Pierre Guillaume Paris Spicematic 11.2 Perfume is a cool, aromatic skin scent that features spearmint, ginger, and pine before shifting into a ginger, pine, and cedar combination that has touches of smoky incense before drying down to a whisper of lightly spiced and smoky cedar. The notes are listed as: spearmint, saffron, ginger, frankincense, red cedar, and Siberian pine.
It opened with crisp, cooling spearmint, ginger, and pine–fresh, crisp, and very aromatic. There was saffron lurking in the background, diffusing some of the coolness over the first few minutes, by adding a layer of leather. Everything softened and married together for a frosty, earthy pine with subtle smokiness–more blended, not quite as aromatic but smooth and cool.
The ginger was fresh, more aromatic and lightly citrus, and moved to the top after 15 minutes of development with the spearmint receding noticeably. Spicematic warmed up after a half hour as the cedar rose over the pine, and sweet incense curled around both. The drydown was primarily lightly spiced, sweet and smoky cedar.
For testing, I used 1/3 of a 0.7ml sample vial dabbed to the underside and topside of my wrist area on my left arm. I used an unscented moisturizer prior to applying the scent as this is also my swatching arm (aka, incredibly parched at any given moment) as I found scent did not hold well here otherwise.
It lasted for three hours until it was a skin-scent and about eight six before it was quite difficult to detect on my skin. The sillage and projection were very close-wearing even from the initial application.
The development was interesting as it went from quite chilly in feel to something warmer and drier by the end, though it was a very quick progression and short-wearing scent! I don’t mind something that wears closer overall, but I’d like better intensity on my skin when I go to sniff.
- 50ml for $120
- 100ml for $165
- 0.7ml sample for $5