Last Updated on May 23, 2023
Chocoholics, listen up. I’ve been on the hunt for the most delicious smelling perfumes that offer the scent of chocolate, so you can smell like your favourite food 24/7.
Since discovering the power of perfume years ago, my interest in fragrances has grown to become what can only be described as an obsession. I’ve explored every scent going, from designer perfumes to high street options like & Other Stories, and of course, the ever-expanding collection of Zara perfumes.
If you thought smell didn’t matter, think again. Famous perfumer Frederic Malle explained to Vogue that scent informs memories and has an impact on our emotions too.
“A smell is interpreted when an odour passes into the brain’s olfactory bulb, via the upper part of the nose,” he explained.
“That information then goes to an area where emotions are processed, after which it is carried to the part of the brain where memory forms.”
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: how we smell matters. And if you love sweet scents, you can’t really do any better than chocolate-smelling fragrances.
What does chocolate fragrance smell like?
Like it sounds, the scent of chocolate smells like…chocolate.
The chocolate scents used in perfumes are extracted from raw cocoa beans (exactly like the chocolate we eat). This essence, known as chocolate absolute, is often used as a base note in fragrance blends to add depth and richness.
The chocolate absolute complements popular perfume notes like vanilla and orange. It also blends seamlessly with spicy flavours such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
Chocolate notes in perfumes go beyond gourmand fragrances. They can be found in floral scents with lavender and rose as well. Personally, I particularly enjoy the combination of chocolate notes with patchouli and sandalwood.
Thanks to the creative brilliance of perfumers, you can now experience the warm and comforting vibes of chocolate without even needing to scoff the real thing (although that’s encouraged).
Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of the finest cocoa-infused fragrances to add to your beauty cabinet.
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Shop Perfumes That Smell Like Chocolate
Candy Eau de Parfum, £97, Prada – buy now
Princess for Women Eau de Toilette, £64, Vera Wang – buy now
Fantasy Eau de Parfum, £21, Britney Spears – buy now
Black Orchid Eau de Parfum Spray, £140, Tom Ford – buy now
Good Girl Eau de Parfuml, £112.50, Carolina Herrera – buy now
Black Opium Eau de Parfum, £110, YSL – buy now
Boss The Scent For Her Eau de Parfum, £57, Hugo Boss – buy now
Blue Agava & Cacao Cologne, £115, Jo Malone – buy now