I was dreading the density of a chillies-and-chocolate combo. Would this be like slathering oneself in stinging mud?
However, the wearing experience reminded me not to take notes lists too seriously, for this is mainly a cool and airy green floral. The chilli here is sappy and aromatic, just sliced, but fortunately without fire. This aroma was always there in the real thing but it’s one of those things one takes for granted unless reminded of its qualities in a novel and poised context.
The floral sweetness adds an elusive dimension – the faint scent that certain flowers not known for their scent have, like some kinds of tulips that have a trace of musky saffron lingering within their cups. Here the note is supposedly poppy.
Disregard the spices, they are all but imperceptible. The chocolate and cocoa are a waveform in the air. The totality sparkles – stimulating and calming at the same time.
A caveat: this perfume will not impress those more used to strong fragrances. It’s perfect, however, for cool days of clean air.