Notes: galbanum, nutmeg, ginger, flowers, cocoa, sandalwood, incense
Such an odd scent this one is! All at once I smell the cocoa and a zingy fresh ginger and floral-y notes. The sweet spice of galbanum is there too, although not as pronounced as in Cartier's Must. The combination of all of the above reminds me of Band-Aids and pineapple, although not in a bad way. The Band-Aid sensation morphs into a soapy quality later on, but the impression of pineapple lingers on. (It's the ginger, a completely hit-or-miss note--most often miss--to me.) The cocoa note is very quiet, lingering in the background most of the time, which is a shame, as it seems to be a nice dark chocolate, not fake or cloying like so many others can be. The sandalwood comes out in the drydown, but sadly, not the incense. Hours into the drydown, the scent is mostly chocolate with a little woods, warm and comforting.
Chocolat Amere is listed as a man's fragrance, and I can see that. While it is not overtly masculine, it is something I would like to smell on a man. Who wouldn't like a man who smells of dark chocolate?!