Kerosene Follow1 conjures so many food memories for me: scents of — chocolate-coffee-caramel candy my grandmother made at Christmastime and wrapped in foil, the Nescafé Greek-style coffee a friend at work made every morning, steaming chocolate mochas with sprinklings of toasted coconut on top, Middle Eastern honey cake served with a cup of Turkish coffee, tonka bean and espresso crème brûlée. And every association is "sweet" and fits perfectly with the holiday season — when I eat more desserts than any time of the year. But Follow is not overly sugared; its rich-deep coffee and benzoin aromas provide a pleasant "burnt" vibe.
Throughout the course of Follow's development, I smell coffee; its base notes are amber-y (amber with, I believe, some patchouli in the mix). If you love gourmand and/or coffee scents, Follow is a must-sniff. If many gourmand perfumes are too sweet for you, try Follow.
Since the catastrophe (on my skin at least) that was Atelier Cologne Café Tuberosa, I've thought about the combination of dense coffee and tuberose, so I layered Follow with Frédéric Malle Carnal Flower and it was a match made in paradise — and put Café Tuberosa to shame. (Use one part Follow to two parts Carnal Flower.) I also layered Follow with Dame Perfumery Chocolate Man: deeeelicious.
Kerosene Follow Eau de Parfum is $140 for 100 ml. (Please, Kerosene: make a 10 or 15 ml size!) For buying information, see the listing for Kerosene under Perfume Houses.
1. Listed notes of coffee, vanilla, benzoin, amber, sap, tonka bean.