Once upon a time I thought that chocolate in perfume equals Angel. I suspect that many people who found themselves in close quarters with an Angel abuser declared themselves gourmand haters in general and chocolate perfume-loathers in particular. I was clinging to this misconception for a very long time. Bumping into Aquolina Chocolovers didn't help any, and neither did getting a gift of a Tommy Hilfiger milk chocolate-scented body cream. It was quite a while before I realized that neither pink marshmallow nor a rotten fruit accord is not necessary to a chocolate perfume. Once I did, though, I fell in love with the dark, bitter or sweet, buttery or powdery character of this note. I also figured the connection between patchouli and chocolate/cocoa and the magic that happens between chocolate and iris. Which brings us to the present, when I have several full bottles of chocolaty perfume goodness, and a shortlist that had to be shortened for the sake of this post.
In no particular order:
Mazzolari- Lei. Like rolling in cocoa powder. An incredible comfort scent and mood booster. Kind of like eating chocolate.
Aftelier- Cocoa. The best interpretation I know of the chocolate-orange theme.
Guerlain- Iris Ganache. White chocolate never smelled more enticing. Sadly discontinued.
Serge Lutens- Vetiver Oriental. Wonderfully original and intoxicating. Chocolate in the jungle.
Serge Lutens- Borneo 1834. The reference perfume for patchouli and cocoa. Dark and dusty.
Parfumerie Generale- Musc Maori. Cocoa, powder and milky skin can be surprisingly sexy.
Providence Perfume Company- Cocoa Tuberose. Yes, I recently mentioned it as a favorite tuberose fragrance. It's that good.
Cartier- Le Baiser du Dragon. Amaretto and chocolate over a patchouli-vetiver base. A love-or-hate fragrance. Discontinued but can still be found.
Tableau de Parfums- Dark Passage. A limited edition by Andy Tauer that pairs iris, cocoa and dark chocolate.
Arquiste- Anima Dulcis. A very modern animalic fragrance that uses chocolate for depth and seduction.
Montale- Chocolate Greedy. Chocolate, vanilla, coffee. What you see is what you get, in the best possible way.
Armani Prive- La Femme Bleue. I wish it was just hype. Iris, chocolate and incense in a super limited distribution and a shocking price tag.
Honorable mention: Ayala Moriel- Roses et Chocolate (the ultimate Valentine's Day perfume), Tom Ford- Black Orchid (not a chocolte perfume, but has a sumptuous chocolate note), Payard trio fragrances (dessert in perfume, a short-lived pleasure), 1000 Flowers- Reglisse Noire (spice and chocolate), Hermes- Elixir de Marveilles (orange and chocolate).
How do you feel about chocolate in perfume?
Images: thestoryofchocolate.com, Serge Lutens Facebook page, vintageprintable.swivelchairmedia.com, and various online auctions.