<Please insert carnival music here>
Vanille Abricot smells exactly like cotton candy. I know fragrance reviwers and critics love to throw around that term: cotton candy. They seem to use it to describe any fragrance that may be sugary or sweet, and they usually say it in a snobby tone. I don’t throw “cotton candy” around. Vanille Abricot seriously smells just like cotton candy. Pink, fluffy cotton candy.
I often asks myself “who wants to smell like cotton candy?” I don’t mean this in a snobby way. I love sweet perfumes. But, I like some woods or incense with the sweetness. I don’t want to only smell like cotton candy alone. I “do” cotton candy if it is Angel, mixed with cocoa and real patchouli. But, cotton candy by itself, I find it boring. And I must be the odd one. Comptoir Sud Pacifique says that Vanille Abricot is their number one seller and that it has been #1 since 1992. (Angel with its cotton candy accord, also was launched in 1992). Out of the Comptoir Sud Pacifique perfumes that I have tried, Vanille Abricot is the best constructed and longest wearing.
Vanille Abricot wears very linear on me. It smells exactly like cotton candy for most of the wear. It will bring to mind carnivals and circuses. Eventually, it does become more Jell-O® vanilla pudding cup at the dry-down. Bill Cosby approved, I’m sure. And then it becomes birthday cupcake with sprinkles.
Notes listed include jackfruit, abricot, papaya, sugar candy and vanilla pod.
Give this fragrance a try if you like sweet, yummy-yummy perfumes or perfumes like Aquolina Pink Sugar, Carolina Herrera 212 Sexy, or any of the other Comptoir Sud Pacifique “vanilles”. Or if you miss that Jessica Simpson Dessert line. Or if you want to smell like cupcakes with sprinkles. To wear and enjoy this one, you must feel comfortable smelling like a real-life edible dessert. People may bite you when you wear this.
The 3.3 oz. EDT spray retails for $85 on Amazon.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Cotton candy that dries down to pre-made vanilla pudding and cupcakes with sprinkles. I love sweet but I like complex sweet. This needs some woods or some flowers or something for me to wear it. If I ever crave something like this, I’ll just go eat some custard.
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Katie Puckrick (video review)
Basenotes (member reviews, also noticed Basenotes said launch date is 1994, Comptoir says 1992, whatever)
UPDATE- I re-sniffed this in October 2014 and here are my thoughts.