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Black Pepper Cologne
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Black Pepper Cologne by Demeter

No plant since the apple of Eden has had a larger, more telling effect on human history than the black pepper vine. Beginning in 327 B.C., when Alexander the Great invaded India and discovered the pleasures of well-seasoned food, wars have been fought, kingdoms over thrown, unknown oceans braved, and continents discovered-all for the sake of peppercorns.

Attila the Hun, holding all of Rome hostage, demanded 3,000 pounds of peppercorns as tribute. Throughout medieval Europe, pepper was commonly traded, ounce for ounce, for gold. In 1488, in search of a water route to the spice markets of India, Bartholomeu Dias first sailed the raging waters around Africa's Cape of Good Hope. Four years later, looking for an easier route to the same markets, Columbus landed in the New World. Columbus believed he had discovered the Far East. He also believed he found a new type of black pepper. What Columbus really found was not related to black pepper at all, the local populations referred to it as AJ and is what we now call the chili pepper.

Black pepper's pungent bite comes from the alkaloids-piperine and piperidine-and resins found mostly in the seeds. Its aromatic, slightly musty odor comes from the volatile oils found largely in the flesh and skin; these are the oils go into creating Demeter Fragrance Library’s Black Perfume Cologne.
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