With so many desserts based oround the orange/chocolate theme, one would expect to see more gourmand perfumes centered around this duo. It seems like a “natural” pairing. Olympic Orchids California Chocolate is an orange and chocolate perfume, but it’s not like some chocolate bar flavored with orange. California Chocolate is like being outside on a sunny, mild day hiding under the shade of a blossoming orange tree, sharing a bar of chocolate with someone that you really like.
California Chocolate smells like citrus chocolate. It opens with a sulfuric grapefruit and neroli over a dark chocolate liquor. The top is bright, citrusy and effervescent and reminds me a little of a grapefruit soda like Squirt. The star of the top is the grapefruit and sunny citrus. And it wears as like orange blossoms and bitter, dark chocolate. The dry-down of California Chocolate is amazing. It’s like this creamy milk chocolate with dry, warm woods. It’s one of the best “chocolates” that I’ve ever smelled in perfume. It smells like chocolate but not like you covered yourself in chocolate syrup. The woods and patchouli make this smell like perfume instead of an ice cream parlor.
Notes include wild orange, grapefruit, yuzu, white cognac, neroli, dark chocolate, patchouli, musk and Bourbon vanilla. Launched in 2013. PERFUMER – Ellen Covey
Give California Chocolate a try if you like the idea of a citrus chocolate perfume. Or if you like perfumes like Arquiste Anima Dulcis, Scent by Alexis Body Made Luminous, Payard Bergamot Truffle, Jo Malone London Bitter Orange & Chocolate and/or Missoni Missoni. California Chocolate is unisex and I think it would work well in any season/climate.
Projection is average. Longevity is above average in the parfum concentration.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Dark chocolate with citrus and citrus blossoms. If you are looking for a sophisticated chocolate perfume, this is one to sample.
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*Disclaimer – Sample provided by the brand. I am not financially compensated for my reviews. My opinions are my own. Product pic from Blackbird Ballard. Lana Turner pic from LIFE.