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A surprise visit to an elegant pastry shop
My father is a trained baker and confectioner. This has taught us children a preference for sweets, which is still very pronounced in me today. He was passionate about his job, through which one day he met my mother. From then on not only did his cakes bring him the sweetest moments of his life... Soon after the wedding, his offspring came and my father got tired of the extremely early rising that was inevitable at that time. He changed his job, but he remained true to his first love, the art of baking, all his life. His marzipan cake is still the best in the world today! His specialities also include cream puffs, apple cake, meringue macaroons and, what pleases my palate especially, chocolates.
"What's that got to do with perfume?" some might ask. I assure you: In the case of COVET it has a lot to do with perfume! This fragrance seems to me to have been created in a confectionery rather than in a perfume laboratory. And if the water has already run into your mouth, that is the intention. For now you are well prepared for the eau de parfum we are talking about here. To covet' means something to desire, and this creation in an elegant, bright green glass bottle is designed to delicately satisfy the lust and craving for chocolate.
As soon as I have sprayed COVET on, I smell something that makes me think of truffle confectionery made from spicy pistachios and honey-sweet dates. The seductive smell of high-quality dark chocolate hovers over it, which begins to melt on my skin like a liquid chocolate coating. This results in further, for my nose tasty fragrance clouds, which escape from the unsweet chocolate with mint taste. I smell a forest soil interspersed with moss, spicy, rain-wet firs, light green grass with a citrus note, sweet-tart vetiver that gives exotic tones and a very mild ambre.
It smells really delicious! As if a chocolatier had refined his refined ganache (liquid chocolate cream used to fill or coat pastries and pralines) with deep dark forest honey, bittersweet lemon juice and rasped lavender blossoms. Then the chocolates probably rested in a room filled with the scent of lily of the valley to cool down. And in front of the wide open window, magnificent, ancient magnolias must have been in bloom, which then also contributed to the aroma of Covet's scented chocolates. At last, shortly before the chocolate coating became really firm, the confectionery was rolled in crushed mint leaves. And to ensure that this delicacy is not just an experience for the nose and palate, the pralines are placed in light green paper cuffs in a teak box. The eye always eats with you.
When I read about cashmere wood in the 'Fragrance Pyramid', I first truncated. Because I'd never heard of cashmere trees. I only know cashmere wool produced by goats in the Pakistani cashmere region. I researched on the Internet what the cashmere wood is all about and found what I was looking for. Cashmeran' is a synthetically produced fragrance that is said to have become an integral part of the perfume industry, and its fragrance properties can be found somewhere between woody and musky notes. It is very complex and contains beside the mentioned nuances a bitter-spicy, balsamic component as well as the smell of vanilla, which can also remind of old paper...
For me COVET is a real discovery, which I owe to a dear fragrance friend on the Parfumo platform. I wouldn't have thought it possible to make a serious perfume out of the scent of chocolate... but that's exactly what I've done. This is not at all a gimmick for teenagers or sweet tooth enthusiasts; it is rather beautiful and, with its diverse ingredients, an original scented water that knows how to reconcile opposites surprisingly well: herb and sweet, balsamic and citrus-fresh, woody and creamy, strong and yet discreet - all these qualities have been balanced to the finest. There were experts at work.
The fragrance also lasts quite long on my skin, about five hours in total, of which the first two are intense, after which it gradually becomes softer. And if he just says 'beep', I simply give in to my desire and spray it back on again immediately, the COVET.
A short word about the bottle: It is (still) available with 30ml and 50ml capacity, both are quite inexpensive. I like the design. The bright green bottle is round and flat; it is closed with a lid in the shape of a large flower, whose colour is naturally - how could it be otherwise - chocolate brown.