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Hermessence Paprika Brasil Hermes for women and men

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Created in 2004 by Jean-Claude Ellena, Hermessence is a collection of unique fragrances conceived as olfactory poems using perfuming’s most exclusive elements. As sober and intense as Japanese haiku, they reinvent a nature that is as precious as it is unusual, as if rendered by the inspired writing of a composer in search of the new.

Enriched each time the perfumer discovers a new country, a language, a culture or simply extraordinary new ingredients, as of today the line consists of eight fragrances, exclusively available in Hermès stores.

Paprika Brasil: hot pepper, iris and reseda, an original interpretation of Brazilwood which sits between paprika red (it is the wood from which the tinctorial pigment was taken) and the powdery note of the Brazilian spice heightened by iris. “In between the association of ideas and the play on words…” Hermessence Paprika Brasil was launched in 2006.

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Top Notes
Pimento Cloves Paprika

Middle Notes
iris Green Leaves

Base Notes
Mignonette Precious Woods Brazilian Redwood

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Hermessence Paprika Brasil Fragrance Reviews

jhitt793
jhitt793

'Paprika Brasil' begins with a demure paprika and pimento accord, which is punctuated lightly with clove. The pepper is softened and muted here, seemingly blunted from becoming too spicy or irritative. Its typical piquant qualities have been toned down as if being diluted by brush strokes in a watercolor painting. A beautiful vegetal accord follows, carrying with it hints of green bell pepper and freshly snipped English ivy. Floral, powdery iris enters next offering a delicate counterpoint to the bolder paprika of the top notes. The grey, powdery tonalities with which the iris conveys act to temper the peppery facets as well as add lightness to what could have become an otherwise heavy and dense composition. Mignonette flower further adds buoyancy with its highly fragrant scent. The sweet, ambrosial odor is a much needed respite from the proceeding savory notes. Finally, the composition comes to rest on an assured linear, woody accord which is both as comforting as it is satisfying.

A true unisex fragrance, 'Paprika Brasil' can clearly be worn and appreciated by both men and woman alike. The fragrance is an enigma in that the fiery temperament of the pepper has been so well blended with soft florals and woods as to become nearly unrecognizable. It is a true olfactory delight. 'Paprika Brasil' seems fitted for year round wearing, with my own personal preference to wear during the cooler days of spring and autumn. The projection, silage and longevity for this "eau de toilette" are light to average with fragrance becoming a skin scent soon after application. I wear it as a treat to myself, capturing glimpses of its unique beauty and artistry via whiffs throughout the day. One of my personal favorites from the Hermessence collection.

Read my complete review at my personal blog
Fragranceemergency.blogspot.com

Dec
19
2015
StellaXYH
StellaXYH

Applying Paprika Brasil on my hand, is like as if I just sliced open a fresh chilli pepper, and its juice full of vegetal sweetness and spiciness got on my fingers. But this initially fresh spicy scent turns drier and more fiery in no time, as if the fruit is being dried and turned into paprika. I can also smell some peppery nuance around the edges.

The spices reach its peak at around 15 minutes and gradually cools down afterwards. The fragrance is then dominated by iris after about 2 hours. The iris here is gently rooty and carroty, which pairs brilliantly with the vegetal characteristics of the chilli pepper, allowing a seemingly unexpected yet seamless transition between chilli pepper and iris.

Just when I thought Paprika Brasil would remain a subtly spiced powdery iris, the clove starts to emerge after about 5 hours. Its spiciness turns the fragrance into a spicy violet. I can even catch a glimpse of its meatiness.

Paprika Brasil remains close to skin throughout its 9 hours longevity.

I'm not familiar with brazilwood, and wasn't able to discern it from the woody base. Instead, iris plays a such important role that I tend to agree that Paprika Brasil seems to be a misleading name for this fragrance. Although there're plenty of excellent iris fragrances out there, combining iris with chilli pepper is quite unique and works surprisingly well in Paprika Brasil. The hot spices and cool iris make an interesting contrast, while both present a vegetal quality that keeps the fragrance coherent. Moreover, comparing to L'Artisan Parfumeur Piment Brûlant which is almost entirely of chilli pepper, Paprika Brasil's elegant iris drydown makes it more wearable and all the while stay interesting. I think Paprika Brasil definitely worths a try, especially to those who are interested in fragrances with a certain vegetal quality.

Dec
13
2015
glamgirl
glamgirl

Starts out spicy, and ends up spicy. My nose didn't see a lot of depth in this one.

Nov
20
2014
nero77
nero77

A spicy Iris scent. Something unusual and unique.

Jean-Claude Ellena was inspired by Brazil when creating this fragrance, with a specific focus on Brazilwood (from which the name of the country originated). In any case, I see this primarily as an Iris-based fragrance.

I like the spicy touch with the pimento/paprika vibe. Upon first application I initially thought it smelt a little like food (I happen to use paprika a lot in cooking), but I've since grown to appreciate the Iris note, and I know that I like it very much and would happily wear it.

Again, I find some of the Hermessence line creations a little fleeting, and for the price that is certainly an issue here. However I won't deny that I like this fragrance. I find it different and unique. Earthy Iris and chilli, giving off a spicy-green floral vibe. Good stuff.

Jun
15
2014
jhitt793
jhitt793

I'm a huge fan of pepper, Brazil wood and clove based fragrances so I knew from the start this was going to be a must-have for me. Pimento is rather prominent here with its tangy sharpness. A dry, earthy paprika is perceptible with just a hint of smokey clove. I love the added "green leaves" note, which offers a much needed vegetal quality amongst all the other arid ingredients (it reminded me of freshly snipped English Ivy). Iris lends a powdery sweetness, perfectly accompanying the resonant Brazil wood. Classically elegant, masculine, and debonaire. (99)

Oct
01
2013
brenda.gilensenat
brenda.gilensenat

This has become my signature scent...So intriguing, warm, and unexpected. It smells like nothing I ever wore before, some people say it reminds them of A-Men, personally I don't think so, not at all. It reminds me of aa woody forest right before night falls, when humidity is returning and you can sense the smell of leaves and soil.

May
31
2013
evilspin
evilspin

Smells nice. A great second after Poivre. Similar to it but Paprika has more pepper and includes Iris. For this price Id rather choose Poivre Sarmaconde since its amazing. Just get A*Men A taste of fragrance since its similar just more darker and not expensive.

Apr
04
2012
A.M.H.2
A.M.H.2

I agree with sherapop, the iris note is prevalent here. At least how I see and smell it ;)
Then it goes herbaceous and woody. It's a clean and neat fragrance. Projection and silage is medium. It's expensive but I only got the travel size 15ml bottles box with 4 bottles inside and that way you can choose 4 different kinds. I also find it more interesting than Iris ukiyoe.

Feb
25
2012
ducktuck
ducktuck

Mmm! Like a wood filled gourmet hot tamale. At first spray it smelled a little soapy to me, but as it warms up the chile's really start to shine, and I start to smell cedar. I'm a huge Jean-Claude Ellena fan, that being said I personally would not wear this, but I definitely admire it for it's uniqueness. Stays close to skin, and has excellent lasting power.

Nov
26
2011
sherapop
sherapop

I am thoroughly intrigued now by Hermessence PAPRIKA BRASIL, having donned the last few drops of a small sample this morning. I must say that I was taken totally by surprise. Without any knowledge of the notes, this seemed to me an incense-iris perfume! I think that I was expecting something unpleasant along the lines of the AP salsa facsimile (PIMENT BRULANT). Instead, I am sufficiently pleased with this composition to want to acquire more so that I can wear it again.

There really is a hefty iris note here, and I'm a big-time iris-phile. I'm beginning to wonder, actually, whether some people simply have very weak iris receptors. Or perhaps mine are super-sensitive? To my nose, there's a hefty dose of iris in this composition, which therefore has been completely misnamed! That's no criticism of the perfume, however, which I intend to seek out.

Although others have complained of flimsiness, on my skin, this elixir has good projection and clinging capacity. On my wish list!

Sep
29
2011
Oslo-fjord
Oslo-fjord

Paprika Brasil is a very unique woody-spicy unisex scent from the Hermessence line. Suitable for most occasions and seasons. Yes it`s expencive, but it`s worth the money. On my skin the longevity is great, and the sillage is moderate. This one actually last longer on my skin than Poivre Samarcande. I`m very impressed by the scents from the Hermessence line, and I think Mr. Ellena is a true genius when it comes to create unique classy fragrances. Highly recommended!

Jul
12
2011
alfarom
alfarom

Paprika Brasil comfortably sits between all other fragrances of the same line (Hermessence), with its thin and minimalistic structure. Peppery spices and woods pleasantly balanced to create a traslucent and very gentle smell. Nice and well executed but I expected a little more from a supposed"exclusive" line by Hermes. A serious contendant if just half priced.

Rating: 6.5-7/10

Apr
16
2011
George K.
George K.

Paprika and brasil wood softened with iris.Seductive,ardent,unexpected.

Feb
23
2011
imgcas
imgcas

It starts fresh, soapy and a bit floral (I would have said that this contained rose). Two minutes later, I can get raw red or green pimento, pepper and cloves and the scent starts to be really gourmand (but not sweet at all). It smells "culinary" and the food/spices are very true to the reality.
But I wouldn't say that this smells pleasant to me. I like spicy fragrances but this smells just like the hands and fingertips after cutting pimentos and cooking.

The scent doesn't change after the opening and it stays several hours on my skin, but sillage is only noticeable for an hour.

Sep
26
2010
veruska
veruska

As with all the line, the prices are not in my range, bur honesty i think that i would'nt even spend the half for paprika brasil although it's pleasant enough. It starts dry and fiery,but soon iris kicks in and i kind of love it.But i find it lacks interst in the drydown when it smells like a laundry softener with apple flavor. Not bad but it seems unfinished.And i don't think that the name or the inspiration suits it right

Dec
09
2008

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