Monday, September 21, 2015

NAVA Black Diamond Review

Brand: Nocturne Alchemy/NAVA
Availability: Limited Edition (Studio Limited)
Notes: Egyptian and Belgian Dark Chocolate, imported Nahuatl Xocolatl perfume, blended with vanilla cream musk and cocoa

First impression out of bottle: Cocoa absolute, dark and a teensy bit alcoholic

Freshly applied: Same slightly alcoholic bitter cocoa absolute note. Reminds me a lot of the chocolate in Black Star. Not super sweet, but like DARK chocolate truffles. Dark and creamy like true dark chocolate ganache being swirled and melted over a flame.

Chocolate ganache
Drydown: Same true dark chocolate scent, but the throw decreases on this pretty quickly. It's still complex, but it feels a lot softer and muskier

After several hours: Soft vanilla musk with smooth cocoa, like expensive flaked hot chocolate.

Vanilla cream musk and soft cocoa

Longevity: High
Sillage: Medium

Would an [X] lover love this? Yes, a chocolate lover would find this to be a true dark chocolate, not cloying or dusty, just like the real thing.

Would an [X] hater love this? This is a straight-up chocolate scent, so I don't think it would be interesting to non-gourmand lovers. True, it's not super sweet, but it has no patchouli or wood notes that might make it more palatable to someone who prefers earthier perfumes.

Where am I? Eating truffles and drinking hot cocoa in a Belgian sweet shop.

Where would I wear this? Everywhere, all the time, layered with everything. It's subtle enough for any season, and I think it's kind of sexy, so it would be a great nighttime scent.

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