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Cacao, Black Amber & Black Copal

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Black cacao pa-pow.

 

In the bottle, I smell cacao and amber, but on my skin, this is all cacao and copal at first. For both inhales, it's really Cacao and Darkness: the first more perfumey, the second more woody, but still Darkness. 

 

Copal begins by sharing a seat with cacao, but gradually takes it over during the wet phase. I've amped copal before, and that may be happening here, because this woody/spicy/incensey dark note that is copal mostly nudges cacao out. I'm not picking up amber at all through this.

 

After this dries, it develops some sweetness. I think that's the amber's sole contribution as this plays out on my skin, but I like the blend.

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In the bottle--chocolate soap if that is even a thing? Dark cacao and strong fresh...soap. On, wet: As it warms up, the soapy note calms down a little bit and a teeny bit of the amber starts to pop up over the cacao. Drydown: This becomes a dry, soft cacao thing with wisps of the soapiness--I guess that is the copal?--and a hint of sweetness from the amber. Not what I expected but glad I got it! This would layer phenomenally with anything rose or citrus or vanilla.

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Chocolate soap, yep. Well, more like chocolate cleaning fluid rather than *soap* - it's not powdery, but it's high-pitched and unnatural and it smells like a very strange cookie. The amber is barely even noticeable and I typically amp amber a lot.

 

I tried this after two weeks to see if it was just travel shock, and it has not improved for me. I can't even let it sit on my skin more than ten minutes.

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Huh.  Waayle... I expected to be gaga for this one since I'm a huge fan of all three notes, but this isn't at all what I expected.  The copal in this smells like the one in Coffee Beans & Copal, which also didn't work for me for some reason.  Normally, I get an earthy, metallic tang from the note, almost like the way money smells, but here I'm getting lemony cola.  I know others have mentioned copal smelling like cola, but it usually doesn't for me.  I'm not really digg'n it.  I get a little cocoa in the imp, sort of a chocolate cake mix smell, but nada on my skin.  Just copal and a bit of dusty amber.  Perhaps this needs some aging to come into it's own.  (I'm testing this fresh from the mail.)  As is though, I'm glad I didn't splurge on a bottle.  If Coffee Beans & Copal was your jam, you'll probably like this, but I'm a bit disappointed.  😕

 

I might have to play with this before I give up on it.  It might smell nice added to other things.  I'll report back if there are any positive changes.  :) 

Edited by VetchVesper

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I'm surprised there isn't more love for this.

Wet: Cacao - smooth milk chocolate and some fizzy copal. It's just a touch bitter, but just enough to add some texture to the sweetness.

Drydown: Copal overtakes the scent, but cacao is still keeping it just a bit chocolatey. 

30 minutes in: I am getting something lotus like alongside the copal and cacao. It sounds strange, but it's actually pretty.

About 3 hours after application: Dark chocolate and a nonpowdery amber warms everything up. It's a little foody, but not overwhelmingly sweet. I think this one is very nice! Throw is moderate for the first few hours, then becomes a skin scent. Wear time is several hours. I already am digging this, and I think it's just going to keep getting better.

5 out of 5 stars.

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Smoky cocoa and a whiff of amber. It's slightly ambery, slightly sweet, and a whiff of chocolate. More wearable than I anticipated. 

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This one starts out with a big blast of Lemon Pledge copal, but it settles down fast, letting the amber and cacao speak up. I wasn't sure what to expect with this combo of notes, but when the copal's just a faint background player, the cacao and amber play well together. This is primarily amber with a chocolate-y undertone -- the cacao warms and softens the amber, but doesn't overtake it. Over time, the cacao slowly amps up more. It's a warm, sweet-ish, surprisingly cozy scent.

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Something in this one turns weird on me, unfortunately. I like the resiny incense smell I get from it at first, but then it turns kind of sweet yet sour ish? I am not sure which note is causing it, since I enjoy cacao, amber, and copal in other blends. I'll have to try it again after it rests a bit more and see if my skin/nose likes it better. 

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The first time that I wore this, I thought that it smelled like a chocolate orange candy.  Now I'm getting more of a bright, lemony scent from it, closer to the scent of Lemon Pledge furniture polish (which I actually enjoy, but not so much mixed with chocolate).  Chocolate bars + Lemon Pledge isn't quite mixing for me, I think, and I don't ever really pick up on the amber.  A very strong fragrance that leaves sort of a scratchy feeling in my throat.

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