Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
Chocolat Mat description
Masaki Matsumisha’s Chocolat Mat’s sheer and refined approach to gourmand perfumery is versatile, charming, and elegant enough to dress up or down with equal resonance.
Top notes of black currant, grapefruit, watermelon and rose blend into a bright, crisp hum before the chocolate and cacao notes come through in the heart. The black currant’s tartness and grapefruit’s energetic acidity pair wonderfully together, creating an effervescent edge for the soft, powder-dry appeal of the chocolate and cacao notes.
Chocolat Mat soon settles into a gracious and elegant vibe, with a fine polish to the notes that isn’t overly sweet or one-dimensional – this is a sweet perfume, but very lightly done. While the chocolate and cacao are the stars and the focus, they share the stage with the opening, so every note can add its own profile to the mix.
Part of this fragrance’s elegance also comes from the detail put into its longevity. There’s no rush to get to the sweet stuff, and when the chocolate and cacao notes arrive in full, they linger softly, and the dusting of sweet powder will last on the palate for several enjoyable minutes.
The inspired dry down of sandalwood, musk, and coconut is worth waiting for. The addition of coconut to the traditional sandalwood and musk base serves to deepen the dry chocolate in the heart, as well as the bright tang of the musk. The blend at the end of Chocolat Mat is as refreshing as the soft florals, watery citrus, and black currant spice from the opening top notes.
The hidden joy in this fragrance is in its languorous restraint as it dries down. This is not a perfume where the sweeter notes hammer the senses with 1,000-calorie intensity, but instead blend discreetly together.
Chocolat Mat is the tantalizing scent of a deeply-layered, artisanal chocolate cake baking in another room. It is a finely-detailed gourmand scent whose temptations are insistent, but subtle, and only make you crave this delicious dessert that much more.