Chocolovers was released by Aquolina in 2006, then inexplicably discontinued only a year or two later. I am still puzzled as to why Chocolovers was axed and Pink Sugar allowed to continue its reign of terror, as I find Chocolovers to be undeniably superior to its predecessor. I suspect it may have had something to do with the embarrassing name. If Aquolina had changed the damn name (and probably the bottle, too), I see no reason that Chocolovers couldn’t have done just as well as Pink Sugar. If you come across a bottle at the discounters, I suggest stocking up.
Chocolovers opens with a brief, synthetic blast of orange (nothing remotely juicy, of course, more Fruity Pebbles-esque) before settling into a surprisingly enjoyable Nutella-like combination of chocolate and hazelnut. This is a fun, good-natured gourmand that occupies the same space in my heart as does L de Lolita Lempicka. In fact, Aquolina seems to be following the Lolita Lempicka model of success: start with a licorice-filled blockbuster, follow it up with a cheap-and-cheerful gourmand. That being said, there’s no excuse for buying Pink Sugar while Lolita Lempicka is still on the market.
11 thoughts on “Aquolina Chocolovers”
This sounds fun! I’ve never smelled pink sugar, that I’m aware of, but a cheerful gourmand serves as a nice pick-me-up every now and then : )
How have you managed to avoid Pink Sugar???
not… really… sure. I feel lucky, I do.
I have to agree that the name and bottle don’t make it enticing, but the scent itself does sound lovely – I love hazelnut and chocolate together!
I really liked this one! Maybe Aquolina could have done a whole dessert-themed line, but they seem to have decided to focus on Pink Sugar only.
Well, you know I’m not much of a gourmand fan, Hanae Mori and Tauer Une Rose Vermeille excepted – and maybe L’Heure Bleue – and chocolate notes in perfume, to me, are like garlic to vampires. Pink Sugar and Chocolovers are both on my AVOID AT ALL COSTS list…
I feel terrible for vampires. Imagine cooking with no garlic. Poor things!
Oh Pink Sugar … my friend & I were looking for the tackiest perfume she had for an outing and decided that would be it. Unfortunately, we couldn’t locate where she had stashed it away and so we settled on some overstated Givenchy. Never tried the Chocolovers, but chocolate in perfume always seems really artificial to me.
Also, I’m actually allergic to garlic. Not severely so considering they like to drop it in -everything- these days, but enough that it causes my throat to burn and swell for hours following consumption. So yeah, I don’t cook with it though my fiance’ does like to put it on things … blech.
I’ve seen this one for $5.99 sometimes at TJ Maxx, and I agree it’s amazing. It smells so good, and really has a nice complex chocolate scent. It’s warm and inviting. Not near as sweet as Pink Sugar. It’s a scent I love to wear at home.
I just got a bottle of Chocolovers off (where else? 😉 eBay and fell in love when I sprayed it. Some scent ingredient in all of Aquolina’s perfumes matches well on my skin, so I like them all (even Blue Sugar). I don’t mind the name but I can see what you mean; it’s amazing how names can be a turn off to some people. Maybe if they called it “Cocoa Sugar” or “Chocolate Sprinkled Sugar” it would have been more easily recognized with the “Pink Sugar” brand and they may have been able to keep it on the market 😉 If you can’t find it at TJMaxx, you can get a bottle for around$15 (price + shipping) on our favorite monster auction site 😉
i love the hell out of pink sugar…so get fucked