The Beauty of Scent, Scrutinized for Pleasure

Monday, September 12, 2011

Indulgence never sleeps: Aftelier Perfumes Chocolate and Saffron Body Oil


Today I got the singular pleasure of trying Aftelier Perfumes Chocolate and Saffron Body Oil for the first time.  Its base is jojoba and fractionated coconut oil, and is very light in texture. I used it straight out of the shower when my skin was still damp, and found that I didn't need to use much to saturate my skin and to leave a softly scented veil that lasted for hours. Since the scent has worn off, I may have applied it one or two more times, just to get my jollies. 

The scent is a true cocoa scent; those familiar with Aftelier's Cacao perfume will recognize its authenticity and ability to whip any sour moods right into shape in no time flat. The Chocolate and Saffron Body Oil manages to never be too sweet; it is tempered with the equally luxurious yet slightly floral, spiced botanical nature of saffron. 

I need to make a point of mentioning the presentation. It comes in a 3.5 oz rectangular glass pump-top bottle,  looks absolutely chic on a dressing table, and is very satisfying to hold in the hand and use. The genuine nature of the chocolate makes itself known right away, it says right on the label to "shake well before using". The pseudo-lava lamp thrill you get in the beginning is fun, but not as fun as shaking the bottle vigorously until the drops of almost-black cocoa essence dissolve into the oil base, sending tiny bubbles of light and dark into a beautiful flurry. 

apricot saffron profiteroles with chocolate saffron sauce [payard.com]

The product itself leaves the skin feeling like silk, and that would be enough for me, except the fragrance is out of this world and it's clear to me I'll never be able to live without it again. Other scents available are: Rose, Vetiver Mint, Patchouli Spice, Lavender and Fresh Ginger. A 3.5 oz bottle retails for $40 and is available at Aftelier.com

[my bottle was purchased by me for my own personal use]

12 comments:

  1. Thank you Carrie for this lovely review of my chocolate body oil. It could be titled "Shaken Not Stirred". I, too, love the lava lamp aspect; seeing the chocolate whirling around in the golden oil.
    I so appreciate the way you take such care and capture what I am trying to do with my fragrances. And that you even noted the bottle. It is the third one I have used -- always looking for one that is more elegant than the last.

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  2. Oh, Mandy. It is SO GOOD. I could die.

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  3. Beautiful post. Now MUST experience :-)

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  4. This sounds absolutely gorgeous for the summer.

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  5. Thanks for commenting, Lou and Sharryn- I forgot to mention in my post that Mandy sells samples of all her body oils on her website. I did a blind buy of the Chocolate Saffron because it's totally up my alley and is a no-brainer for me, I definitely need to try the others too now.

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  6. Oh oh oh. Sounds STUNNING and perfect for the season!

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  7. Not only does this sound like the scent derives straight from heaven, but you managed to get me salivating at the thought of all that decadent chocolate yumminess! I'm intrigued, Carrie...may just have to order a bottle of my own!! Lovely & evocative.....as always!!

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  8. Oooh, I so didn't need to know that. I'm addicted to body oils, and those that leave your skin satiny are not that common.
    Oh well, no point in trying to deny myself. :)

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  9. OK...true confessions. I'm not the world's biggest chocolate/saffron fan (although that is liable to change at a drop of a good oil!), but then you had me somewhere around silky and smooth. This crocodile hide needs all the help I can get...Hi ho, Off I go...to Aftelier...;)

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  10. I didn't know about Mandy doing body oils either. I've got the driest skin imaginable and never use lotions, I just head straight for the oils and let myself soak. This one sounds divine, I'll have to try it!

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  11. Thank you for the reminder to review the two Aftelier body oils I've tried! I need a full size of the Patchouli Spice =) and I absolutely MUST try this one! Once again, a perfect review Carrie! xoxo

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  12. Ooooh this sounds GOOD! Nice to know it's not too sweet either. I love body oils and sometimes make my own, but this sounds delicious and so unusual. I'm very tempted to get a sample. I bet it acts as a lovely sleep scent.

    Tara

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