You are not necessarily a chocoholic if you want to occasionally gorge. It is one of the most affordable pleasures and drugs available to us. With chocolate, I personally go in waves: I can take it or leave it for a while, and then suddenly the urge for that particular delicious mouthfeel and bodily sensation – the deep texture; the warmth, and sugary, eye rolling ecstasy – is just so huge (particularly if it contains crushed hazelnuts) that I can act like a pig in a trough – and even feel not an ounce of regret.
With chocolate in perfumery, you usually have to go through layers and layers of palaver to get to the fix you are looking for. Not so with Fueguia 1833’s Muskara Cacao, which is nothing but chocolate – specifically two unique extracts from different varietals from Ecuador and Mexico that fill up the room when you spray like two chocolatiers having a pillow fight full of dusty, packed-down, pure cacao powder : more chocolatey than hell: a chocoficianado’s dream.
I really like it. Anchored with a unique pheromonal plant musk – skin close, sexy – a specially engineered accord by the Buenos Aires based Argentinian perfume house that also features prominently in the entire Muskara range (I am also,l drawn to the husky Vetiver in the line), this is a dry, sly, podlicious perfume that will satisfy the chocolate purist or dieter – or plain gourmand perfume lover – leaving you as polyphenolic as a ganache.
The only drawback ? The price. Thinking I might treat myself to something niche and brand new as a New Year pat on the back with my next pay packet, this perfume immediately popped into my mind today as a prime contender. At the boutique in Roppongi I had noted the price in my mind, mistakenly, as ¥18,000, which still definitely isn’t cheap (but then you are talking about quite a luxury gourmand, and it apparently takes 800kg of cacao pods to extract 1kg of perfume extract); looking at the website, however, I see that a 100ml bottle of this precious concoction in fact costs a cool ¥60,000 – or at today’s exchange rate, about $548. Which is quite a lot, even for an admittedly interesting scent that you could probably approximate by melting some high end chocolate and then dusting yourself with cacao powders and licking yourself clean.
But no. No…… not really.
( I still want it )