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.