Le Labo’s Poivre 23 (2008)

© Victor Wong
© Victor Wong

White Pepper Man Meat (Serve 1 or more)

1. Clean the body thoroughly (optional)
2. For maximum effect, apply some oil on the skin and rub it in
3. Apply Poivre 23 on the neck, inner elbows or any part of the body to be tasted.

Served warm, best when the body is smoking hot.

Le Labo’s Poivre 23 (2008) is a special blend that contains pepper, vanilla, patchouli and sandalwood. According to critic Ana-Blanca of perfumeon.com, she says, “…it makes you want to eat the man who wears it alive!” and “it is absolutely orgasmic.”

I’ve worn this perfume a few times but no one ever wanted to bring me to their kitchen. Oh yes, there was one, but to wash the dishes. I guess Ana-Blanca was just very hungry.

Actually, Le Labo’s Poivre 23 is not the first perfume that I’ve encountered that features pepper as its main note. L’artisan Parfumeur’s Poivre Piquant (2002) is. I showed a sample of it to my coworker and he said, “some perfumers must have run out of ideas and want to use anything they found in the kitchen drawer.” He really wasn’t the right person to have a lengthy discussion on perfumes, but what he had said kept me wondering for a while. Until one day I saw a book titled “Pepper: A History of the World’s Most Influential Spice” by Marjorie Shaffer. I browsed through it, and it talked about pepper being the world’s most traded spice. So, really there is nothing wrong with using pepper in a perfume – it is so beloved (and was so precious), why not wear it?


Author: Victor Wong

A perfume lover - niche, designer, modern, vintage, I love them all. I am also the owner of Zoologist Perfumes, a small Canadian perfume house. Please visit www.zoologistperfumes.com or www.facebook.com/zoologistperfumes for more info!

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