Fragrance

By Kim Taylor

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There’s no dearth of chocolate fragrances available now, and rose scented perfumes have been around since the dawn of woman, so take your pick below from the best of the two categories–all available at www.LuckyScent.com and fine boutiques–for stepping out on a cloud on Valentine’s Day.

Piment Brulan by L’Artisan Parfumeur is a red hot mix of chocolate, Mexican red pepper and poppy to kindle passion. There’s a magical quality to this chocolate firebrand of a profusion, which also includes vanilla, cloves, musk and amber — so spray it on and beguile your favorite someone.

Spicy Cocoa by Comme des Garcons Series 7. Dark chocolate meets orange, bergamot, chili and complex, rich spices in a wild ride of a fragrance. This is perfect for those who are a bit tired of florals and fruits, wistfully hoping for something distinctive and new. Well, this is it. It’s comprised of grapefruit, cardamom, fennel, black pepper, coriander, absolute cocoa, bergamot and chili, and it’s phenomenal.

Amour de Cacao by Comptoir Sud Pacifique. This is a gentle, charming chocolate perfume with no sharp edges. It’s reminiscent of a box of very fine truffles–it has that same heady yet subtle olfactory blend that tips you off to the fact that you’re in for a rare treat.

Chocolat by Il Profumo. Candied fruit, dark chocolate, vanilla, and honey-soaked chocolate will lasso you in, and then you’ll be hooked — along with anyone who smells you. Other notes include nutmeg, mandarine, sandalwood, jasmine, yellow rose and vanilla. Perfect with a little black dress.

Bouton de Rose by Le Prince Jardinier. An opulent profusion of roses characterizes this sublime perfume created by Richard Ibanez at Robertet, with supporting notes of freesia, amber, peony, jasmine, tuberose, cranberry, papyrus, frankincense and musk.

Voleur de Roses by L’Artisan Parfumeur. This is a dreamy, watery rose profusion buttressed by plum, bergamot and patchouli. Envelope yourself in this rich beauty of a perfume with a regal introduction.

Rose by Florascent is a tribute to the roses of the French perfume capital, Grasse. A fruity floral with a sweet heart and gentle impression, this is ultra-feminine and just a little flirty with its touch of clove and apricot. This is the fragrance version of long lashes and frills — to inspire bodice-ripping and chivalry.

Chocolate and roses go so well together that you might want to mix and match these to treat yourself this Valentine’s Day.

Originally published February 2006
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