By Liz Bekesz

Avoiding the box of Valentine’s chocolates this year? No worries if you want to wear a sweet treat without “wearing” a sweet treat, ahem. Why not explore the dark side, as in chocolate? Though cocoa-dominant scents are by no means scant, they rarely seem to catch on as well as the plethora of popular, vanilla-dominated options. Could the glint of celebrity exposure finally help change this? Perhaps, if Rhianna’s new flanker Rebelle proves as much a hit as her chart-topping singles. Described as a “Gourmand Chypre,” Rebelle is where luscious strawberries and ripe purple plums spark to a jolt of ginger, creating an inviting, sink-your-teeth-worthy harmony of layered dessert top notes; vanilla orchid, heliotrope, and cacao absolute delve into a creamy, nearly whipped frenzy, until finally, patchouli joins rare coffee beans and creamy musks with dreamy amber. It’s a confectionary creation the girls will certainly scream for; a dreamy chocolate cream cloud to live within. Created by Caroline Sabas and Marypierre Julien; available at Macy’s and online at

You say you truly do want to live within a chocolate cloud? The closest you may get to it may be a Scentsy warmer, mated with a wickless Scentsy scent like Mochadoodle (toasted coffee and cocoa beans, sugar, caramel, and heavy cream) or Cocoa Clementine (orange-flavored candy wrapped in milk chocolate). Crave more Scentsy? Explore current trends like Pink Pepper, or try one of the wearable, portable solids, like Scenty Love Story Fine Fragrance, a blend of jasmine and amber embraced by delectable dark chocolate. For more information, visit

Prefer the simple joy of an uncomplicated, easy-to-coexist-with vanilla? Make it an everlasting love with Lavanila Roll-On Forever Fragrance. Ultra long-lasting roll on contains a concentrated, pure essential oils blend with hydrating sweet almond oil, for a delectable scent experience that lasts up to eight hours. Available in Pure Vanilla (featuring a sensual blend of warm Tonka bean, rich Heliotrope, and pure Madagascar Vanilla Bean), Vanilla Grapefruit (Pink Grapefruit and fresh Cedarwood joined with pure Madagascar Vanilla Bean), and Vanilla Coconut (rich and tropical, with Young Coconut, exotic Tahitian Tiare Flower, and pure Madagascar Vanilla Bean). Absolutely no alcohol, fillers, or harsh chemicals involved. Available at Sephora and online at

Originally published February 2012
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