11 Best Chocolate Perfumes: Top Picks 2021

Updated June 2021

Men

Christian Dior Homme Intense

Unisex

Atelier Cologne Grand Neroli

Women

Hugo Boss The Scent

How We Found the Best Chocolate Perfumes

5 Experts Interviewed

28 Fragrances Tested

Top 12 Picks

Liam Carson

Liam Carson

If you are looking for a perfume that smells like chocolate, this is the right guide for you! This sweet treat is everyone’s best friend, making it no surprise that it is also a popular perfume note, a less feminine alternative to those who don’t want to wear a floral or citrus perfume. Cocoa cologne is also popular amongst men who want to stand out from the crowd. We are searching for the best chocolate perfume for ladies and men by rounding up 11 of the best-selling fragrances from some of the industry’s most recognisable brands.

Summary List

Chocolate Scents Ranked by Cologne Critic

Unisex Scent

Best Overall Chocolate Scent - Atelier Cologne Grand Neroli

Our Pick

Grand Neroli is the first spring and summer fragrance on this list, as well as being a daytime scent. This cologne is a unisex option, which launched in 2011 and was formulated by Cecile Hua. This scent opens to top notes of Amalfi lemon, bergamot, neroli, and petitgrain. You’ll smell birch leaf, galbanum, and oak moss in the heart notes. Grand Neroli closes to base notes of Madagascar vanilla, musk, and white amber.

If you want a cologne which blends chocolate and citrus notes, this scent by Atelier Cologne is a lightweight option which stands out from the others in this guide.

Main Accords

  • Green
  • Citrus
  • Aromatic

Men

Best Scent for Men - Christian Dior Homme Intense

Our Take

Homme Intense was launched in 2011 as a woody musk cologne with a twist of floral notes. This scent can see you through from fall to spring, equally lending itself to day and night-time wear. Homme Intense was formulated by Francois Demachy and opens with bergamot, lavender, and sage. The middle notes contain amber, cacao, and iris. Leather, patchouli, and vetiver make up the base notes.

Main Accords

  • Iris
  • Cacao
  • Powdery

Women

Best Scent for Women - Hugo Boss The Scent

Our Take

The Scent Private Accord is an oriental vanilla perfume which launched in 2018, formulated by Louis Turner, as a follow up to the men’s version of ‘The Scent’. It opens to a top note of mandarin orange, which gives ways to the heart notes of coffee and Osmanthus. In the base notes you’ll smell cacao and tonka bean, which give this perfume its sweet scent.

This modern fragrance is one which see you through the fall and winter, ideal for daytime or night-time wear. As a seductive perfume, The Scent Private Accord is made for the self-confident woman who wants to make herself irresistible to any passer-by. It’s one of Hugo Boss’ best-selling scents for women, and a must-try for anyone who wants a cocoa perfume.

Main Accords

  • Cacao
  • Citrus
  • Warm Spicy
Top Chocolate Scents for Men

Emporio Armani Diamonds

Our Take

Diamonds is one of Emporio Armani’s most popular colognes and is a fragrance that smells like chocolate and vanilla. Jacques Cavallier is the nose behind this woody aromatic scent, which launched in 2008. Diamonds opens to notes of bergamot and guaiac wood, while the middle notes contain cedar, Sichuan pepper, and vetiver. This cologne has base notes of amber and cacao, giving it an impressive longevity.

As a cocoa perfume, Diamonds is one of the most masculine choices on the market.

Main Accords

  • Cacao
  • Citrus
  • Woody

Our Take

If your partner wears Thierry Mugler’s Angel, you can match with the ‘Angel Men’ cologne. The nose behind this scent was Jacques Huclier, with Thierry Mugler designing the signature metal bottle for the fragrance. This is a fall and winter scent, ideal for night-time wear.

Angel men has top notes of bergamot, coriander, mint, and lavender. The heart notes make this a coca perfume, with caramel, honey, milk, and jasmine. Angel Men closes with base notes of amber, coffee, tonka bean, and vanilla. This explosive masculine fragrance has an almost eternal longevity, with an impressive silage which means you only need a few sprays to last you the night.

Main Accords

  • Sweet
  • Caramel
  • Warm Spice
Top Chocolate Scents for Women

Montale Chocolate Greedy

Our Take

If you love anything with a chocolate flavour, you need this fragrance in your collection. Much like the Hugo Boss perfume, this scent is best reserved for fall and winter wear. This Montale perfume focuses on recreating the smell of a mouth-watering and rich ganache. The powder notes will remind you of the cocoa you drank as a child or you see sprinkled over expensive truffles. Amongst the notes of vanilla, cacao, and warm spice, you’ll catch a scent of bitter orange, making this a more unique dark chocolate perfume.

Main Accords

  • Cacao
  • Vanilla
  • Warm Spice

Comptoir Sud Pacifique Amour Cacao

Our Take

‘Amour Cacao’ was released in 1993, with a simple blend of notes. It opens with a note of orange, heart notes of cacao and carambola, before finishing with a base of vanilla. This oriental vanilla fragrance is a daytime scent for fall and winter, with a moderate longevity. Amour Cacao is an elegant scent which is ideal for anyone who loves a vanilla-based perfume with an erotic powdery base.

This cocoa perfume is an ideal choice for you if you want something lighter that isn’t as overpowering as a dark chocolate fragrance. If you’re thinking of giving this niche of perfumes a try, Amour Cacao is a great one to start with.

Main Accords

  • Cacao
  • Vanilla
  • Warm Spice

Angel by Thierry Mugler

Our Take

Angel has a cult-like status amongst perfume fans, as an oriental vanilla scent which launched in 1992. This night-time fragrance opens with bergamot, coconut, and jasmine. The middle notes contain a mixture of floral scents like lily-of-the-valley, with fruity notes of apricot, peach, and blackberry. Angel closes to base notes of caramel, chocolate, tonka bean, and sandalwood.

If you want a fragrance that smells like chocolate and vanilla, look no further than Angel by Thierry Mugler.

Main Accords

  • Sweet
  • Patchouli
  • Warm Spicy

Black XS by Paco Rabanne

Our Take

Black XS is a scent which brings together floral, woody, and musk notes to create a modern perfume with sharp contrasts. This fragrance is the female follow-up to the brand’s original Black XS for men. As the name suggests, this is a night-time scent which you can wear from fall to winter.

This perfume has top notes of cranberry, pink pepper, and tamarind. The base notes make this a coca perfume, with black violet, cacao, and rose. Black XS closes with base notes of Massoia wood, patchouli, and vanilla.

Main Accords

  • Cacao
  • Vanilla
  • Warm Spice

Black Orchid by Tom Ford

Our Take

Black Orchid is an infamous fragrance in its own right. It sits more on the oriental floral spectrum than as a dark chocolate perfume. Like the others on this list, it’s a fall and winter perfume and ideal for night-time. Black Orchid is one of Tom Ford’s signature scents. It opens with top notes of Amalfi lemon, black currant, bergamot, gardenia, and mandarin orange. The heart notes contain gardenia, orchid, and spices. Black Orchid’s base notes close with amber, Mexican chocolate, and vanilla.

This is a darker fragrance and unapologetically sensual, while being modern and timeless. A few sprays of this scent will last you all evening and turn heads in any room.

Main Accords

  • Earthy
  • Woody
  • Warm Spice

Valentino Uomo

Our Take

Uomo is a fragrance which blends leather with chocolate for a sensual scent that you’ll want to wear on a date night during fall or winter. The nose behind the scent is Oliver Polge, with Uomo launching in 2014. The top notes open to bergamot and myrtle, while the middle notes give this scent its sweet heart with chocolate, hazelnut, and roasted coffee beans. Uomo finishes with base notes of cedar and leather. Valentino consider this to be one of their classic perfumes, representing the brand’s timeless style.

Main Accords

  • Nutty
  • Woody
  • Warm Spice
Top Chocolate Scented Body Products

If you like a fragrance that smells like chocolate and vanilla, you might want it in more than just your perfume or cologne. These two body products will let you keep your favourite scent going all day long, while complimenting your coca perfume.

Our Take

For the man and woman who can’t get enough of chocolate flavour in their food, this body lotion gave leave the scent lingering on your skin. It takes the popular Masaki Matsusima coca perfume and transforms it into a luxury lotion. The heart notes contain cacoa and dark chocolate. You’ll smell black currant, grapefruit, rose, and watermelon in the top notes, before the base notes elope you with coconut, musk, and sandalwood.

If you enjoy the oriental floral scent of the brand’s ‘Mat Chocolat’ perfume, you’ll want to partner with this body lotion.

Our Take

This shower gel by Bath and Body Works is like unlocking a memory of your favourite childhood Christmas. It warms you up like a mug of hot cocoa and is infused with vitamin E, aloe vera, and shea butter to soothe and nourish your skin. This unisex product is a fan-favourite holiday scent, which also comes with a matching fragrance mist and body cream.

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