We've had a few nice fragrance releases lately that have caught a lot of attention and got Basenoters chatting but IMO they pale somewhat next to Kokorico which I thought was very distinctive; a sort of spicy cross between LIDGE, Piment Brulant, M7 and Rive Gauche... (descriptions will vary) but in other words it's a serious scent.
But it didn't create the same fuss as something like Spicebomb, for instance? Curious. Anyone share my view... or disagree, or have some other view on Kokorico?
Funny you should start this thread tonight; I just had a sniff of my bottle of Kokorico a few hours ago as I wondered why I had only worn it once. Then I remembered... In my opinion this is a very generic fragrance. It brought nothing new with it's release; I for one was expecting much more from this and had it shipped from overseas before general release. It's not that it's bad, it's just a bit boring to my nose and does nothing to excite me. I'd take Le Male over this any day.
Also, there was not a big advertising campaign for this one; in fact it is sitting on the bottom shelf of my local Boots along with the other less popular fragrances that you only know of if you're looking for them. There is no sense of 'pushing' the fragrance (which I hate to be honest!) from the SAs either, I've never once been offered to sample it, though they insist on trying to make me buy Bleu de Chanel every time I set foot in the door!
It was pretty generic - and not particularly pleasant. The thing is - the advertising wasn't there - and the advertising that was there aws really unappealing as well.
When it was first released I asked if I wanted to sniff it by a SA who handed me it sprayed on a feather... :| blergh.
I was in Europe last year when it first launched and was REALLY excited about it - loved the bottle. Then I skin tested it and the longevity was just crap... barely an hour or two. I thought it was a weak version of the A*men Remix .. and I had just bought Bond Love NY For Men which I thought was much better than it.
It is a cute bottle and if they came out with a KokoRico Intense.. I might reconsider.
Its so funny that this thread came up now because I just smelt this for the first time, ever, like 3 days ago (at a duty free actually). I think this fragrance smells like a sweeter, more modern cousin of Carven Homme on my skin. It was not what I was expecting and it didn't really move me that much, but I couldn't deny that the sillage coming from my arm was pleasant. I also found it different from current trends while at the same time feeling familiar. Ultimately, I'm surprised that it did not receive more positive buzz here, even if it isn't all that exciting. Man, our standards must be getting pretty steep :-l
P.S. I thought the longevity was fine based on my preliminary test.
Versace Pour Homme
Kenzo Pour Homme (vintage)
Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme (vintage)
D& G Masculine
Christian Dior Dune
Guerlain Homme (EDT)
Bond No9 Riverside Drive
If smelling good was a crime, I'd be serving a lifetime sentence....
I was at Houston's massive airport and came across a fragrance store. I was excited to see kokorico sitting on the shelf to be tested. Having never smelled nor even looked at the note breakdown, I grab it and spray it once on each wrist 45 min before my next flight. I honestly remember liking it at the time but the smell is unmemorable to me. I completely forgot how it smells or what it smells similar to. I might revisit it but its forgettable to me.
The ads so far haven't been good. I guess they went for drama and quirk with the guy in a flamenco costume and feathers, but it just looks a mess. If they butch up the ads and keep just a touch of whimsy, they'll attract more customers.
The juice itself? Not memorable to me.
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Seems a lot of people think it's a bit generic and nothing special, although I personally think it's quite a rough, interesting, slightly abrasive smell and fairly untypical for the high street.
A lot of comments here are about the ad campaign and the way it's been promoted. That appears to have annoyed a few people - and I can understand why if they've been handed black feathers to sniff! Perhaps the nature of promotion has killed it - although interesting to hear all the 'Guidos in the clubs' are starting to wear it...
Here ↓↓↓ are my impressions of this "meh" scent, with a Neutral rating:
Kokorico by Jean Paul Gaultier - One is initially treated to a rather sweetly exotic melange. Fig leaf, with its sweet greenness and a whisper of milky coconut, commingles with a steamed-rice character from vetiver as well as the diffusive, cacao aspect of patchouli. An alien, rice pudding-like aroma wafts to the middle. Here, in the heart, patchouli comes into its own, with its dark and mysterious, woody greenness, with mossy and camphoraceous highlights, and wrestles with a dry, bittersweet cacao to encase the rather different opening. The green patchouli and the somewhat baker's dark chocolate-like accords are each pronounced, and flow to the slightly remedial base. Virginia cedar, with its pencil-shavings and buttery facets, interplays with the patchouli/cacao concoction, while vetiver imparts its smoky and foresty greenness. A palliated drydown ensues. This composition is nothing to write home about, but rather is an intermixture of existing scents. Its projection and longevity are average.
I don't know about underrated but definitely overlooked.
I thought it smelled pretty bold, and if I hadn't known it was JPG I wouldn't have been at all surprised to find out.
Seems like a more obvious choice for clubbing than it's overused competitors, 1 million , Play intense etc..
I also think the chocolate note is rather more wearable than many gourmands
I have read that KoKoRico has been a commercial disaster for JPG. I smelled it and honestly did not like it much. It did not impress me at all. I would not go so far as to say that it was terrible or disgusting, however I would not purchase a bottle.
I've surely over looked this one since although it is available in the mall long ago and from one of my favorite houses as well as favorite perfumer, I do not have the urge to smell it. Don't know why though