Roxana Illuminated Perfume 2nd Tier of Chocolate Perfumes

Spring is burgeoning with much vim and vigor here in the Northwest. Camellias, Daphne, Forsythia, Crocus, Cherry Trees and Narcissus grace us daily with new blossoms and a kaleidoscopic display of color. That means Mother’s Day will get here before you know it and Roxana Villa’s chocolate solid fragrances are special and lovingly made gifts. This review is for Roxana’s 2nd Tier of chocolate perfumes, and you can read my review of her 1st Tier posted just before Valentine’s Day.


Pétales: “The classic combination of chocolate and roses.”

Beautiful and subtle. Pétales is the perfect name for this scent as the rose fragrance is delicate, very pretty and thankfully the chocolate does not overwhelm its dainty petals. Because the rose scent is so authentic and lovely, I would like it to be a little more pronounced and to possess more throw as Pétales wears very close to the skin. It’s perfect for a work or scent-sensitive environment, but I’d love it to be more intensely rosy for an evening out as well.


Coeur de Jasmin: “Rich heart of jasmine enveloped by creamy chocolate.”

Sometimes it only takes a few words to aptly describe a perfume, and Roxana did so with her above written depiction. The heart of jasmine in this case is juicy and indolic, worked into an even more sensual experience with the decadence of dark chocolate. Coeur de Jasmin is truly for the jasmine lover, who wants it with a gourmand touch.


Fleurs de Orange: “A buzz with orange blossom flowers, honey and chocolate.”

This is the one I fell hard for the moment it landed on my skin, and is my favorite of all 11 offerings. Orange blossom absolute, neroli and blood orange put the Orange in Fleurs de Orange. (The difference between neroli and orange blossom absolute is the manner in which the blossoms’ essence is obtained. Neroli is from steam distillation of the bitter orange blossom and the absolute is extracted using solvents.) Fleurs de Orange is a full-bodied, intoxicating citrusy floral, with a mere suggestion of cacao. It is different than L’Orangerie, from the first tier, as L’Orangerieis more of an orange tinged chocolate confection while Fleurs de Orange is a rich and lush floral with a hint of indoles and honey.


Blanc: “Opposite of Noir, a milk chocolate truffle featuring the Vanilla Orchid Bean at center stage.”

Blanc is the most straightforward fragrance in Roxana’s chocolate collection. It smells just like high quality milk chocolate. The vanilla gives it a creamy feel, but it’s really all about the chocolate. Blanc would also be a wonderful fragrance for layering.


Chêne (Oak): “A tribute to the mighty Oak with notes of wood, resin, moss, and oud. The cacao note is more subdued.”

I would agree that the chocolate tones are subtle in Chêne, but it does give a delicious buttressing in the topnotes. Like Roxana’s La Forêt, chocolate and basalmic notes meld beautifully together with the bittersweetness of rich cocoa supporting and intensifying the earthiness. Chêne reminds me of two other Roxana perfumes, as it has the resinous quality of Qand the earthy tang of oud that resides in Terrestre. Chêne has incredible staying power and lasts on my skin for the entire day. I highly recommend it to lovers of piquant woody fragrances.


Thanks to Roxana for another generous giveaway! Go to Roxana’s Etsy site to check out the 5 gm jar and pick the one from the 2nd Tier Chocolate Series you would like to win. Leave a comment telling me which one you want and you will be entered. You are eligible for extra entries, one each, by following Roxana on Twitter and/or her Blog, or making her a favorite on etsy. You can get can also get extra entries if you follow Scent Hive on Bloglovin, Twitter, Google Friend Connect, Facebook’s Networked Blogs, or subscribe to Scent Hive. (Check the right sidebar for the Scent Hive links). Please let me know in your comments what you did so you can get the entries you deserve! We Have our Winner!

Posted by ~Trish

Disclosure: Samples from Roxana Illuminated Perfume were provided for this review. The opinons in this review are my own. I was not financially compensated for this review or any other.

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121 thoughts on “Roxana Illuminated Perfume 2nd Tier of Chocolate Perfumes

  1. What a lovely giveaway! Thank you, Roxana! I would love to try Fleurs de Orange. I’m a soapmaker learning about natural perfume, and just ordered my own first bit of orange blossom absolute, so I’d love to experience what Roxana did with it. I already had Illuminated Perfume as a favorite on Etsy, already subscribe to ScentHive (LauraNatusch or LauraN?), follow ScentHive on Twitter, and just started following Roxana on twitter. I paired Cocoa Absolute with Ylang Ylang in one of my soaps for Valentine’s Day. 🙂

    1. Hello UrbanEden,
      5 entries for you! Thank you so much for the follows. 🙂
      Excellent choice with FdO, it is simply divine!

      Best of luck,
      Trish

  2. Ah! I just loved how she paired the chocolate with floral notes!! I would love to be entered in to win Pétales! Let’s see, i am fan on FB of you and Roxana (2) I follow your blog (1) and Roxana’s etsy shop has been a favorite of mine for a long time now (1). 4 entries! Hopefully I’m not missing anything!
    Thanks Roxana for this giveaway!!

  3. Hi A,
    Actually that’s 5 entries b/c everyone gets an entry just for commenting! Pétales is really special and I hope you get a chance to try it.

    Good luck!
    ~T

  4. Hi Trish & Roxanna;
    Thank you so much for entering me into your giveaway. I would love to win Fleurs de Orange! It sounds amazing! Wearing a beautiful scent like that makes me feel so happy! I just subscribed to Scent Hive by Email.

    Warm regards,
    Lynn

    1. Lynn,
      You are so welcome! Thanks for reading 🙂 And thanks for subscribing, that’ll give you 2 entries.

      Good luck!
      ~T

  5. Thanks so much to both of you for hosting such a fun giveaway! I’m dying to try these perfumes, and all of them sound just so delicious. I think I’d choose Petales though b/c i’m obsessed with Rose scents. I added Roxana to my etsy favorites, and I’m also now following her on Twitter. I already follow Scent Hive on Twitter and subscribe to the blog. Thank you again! And I think i’ll need to buy one of Roxana’s solid perfumes as a special treat for myself soon!

    1. Jordan,
      I love Petales too, it’s a really sweet, beautiful perfume. Sweet in the precious sense of the word 🙂

      Thanks for all of the follows, that’s 5 entries!

      Best,
      Trish

  6. These sound so beautiful. After reading your reviews and Tom’s (PST), I think I really need to give Roxana’s Perfumes a try..
    All of these sound so lovely but if I had to pick I would probably pick: Figure 9: Fleurs de Orange (though I’m tempted by Chene as well)

    I have ‘favorited’ Roxana’s etsy store (I’m glassrainbow on etsy). Also started following her on twitter. Already follow you on twitter.(@mayybeme).:)

    1. L,
      You definitely need to give them a try! I am so loving FdO, but Chene is a close second. I adore them both! 😀

      Thanks for the follows, that’s 4 entries for you and good luck!
      ~T

  7. Hello,

    What a fantastic time to do this! Perfect timing! Love, Happiness, Peace and Spring are all in the air.

    I would feel very lucky to win absolutely anything that Roxana creates. Her hands (and her nose) make divine magic!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Sincerely,

    Aztechan Pettus

    1. You are so very welcome! So glad to hear you are a Roxana fan. Her creations are indeed magical 🙂

      Cheers,
      Trish

  8. I have tried all of the scents of the 2nd tier and they are all beautiful. Roxana is a wonderful perfumer, she knows how to blend her scents perfectly. I love all the Divas, Petals- bright rose not old and soapy, a soft feminine scent; Couer de jasmin – intoxicating floral that is creamy; Fleurs de orange- stunning, a scent that makes you happy. I would have to say Petals is my favorite form the 2nd tier, I am not a rose fan normally but this is too pretty to pass up. I also follow her blog and she is my favorite at Etsy.

    1. Hi Angie!
      How great that you have had the chance to experience Roxana’s chocolate perfumes. Petales is very, very pretty indeed.
      You get 3 entries for your follows! 🙂
      Best,
      Trish

    1. Thanks Helen!
      If you win, you get to pick out one of the fragrances from Roxana’s 2nd Tier.
      Good luck,
      ~T

  9. +1 I would love the Coeur de Jasmin – one of my favourite scents

    +1 I follow Roxana on Twitter – EVA_n_essence
    +1 I follow her Blog
    +1 I hearted her on etsy – evasblack

    +1 I follow Scent Hive on Twitter
    +1 I follow with Google Friend Connect
    +1 I subscribe to Scent Hive.

    Thanks for a great giveaway of these delicious perfumes

    1. Thanks for breaking it down Eva! That makes it so easy 😉

      And thanks for all the follows, that’s awesome!

      Best of luck,
      Trish

  10. I love to try the Fleurs de Orange. I follow her at twitter
    ( glemmegei), I follow her blog on google, I hearted her on etsy ( :

    1. Hi AJ,
      Good call on FdO, I love it so much 🙂

      And thanks for the follows, that’s 4 entries for you,
      ~Trish

  11. Hi!
    I just love the fragrance of your blog today 🙂 and for me I think I’m gonna choose the Chêne (Oak) scent.
    Regards,
    Diana

  12. I would LOVE to try Roxanne’s Coeur de Jasmin. Speaking of which I need to really test out the 1st set I ordered!

    I follow Roxana on Twitter – womo531
    I subscribe to her blog on bloglines
    I too hearted her on etsy – where the samples came =)

    I follow Scent Hive on Twitter
    and I subscribe to Scent Hive

    1. Hi Monica!
      When you do try your 1st Tier, let me know which ones you like the best!

      Thanks for the follows, that’s 6 entries for you 😀
      ~T

  13. What a sweet giveaway! (pun intended)
    I would love Petales not only because of my name, but also because I love the smell of roses.
    I already have hearted Illuminated on Etsy and I follow ScentHive.

    1. Rose,
      Petales is perfect for you then 🙂

      Good luck and thanks for the follows. That’s 3 entries for you,
      Trish

  14. Another lovely giveaway!! I have two favorites I’d love to try: Coeur de Jasmin and Fleurs de Orange:)

    I follow both your and Roxana’s blogs via blogger, both of you on twitter as well, I am also in your networked blogs on facebook.

    crossing my fingers!
    xoxo
    SpaGoddess

    1. Jessica,
      We have Roxana to thank for another fabulous giveaway!
      6 entries for you my dear…..good luck!

      Cheers,
      ~T

    1. Julia,
      It is a tough decision right? (You can always change your mind if you win!) 😉

      Good luck and thanks for your comment,
      ~T

  15. Hi there, I love new and interesting things 🙂 I have never really fit in go with the crowd, i grew up with my grandmother on the farm and she always boiled a pot of cloves and cinnamon on the stove with water during the cold dry winter months, I’m going to add cocoa b/c I visited your site today 🙂 so thank you…I have signed up to follow Roxanna and Scent Hive today. My favorite scent has to be Figure 10: Blanc : Opposite of Noir, a milk chocolate truffle featuring the Vanilla Orchid Bean at center stage. Just my favorite dark and swirly 🙂 lol
    Thanks again,

    xoxo
    megs

    da_blue_69 at hotmail dot com

    1. Meghan,
      Your grandmother’s cold day concoction sounds wonderful, let us know how the cocoa addition turned out!

      Thanks for commenting 🙂
      ~Trish

  16. All the scents sound wonderful but I think I would choose the Fleurs de Orange! You make it sound irresistible:) I also “hearted” IlluminatedPerfume on etsy.

    1. Ruri,
      Thanks for “hearting” Roxana, I know she is so appreciative of the support. That gives you 2 entries.
      And yes, FdO is irresistible, IMO at least! 🙂

      Good luck,
      Trish

  17. I would love to have the Pétales Perfume!! It sounds exquisite !! Thanks for the giveaway

    Julia

  18. Although I wear more earthy scents, with a review like this, Fleurs de Orange sounds like a definite winner.

    1. Lisa,
      In the end, it’s toss up between Chene and FdO for me. But FdO is so lively, lush and springy!!

      Good luck,
      ~T

  19. I think I would love the Coeur de Jasmin, sounds lovely! I’m an email subscriber and also added Roxana to my favorites on Etsy :-)!

  20. This is an awsome giveaway. I love girly smelly stuff. I don’t know which one that I would like more the Fleurs de Orange or Blanc. They both sound so yummy, ambrerose(!at)aol.com

    1. Rose,
      If you win you can decide then…it’s difficult to chose as they are all lovely!
      2 entries for you…thanks for the Twitter follow 🙂
      Good luck,
      ~T

  21. Hi Trish:

    The 2nd Tier of Chocolate Selections all sound divine, but the one that sounds the best to me is Fleurs de Orange. Your description made it sound so inviting.

    My extra entries:
    1 for following Roxana’s blog
    1 for following the Scent Hive blog

    Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway!

    1. Peg,
      You can’t go wrong with FdO! Thanks for the follows, that’s 3 entries 🙂
      Best of luck,
      Trish

  22. Thank you both for a great giveaway. I have already received some of Roxanna’s perfume samples, and she has the most gorgeous presentations ever. The fleurs de orange sounds wonderful to me, although almost any of the scents listed make me want to try.
    I follow this blog by email, Roxanna’s blog, and she is an etsy favorite.
    Thanks!

    1. Cynthia,
      I agree. Receiving a package from Roxana is a treat for the senses!
      Thank you for the follows, that makes 4 entries.

      Cheers!
      Trish

    1. Amanda,
      Chene is gorgeous! Thanks for Twitter follows, that’s 3 total for you 🙂

      ~Trish

  23. They all sound amazing. I would have to pick Blanc because I love vanilla

    bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com

    1. Belinda,
      Thank you so much for reading and for all of the follows! That makes 6 entries for you 🙂

      Best of luck,
      Trish

    1. Hi Tann,
      Thanks for the Twitter follow 🙂
      Nice choice with Petales! That 2 entries for you.
      Good luck,
      Trish

  24. I love her perfumes! I finally got her bois de chocolat and can’t get enough of it. I love the woodsy scents so my next choice would be Chêne. I’ve already hearted her shop and am following your blog as I am a scent ‘junky’ and am always thinking of a new interesting scent to try!

    1. Skeptis,
      How nice that you are familiar with Roxana’s chocolate series. Bois de Chocolat is lovely. I think you will adore Chene 🙂

      Thanks for the follows, that makes 3 entries!
      Best,
      Trish

  25. I’d like to enter. Fleurs de Orange sounds like bottled heaven.

    I following Roxana on twitter (as Feminine Things), and she is on my list of favs on Etsy. I also follow her blog.

    I’m also following you on Twitter and through blog networks.

    1. Hi Diana,
      I am a fan of your blog! Good work 🙂

      Thanks for the follows, that’s 6 entries to better you chance of getting FdO 😉

      Good luck,
      Trish

  26. Name: Fiona Chan
    email: feeyonachan @gmail.com

    I want Figure 7: Pétales

    followed roxana’s blog (google fc) AND twitter (twitter: FionaChan), favourited her on etsy (username FionaChan), followed you on Twitter, facebook’s networked blogs, Google FC, subscribed to the blog

    1. Fiona,
      Wow! That’s 8 entries for you….I think that’s a record Thank you sooooo much.

      Petales is really beautiful and I hope you get the chance to try it, one way or another!

      Thanks again and good luck,
      Trish

  27. Hi!
    I love Chêne (Oak) 🙂
    I’m following your blog and Roxana’s blog!
    I’m following you and Roxana on twitter as @Lucianittaa !

    lucianita[@]sapo[.]pt

    1. Hi Lu,
      Chene is gorgeous! Thanks for the follows, that’s 5 entries for you!

      Best of luck,
      Trish

  28. Figure 10: Blanc
    Opposite of Noir, a milk chocolate truffle featuring the Vanilla Orchid Bean at center stage. This would be awesome gift for a friend,

    kimbers867 at comcast dot net

  29. I’d like to win Blanc!
    I follow Roxana on her blog (Grace Wong), twitter (gracewong1), and hearted her etsy (gracewong1).
    I follow you on twitter (gracewong1), google friend connect, and networked blogs.

    1. Grace,
      That’s a whopping 7 entries! Thank you so much for all the follows 🙂

      Best of luck,
      Trish

  30. I would love to try the Coeur de Jasmin!!I love chocolates, and I love jasmines, so this must be a dream!

    lagringa_009 AT hotmail DOT com

    1. Hi Marie,
      The drawing closed last night…..sorry about that. But keep stopping by as I’ve always got another fabulous giveaway right around the corner!

      ~Trish

    1. Thanks so much for reading and commenting, but the drawing is over.

      There will be more to come though, I promise!
      ~T

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