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.
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 EauPINION – Chocolate 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.