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November 1695, Mexico City. Deep inside the halls of the Royal Convent of Jesus Maria, a group of reverent nuns prepares a Baroque recipe of spiced Cocoa. The brew is infused with an assortment of chilies that tempt rapture, and the air is rich with the scent of exotic spices. After centuries of safe-keeping within this closed world, their secrets are finally revealed to the senses.
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3.4 out of 5
So very disappointed!
I took the quiz and this was the scent it suggested. This was my first scent using Scentbird so I was very excited to receive it. The smell is way too strong and doesn’t smell anything like the scent profile to me. It is a very old fashioned smell.
Cocoa is nice. Most male friends say it smells like a typical grandparents fragrance. I think it has more to it than just that. Everything is relative. Very warm and chocolatey. Not a bad wildcard fragrance for your collection.
It smelled horrible, I could not believe how nasty this scent was! 🥴
Not for me
Liked the scent description, but its just too strong and overpowering.
sweet and spicy
you can definitely smell the cinnamon and the Chile pepper but this is the perfect blend of sweet and spicy... leaving beyond a warm scent that just works for me
this is an interesting gourmand with deep and unusual base notes. not your typical baked goods gourmand scent
Fluent A Nice Book Read
Notes were indescribable but proof readable. I enjoyed the subtle texture, but most days did not it was very French like.
THIS is what I think of when I hear “old lady perfume”. This was not it
nice fragrance that makes people stop and ask you what scent you are wearing.
The smell is just ok. It’s a little strong and I don’t think it smelled great on me.
Smells like a spicy campfire!
This wasn't what I expected from the notes- I was thinking it would be a spicy hot chocolate gourmand type scent. Instead, it is a smoky, warm, sexy scent. It is really loud when first sprayed, but calms down quickly, and some of the dry cocoa scent comes into play. It smells amazing on both myself and my husband. This is one I would love a full bottle of. If you are expecting sweet vanilla and chocolate with a hint of spice, you will probably be disappointed.
Loved this scent!
I didn’t like this smell at all gave me a headache
Didn’t smell like I expected
Unfortunately not really long-lasting on my warm skin.
My new favorite flavor...lol
OMG......totally in love with this scent....not too overbearing .......subtle.....long lasting.....the scent unfolds the longer it stays on your skin and I have to stop myself from lifting my wrist to my nose to inhale more , only because people think I'm nuts for smelling my wrist so much....lol
Sexy and downright Edible
Warm, delicious, and sultry. Like Dolce de Leche with an attitude.
I love this
This perfume is one of the best ones ive received from here. It is strong, though so if you like a light perfume i would not recommend.
Chili Peppers & Chocolate? Thumbs Up!
This fragrance responds perfectly to my body chemistry. The smell is exactly as described: first notes of chocolate and chili pepper with a vanilla, spicy dry down. I recommend this if you like Dior's Hypnotic Poison; that has been my favorite fragrance for twenty plus years and Anima Dulcis channels the same energy with a more masculine vibe. It is close to incense as others have described and has a strong character. It is definitely a winter fragrance, lasts a long time, and is pretty distinct.
Grown man Cologne !
This cologne smells good ! One spray is all you need . Smooth , masculine , woodsy scent with a hint of sweetness in it .
Did not smell anything like the description. I didn't get any of the notes. Very spicy, like an incense.
Arquiste Architects Club blew me away, so I was expecting great things from this scent. While it definitely smells of quality, it’s just a little too difficult to wear. I think if it were a touch sweeter, and ventured more into gourmand territory, it would be easier to pull off. In general, it is definitely a spicy incensey smell. Maybe better suited for a man. Definitely not summer appropriate.
this is a very nice scent. sweet. spicy and not over powering.
Little goes a long way
It’s a bit strong and lasted for a long time. I really enjoyed its scent, it held very true to what it said it’d smell like.
Too rich for me
Very rich "sweater" scent. If you like Shalimar, you'd probably like this.
Very happy with the choice!
It smelled as spicy as I hoped!
Not a huge fan. I was hoping for something with a little bit more of a dry sweetness and spice with the chili and cocoa notes.
Very nice scent. Smelled better than I expected
All weather spiced chocolate
This smells like a lovely, spiced, and not too sweet chocolate gourmand on me. There’s a hint of flowers in there (jasmine perhaps?), slightly woody, complex without being cloying or heavy. Moderate diffusion, but quite long lasting. This will not make you smell like a chocolate truffle or cookie - it’s not the super foody type of gourmand. This is a proper chocolate-flecked perfume.
i chose this cause my dad used to wear it, really don't like it but it is a good memory
not my fav
not my fav
Not as interesting as other Arquiste scents.
A little cloying at first but then...gone. Pretty forgettable.
Smell like old ladies
Don't like it at all
If the 90's were a scent, this would be it. It sorta reminds me of insense.
Not for me
Smells like expired old spice.
Smells just like Obsession. Just an outdated fragrance.
Really warm scent and spicy would be good for a date night.
Meh, just didn't do it for me.
This is just a sweet and sexy scent. It’s refreshing and a great way to start my day. Now if I can just find it to purchase a full bottle!!!!!!!
perfect for winter
I enjoyed this a scent during the winter. heavily cinnamon but lightly powdery. similar to estee Lauder classic Cinnabar, yet still unique.
Not for me
Kind of smelled like a grandma to me. I gave it to my aunt and she loved it. I’m 17 and it just wasn’t my taste.
Among finest fragrances I've ever worn! Numerous allergies and not all scents work with my body chemistry: this one is amazing!
love this scent.. warm and cozy..
Excellent, adventurous scent with all the comforts of home!
It smells old.
My Grandma's scent
This smells very elderly grandma! It reminds me of something from the 70s and not in a good way! It is very strong and overbearing! I will be discarding this one! The smell makes me feel nauseous!
Better after awhile
As I like several Arquiste scents, I thought I would give this one a try. At first it is really strong, but then it calms down to a smooth, sweet scent. Not my favorite, but worth a try. Smell lasts about 1 hour then not much at all.
Smells like old lady perfume not unisex at all.
35 to 44
Didn’t smell at all as described. No cocoa or vanilla scents.
It didn’t have any of the notes described. It was very heavy and astringent. There was no cocoa, or vanilla anywhere in the scent
Elegantly woody, potent yet not overwhelming. Really gives you a “professional” smell
25 to 34
Warm and unique
This fragrance doesn't smell a lot like my expectations of it reading the notes, but it surprised me in a good way. It has a lot of oakmoss and "chypre-ness" to it at the beginning, so much so that it reminded me of another fragrance I own- Bottega Veneta. But then after about an hour it just becomes this yummy, warm, spicy scent. It lasts a long time on me- I can smell it on my clothes the next day and even a bit on my skin too.
Not What I was Expecting
This fragrance is very dry; that's not necessarily a bad thing. But, I was truly hoping for much more sweetness from the cocoa and more kick from the chile. It's hard to say if I don't like this because of my own expectations of what it would be, or if I don't like it. Still, for now, this one is just a miss for me.
Smells like my grandma's perfume from the 40s
I absolutely love this line's, "the architects club" so when I spritzed anima dulcis it was a double let down. It is cloying, like walking through the mall at Christmas, and it's flat, meaning one dimension even over time. Maybe it needs to be worn by a man to bring something out of it.
25 to 34
Rich, old lady perfume
This has a very vintage feel to it, like a modern day successor to the decadent, rich, dense perfumes of years past. I can't imagine it going over well today.
25 to 34
Too much Musk over Spice...
I love Architect’s Club by Arquiste, so I thought I’d try another one of their fragrances; the notes and the description of this one seemed a mysterious and glorious combination. In truth, how can anyone desire to wear this? The musky aroma is completely overwhelming all else! Stereotypical grandmother’s or grandfather’s cologne! Very nauseating! Excruciatingly disappointed. 😞 Considering cancelling my Scentbird subscription after this one. Can’t seem to choose enough of the right scents based on notes that I love.
It certainly is a spicy scent, quite strong at first. It's really different-if you want a mysteriously spicy scent this is for you. I didn't love it but I didn't hate it......I really smell the cocoa and cinnamon - makes it a very warm scent. Definitely a winter scent.
This is a heavy perfume. I wouldn’t have anticipated the scent by looking at the notes. I would by far describe this as having more “oriental” fragrance notes than gourmand notes, despite its delicious profile. The scent completely overpowered me. It strikes me as something that an older woman may wear, but then it may just be offering back a style of smell that has become vintage. The silage is fantastic and it never wears off, so be sure you like it.
Powdery and wearable
I love this. At first it smelled a bit more fresh and floral than I expected, but the subtly sweet vanilla and cocoa are more noticeable when on. There definitely is a floral background that keeps it from smelling like a cupcake. Or maybe it's the chili and I'm just not accustomed to it. I've been wearing this nonstop since I got it.
25 to 34
Not what I expected
Once this dries down, if I smell it directly, I can smell the spicy notes from the description. However, the overall scent of this perfume definitely does remind me of just standard older lady perfume. When I first sprayed it, it actually smelled so much like a perfume my mom owned in the 80's that I could picture the bottle. I'm super disappointed.
this makes me smile.
I'm really enjoying everything I've sampled from Arquiste, and I love this one – maybe it's because spicy kitchens and sweet gardens are such happy places for me. It reminds me of the best molé in town, dry roasted and ground spices.
My woman bough me a Scentbird subscription for my birthday. She also chose my first scent. She chose Anima Dulcis as my first choice/delivery. I was happily surprised. I loved it. She loved it on me. So much so, that I am going to get it again for next month. This scent is unique & different.
35 to 44
Old school hollywood perfume AKA a Grandma perfume
I would say that most people under the age of 40 and definitely under the age of 30 are probably not going to be into this perfume. I personally love strong perfumes like Amouage's Lilac Love Tuberose Love, so if you like those, you may like this (there's no floral compound here, however). It is *very* strong at first, but mellows out, at least on me, within the hour. It has a lot of gourmand notes but I don't find it to be very sweet or foodie like. I read another review that described it as unsweetened chocolate, and I would agree - that definitely describes the dry down on me. A little musky and spicy, maybe kind of like unsweetened Mexican hot chocolate at dry down.
35 to 44
Far from being my favorite.
I really wanted to like this based on the description. This fragrance is listed as a unisex scent but I would say it's much more on the feminine side. I've always been attracted to sweet and/or fruity scents but this one missed the mark for me. I get a hint of vanilla and a powdery smell but not too much on the spice side until it begins to fade. The undertones seem very musky and outdated. It reminds me of an old Avon perfume for women over 50 (no ageism intended). The longevity lasted about 4-5 hours for me. I'm not sure exactly what to do with this fragrance but it is probably my least favorite of all the scents I've received on Scentbird.