I struggled in NYC in my twenties - trolling for pennies to buy bagels on the weekend....walking everywhere....dating for dinners..faking until I made it in the fashion industry. One Thanksgiving I was so tired of being afraid and lonely and broke -- and my mother and sister surprised me with a visit. They raved about my courage and my ambition and took me out to eat and bought me a bottle of the latest Chanel perfume, Coco, from Bergdorfs..That smell brought about a beatific moment that let me feel that by God's grace, I would prevail. I must say Coco contains many 'holy' notes and does smell heavenly. So whenever I am feeling average or doubt my ability, I remember that Thanksgiving and Coco's smell of encouragement. This is the one I give as a gift when I am feeling grand.
Coco by Chanel, 1984
Coco brings to mind an image of a party girl. Think Holly Golightly after a night of hard partying. But really, it could be any girl who started out the evening looking like the cover of Vogue and ending up a Cosmopolitan outtake. Her make-up is smeared, her hair dishevelled, she fell into her bed with her dress half off and her panty hose still on. A brandy glass still in her hand. She smells of a rich perfume that started out sharp and sexy and now has gone soft and silky. Her sheets will smell of it for a week. Even the cat likes it and has curled up under the girls' chin and fallen into the deepest sleep. For some reason when she awakens she does not feel as though the night before was a mistake. She is relaxed, comfortable and cozy. She drifts in and out of sleep, dreaming vaguely of France, where she's never been. It's the Paris she's seen in movies. When she gets out of bed she does not have a hangover. She goes to her local bakery for a croissant and coffee. She smells her wrist. Coco is still there, sweeter than the cinammon bread. She gazes out into the wet afternoon.
I prefer the EDT, lighter and more wearable than the EDP, too strong and sweet for me(and I must say I love strong perfumes). It has the Chanel elegance and is very complex and feminine. A masterpiece.
This was beautiful at first. Warm and spicy. I sprayed it on my left wrist and kept sniffing at it, almost compulsively, in wonderment. Then, about three hours after spraying, I started having some sort of perfume panic. The smell was getting to me. Horribly. Finally I almost raced to the bathroom to wash off the scent. I had to scrub my arm three separate times to get the smell off of me. I almost threw up. How many spritzes did I give my wrist? Three. That was clearly two too many. I will try again when the mental/physical reaction (AUUUGGGHH GET IT AWAY FROM ME GET IT AWAY FROM ME!!!) goes away. It's beautiful. Just way, way too much. EDITED: Three months later, I am as one with Coco. Our differences are past.* The repulsion caused by too much perfume too soon has faded, and I have fallen deeply in love with this scent. I wear it when I want to impress. I wear it when I want to feel good about myself, or lift myself from a funk or sad mood. It makes me feel sexy and powerful. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. It shimmers and glows, and enfolds. It invites, it smiles. It is wonderful. * I suspect it was the strong tonka bean and heavy vanilla base that killed me when I first tried it. I have had a powerful aversion to strong vanilla and tonka bean. Thankfully, I can handle it now. For others who detest heavy vanilla in perfume, be warned.
Coco is hot stuff!! Grown up, spicy, glamourous and definitely Chanel! Sillage is immense, lasting power is extremely good, especially on clothes, I can still smell it on my scarf even after 5 or 6 days. Coco is what I wanted No5 to be, but I don't enjoy that at all, thank goodness I found Coco, my classic Chanel!
*** UPDATE: 09/22/11 I am definitely more pleased with each wearing! I agree with other reviews in that this one seems to grow on you with time. While I absolutely LOVE Coromandel, Coco is more "comfortable". I can actually see me wearing it to rake leaves, shopping for used books, a date for pastry & coffee. Yes, I like it. :) Today I sniffed Coco by Chanel for the third or fourth time. Decided to wear it. I took some steps to add a little longevity and I have to admit, I like it better this time. I loved the spicy, "sparkling" stuff at the beginning. The middle fell a little flat. I'm beginning to think I may not like jasmine? Then the base stepped up. I really enjoy the scent's warmth and hint of spice, but must say, I wish it ws "more". More spice, more heat more sweetness, more smoke, more something! This is considered such a classic, I'll probably try it again, but so far, cannot justify a bottle...
Yankee candle, for winter use.
I've worn COCO body cream (the one that comes in the clear glass box with the blackand gold screw on top) ever since I read a descrition of it in 1984 when it first came out. It has been my signature scent ever since - I only wear the body cream however the purfume does not smell the same on me. I've had countless strangers ask me what I wear and several of my girl friends have tried it including my sister = Interestingly it DOES matter what your personal chemistry is with this fragrance - not everyone can wear it. None of my friends can wear it - It doesn't smell the same on my sister either - who loves how it smells on me. THere's nothing like COCO - I absolutely love it - I feel like it was made just for me.
Another year round daytime scent for me. On me it smells crisp & lightly floral, I was surprised that it's considered an Oriental. The The body lotion is quite moisturizing, not just nice scent in a quickly drying lotion. If you wear the lotion, go lightly on the parfum or it'll make your eyes water.
I wore this Eau de Parfum just after it came out. I was in High School and my father bought me a 100ml refillable cartridge bottle for Hanukkah. As soon as I started wearing it the compliments just kept coming. This is the kind of fragrance that HAS to blend well with your bodily scent for it to come off as beautiful and timeless. I feel quite lucky that this is my personal scent. I put it on and it just blends so well with my natural chemistry that I feel it was made for me. You should try it before buying it. It just might not smell good on you. I love you Coco!
Coco by Chanel, 1984
|Top Notes||Angelica, Mimosa, Frangipani, Mandarin|
|Middle Notes||Cascarilla, Orange Flower, Bulgarian Rose, Jasmine|
|Base Notes||Labdanum, Ambrette Seed, Opopanax, Benzoin, Tonka, Vanilla|
|Bottle Designer||Jacques Helleu|
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