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domingo, 13 de dezembro de 2015

A Sweet New Treat from Euphorium Brooklyn: Chocolatl

by: Jodi Battershell

Even though we're enjoying an unseasonably warm Fall sliding into Winter here on the East Coast, it hasn't stopped us from from getting into the spirit of the season. The ice skating rinks are open. The holiday decorations are up. Boxes of chocolates and plates of cookies have begun to appear at the office. The pumpkin spice lattes of October and November have yielded to steaming cups of cocoa, topped with a dollop of whipped creme and/or a handful of marshmallows.
Cocoa (or as we often call it here in the U.S., "hot chocolate") is a popular wintertime treat and comfort food. A perfect indulgence after winter sports like skiing, sledding and iceskating, and a welcome reward for completing the unpleasant task of shoveling snow, a steaming cup of cocoa warms the hands and the belly as it delights with its pleasant taste and aroma.
In other parts of the world, the cocoa may be a bit thicker, may be seasoned a bit differently, and may even be consumed year-round, all of which prove that cocoa's appeal is universal. It has been with us in one form or another for 1000 years or more.
Gourmand scents, on the other hand, are fairly recent in the history of perfumes. However, like cocoa, they have broad appeal and are popular choices year-round, especially in wintertime.
Thus, it's wholly appropriate that artisan perfume house Euphorium Brooklynintroduces its newest scent, Chocolatl, in December, just in time for the festivities. Chocolatl is the seventh fragrance from this creative house, all seven of which have been launched this year. Founder and perfumer Stephen Dirkes is one busy man!
Stephen and I are going to sit down and chat in the near future about Euphorium Brooklyn and all his artistic endeavors inside and outside of that. I look forward to sharing more about this house in a future article. In the meantime, let's toast with Euphorium's latest scent, which offers us a cup of Mexican spiced cocoa perfect for the season.
The name of the fragrance, Chocolatl, means "warm liquid." The word "cocoa" is derived from the Spanish word cacao, which in turn originates in the Nahuatl wordcacahuatl.
(cacao + atl, Nahuatl for "water/liquid")
[Interesting side note: Nahuatl may be more familiar to you as "Aztec," and varieties of Nahuatl are still spoken today by more than 1 million people.]
Featuring accords of dark Mexican cocoa, spice, piloncillo (unrefined cane sugar),tzapotl fruit (a soft, edible fruit similar to persimmon), vanilla, balsam and musk, Chocolatl is attributed to Euphorium Brooklyn's fictional perfumer Rudolph Komodo.

"The CHOCOLATL fragrance accord came to Rudolph Komodo while convalescing in Mexico in 1855 to soothe, comfort, inspire and transcend himself. He began with a dark cocoa sweetened with palm sugar and warmed with rich Mexican vanilla bean. Deep notes of Javanese coffee and myrrh were added to support the fragrant cocoa. Bright pine notes of incense and freshly cracked black pepper offer a clangorous fanfare to introduce to the layers of spices to follow. Notes sparkle and weave like the burgundy and chocolate brown fibers in the Ikat weavings of Sumatra. Sharp Indonesian nutmeg and bright cardamon form harmonies with warm clove and 'Kayu Manis' or 'Sweet Wood' cinnamon bud. With senses awakened and piqued, now an indulgence of honeyed, ripened fermented fruits. Rich prune, raisin and dates sweeten and seduce our palette. CHOCOLATL’s final notes soften to sweet musk and the vanilla touched balsams of ancient woods. Rich spices whisper like a distant incense."

The official fragrance notes for Chocolatl are Mexican cocoa, nutmeg, clove, cassia, black pepper, myrrh, coffee, neroli, davana, raisin, prune, labdanum, angelica root, honey, vanilla, caramel, palm sugar, copal, Peru balsam, benzoin, tolu balsam, castoreum and musk.
Visit the official Euphorium Brooklyn website for the complete story of Chocolatl.
Chocolatl is availble as an eau de parfum in 30 ml and 50 ml quantities, and as part of the Euphorium Brooklyn Discovery Set, exclusively at Twisted Lily in Brooklyn. (Twisted Lily ships internationally to most countries.)
Source and product mages: Euphorium Brooklyn

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