OK, Valentine’s Day is arriving this week and if you’re not really up for chocolate (I do understand that not everyone is a chocoholic and some are trying to abstain), then let’s get our chocolate fix from fragrance — specifically white chocolate, shall we? I realize that it is not a true chocolate, as in made from the bean, but play along with me anyway.
Here are my picks for white chocolate love:
For a sophisticated, elegant take that has an Oriental depth and weight, Chanel’s Coromandel gets my vote. In “Perfumes: The Guide,” Luca Turin writes: “If there were such a thing as powdered white chocolate, it would smell like Coromandel. Wonderful.” Hear, hear, Mr. Turin!
In a beautiful and different interpretation, iris goes creamy and gourmand, getting the pastry treatment via a four-star kitchen in Guerlain’s Iris Ganache. Such a shame this delight is no more. Oddly enough, some days when I wear Guerlain’s Cuir Beluga, I get a familiar echo of the discontinued gem and its white chocolate note and it makes me happy.
And despite its limited edition status, Armani Prive La Femme Bleue also imbues iris with a hint of chocolate, and to my nose, it could be white, why not? Incense adds a bit of depth to this elegant veil of scent that manages to create an iris-centric scent that has a beauty all its own. One that’s not rooty, powdery, chilly, funereal, wet or gourmand, no mean feat.
What are your favorite chocolate scents? And are there any other white chocolate (or otherwise) scents that we should sniff?