With a name like “Coco Blanc” and a note list that reads like a dessert menu, one would expect for House of Matriarch Coco Blanc to smell like any typical gourmand, right? Well, it isn’t. This is an all-natural gourmand. And since so many gourmands rely on aromachemicals that smell like cotton candy, Coco Blanc isn’t going to come across like any of those gourmands you know. I’d actually argue that Coco Blanc isn’t a gourmand at all, but I don’t want to exert the energy arguing. I’d rather review this perfume!
Coco Blanc opens as dry spices and sandalwood. The spices really do come across like masala chai – a warm blend of ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and pepper. As it wears, it becomes creamier. Yet, not in that typical vanilla custard way. This is like a creamy sandalwood and palo santo with a milky massoia. It’s woods and not a dessert. It eventually dries down to that same woodsy theme of the heart except the massoia wears more like a dry coconut shell than milk. There’s also an addition of a soft musk. For most of the wear, Coco Bland is a balsamic sandalwood on me.
Coco Blanc is my favorite from the House of Matriarch line. It’s creamy woods and warm spices. It’s as luxurious as a pair of cashmere socks. Let me run with this cashmere sock analogy. Cashmere socks are luxurious but they aren’t a statement piece. People looking at your outfit have no clue you’re wearing them. Coco Blanc is cozy and comforting but it’s not a powerhouse scent nor is it complex. It’s rather linear. But, the notes are intuitive and work so well together, even if the combination isn’t “daring”. It’s one of those luxuries that no one else will notice, but that doesn’t matter. You wear this for you. Oh, and like cashmere socks, this perfume is really expensive.
Notes listed include white chocolate, Hawaiian vanilla, massoia, sandalwood, ambrette and chai spices. Launched in 2013. PERFUMER – Christi Meshell
Projection and longevity are below average. This perfume wears very closely to the skin.
The 1.7 oz retails for $330 at House of Matriarch. Other sizes and samples are available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Creamy chai masala and sandalwood. It’s a spicy, milky, woodsy comfort scent. It’s like wearing a cozy sweater or a pair socks you have to hand wash.
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