Cocoa Pink Samples

I’m back from my adventures in moving!!  It was an epic journey, but we made it!  Almost all settled in now, and I’m confident that the perfumes have had adequate time to rest from their hot and bumpy car ride.

Along with getting a new house, I have new scenery to take photo’s with.  So, please bear with me as I experiment with photo set ups and by all means, if you find/see one you really like, let me know!

Now, onto the perfumes!  Cocoa Pink still has my attention and I’m super curious to try more of their catalog.  Just as a side note, none of these samples came after the move.  I’ve had these for a month or more so they have not only rested but aged a little as well.

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April Sun Showers seems appropriate for as much as it’s rained since we got here last Wednesday.  We were initially greeted by a severe thunderstorm complete with hail.  Not only that, but it seems to have rained at least once a day/night since then.  New places, new experiences!  Now, April Sun Showers has notes of purple Adonis Tulips, prickly pear cactus, morning dew, ripe kiwifruit, white peach extract swimming in steeped matcha tea.  In the vial is a greenish wet scent with a hint of slightly sweet fruits.  On my skin the florals bloom and this is very heady and almost overwhelming at times.  After just a few minutes this settles into a beautifully soft and slightly sweet aquatic.  There is a greeness to this scent, but it not overdone.  Peach sits lightly on top, lending that juicy sweetness without being too assertive.  Overall this is gorgeous, soft, and aquatic without a hint of that saltiness you sometimes get with some aquatics.  I might have to wear this on rainy days to see if it’ll go well into my rotation.

Watermelon Kiwi Pops sounds like a delicious summer treat with notes of luscious watermelon and Kiwi juices frozen into yummy popsicles.  In the dram I get an overly sweet almost acidic scent.  Watermelon is hard to synthesize, if you look at foods/sweets that try to do it it’s always overdone, too much, and just not right compared to the real thing.  Unfortunately, that is the same vibe I am getting here.  I love watermelon, but it’s scent is so very hard to capture.  There is a hint of it in there, but mostly it’s making my nose and head hurt to smell it.  It could be part of the “frozen” aspect that is knocking it off kilter, but either way, I can’t seem to wear this one.  Hopefully it works for someone!

Sunkissed Clouds sounds heavenly with notes of blood orange and Satsuma juice raining atop fluffy marshmallow clouds.  In the dram I get that beautiful fragrant blood orange with the satsuma juice.  On my skin it is much of the same, very citrus-y with that gorgeous and sweet marshmallow adding a bit of sweetness to cut the acidity of the citrus.  This is a simple blend, but it is bright and happy, just makes you want to smile.

Next up is Autumn Splendor because my daughter insisted I try it.  Who could say no?  It’s notes consist of the gorgeous fragrance of bright red autumn leaves swirling around sweet white birch trees, whispers of golden sage, warm amber, rosewood and a drop of honey.  In the dram I get an almost apple-like scent, crisp, red, and soft.  On my skin it is still there, but it is flanked by a beautiful amber, golden and sunny and a touch of wine.  This is a gorgeous blend meant for warm days and cool nights.  The honey is clean and just a touch sweet.  Nothing in this blend overwhelms and it is perfectly blended.  Definitely a scent I want to get to wear and probably in a lotion as well.

Spring Fever will round out this set of reviews with its notes of hummingbird tulip, newly sprouted grass, white moondance rose petals, purple hyacinth, bergamot, juicy red apple and white oak.  In the dram this is fresh and dewy grass, green and lush.  On my skin the florals bloom with tulips, roses, and a touch of hyacinth.  The apple is fresh and just barely ripe.  This is a very green scent and reminiscent of new growth, new beginnings, and new adventures.  Thankfully the green notes don’t overwhelm, like they can sometimes do and instead just give everything a nice base to work from.  As it dries the oak comes out as the first leaves begin to bloom on its branches.  Perfectly depicted!

Cocoa Pink – Scent Reviews Part 1

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.

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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.

 

Cocoa Pink -Spring/Summer 2016

I’d ordered from Cocoa Pink for the first time two weeks before their new Spring/Summer Collection came out.  So, without any prior knowledge of how Cocoa Pink worked for me or with my skin chemistry, I ordered a few of the Spring/Summer 2016 Collection blindly.  Which also meant I didn’t order much.  Three little (actually big for samples) drams of perfume.

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I’m starting this Cocoa Pink adventure with Peach SkiesSilky, smooth peach and apricot nectar kissed by the summer sun, golden honey, red poppies and spring violets sweetened with gentle strands of freshly spun pink cotton candy.  In the dram it smells like the most beautiful peach and apricot jam.  On my skin the violets come out to play and add a soft, silky feeling to the jam.  This is foodie, but not “turn my stomach” foodie.  It’s glorious, bright, and oh so beautiful.  It’s summer in a bottle.  This is so well blended I have a hard time really distinguishing the notes from the whole.  I think this blend would be wonderful in EDP form (and I’ve actually just put it in my cart on the site along with a 1o ml ).  A little goes a long way.  I had the barest drop on my skin, and while it is a close to the skin scent, I can smell it clearly.  This will be absolutely gorgeous in the summer!

Next I picked out Country Picnic and as you can tell by the notes (A basket of plump peaches, white wine, touches of night blooming orchid, bergamot cradled with sheer musk and the barest hint of a sweet garden pea) I have a thing for peaches too.  Orchid as well.  Maybe a musk thing.  Okay, okay … I have a thing for things that smell good … happy?  Sheesh.

Ooh this is another beautiful summer-time blend, but it’s different.  In the dram I get apple skin (if you’ve peeled an apple, you know how it smells different than the “meat” of the apple itself – if you haven’t I suggest you give it a try to get that scent memory).  On my skin however the apple skin scent is gone and the white wine, while dry, adds a touch of sweetness and the orchid is fragrant.  This is a Country Picnic alright, but one taking place at twilight.  There is a hint of coolness to the air that the setting sun brings while the last vestiges of of the sun’s warmth settles in for the night.  The night blooming flowers are just now starting to open which lends their scent to flow on the soft twilight breeze.  It’s a very evocative scent.  I love it a lot!  But … do I love it more than Peach Skies?  Hmm, perhaps I could layer Peach Skies EDP with Country Picnic roll-on oil.

Lastly we have Snow Kissed Rose with notes of: The scent of a long winter giving way to spring.  Fresh fallen powdery snow against velvety crimson rose petals, chilled vanilla and crisp air tinged with notes of juicy red apple. So the previous two have me all ready for summer, and here I am saving a snow blend for last.  BAH!  It’s supposed to snow here later this week and there was a dusting this morning and quite frankly I’m sick of it!

Also, I don’t tend to like snow blends as they sometimes overuse mint for that “cool” feel.  I get it, and I’m not sure how else they would do it, but I don’t tend to like strong mint so snow blends are iffy on me at best, but only because of my own personal preference.

In the dram Snow Kissed Rose smells like a powdery rose.  On my skin I get that weird apple skin scent – it could be that’s the only thing I can associate with that particular unknown scent.  As it dries I get a definite powder scent, like those old scented powders people used to wear (and still do to some extent).  It’s light, soft, powdery, and floral – not offensive, not strong and not quite a skin scent.  To me this seems like the perfect unobtrusive and neutral scent to wear.  Luckily for me there is no mint being used to denote the cool sensation of snow.  It’s actually not a cool feeling scent at all, rather it’s warm and fluffy.  Very interesting and I’m going to have to wear this a few times to really see how I’d like it.  If I was still working in an office environment and had to take many other people’s sensitivities into consideration this would be a scent I would choose without hesitation, I think.

Ah ha!  I know what it feels like … it’s classical.  Known by nearly everyone, loved by many, and it just gives that classic feel – timeless.