Sunday, April 7, 2013
Coconut: My Latest Perfume Obsession
Until now, I've never liked coconut in perfume - it just seemed too tanning lotion pedestrian. For the last month, however, I have been jonesing for coconut perfumes and all things coconut. In the process, I have discovered that many perfumes from Amouage to Jovan White Musk have a coconut vibe even if they don't contain the ingredient. Here's a few mid-range to inexpensive perfumes I found along the way:
Estee Lauder Azuree Soliel
JLo Miami Glow
Queen by Queen Latifa
Laguna by Salvidor Dali
Crystal Noir by Versace
Yesterday, I decide what I really want is a coconut lotion that would let me turn up the volume in any perfume that might contain a hint of that note. So B-man and I go on a search for the perfect coconut lotion. This is the type of meaningful pursuit that fills our Saturday afternoons.
We go everywhere from TJ Maxx to Bath & Body Works to Ulta to Kohl's to find a lotion that is just right. I think surely Bath & Body Works will have the perfect coconut lotion, but Aruba Coconut is too fruity and the stores no longer carry Exotic Coconut. Just as well since I discover later that some reviewers say it burns your skin. What the F? (I told Elisa, from the French Exit, that I was going to steal that phrase and use it myself.)
B-man, ever the good-natured partner, is engaged in the whole experience, even when I get cranky because we are driving all over the valley and I forgot to bring a happy snack from home.
Me: Oh my God, are we ever going to get to the freeway?
B-man: Yes, it's just a few more blocks, Miss Cranky.
Me: And look at the mountains; it's raining like crazy where we live and I'm missing the whole black, awesome storm. What's with the sunshine here? I've had it with all the damn sunshine.
B-man: We can just go home so you can watch the storm if you want.
Me: No, I'm on a mission. Can we go to Bath & Body Works?
B-man: We were just there.
Me: I mean the other one - they might have different stuff.
B-man: Sure, let's go. Why don't you go in and I'll wait in the car. Take your time.
While I wander around in BBW, I access Fragrantica on my iphone just to see what ingredients are in the lotions I am testing. One of my favorites for bedtime is Warm Vanilla Sugar, and Fragrantica reminds me that the heart note just happens to be...coconut. Since I'm down to my last one at home, I buy six more on the 'buy 3 get 3 free' sale. Content with my happy snack equivalent, I get in the car, beaming.
B-man: What did you end up with?
Me: I ended up with Warm Vanilla Sugar - I have that at home.
B-man: Wait, after all this, you have that one at home?
B-man: Wow. I think I'm ready for a pina colada.
This evening, I'm wearing Warm Vanilla Sugar with Jovan White Musk, but I'm about ready to pump up the coconut even higher with a little Crystal Noir.
What's your latest perfume note obsession?
Image from mindbodygreen.com