortunately, after its initial hit, Blackpepper is none of that…

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The birthplace of perfume and politics

History dominates everything, instead of surrendering to it. Fashion? Sure, a Prada store can live next to a monastery. Gucci can pay for a church restoration as thanks for being born in the neighborhood of such sanctified company. But it’s the perfumeries that are the ultimate Italian power move: the perfumeries are churches, or palaces, or both. Since I wanted to see the birthplace of perfume and politics, I had just one place to start.

— Arabelle Sicardi goes to Florence to explore the "connection between god and perfume and power". Read more at Perfume, Power, and God at Racked.