Hello! Happy New Year from the Philippines!
Today I want to share with you the fragrance that I wore throughout the holiday season and if I remember correctly, I started wearing this on the eve of December 15 for a Simbang Gabi.
Simbang Gabi, which directly translates to ‘evening mass’ is a Filipino tradition where Catholics are attending nine evening or dawn masses consecutively. It ends on the 23rd of December and completing all the nine masses symbolizes that a person is ready to welcome the true spirit of Christmas, the commemoration of the birth of Jesus.
I am going to be honest, when I first smelled Coco Noir by Chanel, I did not like it but after leaving it for some time and then trying it again I came to realize how well this fragrance was made. After testing a few other complex fragrances like Black Orchid by Tom Ford which I will be reviewing in the future, I found out that Coco Noir is indeed a lovely, versatile fragrance.
Coco Noir is a woman who knows what she wants. It is a feminine fragrance by Chanel introduced in 2012 created by perfumers Christopher Sheldrake and Jacques Polge.
The top notes present are grapefruit, bergamot, and orange. The middle notes are jasmine, rose, narcissus, geranium, and peach while the base contains tonka bean, patchouli, sandalwood, vanilla, white musk, olibanum, benzoin, and cloves.
When I spray this on my skin I get a blast of something fresh and spicy, a little bit sweet and fruity with hints of something bitter but in a gourmand-ish way if that makes sense, like spices in foods. After five minutes the fruits stand out and muted the spices a bit but as it dries down, it rounds off to this wonderful balsamic scent that is aromatic and sweet, and instantly makes me think of Christmas. At times, it can get powdery, smokey, and deep with the patchouli but still fresh with a watery rose. You might be reading this right now and thinking, what the heck, it smells of so many things. You definitely have to try this!
The reason why I did not like it at first was that I felt it was weird in a way maybe because I was used to using generally pleasing sweet, floral fragrances with not much depth. Now that I think about it, the alpha-female aura induces me some feel-good hormones about myself. It makes me feel elegant. It makes me feel existing, if that makes sense. It makes me feel that I am here, that I am taking up space, that I am doing something, that I am not invisible.
Farewell 2019. This is me clearing my throat and straightening my chin.
If these words are speaking to you, know that you are not alone.
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