It happens to all of us sometime. We smell a fragrance we’ve been eagerly awaiting and then we’re bummed because it was nowhere near what we were expecting after reading the description, the notes, the hype, etc. So we walk away shaking our heads and wondering what happened.
After all the hoopla about Chanel Coco Noir, and not incidentally that gaw-jus black bottle, I couldn’t wait to hit Nordstrom to try it. The very sweet SA not only gave me a nice little spray sample of it but also one of the original Coco EDP. (However, I had to say “no thanks” to her kind offer of a Coco Mademoiselle sample — it’s just not for me.)
So as any curious perfumista would do, I put the original on one wrist and the Chanel Coco Noir on the other, just for comparison’s sake.
Let’s just say it was a mixed blessing. In my humble opinion, the Noir really ought to have been called Coco Poupre, as Angela over on NST noted. I wanted to like it, but despite its good ingredients and its pedigree, its purple haze of fruit and patchouli was just not memorable on my skin. Sniffing it blind I might have deemed it a well-done celebuscent and left it at that.
On the other hand (wrist) however, the original Coco just shimmered and glowed. I’d worn this ages ago when it first appeared and loved it enough to invest in the ancillary products, but I guess over the years (and countless other bottles) I’d forgotten how good this is, even sniffing it now in its current formulation. Over the course of that afternoon, I kept asking myself how in the world I could have lost touch with this beauty. Now I can’t wait to try the extrait and to revisit the body products.
Thus, my Dear John letter —
Dear Chanel Coco Noir: You are a beautiful, classy bottle and you have a wonderful and elegant family. I don’t regret our very brief time together, but you’re just not for me, and I hope you understand. I know you’ll make some people out there very happy. And although I won’t be wearing you again, I must tip my hat to you and thank you for helping me rediscover a great long-lost scent. With all best wishes …
What about you? Has any fragrance you’ve tried sparked a renewed appreciation for another perfume, or sent you running to dig out a golden oldie?
( You can try both and see which one you like more, get a Chanel perfume sample)