Maison Tahite Cacao2 Eau de Parfum is a spiced, toasted cocoa that’s clean, nutty, and luscious with vanillic and ambery sweetness that’s supported by fragrant cedar. The cocoa lasts and lasts, even within the drydown the place it’s extra of a supportive be aware and the amber begins to take over.
It’s described as utilizing “cinnamon” to disclose cocoa’s “spicy facet” together with toasted notes, cedar, and vetiver to evoke “biting a bar of additional darkish chocolate.”
prime notes: cinnamon
coronary heart notes: labdanum, toasted notes
base notes: cocoa, vanilla, cedar, vetiver, benzoin, ambery notes, amber
What does Cacao2 Scent Like?
Within the first few seconds, unadulterated, darkish chocolate blasted by however then it was doused with intense cinnamon–spicy and so fragrant I may nearly style it. The cocoa was there, barely dusty and darkish, and steadily warmed up, nearly prefer it was melting, because it grew to become considerably nutty and toasted. The cinnamon was not as brash because it had been given about 5 minutes to calm down.
It managed to be candy with out shedding its darkish, chocolaty depth; it was spiced with out tickling my nostril; the cinnamon did, in truth, deliver out the “spicy facet” of chocolate. There was a vanilla veil that introduced out the sweetness of the chocolate however not sufficient to show it milk chocolate. There was some photorealism to the cocoa be aware, however there was undoubtedly sides of cedar and amber that have been mere whispers within the first hour that made the entire composition somewhat extra surreal.
The adjustments from that time have been gradual and extra minor as Cacao2 drifted into hotter, extra resinous territory with the cedar turning into extra fragrant and distinctive, however it remained principally cinnamon-cocoa with vanillic sweetness. It smelled just like the style of heat, Mexican sizzling chocolate–thick, clean, and spiced wealthy cocoa. It wasn’t till the third hour that it felt just like the cocoa was drizzled with golden amber over refined fragrant cedar.
Over the subsequent 4 hours, the amber and benzoin added a extra caramelized facet, darker, gooey sweetness and made the cocoa softer, woodier with out dropping its spice. The cocoa began to develop into a extra minor participant after seven hours of wear and tear, however it lingered within the background because the amber and cedar got here ahead within the drydown.
It lasted for 5 hours till it was a skin-scent and about eight hours earlier than it was fairly tough to detect on my pores and skin. The sillage and projection have been reasonable with the sillage dropping sooner than the projection inside the first hour of wear and tear.
After testing this scent, it actually hit residence simply how a lot I’ve come to take pleasure in chocolate as a outstanding be aware in fragrance; I discovered the gourmand type that calls to me. Every time I strive a chocolaty perfume, I’m swept up by it, so I’m now having to be somewhat extra measured about what number of I buy and have in my assortment at a single level, however that is undoubtedly one I’m contemplating.
For testing, I used 1/3 of a 0.7ml pattern vial dabbed to the underside and topside of my wrist space . I used an unscented moisturizer previous to making use of the scent as I discovered scent didn’t maintain nicely right here in any other case.
I bought my pattern in February 2022; fragrances are identified to be reformulated over their lifetime , so be aware of when a overview was made, e.g. a overview from 2010 might not replicate what the same-named fragrance smells like in 2022.
Cacao2 is obtainable for $120/100ml. If doable, I extremely suggest making an attempt a perfume earlier than buying a full bottle as a result of perfume can put on otherwise simply due to pores and skin chemistry. Pores and skin chemistry can impact not simply the longevity of a perfume but additionally what notes are outstanding or hidden.
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