Maison Tahite Vicious Cacao is a well-blended mixture of gourmand, chocolate, booze, and sugar that evokes heat, boozy cake, then caramel-drizzled cake, after which one thing barely fruity and floral, not fairly so photo-realistic, and sweeter from benzoin than pure sugar. The cocoa was the star all through the totally different phases of the fragrance, and whereas there have been components that have been kind of cake-like, it did really feel extra like a fragrance impressed by cocoa than literal cocoa (which can or is probably not what you’re on the lookout for).
Vicious Cacao Notes
It’s described as a being paying homage to “cake” that’s “enhanced by noble flowers and enveloping resins.” These are the listed notes:
- prime notes: raspberry, rose pepper, rum
- coronary heart notes: amber, narcissus, cocoa absolute, jasmine
- base notes: salty caramel, sandalwood, saffron, oak moss, benzoin
What does Vicious Cacao Scent Like?
It opened with a soupcon of vanilla cake, pepper, boozy rum, and cocoa. It quickly grew to become salty, chewy, and darkly candy with much less noticeable vanillic tones. There have been refined hints of florals, presumably jasmine inside the first quarter-hour. I used to be bowled over by how multi-faceted the construction was; it was candy and gourmand, boozy and chocolaty, but it surely was additionally subtly floral and had a jam-like sweetness (maybe the raspberry and narcissus coming collectively). The salty caramel word appeared to tie all the pieces collectively and saved the fragrance from being overly candy.
The composition received ore gourmand after the primary hour of damage; the salty-sweet, darkish caramel blended with easy cocoa was stuffed with depth and richness, nonetheless alluding to a booziness, although the rum had dissipated for positive by this level. It had a extra linear development till nearer to the drydown (about six hours in), which was when it was barely woodier, smoother, and fewer caramel and extra resinous however the cocoa remained a star even within the drydown.
It lasted for 10 hours till it was a skin-scent and about 16 hours earlier than it was fairly tough to detect on my pores and skin. The sillage and projection have been reasonable and dropped nearer after three hours of damage.
For testing, I used 1/3 of a 0.7ml pattern vial dabbed to the underside and topside of my wrist space. I used an unscented moisturizer previous to making use of the scent as I discovered scent didn’t maintain properly right here in any other case.
I bought my pattern in January 2022; fragrances are identified to be reformulated over their lifetime, so be aware of when a overview was made, e.g. a overview from 2010 might not mirror what the same-named fragrance smells like in 2022.
Vicious Cacao is out there for $120/100ml.
If attainable, I extremely advocate making an attempt a perfume earlier than buying a full bottle as a result of perfume can put on otherwise simply due to pores and skin chemistry. Pores and skin chemistry can impact not simply the longevity of a perfume but additionally what notes are distinguished or hidden.
Vicious Cacao Samples
We advocate the next retailers for buying decanted samples (usually 0.7ml to 2ml in measurement). This can be a fuller listing, so particular person availability might rely upon stock.