Serendipity 3 Serendipitous Perfume Review

Serendipity 3 Serendipitous

Serendipity III is one of those New York City establishments that I think most of us living here take for granted. I know I often forget that this little joint has been around since the 1950’s. Giant milkshakes and have been ordered their by cool people like Andy Warhol and American royalty like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis…and the rest of us. It’s been the setting of rom-coms (Serendipity, One Fine Day and the truly horrible Trust the Man). So, between Warhol, TV and movies and inventing a trendy food (the Frrrozen Hot Chocolate), we can safely say that Serendipity 3 checks all the boxes of being a NYC icon. To further establish their brand and provenance, this quirky dessert shop/ice cream parlor/NYC icon of the Upper East Side has a perfume.

If you didn’t already expect this, let me tell you: Serendipitous is a gourmand. It opens with a a bright orange and chocolate that reminds me of Terry’s Chocolate Orange but this fragrance isn’t waxy (like those chocolate baseballs). The cocoa is more like cocoa powder and the orange is more like an orange liqueur. So, maybe some sort of orange/chocolate truffle is a better comparison? The heart is a boozy vanilla with a milk chocolate bar. The dry-down is like cocoa powder, a really great vanilla extract and some sort of musk. Overall, it’s rather linear (chocolate and vanilla).

Gourmands are an occasional thing for me. When I want them, they’re absolutely perfect. When I don’t want them, well, they aren’t that perfect. Serendipitous is a satisfying gourmand for when you want to smell like vanilla and chocolate. With this one, this is the sort of thing that I think a quirky Auntie Mame like myself should wear around my nephews. And hopefully one day soon I can take them to NYC establishments and get them all hyped on giant milkshakes and hand them back to my sisters…all while wearing a perfume that smells like cocoa powder inspired by a shop that looks like it was decorated by your brooch-wearing auntie or bed-and-breakfast-owning uncles that collect too many antiques.

Nico and chocolate

Notes listed include cocoa, Tahitian vanilla and blood orange.

Give Serendipitous a try if you like chocolate or gourmand perfumes. Or perfumes like Al-Rehab Chocolate Musk, Montale Chocolate Greedy, Comptoir Sud Pacifique Amour de Cacao, Aquolina Chocolovers and/or Laurence Dumont Vanille Bourbon. Serendipitous is also really great layered with other fragrances like citrus or tropical florals. I’m sure there are other combos that will work; I’m just not that creative to think them up!

Projection and longevity are average (to above average). I get about 9-10 hours of wear from it.

The 1.7 oz bottle retails for $45 at Luckyscent. Samples are also available for purchase.

Victoria’s Final EauPINIONChocolate truffles. Like I said, all gourmands are an occasional indulgence for me. But, when they’re right, they’re right. This one smells great for $45 and at that price, I don’t feel so bad about having a gourmand that I only wear when nephews are in town.

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*Disclaimer – Product provided by PR. I am not financially compensated for my reviews. My opinions are my own. Product photo is mine. Nico and Hershey’s from Andy Warhol’s Screen Test Series (1966) from MoMA. 

10 thoughts on “Serendipity 3 Serendipitous Perfume Review

  1. Oh I just don’t know. There is something about chocolate or cocoa in a perfume that makes me want to run for cover. The only ones that I really like are Slumberhouse Ore and Covet. Ore is dry, dry cocoa powder and Covet is just, well, weird. I mean, lavender and chocolate? I tried Montale’s Chocolate Greedy and COULD NOT wait to get it off me. Why is it the ones you hate seem to be etched into your skin. I’m still afraid to re-try my sample. I guess for me gourmand is really vanilla or sweet almond. Love to eat chocolate. Not so much to wear it.

    1. Gourmands are very difficult for me. I occasionally get in the mood for them. I can’t explain why or when, but some days I wake up wanting to smell like cake or something.

      Ore was a bit “much” for me (as most Slumberhouse perfumes are on me). I adore Covet because it’s such a weird one. Actually, that’s one I should include in my deals roundup posts because it’s so “niche” and weird but can be found for cheap.

      I know Chocolate Greedy has a lot of fans. I can see why. It’s sooo much chocolate! But, it makes my stomach turn (on me). I think because it reminds me of Cocoa Puffs and those gross me out. Serendipitous is sweet like Chocolate Greedy but more like a creamy truffle dusted in cocoa powder. For some reason I can handle that. Go figure.

  2. I need to revisit my sample of this (bought back when I wanted to try everything vanilla.). I’m thinking I could layer Dame Chocolate Oil with any number of vanilla perfumes and get the same effect!

    1. I’m sure you can! I tend to use any of these sort of straight-forward vanillas/chocolates as layering perfumes. They work just fine on their own but I tend to like my sweetness paired with other notes. I just need to get better at determining which sort of notes work best with them.

  3. I had a gourmand period where I tried pretty much anything and everything recommended by the Gourmand Gang over on Fragrantica. Never did get to Serendipitous though, even though it’s kind of a cult classic. I do like a good orange/chocolate (like Olympic Orchids California) so maybe I should put it on my list again… I have gone a bit off the gourmands though. These days I like my perfumes syrupy but not gourmand… sweet but edgy and interesting.

    1. I’m one of those people that thinks Guerlain makes the best gourmands. They can make sweet stuff that isn’t just like candy. There’s nothing wrong with smelling like candy, but something about sweet + incense always gets me. Guerlain is good at it.

      Yes! I’d compare this to something like the OO one. This one is more vanilla but those could be related.

      I go in and out of it. Like I said, it’s a very rare mood. But, when it happens and I am wearing something like this, it’s perfect.

      I’m not anti-sweet. I’ve been at meet-ups where people try something and say it’s sweet. And all I smell is moss or something. But, then I remember that essentially I’m a Southern gal and raised during the Mugler Angel era, so I guess I’m immune to sweet…or expect it.

      1. Lol, I’m usually all like “You call this sweet? You ain’t seen sweet yet, honey!”… XD I like my sweetness dark though, sticky and dense, like syrup, sap or honey. The Guerlains are usually a bit too refined and restrained for me, more like a lovely haute cuisine dessert. I like most of them, but they aren’t very me… Rustic syrupy sweetness à la Slumberhouse Sova or Zahd is more my thing. 😉 And anything immortelle!
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        1. Lol. Right?

          I used to think they were struggling for the “right” word, but then I realized there are a lot of people that hypersensitive to sweet. I’m not one of those people.

          I can’t do immortelle. It’s the one note that suffocates me. But, I’m also the sort of person that can not stand the taste of maple syrup. BUT I totally get why people like it. I’m the weirdo.

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