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Anima Dulcis Arquiste for women and men

Anima Dulcis Arquiste for women and men
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warm spicy
cacao
vanilla
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The inspiration of the fragrance:

November, 1695, Mexico City

The scent of exotic spices floats throughout the halls of the Royal Convent of Jesus Maria, where a group of nuns prepares a Baroque recipe of Cocoa infused with an assortment of chilies. After centuries of obscurity, the convent’s secrets are exposed in a rich experience for the senses.

The main notes of the fragrance are the following: Cocoa Absolute, Mexican Vanilla, Cinnamon, Chili infusion. Anima Dulcis was launched in 2012. Anima Dulcis was created by Rodrigo Flores-Roux and Yann Vasnier.

Fragrance Notes

Cinnamon Vanille Cacao Paprika

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Anima Dulcis Fragrance Reviews

RubyBirdy
RubyBirdy

I was underwhelmed by this one. Dry and dusty like cocoa powder rather than a creamy chocolate. The hot pepper is a nice touch but it doesn't meld well. Rather, it ends up a bit bitter and unnatural. This isn't a bad fragrance, just not the amazing creation I expected.

Mar
16
2016
chove
chove

Anima Dulcis is hot cocoa prepared the Roman way, without milk – just melted, sweetened high quality chocolate with spices. Later on the scent develops into porter and barley wine territory with sluggish vanilla first sneaking around, then gradually gaining domain. Apart from warm honey, paprika and the aforementioned vanilla, I also detect an evident but lightly burnt smell. Toffee, dates, plum, all sorts of candied fruit and canned peaches (tainted with metal from the can) add up to the sweetness. There's also some variety of dry but penguid nut.

It's not my cup of cocoa (no gourmand has been so far, so it's just a matter of personal taste), but my husband has a bottle and when I wear it, it makes me feel like I'm being prepared to be served for an undesirable dessert. Anima Dulcis comes off as somewhat loose and mellow but manages to be distinct at the same time, due to it's obviousness. The scent is definately contemporary, but it lacks complexity altogether.

Dec
20
2015
picatarte
picatarte

I'm not for sweet scents but this one is great: it's not just a sweet vanilla, but I find it develops into powdery old-woody room where vintage clothes and dresses have been stored for years in a antique wardrobe, sprayed every now and then with a sweet, syrupy spicy fragrance. Sillage and persistency are very good. Thumb up!

Nov
30
2015
Bandit
Bandit

Although there are only 4 notes listed, don't be fooled (like me): This is not a simple (gourmand) niche fragrance.

There might be spices and vanilla and cacao (which I don't detect), but it is more of a 80ies power house frag. Very perfumery, very strong, fruits and spices and vanilla.

It reminds me of YSL, Lauder or italian classic perfumes of the 70s/80s.

I expected a simple perfume. What I got I appreciate more in it's original way: Opium, Coco or Organza Indecence. Not niche, nor creativity, imho.

Funny, that those classics get beaten for their heaviness and old school perfume smell, but in niche they copy it and everybody seems to love it. As I never wear Opium, although I could wear it vintage extrait, why go for Anima Dulcis?

Nov
01
2015
thepro2cer
thepro2cer

I'm really feeling this. Can believe I've slept on this house. But 55ml for $165+tax retail is a bit of a stretch. Its breathing well on my skin underneathe my sleeve....since Its a test area. I received the sample from Tyler at Barneys in NY/Madison. Also he sent Nanban which I really like as well. He als sent me Byredo's Baudelaire, Mohave Ghost and some Malin-Goetz Dark Rum EDT. I purchased the Perfume Roller of Dark Rum. NOW. I let a FEMALE co-worker sniff all of the above, and the winner was............HERE.

Actual Notes:
Key Notes
Cocoa Absolute, Mexican Vanilla, Cinnamon, Chili infusion

Olfactive Pyramid
Top notes: Sesame seed, Cinnamon bark and Oregano
Heart notes: Clove buds, Cumin, ‘Huele-de-Noche’ (Night-blooming jasmine) and Chili infusion
Background notes: Mexican Vanilla Bean, Cocoa Bean Absolute and Oriental- Chypre accord.

Oct
16
2015
lilalina
lilalina

This is a beautiful warm spicy scent. I detect an amber kind of sense like that from Ambra Nera by Farmacia SS. Annunziata. A bit animalic mixed with spices and sweetness from the cacao. This scent is warm spicy with a slight tanginess to it..

Jun
21
2015
archivist
archivist

I had a dab sample of this received in swap and there was a tiny amount left in the vial - what looked like one large drop. I upended the vial onto my skin and it turned out to be somewhat more than I thought! It completely covered my index finger.

It immediately felt very warm - the pepper is not paprika, it's way more like a poblano - when I smell it, the retro-olfaction puts a bit of burn on the back of my throat. Just a bit. Then I had a series of monster sneezes. I forgot I had it on my finger and when it brushed up against my chin, that skin immediately felt hot, too. It's probably not as bad if spritzed, but if you have sensitive skin watch out!

It's definitely not a gourmand cocoa chocolate - this is much more like wearing Oaxacan mole sauce (main ingredients: cinnamon, cumin, chocolate) which is delicious over enchiladas but I'm not sure about smelling of it. There's definitely cumin in here. Mole sauce is probably a pretty legit comparison.

In the distant drydown, this does become sweeter and less aggressive; the later stages of the perfume really are a lovely warm cinnamon-scented cup of hot cocoa. It's about a two hour wait for that, though.

May
19
2015
9154mf
9154mf

First I smell cinnamon, and then, more cinnamon. I'm not a fan of it in perfumes generally, but here it's blended with vanilla cocoa and a touch of chilli, they weave around eachother and each time I sniff I smell something slightly different. This has become a skin scent on me within an hour, it was quite strong in the beginning. Easily unisex, a nice cocoa scent with some heat in it. It's gourmand but not in the sickly sweet realm.

Apr
02
2015
JodieB
JodieB

I fell in love with this at first spray. It's truly luscious, spicy, warm, just edible. I'm working my way through the Arquiste Discovery Set and this is definitely my favourite and certainly full bottle worthy. To my nose it is quite similar to Ambre Russe, but not quite as boozy.

Feb
09
2015
bibibling
bibibling

Oh gosh, this did not smell at all like I was expecting. According to Arquiste's website, the inspiration is nuns making spiced hot chocolate in 1965 Mexico City.

Unfortunately these nuns forgot to add any sugar! I feel the bitter dark chocolate and the roasted chilies and the cinnamon and vanilla trying to sweeten them up but still, if someone handed an actual hot chocolate that smelled like this to me to drink,there's no way I could! The sugar and milk notes (and possibly whipped cream) are needed if a literal hot chocolate scent is what you're looking for.

As an artistic reinterpretation of 1965, nun-made spiced hot chocolate, I don't love it but I lean more towards like than dislike. ODDLY ENOUGH, the moment I put it on, it gave my nose the same feeling my senior citizen dad's Aramis used to give me, which is odd becase none of the notes are the same (though a few of the actual chemicals that make up the liquid might be?) The common part of the scent my nose is catching can be descibed as the waxy white part of a cocoa pod + unsweetened cinnamony spices. What's interesting is that Aramis was made in 1964... but probably not worn by Mexican nuns...

It IS a unisex fragrance but to me it leans more toward the masculine side and not just because of my childhood Aramis memories.

DEFINITELY DO NOT BLIND-BUY! But if the idea of super dark bitter chocolate + spices excites you, give it a try. It's pretty unique. NOT gourmand!

Jan
27
2015
lunderwood
lunderwood

A spicy gourmand. Really cozy and warm. Decent longevity.

Dec
08
2014
curvealert
curvealert

A year and a half ago, you decided that for once in your life, you would cook a curry from scratch instead of ordering a takeaway.

Today, you decided to do it again, with the same spice powder mix you bought 18 months ago. Anima Dulcis smells like that old masala, served in a pretty bottle.

Nov
24
2014
agentj
agentj

Perhaps my nose is not as good as I thought. Or, once again, it's just a matter of chemistry. This is not a good smell on me, or even when I sniffed my sample. One of my absolute favorite scents is YR Cocoon. I think I was expecting something similar minus tte patch. I love the back story for this, and it does smell old. But not in a good way. Maybe it's trying to smell like the old convent where the nuns made their cocoa. On me it just smells like the old nuns themselves, who are maybe in serious need of a bath. No thanks.

Nov
22
2014
Scentmad
Scentmad

Wow this is goooooood. Warm, spicy, sweet and utterly delicious. I knew I would love it based on the notes, and I do. It's well rounded and beautifully blended, there are no hard edges to this perfume just warm waves of spiced chocolate and chilli notes. Heavenly. Great longevity and good sillage too, I do love a good gourmand.

I would say, on reflection, that this perfume reminds me of Bal a Versailles.

Sep
29
2014
jhitt793
jhitt793

A unique take on gourmand fragrances, Anima Dulcis offers equal parts sweet and savory. "Chili infusion" is noted in the upper registry, give a "heat" to the opening first seconds of the fragrance. Faintly, I notice other spices here; most noticeably cumin and cinnamon. Vanilla intermingles, offering a quiet sweetness and creaminess to the overall composition. Cocoa mirrors perfectly with the "hot" chili notes in the opening. Initially showcasing the true bitterness of unsweetened cocoa, it later blends with the sweet vanillic notes and resembles more traditional chocolate. The ingredients smell raw and unadulterated, free from artificiality. As it dries, the vanilla becomes less sweet and more caramel-like, as if sugar has been left too long at the bottom of a heated pan. The cocoa too becomes darker and rich, showcasing its smokey and earthy facets. I really enjoyed the evolution of this fragrance on the skin, as it is truly dynamic. A must try. (156)

Aug
26
2014
Colin Maillard
Colin Maillard

A spicy fragrance with a velvety dusty base, brownish, sweet, with a herbal side vaguely reminding Ambre Sultan, a juicy heart of red pepper (or pimiento?) cinnamon and vanilla rounding the base – also helped by a slightly metallic aldehydes note. Foggy smoky-talcum aftertaste. Pretty much it, a spicy Oriental blend with a brown dust all over and a sweet base. Quite short-lasting and frankly a bit dull and simplistic in my opinion, but nice.

6/10

Jul
14
2014
Q80
Q80

light acceptable animalic top note. it has a cute vanilla cacao note in the middle & the cinnamon appears later. then the pepper arise right after the appearance of past mentioned.

this perfume at the beginning gives you the sweaty filthy essence at top, then later it enchants you with the delicate silky spell that it casts around you. the vanilla in it is presented disgracefully as a sexual attractive element that memorizes the victim and drags him-her to bed.

this perfume is a MAJOR sexual intense that i believe only the certain evil lady would use it to pull her victim unconsciously to her throne. she is the innocent, respectful, Immodestly, decent, decorous ,bashful (only by look) young lady that came from an aristocratic family. her beauty makes each & every single man look her way unintentionally when she passes as she is aiming on that specific, innocent, masculine young craftsman to drag him alive to her forbidden paradise shocking him by showing her lust & burning desire as she is the one & only that takes the lead.

A sexual potion that overcomes the devil in disguise

you have to give it more and more time to realize the charm it brings.

this perfume is unisex at max.

*Use this in bed when you are with someone ;)

May
16
2014
miracleborgtech
miracleborgtech

This is a rich, incredibly blended fragrance. Warm, spicy and sophisticated. I couldn't keep from smelling my arm repeatedly - it's wonderful from the first application to hours later. The back story about the convent and the perfume fits perfectly. It does smell like walking the halls of a hundreds year old sanctuary while the nuns are cooking and the scent blows through. It is such a treasure of masterful blending that I could wear it everyday and never grow tired of it.

Update: My FB arrived from Arquiste this week, and I have been enjoying the spicy rich perfume. I loved the sample, but I must admit that being able to spray adds a whole new dimension. It starts with a powerful almost heated blend of spices that reminds me of cooking in a hot kitchen. My mouth actually waters from the delicious aroma, although it is not a food smell but rather a subconscious reaction from cinnamon and vanilla. The drydown is a sophisticated subtle accord. Individual notes are able to be identified, but the whole is a scent that gives you a burst of delight each time you notice it.

Anima Dulcis has a timeless quality. It doesn't make you think vintage or contemporary, but rather a masterpiece that is good for any age. Because of the cinnamon and spices, it reminds me of autumn and winter.

Sillage is moderate, which for this type of scent is a benefit. It would be overpowering if it wasn't. Longevity on my skin is tremendous. I can still smell hints of it after 12 hours. This is a truly beautiful perfume.

May
05
2014
Mooniq
Mooniq

I love it! Softspicy Vanilla, rather skinclose. Not sugarsweet. Very grown-up and deep, rich vanilla with an airy cinnamon.

Jag älskar den! Mjukkryddig vanilj som är ganska hudnära. Inte sockersöt. Otroligt vuxen, djup och rik vanilj med en luftig kanel.

Feb
15
2014
jedrzejowskia
jedrzejowskia

This was love at first smell. I finally found a place where I live that does niche fragrances. I came, I stayed, it concquered me...
I had not read anything about this fragrance on fragrantica and trying about 10 frags, I did a selection, 6 become 4, 4 became 2 and 2 became one.
The last two I decided would be mine.
Which ones were they? Anima Dulcis and FM Portrait of a Lady. When I smelled Anima Dulcis I wanted to cry with joy, I don't know why and how but this fragrance smells like me. It is how my home smells like when I come back from a long weekend. It has cinnamon, chilies, it has chocolate and there is vanilla.

The most curious thing is that, without knowing I also bought a fragrance which name in latin, means my name in greek. When I curiously googled it I just stared at the screen in disbelief. What a wonderful coincidence. This will be a cherished, precious item in my collection. The bottle is to die for, the colour is of my beloved Irish Whiskey, and the name? The name is me :-)

Longevity:
This baby lasts. I have it on for 8 hours, it's a very close scent now but I have lost count of how many times I have sniffed myself since the last spray. Closing my eyes and inhaling deeply.
4.5/5

Sillage:
Not that much. I get wafts here and there.
4/5

Projection:
Moderate, this is not a sexbomb, this is a kind, good soul, she will look after you and cuddle you and love you in a tender, sweet way
4/5

I have such a massive crush on this perfume it's not even funny.

PS: I just looked up the maker of this perfume. I have a crush on him as well :-)

Feb
08
2014
Arabian Knight
Arabian Knight

Dry cinnamon, warm vanilla and a piquant pinch of chilli .

The texture is smooth, thick and waxy, with a raw, slightly animalic earthiness, that stops it from veering into Yankee candle territory.

Potent and long lasting, but linear and a bit over-priced.

Dec
28
2013
Roge'
Roge'

Although the accords look similar to Xocoatl, I don't think the fragrances smell anything alike. Xocoatl is more chocolates with milk and rum whereas Anima Dulces topside is vanilla heavy. In my opinion, I think this fragrance is more related to 7 billion hearts by CB I hate perfume(not in fragrantica's database). Both fragrances share that same dirty dark vanilla quality that people tend to love. A masculine vanilla fragrance? Yeah, I think so. You can thank the spices for that. After the 10hr mark, some of the notes are barely recognizable. Way, way, deep in the drydown, Anima starts to smell a little like Jaipur Boucheron(which is a elegant vanilla frag).

Nov
03
2013
michael.j
michael.j

I have to say I was really skeptical about this one as I usually despise most incarnations of vanilla. This vanilla, however, was nice and dry and didn't, mercifully, have that caramel or burnt sugar smell. The is a gorgeous piece of artistry. The cocoa is so good, and with the cinnamon, it's utterly exquisite. This is FB worthy for. On my list for the next trip to Osswald.

Oct
11
2013
naht
naht

can anyone compare this with Xocoatl by Fueguia 1833?

Oct
07
2013
mippymuppett
mippymuppett

Like others I sprayed this on my arm and thought ok...I'll walk around for a bit and see how it wears. Went and had a cup of coffee sat on a patio and could not stop smelling my arm. This is a very beautiful interpretation of mexican chocolate. I'm from Arizona originally and we have the most gorgeous restaurant there called Poca Cosa. They serve a mexican inspired chocolate mousse and this scent reminds me of that decadent desert. Beautiful deep dark chocolate infused with bone dry cinnamon & gorgeous mexican vanillin with just a hint of chile thrown in for some heat.

This just gets better and better. The dry down is pure delight. If you love chocolate with a hint of spice I highly suggest a taste of this!!! That day I went right back and bought a full bottle. The Arquiste line has some very beautiful offerings!!!

Oct
04
2013
LauraB425
LauraB425

Received a sample of this a few days ago and sprayed it on my husband's chest . . . oh, my!! All I can say is DELISCIOSO!!!!!!!! Wow. If I could afford a full bottle, I would SO be running out right now to buy one!! lol
What interested me initially was the backstory (see their website - the art is beautiful and so evocative). My husband is from Mexico, and the first time we visited about 16 years ago, his abuelita (grandmother) brought out a platter of pan dulce (sweet breads) and a large pot of chocolate, which was made with fresh milk and stirred with that wooden mixer that you put between two palms and "swirl" (can't think of the name off the top of my head, but we own one now, too!) . . . anyway, Mexican chocolate is nothing like the hot cocoa we buy in the US. It is so rich and flavorful - it's heavenly, really. So, my initial interest was for a gourmand scent that would evoke these lovely memories . . . but, again - Wow! Yes, the rich cocoa wafts in and out (but not *too* much - it stays just long enough and then it disappears before just peeking through a bit here and there - perfect), and then you add that beautiful combination of the chilles, cinnamon, vanilla . . . it's just blended so well so as to form it's own unique scent, and I must say that scent just had me alternating between deep inhales, big smiles, and . . .
<3
Needless to say, I would *highly* recommend this for men. For now we will savor this sample and start a savings fund for a full bottle (my husband agrees! *wink*)

Jul
10
2013
vitabhaya
vitabhaya

As a gourmand affecianata, I have wanted so desperately to love this. It is easily liked, but something is off the mark with it. There is a kind of lightness and oddity in this scent 30-90 minutes in, after which it goes back to being just what it ought to be--perhaps a representation of the fermented cacao beans? Chili is apparent around the edges of the aroma, something you feel when you pull your nose away. Sillage is weak, longevity is there, but for the high price, I am determined to find something else.

Compared to Jo Malone's Blue Agava & Cacao, this is creamier and has that odd fruit escapade in it, and, of course, greater longevity.

EDIT: I have come to a peace with the odd sweetness, which I am now positive is the fermentation of cacao beans. Definitely the sweetness of the cocoa butter is present, and the warmth radiating off the top from the chili. I keep getting whiffs of this as I go through my day, every time thinking, "My goodness, what is that beautiful scent?" Just when I think it's gone, it continues to radiate with greater sillage than I had originally assessed. I think I love it. It is not a masterpiece, but is an interesting and unusual foray into familiar ingredients that I am slowly coming to adore. The drydown IS Mexican chocolate, bearing in mind that Mexican chocolate is creamier and less burdened and dark than its American cousin. Cozy and quiet and satiated, gourmand lovers really ought to treat themselves to try this... perhaps a few times. :)

May
22
2013
Dittnergirl
Dittnergirl

How could I not love all these notes swirled together?? It sounded like true Mexican hot chocolate (very thick and unlike American watery hot chocolate). This started out with some mysterious heavy floral...like an anchor on my wrist. 20 min in, I got a hint of a dry crushed cinnamon chili powder, without any deliciousness. 1 hour later it started taking on a fermented fruit scent. What should have been a guaranteed winner turned into a head-scratching puzzle of "What went wrong here?"

Sep
12
2012
alfarom
alfarom

This is probably the best option out of the Arquste's line of fragrances. A modernized oriental built around a cocoa-vanilla accord that's old-fashioned and extremely contemporary at the same time. Dark sugary undertones paired with a supporting paprika note provide interesting twists while cinnamon reinforces the overall oriental vibe.

Not as overpowering or heavy as you would expect from this type of fragrances and surely head and shoulders above the average quality of todays niche offerings. If you like Parfumerie Generale style you'll probably dig this...

Rating: 7.5-8/10

Jul
25
2012
scentread
scentread

This fragrance does very well, the cinammon is distinct, but also complements the vanilla and cocoa, the paprika adds a kick of spice. A well rounded rich gourmand!

Jul
12
2012
Ang8761
Ang8761

Just received my sample today. I'm reading the notes in this fragrance: Cinnamon, Cocoa, Vanilla, Chili. YES, they're all there. Very warm & sweet scent, unfortunately too sweet, I smell like a girl... This won't do.

Jun
02
2012
drBatson
drBatson

It has enchanted me absolutely. I haven’t experinced the atmosphere of old monasteries in Mexico but I’ve visited old Spanish convents at summer. This great spiritual mix of Sun, sandy earth, spicy shrubs in garden and nearby. And this chocolate alchemy – real scent from the Kingdom of Heaven! Brilliant balance of notes, opulent sillage with a note of fresh subtle light breeze from the window (or from Heaven). Very sunny as if all this chocolate magic takes place in the monastery yard! All my female colleagues in office say in chorus: real masculine.

Mar
29
2012
rritual
rritual

finally fragrance is added to the directory. this is the stand out in my opinion of the first release of fragrances from arquiste. it is a real gourmand. the cocoa and the chili is prominent. it has excellent longevity on me, at least 7-8hrs, with moderate projection for the first 3-4. people around me love this scent, it is really edible. this is a must try for fragrance lovers and for gourmand lovers it is a buy. when i first smelled this i instantly wanted it but needed to see if it lasted and projected, and it was up to my expectations. the others on the arquiste line are also well blended but this one is my favorite of the line. its a pricey bottle but for me it was worth it.

Feb
04
2012
rod7elfo
rod7elfo

At first time i hate this one... But something happends that i have to go back to Saks 24 hrs later and try it again...
Indont know why but i loved it.
Some hours later (5 or 6) it was still there.
An speciall aura was around me; an absoult gourmad.
One week later i bough it. You can love it or hate it, but the true is that this one is a "having" an oppinion.
If you can, smell this one.

Jan
30
2012

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