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Kerosene Fields of Rubus Fragrance Review

* Fields of Rubus starts off smelling like expensive dark chocolate-covered raspberries with a hint of chewy patchouli.

* Rubus means blackberry in latin, and the scientific family rubus describes flowering plants of the rose family (including blackberries and raspberries).

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Montale Chocolate Greedy Fragrance Review

Montale Chocolate Greedy* Top notes are sawdust and lime.

* Just kidding, its called Chocolate Greedy for a reason.  Dark (but not bitter) chocolate and orange are the strong top notes.

* Imagine if someone took a fresh Godiva chocolate with an orange filling and bottled the flavor as a scent.

* The orange fades away and a soft vanilla comes in.   It kind of goes from a chocolate candy to a chocolate cake.

* It softly fades into a sweet (but not too sweet) chocolate skin scent that lasts more than eight hours.

Summary.  You can tell I am dieting because I’ve been wearing this and Gourmand Coquin for the past week.   Chocolate Greedy is less refined than the Guerlain but still really nice.  To do a car analogy, if Guerlain Coquin would be a high-end Mercedes Benz, then Chocolate Greedy would be a mid range Lexus.  That being said, if I didn’t already own the Guerlain, I would probably buy Chocolate Greedy because it is so decadent.  It is not as in your face as an Amen yet it feels like it could be a brother to Bond I Love NY for All.  Since it projects so much for the first hour or so, I wouldn’t wear it to an office unless there is some transit time before you get there. It would definitely be a great nighttime scent for guys or gals as you will attract people who wll just want to lick you all over.  And isn’t that the ultimate goal of wearing a scent when going out?

Montale Chocolate Greedy is available from Luckyscent and from the Montale boutique in Paris.

Disclaimer:  Sample provided by the fabulous Julie Price from http://jewelmakeup.tumblr.com/.  Picture is from Luckyscent.

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Guerlain Elixir Charnel Gourmand Coquin Fragrance Review

Guerlain Elixir Charnel Gourmand Coquin

* Imagine the most delicious and decadent milk chocolate in the world.  That’s what this smells like.

* There is some cherry and rum at the top to support the chocolate, but it really is all about the chocolate.

* Slight projection for the first thirty minutes or so, and then it becomes a skin scent.

* The cherry/rum melts away and a soft vanilla comes in to join the dominant, sweet chocolate.

* The scent slowly fades into a delicious soft chocolate which last for about eight hours.

Summary:  Gourmand Coquin is the first fragrance I bought from the Guerlain boutique in Las Vegas.   It is also my comparison that I use when I am considering purchasing an expensive fragrance.  I think to myself, do I love it as much as Gourmand Coquin?  Everytime I wear this, I sniff myself constantly.  It is delicious, edible, and amazing.  This is not the chocolate scent you would get from a celebrity fragrance or something cheap from the mall – this is high-end, ultra luxe and rich- if there was chocolate nicer than Godiva/Lindt/etc. – that would be the chocolate that you smell here.  Although you would probably wear this as an evening scent, it works as an office scent because it stays close to the skin.  It is marketed as feminine, but guys could easily wear it.  Only two drawbacks – as a Guerlain exclusive, it is insanely expensive at $260 per bottle.  Also, the word is that it will be discontinued.   Although it might anger me, I wish Guerlain would change this from an exclusive to a mainstream fragrance so more people could enjoy and experience it.  If Gourman Coquin was marketed in department stores like their other mainstream scents, it would be an international smash.

Though Voyou is available from Neiman Marcus, I would recommend that you contact Guerlain Boutique in Las Vegas as their customer service is beyond impeccable, and they carry a complete line of all Guerlain fragrances.

Disclaimer:  No disclaimer needed.  I bought a full bottle.  Picture from Guerlain website.