chocolatecollage

I am not a huge fan of “gourmand” or dessert like scents but sometimes I “crave” them just like I crave chocolate. This is occasionally but when I want it, I want it. Nothing beats a chocolate lavender bar or a chocolate covered fig, but I usually don’t have those treats stashed away in my house… So, that’s why I have a few chocolate fragrances in my collection. They really hit the spot when I am in one of those moods. I’ve put together a “collage” of chocolate based scents in all price points. I tried to focus on scents that are “heavy” on chocolate since it is a note used in many blends. I wanted to go for the ones where chocolate is the star. Something that as I say “makes your face fall off”, like a bite of rich, dark chocolate.

Budget Scents: If you are looking for a rich, dark chocolate based scent with a hint of heady florals, try Crazylibellule & The Poppies Les Garçonnes in Joséphine Jonquille. It’s a solid perfume “crazystick” and it goes for about $18. If you want a delicious, dessert like fragrance, try Serendipity 3 Serendipitious EDP. It retails for $37.50. It’s nice because it has a hint of blood orange making it very “juicy”. Demeter has a bunch of chocolate scents for $20 for 1 ounce: Devil’s Food Cake, Hershey’s Dark Chocolate, Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Kisses, and there are more. I do find that these smell like the real deal. Their price makes them nice for a chocolate fix and they fade quickly so you won’t smell like that all day. mark Self Sanctuary Chocolate Orchid Scent Mist is a light wearing dark chocolate floral. It’s not my favorite by a long shot but it goes for $12 and there are body products in the line. Villainess Perfume Oil Crushed (not pictured) is a fruity dark chocolate blend with ripe raspberries, so delicious. It retails for $18.

More Expensive Scents: If you want to smell like a chocolate martini, try Bvlgari Blv Notte. It goes for $82 for 2.5 ounces. (That’s an expensive chocolate martini!) A sinful chocolate blend is Montal Chocolate Greedy, largest size goes for $135. This is every chocolate product wrapped into one and a must for the chocolate gourmand scent lover. If you want a bitter chocolate, try Payard Bergamot Truffle. It is $48 and a cologne. Comptoir Sud Pacifique’s Amour de Cocao really reminds me of a cocoa puff. Hey, some people like that sort of thing! This EDT goes for $49. Parfums des Beaux Arts by DSH has Piment et Chocolat (not pictured). This is a spicy, sexy blend of dark chocolate, nutmeg, and peppers. I do love to consume spicy dark chocolate…The 1 oz. EDP goes for $135. By the same perfumer, there is Creamy Chocolate (not pictured). This is a rich, hot chocolate like scent since it has vanilla. The 1 oz. EDP goes for about $56. A nice playful gourmand to try is Vera Wang Princess, largest goes for $72. This is sweet, chocolatey and everything else too. If you want a spicy chocolate like you would experience from a gourmet chocolate bar, try L’Artisan Parfumeur Piment Brulant. The largest goes for $135. Don’t forget the most famous gourmand ever: Thierry Mugler Angel. This has chocolate and lots of other stuff. The 1. 7 ounce EDP goes for $110.

Body Products: If you seriously want to smell like something you probably shouldn’t be eating unless you like the look of a double chin, I would say to try the entire line of Dylan’s Candy Bar Chocolate Cupcake. This is sickly sweet chocolate stuff here. Need 2 vices at once? Try 100% Pure’s Dark Chocolate & Mocha line. This stuff is rich, rich, rich. If you only want to smell like chocolate for a very short time, try either or those body washes: Lush 13 Rabbits Shower Gel or Philosophy Classic Fudge. Both are sure to curb your chocolate craving. I really like the chocolate bath products because they are so short lived so I don’t have the fear that I smell like a Strawberry Shortcake doll all day.



Sud Pacifique Amour De Cacao Perfume for Women Eau De Toilette Spray 3.3 Oz by Comptoir Sud Pacifique

Demeter Devil’s Food Cologne Fragrance Pick-Me-Up Spray is just as rich and gooey as the real deal. This fragrance is super chocolatey and really rich. It’s a perfect chocolate fix. Seriously, sometimes when I crave chocolate I smell this and then the stuff your face in a vat of chocolate syrup urge is gone. It is rich and smells like Betty Crocker Devil’s Food cake batter. It smells like wet and milky cocoa powder. It smells more of batter than a dark chocolate bar; it’s cake batter. It actually smells moist and gooey. It reminds me a lot of a Strawberry Shortcake doll from way back in the day. It smells like cake and sometimes smelling chocolate is nice. It isn’t very long lasting but is nice while it is there. It’s quite devilish really.

Well after playing in this for a few weeks, I have to say I’d rather sink my teeth into a dark chocolate truffle.

I’ve always had a strange relationship with Estee Lauder. Until recently I have disliked the brand because I have always felt that it was made for people that felt like they had to wear makeup and that don’t actually want to wear makeup. It was a brand that I always viewed as being old and it never really showed me anything that I would like. The past few years I feel that they’ve really tried to change in a positive way. They had Tom Ford’s name to help and offered many beautiful color collections and delicious scents such as Youth Dew Amber Nude (RIP), Azuree Soleil (RIP), Bronze Goddess and Sensuous. However, I find this color collection very dull and dated. It’s about a decade too late in my book.

I had a feeling that brown lipstick and bronzes and coppers were coming back. It’s been awhile since they had center stage like I was a freshman in high school. We all thought then that chocolate brown lips and copper blush looked natural but we were young and trying to wear what our mothers did not. The truth is you look more young and beautiful and natural with a wash of Benefit Benetint and pale pink lipstick. Browns are hard to wear unless you have a smooth medium to dark skintone. For example, I think the model in the EL Chocolate Decadence ad looks bad. That blush doesn’t help her and think about the work that went into that picture and it still looks bad.

Anyways, the collection contains a few fun things and few duds. FACE AND EYES: There is the LE Creme Caramel Shimmer Powder which is a swirl of shimmery white gold and chocolate with a faint yummy sweet scent. It retails for $32 and is in a milk chocolate compact. It’s ok but I didn’t buy it. This collection features many swirls which I find too much like Bonne Bell or  Bon-Bons-ish. It’s too juvenile for the colors offered and takes me back to high school too much. However, it is still my favorite part about the collection. There’s the Chocolate Box Eyeshadow Quad in Caramel Truffle which features two swirly imprinted shades. All of the shades are of creamy chocolates. It retails for $35 and the website says that it is sold out. These shades are very wearable and are an amazing formula so I understand why it may be hard to find. There is also an Eyeshadow Quad in Berry Truffle which is very pretty. It features various berry shades and a beautiful pale highlighter shade. The eyeshadows are in a chocolate brown and gold compact. They relaunched the Artist’s Eye Pencil in Brown Writer which is a great item for any makeup bag.

LIPS AND NAILS: LE Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick with Swirl in Caramel Swirl which is a shimmery gold and bronze shade with a sweet raspberry chocolate scent. I am not a big fan of this shade because it can look nasty on so many people. And there is a LE Berry Swirl which is a medium berry swirl that I find suits me better. They relaunched Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Tiger Eye a sheerer bronze shimmer. If you do not have this one, just wait for gift time. This color is always the warm featured lip shade in every gift. I have a million of them and have to layer it to make it look alive. Both lipsticks retail for $22. There is a LE Pure Color Lip Gloss in Caramel Swirl which is a mix of shimmery reddish bronze, gold, and pale pink. It looks fine until it mixes up and looks nasty in the packaging. The final color is ok. There is also a Berry Swirl which ends up looking like a beautiful berry pink shimmer. Both have a sweet raspberry chocolate fragrance and retails for $18. There is a Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Satin Gold which is a warm shimmery reddish bronze that retails for $18.

Overall I am not impressed. I do consider the shimmer powder and the eyeshadow quads but that is it. The lips are so putting on lipstick after my freshman gym class looking into a dingy mirror in a mustard yellow bathroom with no doors on the stalls. Not glamorous.