The woman dressed as
a candy bar was not in
disguise after all
Me and my son have a tradition to visit the Stockholm chocolate festival every year. I buy chocolate and baking ingredients in bulk, my son proof tastes everything. A task that he takes very seriously, in order to make sure I don’t buy anything yuk.
Something that I’m sure would do great at the chocolate festival (that I didn’t see represented there, this year) are chocolate scented perfumes. There are plenty of them around, but the one that has become my personal favorite is a scent that Suzanne of Eiderdown Press sent me a while ago, namely, Arquistes Anima Dulcis.
I must say I was almost shocked the first time I wore Anima Dulcis, because I don’t think I’ve ever come across a scent which I’ve put on and instantly thought, this one is ME. So, what does ”me” smell like?
For the first hour of wear, I’m getting chocolate, honey, oranges, burnt caramel and something animal, a sweaty beast, barely visible, peeking out through the jungle vegetation. The animal note is leaning a little bit towards rubber. It’s very finely done, barley visible, just adding a hint of life and intrigue, where there otherwise would just be a still life of different, chocolate truffles and pralines (which, of course, is not a bad thing in itself, either).
The chocolate mentioned is not overly bitter, I’d say it feels like somewhere around 60% – dark but still leaving room for other ingredients to play around. As Anima Dulcis wears, the body of the scent lightens up and this leaves room for even more notes to come out and play; vanilla grows more prominent and red chili is suddenly revealed. Towards the end Anima Dulcis has a lovely ambery quality that merges with my skin, keeps it glowing in a warm and friendly manner.
When other chocolate scents tend to feel a bit cloying after a while, Anima Dulcis doesn’t. It just works and works, for hours and hours, without ever becoming too much or too sweet. I can’t thing of a single occasion, either, when I wouldn’t happily wear Anima Dulcis. I’ve worn it to work, to lunches, when meeting friends, for family weekends. It’s one of the most versatile scents I’ve come across, yet. For anyone looking for a bit of warmth and sweetness in the autumn gloom, Anima Dulcis is highly recommended!
Official notes: Cocoa Absolute, Mexican Vanilla, Cinnamon, Chili infusion