January 30, 2010

Chocolate Natural Perfume - Roxana Illuminated Perfumes

Softly chocolate solid perfumes, perfect for Valentine’s Day, come in six “flavors” made of essential oils, extracts and absolutes with high cacao content.

A deep chocolate base is combined with a variety of classic perfume and flavoring notes that may be layered or combined with each other or related Illuminated Perfumes. Noir has a deep and mysterious musk note, Cerise a central tart cherry tone, La Foret, a conifer forest, Le Orangerie, citrus, Bois, a smoky wood, L’epice, vanilla and spices. They are all unusual in the clarity and specificity of the notes in combination with chocolate, a highly refined form of the gourmand style in perfume. They all, as is the nature of such purely natural ingredients, hold close to the body and are quite subtle. This along with the wholesome nature of the components aid in quieting the busy mind and focusing the sense of smell, while evoking the precise memories associated with these familiar, practically archetypal elements. The chocolate notes impart a grounding, calming and comforting yet luxurious tone to them all.

As always with Roxana Illuminated Perfumes, the presentation is part of the enjoyment as these are individually cradled in bon-bon ruffles and sealed with honeybee stamped wax seals. The organic beeswax carrier medium of the solid perfume is a tactile pleasure. I like the ritual of solid perfume, which is bringing out a pretty object and opening it, and taking a silky touch of perfume that is moisturizing and applying it to the skin like a form of olfactory cosmetics. There is an inherent grace to the sequence of events that result in a perfumed patch of skin that does not overpower the atmosphere with rapid evaporation.


Such solid perfumes resembling fine aromatic handmade chocolates, composed of elegantly presented elements, would make an artful personal gift, either as a selection or individually. I imagine a Fragonard courtier presenting a box of such solid chocolate perfumes to a lady in her dishabille, and both of them trying them out on each other. A scenario bound to end in the kisses that celebrate the lover’s holiday best.

See www.IlluminatedPerfume.com and www.IlluminatedPerfume.Etsy.com 

9 comments:

Scent Hive said...

Such a poetic piece, Lucy. I enjoyed these greatly as well and look forward to Roxana's next tier of chocolate solid perfumes!

~Trish

women's perfume fragrance said...

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Lucy said...

Hi Trish, thanks -- I did not know she was going to do more...
I wish there was a good body moisturizer made from one of these...

chayaruchama said...

Sounds like heavenly stuff...
Not surprising, though, as Rox is such a gited lady w/ a magnificent aesthetic ...

Good body moisturizer like these-
Now THAT is an excellent idea.

Beth Gehring said...

Oh .yes...these are orgasmic...beyond beautiful! I love La Foret with the incerdible epice's coming in second. Who am I kidding...I love them all and I want to slather myself from head to toe in their absolute chocolaty gorgeousness...... What a fabulous review Lucy!

Lucy said...

Dear C,
Yes, it's a pleasure to try things made with such care and grace

Scent Hive said...

Yes, there are more to come and I think Roxana is contemplating body butters! (fingers and toes crossed)

~T

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