I have somehow (yeah, like it happened on accident) amassed quite the collection of Cocoa Pink drams! I’ve been letting them sit in a cool dark box for a while and I decided now would be the perfect time while I have my mini-no-buy period to explore all. the. things. in my rather large, and rather full samples box.
Bendel Vanilla Bean (type) begins this round of Cocoa Pink madness! I believe the (type) refers to this scent being a dupe for a mainstream brand. The notes for this blend are listed as aromatic vanilla bean sensually blended with warm patchouli and sweet jasmine. In the vial is it this soft floral-like patchouli. On my skin, however, the jasmine comes to the front with support of a beautiful vanilla bean scent. It’s not that bakery vanilla, but a subtle, softly sweet, and almost ethereal vanilla scent. The patchouli is, as promised, warm and golden in feel. This is not a dirty, gritty patchouli – instead this is smooth, light in feel, and has an almost orange-y citrus like edge to it. As this melds with my skin chemistry this is becoming an antique-like scent. Something aged, beautiful, and precious. Almost luxuriously antique. I’m kind of in love with this scent something fierce. After a few hours it’s just so soft and comforting.
Exotic Fig has notes of ripe fig, white tea, bamboo, olive leaves, lemon, peppermint leaf, violet, thyme, champaca and vetiver. In the dram I get that beautiful watery bamboo note with a touch of violet. On my skin there is now a touch of that white tea, soft and soothing. Not really getting much of the other notes. It takes a few minutes but that bright lemon comes out. This is soft, sweet, bright and uplifting. However I am getting no fig, no peppermint, no champaca or vetiver, and just the barest hints of thyme (I love the smell freshly crushed from the garden). Not quite what I was expecting out of this blend but it’s very beautiful in its own right and seems like it would pair very well with their other scent, Country Picnic. After about a half hour I start getting some of that golden champaca and earthy vetiver. The scent deepens overall. It verges on being almost too perfume-y (funny when talking about perfume, eh?) but that bamboo and white tea seem to keep it from tipping over the department store feeling. The fig has finally come out as well and is sweet and juicy. This would be good for lotion or a hair/body spray.
Black Orchid & Vanilla lists its notes as exotic orchids with hints of fresh floral greens mingled with a sweet vanilla base. In the vial it is this softly sweet orchid, but on my skin it just blooms! I love orchids. I love how they look, how they smell, and just everything about them … and this scent just highlights all that beatiful-ness. The vanilla is sweet, almost candy-like which gives the orchids a candied feel. Yet there’s just this barest hint of greenery to keep this from being too sickly sweet. And that gorgeous musky orchid scent permeates everything and it’s just everything I could want from an orchid scent, yet so different than other orchid scents I own. I think I need to own this in everything Cocoa Pink makes! I feel so pretty wearing this!
Zombie fans, here’s your scent: Zombie Apocalypse with notes of dark empty musk infected with lashes of black vanilla, petitgrain essential oil, magnolia flowers, jasmine sambac with the empty remains of vanilla sandalwood. This smells … abandoned, deserted, and almost moldering. Very eerie, slightly woody, and beginning to be overtaken by nature. This is post war when most of the zombie’s have died off for whatever reason and there are only pockets of humans left and the rest of the world has been left to its own devices. It started off a little rotted – or rather on the verge of rotting … but over time it has grown on me and now I can’t stop sniffing it!
Finally I have a suggestive little dram called Come Hither with notes of intoxicating vanillas with a hint of myrrh. Sounds like my kind of scent! In the vial this is a very buttery vanilla, despite the site saying this is not a gourmand scent. As it warms and dries on my skin that buttery aspect smooths out and that sweet, yet woody myrrh comes out tempering what could’ve gone into foodie territory. This is a beautiful, golden, soft and sweet vanilla with a touch of myrrh giving it a beautiful bit of darkness. I was craving vanillas exactly like this last week (and still am to some extent) so this is a need for sure! Perfect way to round out this set of reviews, on a sweet note.
On average I noticed I get roughly 2-4 hours worth of wear out of these scents. That might be a turn off to some, but, as someone who sometimes has scent commitment issues, this kind of works out perfectly for me.