Mainstream Monday – Sniffing A Popular Perfume
I often wonder if I am a fragrance snob. I guess I am because I have more perfume opinions than the average person. But, then I think I’m not a snob because I try everything. I don’t get wowed just because some “eau” claims to be made by monks in the remote hills of Italy and retails for hundreds of dollars and smells like the orange blossom water I use in cooking. I have a few low-brow favorites like this one: B&BW Coconut Lime Verbena.
I’ve always thought of Bath and Body Works Coconut Lime Verbena as the poor perfumista’s Creed Virgin Island Water. I’m not judging anybody that spends $200 to smell like a “cocktail” that reminds us of a tropical vacation or a Caribbean cruise, but I can’t stomach paying that much for something that smells, well, forgive me, slightly low-brow. (Seriously, I really do love Creed Virgin Island Water!) And maybe I only feel that Creed’s is “low-brow” because B&BW Coconut Lime is so good, one of my favorite cheapie fragrances. And because of the HUGE price difference, I expect much more from something in the Creed price range. I can about fly to a tropical location at that price point!
I love “beach” scents. Coconut fragrances? Yes, please. If a perfume reminds me of a piña colada and little umbrella topped tropical drinks, then I’m most likely going to love it. Coconut Lime Verbena is one of those perfumes. Coconut Lime Verbena opens up as bitter/zesty sweet lime and coconut fragrance. The coconut isn’t heavy. It isn’t coconut milk. It is coconut water, a little salty. If I pay attention, I do get an aquatic fruitiness with a super sheer “white floral breeze” under the salty coconut lime. It reminds me of the melon in Hermès Un Jardin Après La Mousson. All these notes are zesty and work so well together. They dance around in their Carmen Miranda inspired platform sandals. Eventually, Coconut Lime Verbena becomes creamier on me but not overly coconut. It’s more of the sandalwood-basmati-musk like in Warm Vanilla Sugar. The sweet lime never leaves.
Coconut Lime Verbena isn’t long-wearing. That’s its downfall. I have tried everything in this line except for the EDT. Is it good? If I could get this to last at least 3 hours, I’d be one happy perfume snob 😉 My favorite beachy scent combo is to spray excessive amounts of the body spray over Queen Helene Cocoa Butter Lotion, a rich coconut-shea scented lotion that I always applied on my dry skin after hanging out on the Gulf Coast. I miss sandy beaches.
Notes listed include lime, lemon verbena, ozone, kumquat peel, melon, muguet, mandarin, jasmine, coconut water, sandalwood, and musk.
So if you want a cheap “beachy” scent thrill, try Coconut Lime Verbena regardless of your gender. This little cheapie satisifies my beach scent cravings for $12. This scent is available at Bath and Body Works.
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