Craving chocolate but trying to keep yourself from eating sweets? Don't run to your pantry just yet. A few splashes of chocolate perfume might just be the best temporary solution. You'll be treating the people around you to a delicious whiff, too, and believe us—no one will be complaining.
Read on to learn more about this deliciously sweet note and find your new favorite choco spritz!
What are chocolate fragrances?
Just like your favorite chocolate dessert, the chocolate scents used in perfume are also extracted from raw cocoa beans. In the fragrance world, they call this essence chocolate absolute, and is often used as a base note to add depth or richness to a scent blend.
This chocolate absolute pairs well with many recognizable perfume notes like vanilla and orange. It also mixes in perfectly with spicy flavors, some of which being cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. That said, it's not strictly compatible with only gourmand notes—you'll also find chocolate notes in floral fragrances with lavender and rose, but one of its more popular partners are patchouli and sandalwood.
Best Chocolate Perfumes You Should Try
Thanks to the genius of perfumers, you don't even need to have real chocolate nearby to channel its warm, comforting vibe. Ahead, we list some of the best cocoa-infused spritzes around. Don't worry, they're all totally guilt-free!
1. Lush I'm Home
This scent captures the feeling of those lazy, chilly nights you spend binge-watching Netflix with a cup of hot chocolate in hand. And no wonder, because Lush created this with cocoa absolute from Colombia, fusing the rich note with vanilla and benzoin for a fragrance that's sweet, warm, and familiar enough to smell like home.
I'm Home Gorilla Perfume. P1750, LUSH, lush.com.ph
2. Prada Candy Night
If Prada Candy is bubbly and unapologetically saccharine, then Prada Candy Night is its vibrant, sultry, but a little rebellious cousin. The fragrance opens with a refreshing whiff of neroli, iris, and bitter orange, then reveals the notes of tonka bean and vanilla that you'd recognize from the original Candy. The sweet surprise comes at the end, when the seductive mix of chocolate and patchouli finally hit.
Candy Night Eau de Parfum, price unavailable, PRADA, Department Stores
3. Clinique My Happy Cocoa & Cashmere
When you can't indulge in some dessert, a few spritzes of this light, cozy scent from Clinique should get you through the day. The blend of cocoa and vanilla alone will remind you of your favorite chocolatey baked goods, but don't worry—it's not that sweet. The amber, musks, pink pepper, and jasmine are there to freshen up the scent. In fact, you can even layer it with the other My Happy scents in your collection to switch it up!
My Happy Cocoa & Cashmere Perfume Spray, P1300, CLINIQUE, Rustan's
4. Hugo Boss The Scent For Her
This citrusy floral from Hugo Boss has a dark cocoa base that creates the perfect contrast. It's a subtler take on your average chocolate-smelling scent, letting the green mandarin, freesia, and pink pepper shine instead for a more vibrant, feminine feel. We can't not mention the stunning rose and gold bottle it comes in either, because it's the icing on the cake for such a dainty fragrance.
Boss The Scent For Her Eau de Parfum, £44.99 (approx. P3025), HUGO BOSS, johnlewis.com
5. Tom Ford Black Orchid
Not up for smelling like dessert? The rich, earthy spiciness of Black Orchid might be what you're looking for. It has all the makings of a signature perfume: ylang-ylang, orchid, vanilla, patchouli, and of course, smooth, and subtly sweet chocolate. Overall, it's dark, mysterious, and undeniably sexy—the type of scent that would have you turning heads.
Black Orchid Eau de Parfum, P8850 (50ml), TOM FORD, Rustan's
6. Mugler Angel
Fresh, youthful, and sugary-sweet, Mugler's Angel is one of the world's most recognizable chocolate perfumes for a reason. Besides, it is the scent that paved the way for gourmand scents in the mainstream. Popularity aside, it's hard not to fall in love with this dessert in a bottle. The combination of citruses, cotton candy, caramel, and vanilla with the chocolate are just impossible to resist.
Angel Eau de Parfum, $120 (approx. P5826), MUGLER, muglerusa.com
7. Demeter Dark Chocolate
Demeter's Dark Chocolate is by no means subtle with its inspiration. It smells exactly like a bar of chocolate you just cracked open, with a subtle whiff of vanilla that rounds up the sweetness perfectly. In fact, you might want to store the bottle away from any prying noses (read: pets) who could easily mistake it for the real thing.
Dark Chocolate Cologne Spray, $21 (approx. P1019), DEMETER, demeterfragrance.com