A non-traditional feminine
I was afraid to try this perfume for quite some weeks, after reading reviews. Camps are evenly divided, as with Mugler's Angel: it's love or hate! It has been discontinued, so it's difficult to find, and prices on ebay have risen. I got a used--but full--bottle on ebay for about $14, so that was cheap enough for me to give it a go. I was nervous at the first spray, however. Many of these notes are not my taste at all, but I wanted to experience the chocolate!
It goes on with a big burst of lemon, but it is a good lemon; it does not smell at all like furniture polish or bug spray! It does not smell synthetic; this has been expertly crafted. Lavender is very present, but it blends well with the lemon and chocolate, which is good for me because I do not really like lavender. The chocolate seems to keep it grounded and from getting hysterically herbal. Florals stay somewhat in the background. The woods and vetiver are a strong base, and they come forward on my skin almost like patchouli. I don't get too much amber, but that--in coordination with the honeysuckle--may be what is contributing to a very slight sweetness. Also somewhat powdery and spicy. It is difficult to classify.
Complex and intriguing, this is not for the faint of heart! It's got pretty good projection, and the mist from the bottle isn't super misty, so it goes on almost in a hard stream of "squirt." (Did that even make sense?!) What I mean is, when you spray it, most of the product will end up where you want it, not floating around in a cloud in the air, with only some particles landing on your skin. It can veer into the territory of "too much," especially if you're going to be around sensitive people. Spray once, maybe twice, then gently smooth into hair or clothing. This isn't one you can mist into the air in front of you and walk through it; the application is too targeted. But enough about that.
Longevity is impressive, and it does not seem to get weaker until many hours in--maybe 7! It's potent juice.
I don't like the name. It makes this perfume sound naughty--like you're breaking the Ten Commandments!--and it's really not a naughty smell at all; no animalics.
The bottle is very nice, but I don't really like the somewhat sickly yellowish-greenish-brownish color. The cap is a brown plastic flower, and it's actually a ring. It basically just fits around the sprayer, but you can still feel the sprayer flush with the top of the flower ring. It seems as if it would be feasible to push on the sprayer through the ring, though I haven't tried this. It's different, just like the fragrance. (EDIT: I had to go try to spray with the ring on, for the sake of this review! And it works; I could spray it with the ring still fastened. And I was reminded again how amazing this scent it while cleaning up the bit of mess! So interesting and compelling. I want to keep smelling it!!!)
This feels masculine, but also feminine. If you love your florals, stay away from this one; you will find it too manly! I'm not even sure how I feel about it...I definitely like it because it is so different from anything else I have, but it's also out of my comfort zone a little bit. I steer more toward light florals, musks, and vanillas, in general. I'm definitely a fan of gourmands, and this isn't remotely in that category, even with the dark chocolate note!
Overall, it's quirky, and that makes it a winner in my book.