Molinard Fleur de Chocolat

All that Chanel lore about Grasse jasmine had left me under the impression that Grasse was  just one big idyllic field of fragrant flowers. As it turns out, this is not quite the case. Grasse has more hills than Gondor.

It was just like this, but with less hobbits.

As frequent readers may recall, I am not particularly athletic. A 5-year old flailing around in the kiddie pool looks like Michael Phelps next to me. Michelle Obama could obliterate me with one bicep curl. Had I had even an inkling of the physical exertion that would be required to walk to Molinard, you would not be reading this review today. Fortunately for y’all, my ADHD Inattentive type means that I am frequently completely unaware of my surroundings! Yaaaaaay!

Molinard Fleur de Chocolat was my one Grasse perfume purchase, mostly by virtue of being the cheapest item in the Molinard gift shop. The first 20 minutes of Fleur de Chocolat feature a very attractive dark chocolate note. It then becomes more floral, bringing to mind the chocolate-lily combination of Vera Wang Princess. Unlike Princess, however, FdC actually maintains its chocolate note. FdC’s florals also smell much less synthetic and screechy.

Fleur de Chocolat ain’t exactly high art, but at $23 for 50 ounces we could hardly expect it to be. Besides, it’s something even better: liquid cheerfulness. There’s just something so satisfying about a good chocolate note. Anyone who doesn’t immediately smile upon smelling this needs a decongestant.

Ralph Lauren Notorious

Notorious, a movie about rapper Notorious BIG, was incredibly, comically bad. Awful dialogue (here’s a good one: “We can’t change the word until we change ourselves”), made worse by attempts to incorporate actual song lyrics into the dialogue.

Ralph Lauren Notorious, unfortunately, is the kind of bad that bores rather than amuses. Notorious is a straight-up copy of Vera Wang Princess. It opens with a “chocolate cosmos” topnote, followed by truly indistinguishable florals. This is pretty much the opposite of what a truly notorious woman would wear.