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]