In the course of my sampling and spritzing in the weeks after my Memory-Laden Monday post on Ysatis, I came to a rather surprising realization: I’m a sucker for coconut in perfume. I’m fine with it on an edible level, but in perfume — oh, yes!
Mind you, not the loud ones that scream “Smell me, I’m a tropical drink!” but the soft, creamy, subtle ones, such as the aforementioned Ysatis and the glorious Carnal Flower. Also the scents in which the coconut-like aspect of tuberose comes through, as it does (at least to my nose) in Dior’s New Look 1947. And as I investigate further, I see it making an appearance in several others that I like: By Kilian’s Liaisons Dangereuses, vintage Chloe (a college-era staple), and Chopard’s Casmir, which I wore when it first came out.
I knew I was officially a perfume coconut-phile when, thanks to a kind and generous friend, I recently sampled Honore des Pres’ Love Coconut and huffed my wrist with abandon.
And as I look at my tea collection, I see that I’ve gone through several tins of Zhena’s Coconut Chai, and am enjoying Tea Forte’s Vanilla Orchid and Hazelnut Truffle teas as well (both of which contain it). What’s next: cravings for coconut cream pie?
Do you have any fave coconut scents? Or as you think about your fragrance collection, is there a recurring note or theme that runs throughout?