I'd be willing to bet that most of us had our first experience with chocolate notes in perfume with Angel. I'd also be willing to bet that quite a few of us shrank from it. I know I did. I convinced myself that I hated it until I smelled it on someone on whom it worked and it was delicious; I also think that the person in question wasn't someone who over-applies, because Angel is one of the big time offenders in the Smell-It-From-Space hall of shame. I've smelled it on the lowest escalator in the Beverly Center while the offender is up top by Bloomingdales. Over-apply and it's like chocolate patchouli jet fuel contail.
But there are ones that I really love.
Serge Lutens Borneo 1834 is a cousin to Angel, but instead of milk chocolate and head shop it's dark, almost burnt cacao and bone-dry pathouli leaves. This was the first Lutens I ever smelled and I still have a bell jar of it. Luckily it's in the export range ($140 for 50ML) so it's available where all the others are, for now.
Bud Parfums Ugly Bastard seems to bridge the two: not as parched as Borneo but not as, well shall we be polite and call it "lush" as Angel. It's one of those that's only available as far as I can tell down under, which makes it a reason to visit.
Musc Maori is another that comes to mind: like rich, hot, creamy coffee poured over rich chocolate with just enough musc to take it from foodie to feral, My scent twin says it gets compliments like almost no other. $105 for 50ML at Luckyscent.
So, tell me, what are your favorite chocolate scents, and which ones drive you from the room? Leave a comment..
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