I’ve been a long time fan of TokyoMilk and have been waiting for a few years to smell the TokyoMilk Dark collection as I was living in Europe when it came out. I’m obsessed with Margot Elena who is the nose behind the brand and several others I like. My favorite scent in the TokyoMilk collection is Honey and the Moon. I’m not one for sweet concoctions but that one is just the bees knees (I’m so punny!).
My Sephora finally started carrying the TokyoMilk Dark Femme Fatale collection in full-size bottles. I almost missed them on my last trip because they were on the top shelf in a corner. I find that quite sad because I found every scent I smelled from the collection in its bottle to be enchanting. I narrowed my selection for spritzing down to three choices and let my husband choose the spritz winner. He chose Bittersweet No. 83 as the winner!
This decadent, dark cacao fragrance entices with a deep floral note and subtle spice. The daring blend of bronzed musk and Tahitian vanilla create a pallet-teasing fragrance reserved for the most audacious of sires. Go bold and layer this scent with a contrasting, warm and woodsy fragrance for a spectacular evening out.
Part of the TokyoMilk Dark FemmeFatal Collection, the classic cut-glass bottle with iconic imagery and a gunmetal cap will add a luxurious, enticing flair to your boudoir.
Lotus Blossom, Osmanthus, Cake Flower, Rose Petals, White Jasmine, Heliotrope, Creamy Cacao, Tahitian Vanilla, Bronzed Musk.
Indulgent. Valiant. Seductive.
I’m quite fond of this scent. I don’t get ANY floral notes in the initial top notes or heart note stage. When first sprayed you get a powerful dose of vanilla. It’s a dry vanilla, like a vanilla pod. As the cacao comes in it lends a creamy and powdery edge to the fragrance without being sweet or stifling. The cacao is dark but mellow. Like dark cocoa powder. The musk comes into the middle of the composition at the 20-minute mark on my skin. It makes the scent fairly sexy and draws it in. This isn’t a skanky musk, but it’s not a sanitized one either. The scent stayed in this state on my skin for a good 5 hours. Once the musk had burned out, I could smell a layer of light rose and osmanthus blending with the vanilla and the cacao. There may have been a whisper of lotus in there too towards the very tail end of the dry down which lasted for another 3 or so hours before almost melting into my skin completely. Even though I could smell something on my skin after that that was vaguely vanillic, I wouldn’t say it would be noticeable at all. The top note stage offers minimal sillage but the rest of the time you’d really have to be within a foot or so to smell this. Normally, my skin makes jasmine the overpowering star of any composition but this really didn’t happen. The main notes of musk, vanilla, and cacao were so intense on me that the other notes may have gone unnoticed or they are in small concentration, blended well, and mesh with the other notes providing a slight nuance.
Is it bottle worthy? For me, I’d say yes. I love gourmand scents that are drier instead of cloying and this one fits the bill. I’d also like to point out I sprayed this on and transitioned to a 100+-degree day and even hotter 30-minute car ride. It didn’t rise up off my skin in the heat too much. Normally, I put away things like this in the summer but I’d be happy to wear it in the heat. My husband loved it because it was noticeable but subtle. If you’ve been looking for a gourmand summer fragrance that’s discreet and office worthy that will still work when it gets cold, give this a spritz! For $36 for a full size you can’t beat it!
Have you tried TokyoMilk Dark Bittersweet No. 83? Let me know what you thought!