Chanel Coco


More and more, I'm hearing from young women in their 20s pledging their allegiance to Chanel Coco. I smell Coco as a bridge between the heady Opium/Cinnabar days of the Studio 54 crowd and the "I've-outgrown-my-fruitchuli" kids of today. Enjoy along with me this fabbaloo-loo Coco commercial starring Vanessa Paradis:
Coco is available from BeautyEncounter.com and Amazon.com, starting at $66 for 1.2 oz
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24 comments:

  1. It's funny you don't mention orange blossom.

    To me, Coco has the most intense, slightly spicy, musky OR-RANGE note I know, which imparts a comforting quality to the (vintage) EDP.

    It practically screams that fruit aloud with medium decibel aldehydes in the opening!

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    1. Coco must be shrieking a different song to me. I'll remove my earmuffs and see if I can hear the OR-RANGE.

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  2. Dear Katie Plumrik -

    Any chance I could charm you into sending me an mp3 of the part of this review where you say, "Plum!" out of nowhere? I think it would make a lovely ringtone for my new phone.

    Sincerely yours, Stefush

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  3. The guy in the Inès commercial--that's not Bowie, is it? If it's not, that's one hell of a doppelgänger.

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    1. Not Bowie, but he is a looky-likey.

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    2. It looks like Antonio Banderas to me.

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  4. Years ago Perfume of Life did an informal poll of favorites and I remember that Coco ended up as number 1. I haven't smelled it in years, but I also recall that some famous actress mixes it with CSP's Vanille Abricot. Sounds horrible, I know, but it was really quite nice when I tried it!

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    1. That actress is Nicole Kidman.

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    2. Katie: have you had a chance to try the new L'Artisan Seville a l'Aube; I would be interested to hear your take on it? I would love to get a sample, but it's not due to come out until Sept 12 and I don't think L'Artisan gives samples anymore.

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    3. Correction: now I've heard it will be out late July; I can't wait to try it. I, like you, love incense & there is incense in this one. There's a long story behind this fragrance; seems Bertrand Duchaufour was inspired by a night in the life of the woman who wrote "The Perfume Lover" - Denyse Beaulieu aka Grain de musc. She writes about this fragrance in her book, also coming out shortly. Nice to see L'Artisan coming out with a new FAB fragrance; it's been awhile. :)

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    4. Lokelani, forgive my tardiness in responding. Coincidentally, the night before you left your comment, I had conducted an interview/book reading event with Denyse in London. I will be posting a book review and Seveille a l'aube review shortly. Sadly for us incense junkies, the incense in the perfume is subliminal. But the orange blossom is sublime!

      Read Denyse's account of our London get-together here:
      http://graindemusc.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/perfume-lover-presentation-in-soho.html

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  5. I love that you reviewed this today, because I got home, opened up a package, and there was a honking big bottle of vintage Coco edp, daring me to over-spray myself with it. And over-spray, I did!

    I love the vintage for it's animalic notes (civet I believe) so I'm a little leery of the current formulation. What do you think? Is there a huge difference?

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    1. Scent syncronicity, babe. It's been a while since I smelled original-era Coco (probably back in the orginal era, methinks), so I'm not in a position to answer your question. But it's a safe assumption that any new juice has been de-critterfied. Smelling both the edt and edp revealed only florals and spice to me, but no civet.

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  6. Inter-esting! I have a little EDT from the 90's and a tiny bit of the perfume which I bought at an estate sale -- old, but I don't exactly know how old. Both have that animalic undercurrent. The new stuff is vegan, to be sure, but this is still encouraging. Let's hope these ladies explore more classics and leave the godawful fruitchoulis bolted to the shelf at Target where they belong.

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  7. I think it is impossible to OVERSPRAY with Coco, Melissa!
    Coco is either yes or no. In for a penny, in for a pound.
    How's is the parfum, BTW I think that my be my next bottle...
    Awesome choice for this one!
    ~fleurine

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  8. It tickles me that Coco is the signature scent of my friend Ruth, an indie chick who leans to the Goth side in appearance only, and also of my ex-MIL, whom I gave a bottle for her 75th birthday. Intriguingly, of the three scents she now owns, Coco is the only one not by Michel Almairac.

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  9. Those two commercials are pretty darned hilarious!

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  10. I do love a luxury brand with a sense of humor.

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  11. I absolutely love the Coco dry down! I spray the EDP only once, but I feel smothered by the fragrance for the first hour and I feel bad being around others as it seems so nauseating on me. I just adore the dry down so much that I try to spritz early and endure the heady beginning. Can you recommend another perfume similar to the soft dry down of Coco? Or, do you think another concentration might suit me better? For example, are the top notes less pronounced in the pure parfum while the bottom notes are emphasized?

    Thanks for your help!

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  12. Katie, You mention at the end, "if you're a guy and you want to wear this, I'd recommend the toilette...". As a guy, I REALLY like this fragrance on me! BUT, i don't want to be "girly". Can an outdoorsy, adventurous man-MAN wear the EDP?

    I love your site!

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    1. I can perfume-pontificate until the cows come home, but you, man-MAN, are the ultimate authority on what smells good on you, and what you choose to smell like. If the EDP is your poison, drink deep. Anyway, the distinction between the EDT and the EDP will be scant to civilians.

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