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EauPEN Thread – Favorite Coconut Perfumes

Yvonne de Carlo on beach

What are your favorite coconut perfumes?

A few years ago, I put together a comprehensive guide of coconut-centric perfumes (which I’m sure is outdated now). That was a guide so I didn’t really talk about what I like in that post.

I’m one of those people that for some reason likes coconut fragrances. I know they’re “cheap” since that lactonic, creamy scent is associated with functional fragrances like sunscreen and conditioners. It’s also a common flavoring. But, I can’t help it. I tend to like creamy scents which explains my long-time obsession with fig scents. When it comes to coconut-centric perfumes, I tend to like those extremely literal, borderline “functional” scents. If I don’t want that, then I’ll wear a fig…or a gardenia...or a peach. Usually I don’t like those coconut scents that smell toasted or like a macaroon (but I do love a macaroon!).

Here’s my favorite coconut perfumes:

Sage Machado Onyx – This is my goth coconut perfume oil. It’s a smoky tobacco coconut that wears black crushed velvet, black nail polish, and huge jewelry. Review here.

Heeley Coccobello – Probably the most posh, sophisticated coconut perfume because it’s not just toasted coconut or coconut cream pie. It’s a green coconut, salt and vetiver. Honestly, I don’t understand why more people aren’t out there praising this one.

Auric Blends Black Coconut – When I want to embrace my role as space cadet childless auntie who will blame my nephews’ bad behaviors on their star signs, I will reach for Auric Blends Black Coconut to put over my Mountain Ocean Skin Trip or Palmer’s Coconut lotions. Like I’m just going to GO THERE. And getting “there” involves this thing that just smells like coconut hair mask.

Jennifer Lopez J.Lo Miami Glow – When I want to embrace my role as trashy, daiquiri drinking childless auntie that lets the kids curse around me, I will reach for this beachy, powdery coconut celeb scent that is wearing a flip flop anklet. It is truly wonderful to be at a stage of one’s life when you are just truly comfortable with yourself.

Honore des Pres Love Coco – This is like a Thai food coconut. This isn’t really one that I like to wear alone but I love it layered with basically everything. It goes well with florals, gourmands, woody scents…you get the picture. Also, Olivia Giacobetti was the nose of this perfume and I love her take on coconut.

Olivine Amongst the Waves – This is one of those “beach scents” that pairs tropical florals with salt and coconut. It’s not incredibly “original” because it basically smells like tanning oil, but I think it’s a great example of the “beach scent” that relies on functional fragrances’ ability to remind us of subtropical vacations. Wearing this makes me happy. Review here.

Honorable mentions:

D.S. & Durga Debaser – It’s always odd to me how people describe this as a coconut when to me it’s a fig, but whatever. That’s just me being contrary. It’s a good fragrance.

Bath & Body Works Coconut Lime Verbena – This is my OG coconut love and Bath & Body Works is dumb for discontinuing this. I loved how this was like a sour coconut. It was like a margarita coconut. Review here.

For those of you that like coconut perfumes, what is your favorite/are your favorites?

Oh, I’m thinking about featuring “beach” perfumes in August. Let me know if that is something you’ll be interested in and/or if you have any suggestions for tropical/beach perfumes for me to try or review. Thanks!


Yvonne de Carlo from storyshewrote.blogspot.ca.

8 thoughts on “EauPEN Thread – Favorite Coconut Perfumes

  1. Yes to the BBW Coconut Lime Verbena! Even when it was gone, I took the cap off to enjoy the scent until it was completely wisped away. I’m not a huge coconut fan. Only have two perfumes, CSP Coco Figue (bought for the fig!) and Maison Margiela Beach Walk which has the suntan lotion smell without being to Coppertone.

    1. They are so useless for discontinuing Coconut Lime Verbena. I used to use the body spray as a linen spray. I was about that Coconut Lime Verbena life!

      I need to dig out my sample of Coco Figue. It always reminded me of like the boss level of sweet coconut scents.

      I like Beach Walk but since I have like 3 back-ups of EL Bronze Goddess and Azuree Soleil (from back when Tom Ford did stuff with EL and it was amazing), I talked myself out of it. I’m actually sampling something right now that truly reminds me of a hybrid between Bronze Goddess and Beach Walk. It’s Nateeva Jamaica and for some reason I’m really feeling this today. I’m such a sucker for these breezy floral coconut scents that basically smell like when Coppertone has been sweated off.

  2. I thought I had some coconut fragrances, but the only one I can find is Miami Glow! It is one of my summer cheap thrills. BBW Coconut Lime Verbena was one of their very best fragrances so of course they discontinued it. I found a forgotten bottle of their fig one that I am enjoying.
    I’d love to see a post on beach fragrances. I’m looking for one that has a whiff of marsh to it like Red Flower Ocean body wash – but not quite that funky. Hermes Eau des Merveilles has an ambergris note that I like. Creed Virgin Island Water covers most of the bases for me. Have you tried Hermes Un Jardin Sur La Lagune? I wonder how beach it is?

    1. I love Miami Glow! 🙂 I joked about it but for real, it’s good and it always makes me think of summer.

      I’m so mad at them for discontinuing it. Apparently they relaunched it in the bath products but I absolutely can’t find it in store. I don’t want to order online (don’t even think it’s on site anymore anyway) because I like to sniff their stuff first. I used to absolutely love their Brown Sugar & Fig too. To this day, it’s still my favorite “gourmand fig”, like that dried fig sort of fragrance. There’s not many of those!

      Haven’t tried the Red Flower but I’ve been tempted by so many of their things. I absolutely love Eau des Merveilles because that salty ambergris is everything. I don’t wear it that much. It’s what my mom wears. I also really enjoy Creed VIW but don’t like the price. I have something from Lili Bermuda called South Water that is close enough (in my mind, at least).

      I have! It’s not beachy to me. A lot of perfume folks don’t like it which I don’t really understand. It’s a woodsy white floral with mineral, stone-like accord. The closest I can compare it to is Annick Goutal Un Matin d’Orage (which is a perfume that reminds me of Savannah GA). There’s also something sort of funky and musky in the base that I haven’t heard anyone mention. I need to spend more time with it. I’ve only worn it a few times. I like it but it’s not my favorite Jardin scent. Who knows? Maybe it’ll grow on me.

  3. Not sure coconut is a favorite for me, but I did buy a twist-up bottle of Bronze Goddess a while ago and wore some the other day. Right back to being a kid at the beach, comforting as all those memories are really happy ones!

    I remember Bain du Soliel when I was a teen and actually using baby oil with iodine for “tanning”! Eeek!

    1. Coconut isn’t a favorite but I do like quite a few! I guess they’re pleasant memories for me since so many are basically meant to smell like food or functional fragrances. Luckily, I have good memories associated with coconut too.

      IT IS WILD TO ME! But, I remember it. Everyone in my family always plastered on the orange good before going out. There were also plenty of coconut-scented oils around too. It seems like so much as stayed the same or has regressed but at least now tanning beds and “tanning products” are less popular.

  4. I love Skin Trip soap! Classic.

    The only actual fragrance I have in the category though is Elle L’aime (LL), which from reviews, seems to be more coco or lime depending on your skin. On me, it’s a coco-floral party girl wearing vanilla body lotion. Kind of ditzy fun but not really my personality, so I usually end up layering it with something, like Dangerous Complicity which is kind of boring on its own. It also has some allegedly has some coconut but I don’t really get it, certainly not compared to Elle L’aime.

    1. I wish I could find someone closer to me that stocked it because I need a Skin Trip fix!

      Ohhh this sounds good. I’ve never tried it which is wild because I typically enjoy LL scents.

      I get what you’re saying about “ditzy fun” scents. I feel like a poser in them, but then again, there are times when I need to kick off my shoes and have some fun. It’s my opinion that everyone should have at least one fun “wild child” perfume in their collection. I may not wear them that much but it’s always nice to have something that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

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