Indulge Your Sweet Tooth With A Seductive Chocolate Perfume
Are you intrigued by Gourmand perfumes? Do you dream of smelling as delicious as a deep, rich moist slice of chocolate gateau?
If so, you’d probably appreciate a chocolate perfume!
Some quotes in homage to chocolate:
“Giving chocolate to others is an intimate form of communication, a sharing of deep, dark secrets” Milton Zelman, publisher of "Chocolate News"
"Chocolate is a divine, celestial drink, the sweat of the stars, the vital seed, divine nectar, the drink of the gods, panacea and universal medicine." - Geronimo Piperni, quoted by Antonio Lavedán, Spanish army surgeon,1796
"After eating chocolate you feel godlike, as though you can conquer enemies, lead armies, entice lovers." - Emily Luchetti
"Biochemically, love is just like eating large amounts of chocolate." John Milton, The Devil's Advocate
"God gave the angels wings, and he gave humans chocolate." - Anonymous
Chocolate clearly has a very special place in our hearts. This is no surprise as it has been proven that eating chocolate encouraging the release of endorphins in the brain that are identical to the endorphins released when we are in love. Chocolate also contains caffeine which is a natural energiser. So the fragrance of chocolate is homely and comforting, mouth watering, delicious and exciting- all at the same time.
It is probably as a result of this that chocolate perfume has garnered a reputation for being extremely sensual and attractive to the opposite sex. It is a perfect choice if you would like to seduce a certain someone or just wish to be known as an intriguing person with a certain allure that others just can’t put their fingers on!
The scent of chocolate is a “top note” which means that it creates a wonderful first impression when it appears in a perfume, but doesn’t have as long a lasting power as a “base note” or a “heart note” such as a tree resin or a floral fragrance. This needn’t put you off finding your perfect chocolate fragrance however, as there are plenty of things you can do to improve the longevity of your chocolate perfume to insure that it still smells delicious after the perfume has “dried down”, (which may take between half an hour to four hours, depending on the individual perfume.) The “dry down” of a perfume is a term for the long lasting fragrance that remains on your skin after the “top notes” have faded away.
Some scents which you can add to enhance the chocolatey-ness of your chocolate perfume and give it added staying power are vanilla, tonka bean, coconut, and light musks and subtle woods such as sandalwood or benzoin. These scents serve as fixatives and will last longer than the initial blast of chocolate whilst complimenting and building on the fragrance with their own buttery sweetness and soft depths.
There are lots of other lovely scents which also go very well with chocolate. Other gourmand type scents often shine in a chocolate perfume. For instance, you could choose a fruit scent such as plum, or a spice like ginger; or even something equally fattening and delicious like caramel or cupcakes to create a real foodie heaven in a bottle!
When it comes to choosing gourmand style perfumes it helps to think like a chef. If you wouldn’t by any stretch of the imagination put two ingredients together in the kitchen then it’s better to give them a wide berth in the perfume studio too! Of course, everyone is different, and one person’s work of art is sometimes another’s disaster- so unless you are looking for a chocolate perfume for someone else then it’s best to trust your own instincts, as if you were whipping up a dessert for a dinner party.
As mentioned other gourmet scents do tend to mix best with a chocolate fragrance, however sometimes it is more fun not to follow the rules! So whilst you might be guaranteed a delicious scent by adding champagne and nutmeg to your chocolate perfume combination you might like to experiment with floral notes as they can sometime prove surprisingly effective. A well known and absolutely scrumptious chocolate perfume is “Guerlain's Elixir Charnel Gourmand Coquin”. This is a chocolate perfume with an excellent reputation which has successfully combined chocolate with rose.
Sometimes masterpieces are created by throwing caution to the winds! You may have heard of “Angel” by Thierry Mugler; here they have combined gourmet elements such as chocolate, caramel, and blackberry with more surprising additions like Jasmine and Patchouli, to create a perfume that is loved by many for its quirky character.
Good luck discovering your perfect chocolate perfume combination- when you find it you will have joined the elite gourmet perfume lover’s society and your delicious scent will be admired wherever you go!