Hot Chocolate – Review: Parfumerie Générale Musc Maori

Chocolate is something I couldn’t and wouldn’t want to live without. There is always, and I mean ALWAYS a little stash in my house (don’t tell the kids!). But chocolate in perfume? Nah, I don’t think so. I want to eat it, not be it.

Watch me eat my words…

I don’t know what it is Pierre Guillaume puts into his creations, but it is definitely something that works for me. Of the many I tried so far there were only two I did not like, although I have not given up on those two either, there will be a time and a place (winter probably, since the two are Bois de Copaiba and Un Crime Exotique).

Musc Maori was created in 2005 and includes notes of bergamot, Cumaru wood, coffee tree blossom, white musk, cocoa bean, abstract flower accord, tonka bean, vanilla scented musk and amber.

The opening accord is pure dark chocolate to me, like opening a fine bar of swiss chocolate and breathing in. There are traces of coffee, orange and vanilla, but the chocolate, semi-sweet and a little powdery dominates. Over the course of the next hour the chocolate proceeds to get more and more softer, lighter, milder, sweeter and whiter. White musc kicks in, vanilla takes over and finally I end up with white chocolate milk. I love it!!!

Despite sounding like a massive and heavy gourmand, Musc Maori stays airy and light throughout. It is a symphony in chocolate, but I still feel human not like a candy bar in a summer dress. Pierre Guillaume perfectly manages to connect all those edible notes with the skin in a seamless way. That is the difference to purely fun scents like Demeter, smelling like chocolate is one thing, but constructing a perfume that connects the two elements gourmand and human skin so perfectly, is another story entirely.

I may be in a gourmand phase right now and my preferences are subject to change, but if you are looking for something comforting and simply scrumptious, look no further. It is a “bury your nose in your wrist” kind of perfume, comfy and cozy, but sexy as well.

Musc Maori is a beloved favorite of the boys in my house, big and small alike.

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33 Responses to Hot Chocolate – Review: Parfumerie Générale Musc Maori

  1. This review has made me hungry for chocolate! I’ve not tried any PG scents but I’m starting to think that they are worth looking into.

    I agree that it’s one thing to smell of chocolate (a la Demeter) but its another thing completely to have a scent that works as a perfume and smells beautiful on skin.

  2. OH I LOVE Ritter Sport! White chocolate with macadamia nuts. 🙂 The perfume sounds great, too.

  3. lady jane grey says:

    Hm, annoying : I have 19 samples of PG, but not the right one… (no Musc Maori). Has to be changed quickly !
    (testing Xerjoff’s Uden today – I think you’d like it (amber …))

    • Olfactoria says:

      PG is so extensive, isn’t it?
      Uden is too masculine for me, but the drydown is lovely indeed.

      • lady jane grey says:

        Sniffed Oezel, Modoc and Lua yesterday – and had to doublecheck whether Oesel is really classified as “Male scent”. It is ! (I would want to sea that man…)
        I must be sort of masculine (I like Uden 😉 )

        • Olfactoria says:

          Where did you try the Xerjoffs?
          Oesel as a masculine is a really interesting positioning. Probably because it is so similar to Fleur du Male, also a “masculine” at least in marketing terms.

  4. Georgy says:

    I’m still waiting for the husband developping eau de bacon

  5. Tara says:

    How nice that Musc Maori is a favourite with all your boys! I like the fact that, as you say, it is pure dark chocolate and not at all heavy or sickly. I would just like there to be a little more to it, but then my nose probably can’t pick up the nuances/evolution yours does. Very nice and a must-try, anyway.

  6. jedennard says:

    The gourmand category is not a favorite of mine, but the notes in this one sound fantastic (When I eat chocolate, I favor the dark variety). And the fact that they executed with a light touch is impressive and, yes, tempting 🙂

  7. deeHowe says:

    I wonder if I have a sample of this one? There are a few floating around my sample box that I have not tried… I’m just not sure what they are! I will get through that box, one of these days…

    Edible perfumes for thinking adults, that’s what Parfumerie Generale does so well; gourmand, and even very sweet ones in some cases, they still stay out of teenage-girl territory—which I guess is due to the sophistication and development of the materials. I would just love to have the full numbered set! 🙂

  8. Undina says:

    I’m sooo behind …ordering samples of perfumes that I want to try based on your reviews! I’ve just got some from this line that you’ve previously reviewed and now this… Well, I’m not complaining: I really enjoy your reviews. One more goes on my “to try” list.

  9. Vanessa says:

    You do make it sound scrummy! I have tested this but it is so long ago that I simply can’t remember what my even more neophyte nose made of it at the time. You do also like Brulure de Rose though, I think – a much diminished bottle of which I own – and they snuck a bit of chocolate in there too!

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  12. Ellia says:

    Musc Maori is one of my favourites in the gourmand category – simply yummy))… it’s for those special occasions when you feel lonely and a little sad… then you spray a little Musc and… you suddenly have a nice feeling, as if you are protected by the warm embrace of tender and strong arms of somebody who’s very dear to your heart…
    (By the way, I adore Bois de Copaiba in winter…:))

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