Scoville by Obvious Parfums – Some like it hot

With Scoville, the French niche fragrance label Obvious Parfums presents us with a creation that could have it all. Apart from the fact that the ingredient at the center of this review is definitely not commonplace in the world of perfumery, things could get pretty heated in this review. No, not what you think! 😉 I mean “hot” in the sense of spicy! As the name Scoville suggests, the eau de parfum is a composition based on chilli peppers. 🌶️🔥

Obvious Parfums - Scoville

Obious Parfums in the Duft-Tagebuch

The Obvious Parfums brand, whose creations revolve around individual raw materials and which is committed to a combination of simplicity and luxury, has been a guest here in the Duft-Tagebuch on several occasions and so I am linking my articles on the fragrances already reviewed plus an interview with label founder David Frossard below for anyone who is interested:

Scoville – Obviously hot

Most of you have probably come across the term Scoville somewhere before. The Scoville scale, named after the American Wilbur L. Scoville (1865-1942), is used to rate the pungency of chilli peppers based on their capsaicin content. At the beginning of the 20th century, when Scoville created his classification, this was still determined by tasting different solutions mixed with capsaicin. Today, the capsaicin content of chillies can be measured using technical devices, which seems much more humane to me.

Scoville from Instagram

Capsaicin is a substance that occurs naturally in peppers and is classified as an alkaloid. These are found in various plants, but also in animal organisms and microorganisms, and primarily serve to protect the living organism, as predators rarely enjoy them thanks to the alkaloids. The substances ensure that the organisms taste bitter or pungent or are even poisonous. Capsaicin is responsible for the spiciness and since not every bell pepper is equally hot, Scoville developed the aforementioned scale, which is still used today to classify the degree of spiciness.

Numerous chilli varieties that surpass each other in terms of heat have since been added, with heat levels that Wilbur L. Scoville could probably only have dreamed of. These new varieties have evocative names such as Trinidad Moruga Scorpion, Carolina Reaper or Pepper X and are at the top of the Scoville scale. While ordinary chili peppers have a Scoville rating of 100 to 500, the three varieties mentioned above have an unmistakably higher rating of 2,000,000, 2,200,000 and 2,639,000. Only synthetically produced capsaicinoids and pure crystals of capsaicin have an even higher degree of pungency.

On social media, you can always find challenges in which ultra-hot chillies such as the Pepper X mentioned above, which is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s hottest chilli, are tasted as tests of courage. However, the health consequences of these challenges are not to be underestimated. In addition to the chilli-typical burning sensation in the mouth and throat and an increased sensation of heat, severe circulatory and gastrointestinal complaints can occur and sometimes participation in one of these tests of courage leads directly to the emergency room. So not a good idea!

Obvious Parfums - Scoville
Scoville from Instagram

Fortunately, with eau de parfum Scoville you are immune to these side effects. That’s why I’m now plunging safely into the review of the new fragrance from Obvious Parfums.

Scoville – Olfactory adventure

Perfumer Patrice Revillard was commissioned by Obvious Parfums to create Scoville, which was certainly an incredibly exciting and unusual task for the young Frenchman. The ingredients chilli pepper, Szechuan pepper, black pepper, woods, vanilla and musk speak for themselves. It should be hot and spicy. The brand describes this fragrance as an olfactory adventure, which gives me hope for an unusual and striking composition.

The risk of trying, loving, losing or winning. Courageous, not passive. A life that stings, burns and warms. A life that bites, grinds and kisses. The only life worth living.

Obvious Parfums - Scoville

Attention chilli fans! Scoville could be just to your taste. Right from the start, the fragrance exudes notes of chili peppers, freshly sliced, bright red and tingling hot. The olfactory realization is perfect and incredibly authentic. The combination of chilli peppers and pepper creates such a natural fragrance profile that I even feel like my eyes are burning slightly when I sniff it. Is it probably just my imagination or have any of you had a similar experience?

Scoville is dry, crisp and unusual, unconventional and distinctive. A creation that is certainly not pleasing, even though the eau de parfum was composed in an absolutely harmonious and balanced way. The chilli spiciness lingers for quite a long time and is finally accompanied by warm, soft and subtly vanilla notes in the finish, which have a soothing effect. Overall, Scoville is indeed ideal for anyone looking for an olfactory adventure and for chilli fans anyway. It is a well-balanced and rather transparent unisex fragrance throughout, whose presence I would classify as medium at most and which has good longevity. I would not make any seasonal restrictions. Personally, I would rather wear the eau de parfum in my free time, but I can also imagine (others) wearing it on any other occasion. How many of you already know Scoville? 🌶️🔥

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Julia Biró Written by:

Bereits 2010 gingen so einige Blogbeiträge auf mein Konto. Dann war ich „kurz“ weg – sechs Jahre. Umso mehr freut es mich, dass ich nun wieder die Chance bekomme, mein Näschen im Dienste der Duftrezension schnuppern zu lassen und eifrig in die Tasten zu hauen. Was Nischendüfte angeht, habe ich damals übrigens schnell Feuer gefangen. Meine Ausbildung tat dazu ihr Übriges: Als diplomierte Biologin kenne ich mich nicht nur mit Fauna und Flora, sondern auch recht gut mit der Herstellung von Ölen und Extrakten aus, was den Reiz der Parfumwelt natürlich noch größer macht.

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