Monday, December 7, 2009
SOTD: Chanel Coco (Parfum)
Well, also, Now Smell This just published a review of Coco that made it sound both interesting and lovely. And somebody on Basenotes, I believe it was, called Coco the best Oriental. I started wondering why I don't much like the stuff, and if perhaps I've changed my mind.
Have I? I can't decide.
The parfum is everything that I expect a Chanel parfum to be. It's well-blended, so that you can't pick out the individual notes. It's smooth, suave, elegant and graceful. And I can't decide if that's good or bad.
It's a texture thing. I remember the Eau de Parfum, last time I sampled it, as being much less smooth. It was pricklier, grainier, the spices more prominent and easier to pick out from the other notes. Rather like gingerbread, very gourmand-like.
The parfum is not at all gourmand; it's all scent and no food. The EDP is comforting and friendly and rather Hansel-and-Gretel. The parfum is a glamour girl. The EDP is tweed; the parfum is sable.
I suspect that I'm more Gretel-eating-gingerbread, than glamour-girl-in-sable. I'll give the EDP another try.
Review Roundup: Now Smell This and Perfume-Smellin' Things and Scentzilla and ScentsOfSelf and The Perfume Chronicles and Basenotes and MakeupAlley and My Perfume Life and Fragrantica.
Edited to add to the Review Roundup.
Photo: By pschemp. Wikimedia Commons.