Too-good-to-be-forgotten Monday: Coco by Chanel

Coco“Er, excuse me, ma’am, I don’t mean to bother you, but what fragrance are you wearing? It’s so lovely.” We as perfumistas may have had this happen to us: A stranger approaches us to ask about our perfume; or we may have been the ones doing the asking. I can’t remember having done it more than once or perhaps twice, but I’m certainly guilty as charged now. I had been around a lady for about 10 minutes who I had just met, and the scent cloud surrounding her was just divine, and tantalizingly familiar. I tried and tried, but couldn’t quite put my finger on it, so I had to break down and ask her what she had on. “Chanel,” she said simply. “Coco by Chanel.”

Ding-ding-ding!! The bells, whistles and buzzers were going off in my head like I’d just won big on a TV game show. Of course! How could I not recognize darling Coco, when I’d worn it fairly regularly years ago?

Well, that just served to remind me that we have so many scents at our disposal now (with new ones coming out all the time), that many great fragrances have literally been pushed to the back of the drawer and forgotten. So I went digging, recalling that somewhere in my collection I had a little dab of Coco pure parfum.

But seeing as it was going to be 70 degrees that day (and also taking into consideration my now scent-free office), it was going to have to wait until that evening. It was fine, however, as I always felt that Coco bloomed extra nicely on a chilly night anyway.

And bloom it did. Loving the parfum on one wrist, I poked about and put the EdP on the other for double-barreled deliciousness. It was 9:30 at night, but I still had an overwhelming urge to rush to the big city and snap up a tub of the body cream (which I’m not even sure they still make).

I recall one Christmas years ago when DH got me a lovely Coco gift set, with a spray, lotion and shower gel. Yum city! But arrghhh, I had that miserly “save it for special occasions” mindset and before you know it, years had passed and the body products had gone off and had been only partially used. What a waste! I’m kicking myself now like crazy.

So please do share: What’s your too-good-to-be forgotten scent?

P.S. Oh joy of joys! I see the Coco body products available at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Selfridges, and likely several other retailers as well.

33 Comments
Queen Cupcake December 16, 2014

I must have a little Coco around somewhere...I will look for it tonight! I like Ciara, but I don't think I have any. Another wonderful but "forgotten" perfume for me is: Parfum d'Hermes. That is another one I'll have to bring out of the back of the perfume cabinet!

Julie L December 16, 2014

I wanted to say, for me Cco is still an everyday favorite of mine and probably my top 3 signatures :). Ann, yes! The Ciara is still hanging around at Walgreens and such-yay! It's there right now on clearance and I'm desparately trying to keep from running over there to grab one. 14$ for the 100%, too! There are just so many beautiful sniffing things out there! And I'm such a baby in that regard, as I've not smelled 1/10 of the niches, or what is talked about on this page. But I'm trying ! I troll the perfume sites and beginning to think I need therapy, lol

Rina December 16, 2014

Coco was my first "grown up" perfume I got at Xmas my sr. yr. of HS. Met BF, now Hubs wearing it and that was 26 yrs ago. While I love me my fumes, I always wear Coco on our anniversary. BTW, he used to use the shower gel and it was awesome on him. Haven't had to buy it lately, I have a hoard from the late '80's and I think I'm happier that way, LOL.

Eloquaint December 15, 2014

Coco was one of my first perfume loves, but it doesn't love me back anymore. Has anyone tried Coco Noir? Noir and I are copacetic. Every time I wear Le Feu d'Issey I am beyond with delighted with it, and lament anew its too-short run.

Julie L December 15, 2014

Remember the oldie but incensy goodie, Ciarra? (I think I spelled that right, lol)....yu-MMYY! Of course there are MANY but I just re-found that one this past month! :)

Kandice December 15, 2014

I love Coco but seldom remember to wear it. I often reach for the newer perfume sample to try or the new bottle I just bought. I also love the vintage Opium (which I sadly don't have) and Origins' Ginger Essence and AG's Gardenia Passion. I must remember to wear these loves more often. Thanks for the reminder!

eldarwen22 December 15, 2014

I keep forgetting about a lot of my old favorites because I have the tendancy to focus on a handful of perfumes. Latest perfume in my collection that shouldn't have been forgotten was Chanel no 19 in EDP form. Yesterday, it was the vintage EDP version was the latest vintage score was the first bottle that I grabbed before I left for work. All day, I kept wondering on why I don't wear no 19 so much anymore.

Suzanne December 15, 2014

Chanel Coco! Definitely too good to be forgotten. I'm sure that woman loved that you asked her about her perfume, Ann, as it's always a nice compliment when someone notices. Chanel perfumes in general figure into the too-good-to-be-forgotten department. Chanel No. 22, Chanel No. 5 ... even though I prefer the vintage version of the latter, the current version is still a darn lovely fragrance to smell on someone.

rosarita December 15, 2014

Coco is an enduring favorite and I wear it often. Lovely story! My latest rediscovery is YSL Nu, which I've had for years. I forgot about it and found the hockey puck bottle buried under other stuff in my perfume cabinet, my interest rekindled by my discovery of a big jar of the body cream that I unearthed from the bathroom in a brief organizing frenzy. Fortunately the cream still smells good but I'm with Poodle on the saving of body products - why do we do it when we know better? The inner workings of the perfumista brain is a post all its own.

poodle December 15, 2014

I love Coco too. I may wear it today now that you made me think of it. Why, why, why do we all seem to save the body products for so long that they turn? I've done the same thing numerous times. The ridiculous thing is that I know darn well the perfume will last longer than the lotion or cream will but I still do it.

Neva December 15, 2014

Great story! ...and so familiar. I'm not a fan of Coco, but this happens to me every time with the same scent on other people: Declaration by Cartier. I love it so much and wear it seldom. Such a pity.

FeralJasmine December 15, 2014

I love Coco, and cherish my Ann Klein Black Cashmere. That is a scent too good to be forgotten.

australianperfumejunkies December 15, 2014

LOVE Coco and reach for it regularly Ann. I have a 35ml 1990s parfum spray that is nearing completion. A couple of the 7.5ml parfum splash and a modern EdP that is still in its cellophane. Forgotten faves? Caron Bellodgia, I have to remind myself to get it out of its box. Portia xx