Hi there Posse! Back in May 2013 we did the ScentSation Bus Tour through LA. One of our stops was at beauty Habit where Paula and her amazing crew looked after us so amazingly well. Paula’s VERY sexy husband even brought his restaurant truck to feed us. It was an incredible day and one of my enduring memories of the day was meeting and chatting to Sarah Horowitz at Beauty Habit, falling for and subsequently buying one of her beautiful fragrances. If you’re missing summer and need a pure shot of tropical loveliness then read on…
Perfect Coconut Milk by Sarah Horowitz Parfums 2012
Photo Stolen Beauty Habit
Beauty Habit gives these featured accords:
Top: Coconut, Almond
Heart: Orange Blossom, Gardenia
Base: Tonka Bean, Vanilla, Egyptian Musk
Perfect Coconut Milk opens surprisingly crisp and green, it feels like citrus, and backed by the warm soft glow of almond and white flowers but not a BWF. The Sarah Horowitz coconut is not as pronounced as you’d think it would be today but there is a creaminess that feels like coconut cream as you put it into a curry and further in to the ride a toasted desiccated coconut like used to be on our birthday cakes as kids.
Interestingly, when I wear Perfect Coconut Milk during the course of a normal day, rather than sitting in my office and parsing the ride, the whole fragrance seems much more coconut. Last night while I was lying in bed and wearing it to drift off to sleep it was uber coconut. Today it seems much less so. Today it feels like a vanilla scent with bells & whistles.
Photo Stolen OKSmoothie
So I wore Perfect Coconut Milk again today while I ran around doing errands and chores. It was lushly tropical and huffed up out of my top on and off all day, there were some really delightful moments of pure coconutty goodness and now that the vanilla has made itself the reigning star of the fragrance in my olfactory memory i think that’s the way it’s going to stay. Lasting power is excellent and I still had musky/vanillic traces at the end of the day that were very comfortable.
If you want a sweet (in a vanilla, not confectionery way) tropical fragrance that is clear and uncloying but warm as a hug I think Perfect Coconut Milk an excellent choice. First hour or so is very fragrant and then it fades in and out till you’re left with a soft focus wash till fade.
Photo Stolen Sarah Horowitz Parfums
Further reading: Now Smell This and Ca Fleure Bon
Beauty Habit have $75/50ml
Sarah Horowitz Parfums has a great selection including Fragrance, Shower Gel & Body Lotion
Have you tried any of Sarah Horowitz’ fragrances? Which ones and what did you think?
If no, have you looked at her range?
I haven’t tired any of her fragrances, but this sounds positively lovely!
Hi there Sun Mi,
I also like the very reasonable prices.
I’m not a big fan of gourmand scents — if it smells like something delicious I’d want to eat, I don’t want to smell like it. I don’t mind gourmand notes mixed in, if there’s still something else going on (like Borneo 1834 or Premier Figuier). But thank you for your report!
Heidic, This will be hell for you.
I love this one, and have it on my “to purchase” list! The vanilla and little bit of almond make it into a true comfort scent, and separate it from the cheaper and harsher coconut scents. I love it! I also own SH Perfect Veil, the musk one. It’s a beautiful soft, powdery white musk (to me anyway). The funny thing about that one is some days I can smell it very well, and some days not at all. I must be somewhat anosmic to it. I really need to try the others. I love that the price point on these is very reasonable! Off to Beautyhabit I go! Thanks, ,Portia!!!
Say hi to Paula at Beauty Habit from me please.
There are a lot of things I have not tried and anything that Sarah Horowitz has done. I do hear the name often enough but me ever get around to trying her stuff. On the list she goes.
You can’t beat yourself up. The choice is too broad and you have to pick your battles. I love Sarah and her work though so go try it and tell me what you think please.
Howdy, Portia! This sounds dee-lightful! I do enjoy coconut, especially when it’s done well (as in Ysatis), so this one sounds like a winner. I’m hopping over to Surrender to Chance right now. Thanks!
Hi there Ann,
Thanks for dropping by, it’s always great to see you in the comments.
You’ve enticed me, once again!
Woo Hoo! Great news.
I really need to be in the right mood for coconut in perfumes. If its just a whiff I’m okay but if it’s predominantly coconut I don’t want to smell like it. It also has to be the right coconut. When the dogs went to one particular groomer the shampoo she used was a really awful coconut one that lingered on them for a while. I hated the stuff and it made me very picky about the note I think.
Poodle, I totally understand! Our groomers use a shampoo that smells exactly like Annick Goutal Fol d’Avril, and I have never been able to like that perfume for that very reason! Coconut as a perfume note has been greatly mishandled, and it really has to be done well not to be cloying!! SH has done a great job!
Why do they flavour our dogs so heavily. Disgusting. Drives me mad.
Ooo, I’m intrigued! I really enjoyed your back story of discovering this during ScentSation. Thanks also for describing the variability in the wear from day to day.
Ann’s Beach Scent post put Hawaii on my mind and yours reminded me that coconut is another way to set the mood besides white florals. I will definitely add this to my sample wish list. Thanks Portia!
Thanks for your comment.
Interesting how we both went for winter blues remedies this week. I hope you love it.