Product Type: Molton Brown fragrances
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Molton Brown Black Pepper Eau de Toilette
Member Name: OllieCourts
Molton Brown Black Pepper Eau de Toilette
Advantages: Flawless fragrance, nice packaging
Disadvantages: Expensive. Doesn't last long enough to make an impact
I bought this Eau de Toilette last year on a visit to the Molton Brown store in The Lanes, Brighton. Like every other visit I've had to this store, I seem to be the only person in there, meaning the sales assistants try and flog the whole shop to me. As soon as me and my girlfriend stepped through the door the orange-faced lady asked if there was anything in particular I was looking for, and I hate saying 'No thanks just looking' so I stumbled an ambiguous answer. I believe it was along the lines of "B..ath...tershave". Anyway, 10 minute later I had my wallet out purchasing this Eau de Toilette.
Like the name suggests, this is nice and spicy on first impressions. A strong initial scent that I thought was very masculine, although by the amount of the bottle my girlfriend went through, I'd say this was unisex...
As the Molton Brown website states, this fragrance contains Italian Coriander, Cumin, Oakmoss, Patchouli, Violet Leaf, Bergamot and Ginger. I feel the cumin and ginger are the more noticeable smells, along with the black pepper obviously, once again adding to the spicy aroma. I can't compare this Eau de Toilette to any of the high streets fragrances I wear, as it is uniquely aromatic and exotic.
So the actual scent is lovely, you'd be a bit strange not to enjoy it. However, despite the few sprays we'd put on a tester strip remaining there for many hours, I found that once you put this on your skin, the fragrance lasts no more than 2 hours if you're lucky, which isn't very impressive (although logic tells me this may have something to do with Black Pepper's flavour and aroma commonly evaporating rapidly). High streets brands could last up to all day, yet this you'd have to re-apply more than twice to have that sort of effect. Obviously fragrances do differ on various people, but I found the duration was similar on everybody who tried this.
Considering the bottle comes in a 50ml size, you'd soon go through that in a matter of months if you were to use this daily.
As always, Molton Brown's presentation of the Black Pepper Eau de Toilette is flawless. A trendy little box with a magnetic shutter and branded ribbon looks very nice if you were to display it, and the inside is a variety of coloured stripes. The bottom of the box is where you'll find the information such as ingredients and size, so nicely hidden from view.
The bottle itself is glass and fairly simple as you can see from the picture. It is a spray and the cap is easy to remove. If girls were to buy this product, it would fit nicely in a handbag, with or without box.
In store, I believe this fragrance was around £32, although I'm not sure how cheap you can buy it off the internet. For 50ml's this is expensive in my opinion, and considering the bottle only lasted me around 6 or 7 months, i wouldn't pay it again. Molton Brown isn't a cheap brand, but generally I feel you get what you pay for in terms of their lotions and salts, yet I was disappointed with the price of this product.
My rating - 3/5
As far as the fragrance goes, this is one of my favourites. Lovely and warm for any season, and perfectly presented.
However, for £32 to get 2 hours max. worth of scent then I wouldn't contemplate purchasing it again. If I could get it for as little as £20 then it would be more realistic and I'd be buying it again, but for the meantime I'll stick to cheaper high street brands which last longer.
Summary: Not one of my favourite Molton Brown products
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