The Beach Eaus – A month of beach and ocean inspired perfumes.
The month isn’t over yet so you better believe I’m still going to talk about coconut perfumes. Beach perfumes don’t have to smell like coconuts and coconut perfumes don’t have to smell like the beach. But, let’s be real, when most of us see the word “coconut” in a perfume’s name or in its note list, we are expecting something that smells beach-y.
Sarah Horowitz is a line that was introduced to very early on in my fragrance journey. Back then, it wasn’t something I could easily get my hands on but people talk about this brand and other California-based fragrance oil brands that sort of epitomized L.A. cool to me back then as I sat in front of my computer in Nashville reading internet forums about fragrance and beauty products.
Anyway, it’s sort of funny that I’m still online talking about how stuff smells. Even though things change, some things stay the same, right?
Now the perfumes. As you can guess, these are coconut perfumes. They’re available in an oil or alcohol base. I find that they smell different enough from each other in the different formats that they warrant their own reviews.
The EDP: This version has more florals. It’s a humid white floral with a waxy vanilla. The coconut in the EDP is greener. Coconut Milk is giving me that beach-y coconut that I want when I think of beach-y coconut. It’s a warm, creamy coconut with breezy white florals. In the dry-down, Coconut Milk becomes sweeter and creamier. It’s mostly a tanning oil coconut and vanilla ice cream.
The oil: This smells like coconut macaroons in that it’s sweet, gourmand and toasted. It’s almonds and white florals. Except even the flowers are gourmand. The orange blossoms smell like grape jelly. I thought this was just going to be another coconut gourmand but there’s an unusual note in this that comes across like an ashtray…but not in a bad way. I finally put together that the tonka and vanilla are coming across like booze and cigarettes. Like a lot of the other scents in the Perfect Collection, Coconut has Egyptian Musk. The dry down is a soft musk and a sweet vanilla coconut oil
Right now, I prefer the EDP to the oil. But, it’s summer. When I was wearing this, I totally thought of the EDP as the spring/summer and the perfume oil as the fall/winter of this fragrance. The EDP is breezier, lighter while the oil is denser, more gourmand.
Notes listed include almond, orange blossom, gardenia, tonka bean, vanilla and Egyptian musk. Launched in 2012. PERFUMER – Sarah Horowitz
Give Perfect Coconut Milk a try if you like sweet coconut or vanilla perfumes. Or Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar, MBeze Koko Haze, Costamor Dulcess, LaVanila Vanilla Coconut and/or Bath & Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar.
The 1.7 oz EDP retails for $75. The 1/2 oz oil retails for $78. A layering kit (samples of each) are also available for purchase at Sarah Horowitz.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Creamy coconut and vanilla. I’d say the EDP is more tanning oil/beachy while the oil is more gourmand/boozy.