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    Default 3x3 Blind Sniff Round 1 "Cuckoo for Coco"

    Congratulations, you have opened this thread!

    Could also be called CocoLoco, or whatever triggers your perfume imagination as long as there is some room for Coco (Gabrielle) Chanel, cocoa, chocolate, coconuts, a Hong Kong Basenoter with the dancing (erm, well, now it is not dancing, pity!) bunny on the avatar, or Coco fragrance by Chanel. And some arrangements for the daily allowance of crazyness best described as Cuckoo or Loco, just a little bit.

    Three identical samples of fragrances marked A, B and C representing niche, designer and mass market categories and somehow united by the above theme were sent to three Basenoters (3x3 part). Nobody except me and Miss Taolady knows what's in the vials. Each of the designated sniffers will post their sniffing impressions:
    -- general likes/dislikes;
    -- family (fresh, oriental, floral, fougere, etc);
    -- particular notes;
    -- fragrance development;
    -- sillage;
    -- longevity;
    -- color and viscosity of the liquid;
    -- what it reminds them of; and these are just suggestions!

    Every reader may ask questions right here on the thread fishing for clues as to the identity of the fragrances. If there is something I feel connected with the contents of the vials, I will comment. The more clues there are here, the easier it is for everybody to attain the goal -- to identify each fragrance. If you think you know what we are all sniffing but not very sure and want to avoid embarrassment, please send me a PM. If you are absolutely positive, go ahead and post here. There are no prizes involved.

    More Rounds will follow according to the following schedule (of course we all know that despite our good will life brings its corrections):

    April -- Round 2 -- ___________________ -- host Lady_in_Black, sniffers Lian, Ubuandibeme and veuve amiot

    May -- Round 3 -- _____________________ -- host MikePerez23, sniffers debbbora, lizzie_j and Black_Cat.

    June -- Round 4 -- ______________________ -- host Asha, sniffers Wordbird, Twolf and exquisitely me.

    July -- Round 5 -- ____________________ -- host whisperingleaves, sniffers Asha, Haunani and jillsy.

    August -- Round 6 -- _________________ -- hosts kumquat and purplebird7, sniffers whisperingleaves, Aiona and RHM.

    September -- Round 7 -- _______________ -- host lizzie_j, sniffers lushsoup, kess and arwen-elf.

    The following people will be sniffers for the future rounds after September:
    -- kumquat,
    -- Taolady,
    -- SommervilleMetroMan.

    If you want to be a sniffer/host, please let me know.

    I also tend to edit a lot, as my fingers are often times faster than my brain. Please bear with me!

    Who is brave enough to handle A?
    Last edited by Twolf; 12th March 2009 at 10:32 PM. Reason: See above

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    Mikeperez,...LIB... are you ready?
    How would you two like to proceed?
    Shall we stick to Sample A until we guess it, then move on to Sample B and Sample C?
    Or should we dig in and try to figure out the similarities and connections between them all?
    I'm up for suggestions.
    Please post, and when we agree, we can start guessing.

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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff Round 1 "Cuckoo for Coco"

    Stick with A til we figure it out, I say. I'll get easily confused smelling all 3 at once. Not to mention it'll cut into my SOTD's.

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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff Round 1 "Cuckoo for Coco"

    Who's afraid of Big Bad A? Or, is it Big Bad B?

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    Ha. I have something to say about that...
    mikeperez, that sounds like a plan.
    I have PMd LIB and given her a bookmark for this spot.
    We will wait and see if she is ready.

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    Yeah, I also vote for analysing and solving them one by one - I am ready and will start sniffing sample A tonight, ok?
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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff Round 1 "Cuckoo for Coco"

    I find this entirely thrilling! Can't wait to start reading your impressions!

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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff Round 1 "Cuckoo for Coco"

    I sniffed A last night - I have a ton of impressions, but I will wait til purplebird7, and L_I_B are ready.

    ((waiting patiently))

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    First of all, thanks again to TWolf for picking up this lovely&informative project again and for sending out the first batch of smellies!
    Ready...go! It is almost 10 pm over here
    I guess we will have to tackle the different time zones, so I'll be zonking out when my collegues-in-blind-sniff mikeperez and purplebird will be starting the REAL thing


    SAMPLE A
    Colour: clear
    Not very oily, does evaporate fairly quickly on skin, so I'll say EdT

    From the vial, the impression was biiiig fruit.
    On skin, it starts with a huge sweet pineapple, then joined by some red fruit - maybe strawberry? For an instant, it calls to my mind the infamous (apologies to those who love it) Miss Dior Chérie: but it's not a lasting thought.
    The pineapple hums in the background, the atmosphere is that of a tropical landscape, enter more fruit . Mango? Or peach? Then....pear! Pear it is to my nose for a couple of minutes, a little plasticky.
    It calms down rather quickly, smelling like pineapple cream with a little almondy facet (heliotrope?). On this first wearing, I wasn't able to detect floral notes, but I'm sure there must be!

    The imagery in my head is me, stretched out under a palm tree on the beach of Bloody Bay (that's the actual name) in Jamaica, sipping a fruity rum punch from a tall icy glass.

    Needless to say, I am curious to read m's and p's thoughts!
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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff Round 1 "Cuckoo for Coco"

    It is fruity, you got it right! The manufacturer's Website lists wild strawberry as one of the top notes.

    What keeps it grounded? Woods, musk, grasses, patchouli, animalic elements? Or, is it just a fruit bowl with nothing else going on? What in your opinion created that "plasticky" effect? Have you ever encountered anything else with the similar note?

    Why do you think I picked A for this round? Any Chanel-aide (Polge-aide) in it? Or, is it because of other reasons?

    BTW, I have already got a PM guessing the identity of this fragrance. Incorrectly, but still...

    How about the throw and the longevity? Cloying in the end? Too sweet? Reasonably pleasant? Piquantly unpleasant? Naughty? Boring?

    Any ideas about the timeframe it was released? Like, typically (sweet) 70-s fruit is different from typically (posh) 80-s fruit and a total different story from the, say, typical (naturalistic yet watery) pineapples of the 90-s. Speaking of which -- pineapples -- what are the other scents you know your pineapples from? Jean Patou Colony? Sonia Rykiel orange pullover? L'Artisan Ananas Fizz?

    Thanks!

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    Okay, I'm with you LIB.
    This is pure strawberries and cream to me.
    Maybe raspberries, but strawberry was my first impression.
    It is my opinion that this is the mass-marketed scent because it reminds me of something from one of those Body Shop type of stores rather than a more sophisitcated composition.
    In fact, the only perfume that I can call to mind that even remotely smells like this is Ed Hardy, which was strawberries and cream to me, but also some florals.
    This one is simpler. But if I had to guess a name besides that, I would be at a loss.
    Now, if I have to guess something that has to do with the theme of Cuckoo for Coco, the only commonality I can find is perhaps coconut.
    Twolf, please do not comment on my guesses until mikeperez weighs in.

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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff Round 1 "Cuckoo for Coco"

    You got it! (I have already got a couple of sentences to say in regards with your comments too!)
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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff Round 1 "Cuckoo for Coco"

    ((putting boxing gloves on))

    Ok, I'm ready to throw down! Woo-hoo!

    -- This is intensely fruity, in a very feminine way. I can't imagine ever wearing this, but I still like it and I think it smells like something a young girl might want to smell like.
    -- I think it belongs in the oriental category, maybe a fruity oriental?
    -- I smell chocolate/patchouli (kinda like Angel Innocent), something like a light tea accord (very lightly), Apricot-peach-nectarine kind of accord, and something that smells 'waxy' about the whole scent (you know like when you smell a fruity scented candle [unlit] and it combines the sharp fruit notes with the smell of the actual candle wax itself - that smell).
    -- I'm gonna have to reapply it - I wore it to bed last night so of course I couldn't chart the development of it because I was asleep when it dried down
    -- I have no idea about the sillage and longevity - if I had to guess, I'd say it's average
    -- The juice is very clear, almost transparent and came across as an EdT in strength
    -- Reminds me a LOT of Angel Innocent (or Angel itself, for that matter) and perhaps something by Escada (those TropicalSunsetGrafittiSparkleMoon things they put out - that line is so confusing). Maybe Ralph Wild by Ralph Lauren?

    In response to TWolf, L_I_B and purplebird:

    -- I don't think it's Ed Hardy for Women is it TWolf? I thought that had mango in the top notes, and I don't smell mango in A. But then again, L_I_B smelled mango...so maybe it is EHFW.
    -- Like L__I_B I smell almost no florals in this.
    -- The connection to 'Cuckoo for Coco'? I have NO idea!?
    -- It is pleasant and not necessarily sexy. It is not that sweet, at least to me (mind you, my husband wears Pulp which has a HUGE, sweet peach note - so maybe my sweet fruit threshold is higher than others). But the fruit in A is very strong.
    -- I agree with purplebird - while smelling A I thought to myself, this is probably something that Bath & Body Works makes. Inoffensive. Something designed to SELL to LOT'S OF WOMEN.
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    Chocolate/patchouli you said? I smell them too, although they are NOT listed as official notes. What type of patchouli? Dry or earthy mossy headshop variety on you, Mike?

    In response to purplebird7: there are multitudes of scents on the market using simple compositions (Demeter, CSP, Fresh, GAP, even Prescriptives scents) How would you evaluate the quality of ingredients in Sample A?

    Neither of the scents nor houses mentioned are responsible for Sample A, although I see strong resemblance with both Thierry Mugler Angel and Angel Innocent as well as Prada Tendre ( to LIB), Calvin Klein Euphoria and even Chanel Coromandel (of course with juicy fruit overdose).

    Personally, I do not recognize strawberry in Scent A, although I have mentioned that the manufacturer discloses it on their Website. It is more of an abstract juicy fruit bowl on my skin rather than strawberries, raspberries, pineapples or peaches. Well, I have hard time identifying strawberries in Neil Morris Woodland Strawberries and Givenchy Amarige Extravagance for this matter.

    More comments, guesses, questions, thoughts, please?
    Last edited by Twolf; 14th March 2009 at 01:27 AM.

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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff Round 1 "Cuckoo for Coco"

    Quote Originally Posted by Twolf View Post
    Chocolate/patchouli you said? I smell them too, although they are NOT listed as official notes. What type of patchouli? Dry or earthy mossy headshop variety on you, Mike?...
    Not headshop patchouli. I cannot smell patchouli directly, but you can recognize its signature tenacity in the drydown. Kind of like the patchouli in White Patchouli by Tom Ford. All the heft associated with patchouli, but none of its sharp malodorous qualities.

    I think some of the readers need to chime in with some suggestions at this point.

    I'm wearing A for the second time this evening, and I can't squeeze much more out of it than I already have.

    I tried spraying Ray's arm for help (yes, I decanted the vial into an atomizer - I prefer spraying on samples...I know I'm a sprayer snob ) and he said it smelled like 'cherry cough syrup' and walked out of the room to wash it off. Well, that was no help at all. (sigh)

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    The only thing I have tried that smells like cherry cough syrup is the new Rochas Femme. I didn't even get to the drydown though, as the cherry was so vile on me.

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    Chocolate? Patchouli? I envy your nose....as hard as I try, I cannot detect any choc and/or patch! Actually, I didn't smell any distinct anchoring notes, as if the scent didn't have basenotes. The fruity notes just became fainter and fainter. If pressed, I'd say very light sandalwood+musk.
    Cold it be that a strawberry+mixed fruit+coconut accord led me to believe I smelled pineapple...which I still smell, BTW?
    As for type and quality, I'd say it is mostly synthetic, due to the fruity notes...and agree that this could be the mass market fragrance with great appeal for the very young. Personally, I don't think I would wear it .


    I guess the throw is very strong at the start, but as I said, it calms down rather quickly. The lasting power wasn't great on my skin yesterday, 2/3 hours at most.
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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff Round 1 "Cuckoo for Coco"

    LIB and Mike, you are so right so far! Scent A was chosen for Round 1 because of that "phantom" chocolate note-- it appears and disappears there mixed with the fruity elements without any warning sign, isn't it crazy? There is musk in it too, but mostly of artificial variety as you guys have noticed. I do not get any cherry cough syrup or sandalwood either.

    I also do agree that spraying is better and that it has been launched to appeal to the wide masses, hence its packaging and its price range.

    More input, please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twolf View Post
    In response to purplebird7: there are multitudes of scents on the market using simple compositions (Demeter, CSP, Fresh, GAP, even Prescriptives scents) How would you evaluate the quality of ingredients in Sample A?
    Uber-synthetic. Inexpensive. Not actually unpleasant, but focused and sharp. This is fruit that screams "fruit!"
    Honestly, being a patchouli addict, I am surprised not to smell any in here. Nor chocolate. You might convince me that white chocolate is causing the creaminess, but there is no dark cocoa.
    Twolf, you made no reply to my guess of coconut as the connection to the theme. So now I will guess that cocoa is the connection.
    Right or wrong on either guess?
    Last edited by purplebird7; 14th March 2009 at 01:02 PM.

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    Default Re: 3x3 Blind Sniff Round 1 "Cuckoo for Coco"

    Well, I thought it was So New York by Bond No. 9 but TWolf's above comments cancel out that theory.

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    Let's try some marketing.....I wouldn't pay more than 25 $ Sample A and if I were to choose, I would package it in a fancy but unexpensive bottle with a pink and orange wave pattern on the box. Either this, or something very simple like the Demeter Pick Me Up sprays...which leads me to think it might be one of their cocktail-inspired scents

    I guess that it's fairly recent, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by purplebird7 View Post
    Honestly, being a patchouli addict, I am surprised not to smell any in here. Nor chocolate. You might convince me that white chocolate is causing the creaminess, but there is no dark cocoa.
    Twolf, you made no reply to my guess of coconut as the connection to the theme. So now I will guess that cocoa is the connection.
    Wrong on all three guesses. There is no cocoa, coconuts or chocolate in it as per the notes (they are wild strawberries, peaches and vanilla), just once in a while I get a whiff (referred to as 'phantom" in my previous reply) of patchouli and chocolate. That is the reason A has been selected to be in this round.

    LIB, it is even lower concentration than EdT, it is Body Spray. I paid less than $25 for the bottle. And you are sort of right about the packaging: it is a fancy (plastic!) bottle only a pattern on it is done in a different color.

    It is very recent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twolf View Post

    LIB, it is even lower concentration than EdT, it is Body Spray. I paid less than $25 for the bottle. And you are sort of right about the packaging: it is a fancy (plastic!) bottle only a pattern on it is done in a different color.

    It is very recent.
    Mmm, all my guess work would be wrong...for a while I thought it would be Pleasures Delight.
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    Okay, that eliminates anything really cheap like Avon or drug store finds.
    Mass marketed, but $25. Sounds like something with a name. Victoria Secret product?
    Last edited by purplebird7; 14th March 2009 at 06:14 PM.

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    I'll ask for a direct hint!!! Ok, so it's mass market, less than 25$, in a plastic bottle (and no pineapple note )....is it an US house? If the answer is yes, I have no chance of guessing it right, since I have virtually no knowledge of those products
    If it's not, is it something from TBS?
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    It is a lot less than $25 a bottle. How about around $0.92 per ounce?

    It is a US mass market, a drugstore staple, the house with a French name and a wide selection of body sprays. The house itself is in the BN Directory, but not its newest offerings (this one plus four or five more was introduced for the Valentine's Day in 2009).

    Not from Victoria Secret, but there is definitely a connection!

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    Is it Coty?

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    No, but can be found on the shelves next to Coty.

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    I wonder if it is Jean Nate... :P

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    No. I already got a PM identifying the house correctly. Not the scent. Yet.

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