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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Sweet tooth: Chocolate .

By Tom

When I smelled the first scent that had discernible chocolate in it I was horrified. It was, of course Angel and it was, of course usually worn by people who loved it to abandon and wore a lot if it. I loathed it. Then one day I smelled it on someone who wore just a touch and it was lovely. Really lovely. It wasn't something that I would wear but I could appreciate it.

But I still told myself that I didn't like chocolate in scent.

Then I found Borneo 1834. Like Angel, it featured chocolate and patchouli, but Borneo's was dry and vaguely dusty, like something that had been found in a desert tomb and I loved it.

Since then there are been others, like Bud perfumes Ugly Bastard, Parfumerie Generales Musc Maori and Uncle Serge's own Vetiver Oriental. I don't own all of them by any stretch of the imagination, since my urge to wear that note is easily taken up by Borneo, but I do love smelling them and if any showed up on a birthday I'd be thrilled..

What chocolate scents do you love, or loathe? Let us know in the comments..

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Blogger Flora said...

I like Ugly Bastard too, it has such a raffish charm. Another Aussie perfume, Death By Chocolate from Perfume By Nature, is fabulous too. My favorite may be the unfortunately discontinued Sali Oguri Persephone New York, which has a rich, silky dark chocolate note paired with pomegranate, hyacinth and other delights.

1:23 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well Tom if you are the birthday boy email me your address and I will post you a surprise. Cheers, Howard,Bud Parfums.

5:27 AM EDT  
Anonymous mals86 said...

I've hated any chocolate note I've smelled in perfume, even in 100% Love, which is probably the least dissonant one I've come across. It's just... No. Just no.

But you go ahead and enjoy. :)

1:32 PM EDT  
Blogger MoonRae said...

I adore Borneo 1834, like you said,dusty & dry....kindof' like my west TX home

1:46 PM EDT  
Blogger Tammy said...

I am barely starting to appreciate vanilla in fragrances, so I doubt chocolate is a note I'll be enjoying any time soon. I don't even recognize it in the horror that is Angel.

I am just not a fan of gourmand notes in my perfume.

4:05 PM EDT  
Blogger Nancy said...

Angel gourmond...

9:35 PM EDT  
Blogger Nancy said...

Angel gourmond. :-)

9:36 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


"raffish charm" does it proud.

1:51 AM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...

Howard- check your email!

1:52 AM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


I get it. I feel that way about a few notes. and about the new blogger "prove you're not a robot" sign in..

1:54 AM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


If that's what Texas smells like then I am going to have to visit!

1:55 AM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...


I know. But sometimes it can be so gooooood...

1:56 AM EDT  
Blogger Tama said...

Providence Perfume Co has a nice one - Tuberose Cocoa - it has a very dry cocoa nicely tempered by the tuberose.

Musc Maori, to me, smells just like a chocolate orchid flower I have smelled. I like smelling it but can't wear it well.

3:07 AM EDT  
Anonymous reglisse said...

Vetiver Oriental. My first full bottle purchase, back in the day, and I still really like it.

8:22 AM EDT  
Anonymous maggiecat said...

I love chocolate as a food group 9and yes it is a food group, one which has a minimum daily requirement) but have never liked it in a scent. Perhaps, as you suggest, because of the happy Angel overdosers - never thought of that but it could be true. I'll keep experimenting, but for me, chocolate in my mouth - Yes! Chocolate in my nose - Not So Much...

10:18 AM EDT  
Anonymous Cynthia said...

Tom, I have always had such gentlemanly taste in perfumes and often wear cologne (but I am, as it turns out, a lady) Since moving with my husband to LA from NY, I can *always* count on you. If you like a fragrance, without a doubt, I will like it too. Borneo 1834 is a favorite of mine; just such an easy and pleasing scent. And when I wear it to the Weho Equinox, all of the cute gay boys jump on me, so there's that! I'm a journalist, but have yet to write about scent, even though it is my other passion. I hope someday soon, we can meet at Scent Bar and compare notes! Will you make a list for your devoted readers of all of your current to-die-for scents? Yours, Cynthia

2:32 PM EDT  
Anonymous Kurt said...

Cheap thrill: Yves Rocher, Neonatura Coccoon. Drugstore version of Borneo 1834.

9:20 AM EDT  
Anonymous unseencenser said...

I'm with Tama, I'm quite enjoying Providence Perfume's Cocoa Tuberose. It's got the great features of a natural: complex rich scent, and gone in a couple of hours so I can wear something else. :-)

I ADORE chocolate in fragrances (adore gourmands in general), so I am not sent running by a mention of "chocolate" in the notes. Yet still I don't own anything called Ugly Bastard. I must remedy this.

1:56 PM EDT  
Anonymous Wordbird said...

Ah Tom, you're so right.
Chocolate isn't something I want to smell of. Even my Palmers Cocoa Butter body lotion is just a teeny bit difficult for me, reserved solely for bedtime.

But Borneo 1834 works. It's different. It cured me of my fear of two notes: cocoa and patchouli. Genius.

7:19 PM EDT  

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