GOURMAND

Type
Natural raw material
Parts used
Beans
Extraction method
Solvent extraction

Soft, bitter, spicy, warm, scent characteristic of chocolate, powdery.

Soft and smooth, the warm gourmand of cocoa melts effortlessly in delicious, decadent accords. Cocoa acts as a unique counterbalance in contemporary perfumery—simultaneously bitter and spicy yet velvety and inviting. Renowned for its elusive and sultry qualities as an aphrodisiac and relaxer, the cocoa bean is a versatile ingredient with its popularity extending well beyond the perfume industry.

Production

The vast majority of our much-adored cocoa beans are sourced in Africa (across Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Cameroon)—accounting for two-thirds of global cocoa bean production—while the remainder are produced in South America (in both Brazil and Ecuador). Delicate clusters of small pinkish flowers blossom on the trunk and branches of the cacao tree, producing rather large, ribbed and wood-like fruits called pods. The inner pulp of a single pod contains anywhere between 25 and 50 cocoa beans. One picked, the beans are left to ferment for 10 days before being dried in the sun. After being roasted to enhance their natural cocoa aroma, they are ground into a powder. It is during this process that the fat from the cocoa beans melts away to reveal a viscous liquid known as “chocolate liquor”.
Origin
Cameroon, ghana, nigeria
Iconic perfume
Carolina Herrera
GOOD GIRL

To evoque the duality and especially the darker side of GOOD GIRL, the perfumers created with richly fragrant cocoa and intoxicating Tonka bean.

Carolina Herrera

GOOD GIRL

AMBERY (ORIENTAL)

History

Steeped in a rich history of intrigue and ceremony, the cocoa bean has long been esteemed for its unique properties—revered as a symbol of wealth by both emperors and commoners alike in ancient Mesoamerica. Reserved for only the most affluent, cocoa beans were offered in tribute to the Aztec emperor, Moctezuma, who was known to enjoy the coveted bean in liquid form from a golden cup. They were so highly prized that one hundred cocoa beans was considered a fair trade for a slave. Both the words “cocoa” and “chocolate” derive from the Mayan words, “cacao”, which means “bitter juice”, and “chocolat”, which means “hot drink”.

Did you know

Originally a drink reserved for Gods and kings alone, chocolate has long been a sign of decadence and luxury—so much so that cocoa beans were used as bargaining chips and precious commodities.
A dynamic ingredient, the delights of cocoa beans extend beyond their olfactive and culinary abilities: emitting a sultry, ever-elusive aphrodisiac effect, the cocoa bean is considered to be both a stimulant and relaxant.

Some fragrances related to the ingredient

Clinique | My Happy

COCOA & CASHMERE

WOODY / AMBERY (ORIENTAL)
Comptoir Sud Pacifique

AMOUR DE CACAO

AMBERY (ORIENTAL) / GOURMAND
Maison Tahité

CACAO LIBERTINE

AMBERY (ORIENTAL) / GOURMAND
FLORAL / AMBERY (ORIENTAL)
Maison Tahité

CACAO²

AMBERY (ORIENTAL) / CITRUS
WOODY / GOURMAND
Maison Tahité

CARNAL CACAO

FLORAL / AMBERY (ORIENTAL)
Perris Monte Carlo | Black

CACAO AZTÈQUE

AMBERY (ORIENTAL) / FLORAL
Perris Monte Carlo | Extrait

CACAO AZTÈQUE EXTRAIT

AMBERY (ORIENTAL) / FLORAL
Jo Malone London

BLUE AGAVA & CACAO

AMBERY (ORIENTAL) / CITRUS
Maison Tahité

VICIOUS CACAO

CHYPRE / GOURMAND
Atelier Materi

CACAO PORCELANA

AMBERY (ORIENTAL) / GOURMAND
Prada | Olfactories Mirages

MOONLIGHT SHADOW

AMBERY (ORIENTAL) / SPICY
AMBERY (ORIENTAL) / GOURMAND
Dior | Maison Christian Dior

VANILLA DIORAMA

AMBERY (ORIENTAL) / GOURMAND
Carolina Herrera

BAD BOY EXTREME

AMBERY (ORIENTAL) / WOODY
Akro

DARK

AMBERY (ORIENTAL) / GOURMAND
AMBERY (ORIENTAL) / GOURMAND
Carolina Herrera

GOOD GIRL

AMBERY (ORIENTAL)
Louis Vuitton

NOUVEAU MONDE

WOODY / AMBERY (ORIENTAL)

Musk

Bergamot

Sandalwood

Patchouli

Amber

Vanilla

Jasmine

Cedarwood

Rose

Mandarin

Vetiver

Lemon

Tonka Bean

Iris / Orris

Orange Blossom

Cardamom

Pink Pepper

Lavender

Grapefruit

Woody Notes

The perfumes that captivate you and the ingredients that brings them to life shape your olfactory profile. Here you can develop it. And because scents reveal your essence, you'll receive recommendations that fit your olfactory personality like a glove.

Sign up to save your searches, findings and our recommendations.