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From the Forums: Things Cold and White

01/06/17 06:54:14 (14 comments)

by: John Biebel

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White: The Color of Snow and Coconut

coconut

Despite the fact that there is a lot of snow in the world right now, in the New to World of Fragrance forum, Fragrantica user beckyfaye asks others for advice when looking for sweet coconut scents that have good silage and longevity. She says,

I wouldn't say I'm new, but any of you guys know of any scents that are coconut heavy? I'd prefer sweet but I don't mind fresh. I like vanilla, and fruity types of perfumes that are sweet and warm. I like gourmand scents.

Is there any more gems like https://fimgs.net/images/perfume/m.10554.jpg  Rihanna Reb'l Fleur I adore that perfume!

So just any coconut heavy perfumes you know of. Or even that smell tropical in that kinda way. I'm thinking of trying Versace crystal noir but I'm not sure

(I wouldn't mind if they were cost friendly as well, but I don't mind)

Ptilda has many interesting suggestions, running a wide gamut of genres, price ranges and scent families:

https://fimgs.net/images/perfume/m.631.jpg Versace Crystal Noir +

https://fimgs.net/images/perfume/m.24785.jpg Guerlain Terracotta Le Parfum +

https://fimgs.net/images/perfume/m.18761.jpg Lolita Lempicka Elle L'aime + (though this one is a bit lighter)

https://fimgs.net/images/perfume/m.14728.jpg Avon Far Away Exotic

https://fimgs.net/images/perfume/m.12219.jpg Estée Lauder Sensuous Nude +

https://fimgs.net/images/perfume/m.32030.jpg Kuumba Made Black Coconut is an astonishingly good coconut oil that you should have around just to layer with other fresh scents!

https://fimgs.net/images/perfume/m.27973.jpg Al-Rehab Zahrat Hawai - a really gorgeous oil (I have the rollerball oil instead of the spray) that lasts a really long time and has great silage. Another one that is perfect for layering. Less dominant coconut, but it would really freshen up other perfumes.

A number of members mentioned Salvador Dali’s Laguna as an important choice for this category.

Salvador Dali's Laguna

This 1991 Mark Buxton creation has many fans, and besides coconut includes notes of lemon, sandalwood, tonka bean, galbanum, plum and pineapple. What makes a solid coconut fragrance for you? Or are you one of those who thinks it ought not be near a perfume bottle at all?

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Fragrance Meets Fashion

 

Our Fashion and Style forum can often move to realms away from perfume, but I’ve recently discovered the incredible aesthetic fun that Fragrantica readers are having there pairing fragrances with images of fashion. In a series of threads created by Fragrantica member veda, she invites other readers to share fragrances put together with fashion. They are fascinating: Some depict pairings of complementary colors, some are about moods that suit each other, some glamorous, some quiet and contemplative. But in each of these groupings, there is a lot of thought and an interesting conversation is begun between the wearer, the scent, the scene. We start to build a story in our mind. Although all of the contributions to this continuing series of threads are extremely creative, here are just a few that particularly caught my eye as I was going though the most recent:

fleurdefi has paired a soft powder blue coat with Thierry Mugler’s Innocent:

Blue coat Thierry Mugler Innocent

Platinum1 mixes a coffeehouse James Dean type with Lili Bermuda’s Fresh Water:

Lili Bermuda Fresh Water Man with wool sweater looking like James Dean

Veda mixes a monochromatic urban gray skirt with Bvlgari’s Eau Parfumée au Thé Blanc:

Woman in grey flannel skirt Bvlgari Eau Parfumee au The Blanc

I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t find something amazing for the eyes here. Come and enjoy this spontaneous serendipity of smells and sights at the latest thread.

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Cold, Mineral, Ozonic

Arctic landscape

AveParfum poses the curious and important question about a rather modern approach to perfumes. In the Niche and Indie Perfumes forum, suggestions are asked about perfumes that suggest cold, mineral and ozonic scent qualities. The treatise begins:

It's winter and super cold. For some bizarre reason I am not interested in wearing my normal warm, balsamic, spicy perfumes. I have always disliked anything aquatic or ozonic, but now I am craving that type of thing. What I mean by aquatic is something that seems watery, not the typical melon scent, which I don't like at all and don't want at all. These are perfumes that seem cold and watery to me, to give you an idea of what I mean:
https://fimgs.net/images/perfume/m.3575.jpg  Byredo Gypsy Water

https://fimgs.net/images/perfume/m.34145.jpg  April Aromatics Purple Reign

https://fimgs.net/images/perfume/m.28311.jpg  Helmut Lang Cuiron (2014)

https://fimgs.net/images/perfume/m.13.jpg  Guerlain Apres l'Ondee

It's an abrupt (and for some, delightful) shift from the ambery, honey-incense-golden-hued elixirs many of us have been wearing as the high holidays have approached. Does the wintry air reflect back on us and do we seek something that mirrors our exterior for ourselves?

Great ideas were readily available. Sociable Hermit starts off the discussion with some solid recommendations with cool, iris-based notes:

Maybe try https://fimgs.net/images/perfume/m.18151.jpg  Esther P Fugue. It's somewhat similar to https://fimgs.net/images/perfume/m.2797.jpg  Frederic Malle L'Eau d'Hiver but more floral and not as powdery.

Also, https://fimgs.net/images/perfume/m.13011.jpg  Laboratorio Olfattivo Nirmal has a cool iris/violet combo sweetened with a candy accord.

Though not similar in notes to my first two suggestions, https://fimgs.net/images/perfume/m.4572.jpg 

 

L`Artisan Parfumeur Passage d'Enfer feels ozonic and cool to me as well.

ami.alger suggests some scents that venture to the “silvery” territory:

big +1 to https://fimgs.net/images/perfume/m.1281.jpg Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist

https://fimgs.net/images/perfume/m.1602.jpg Eau D`Italie Sienne l´Hiver what survives the cold is strong.

https://fimgs.net/images/perfume/m.18360.jpg D.S. & Durga Pale Grey Mountain, Small Black Lake is both aquatic (NOT melon, more salt) and chilly.

smellagent makes two recommendations for notes that contain a particular coldness (in this case, iris), but also for the idea of a postmodern androgyny, which seems perfectly fitting for this realm of the senses: 

https://fimgs.net/images/perfume/m.36698.jpg Masque L`Attesa Recently purchased and it is a masterpiece imo. Has a super cold iris with this aromachemical yeast thing that I am loving. No warmth.

https://fimgs.net/images/perfume/m.16563.jpg One of Those Oxygen [8O]  I think I might go ahead and order this. I have been in the mood for maybe something similar. My latest thing has been sort of a post modern androgynous kind of thing. Hard to explain. Anyway this is that.

It's an eye-opening thread to perfumes that are perfectly suited to this time of year, join the conversation!

 

Added to the Database

Fragrantica user KajiraSuzanne requested that we add the perfume Skinny Dip, a young woman’s fragrance launched in 1970 and promoted by the fresh-faced actress Sandy Duncan. It wound up being an interesting excursion into the realm of research for me. The Skinny Dip line was quite successful for its ten years, beginning with one cologne spray and branching out into its own fun flankers, Skinny Dip Wild Strawberry Cologne, Lemon Cologne, and Tingling Fluff Cologne. The last was an interesting kind of foaming perfume that you smoothed over the skin (it actually sounds rather refreshing!) The original company to produce the perfume was Leeming, which then joined forces with Pacquin (famous for its hand cream and Hai Karate colognes), both eventually getting sold to Pfizer, and then moving into the hands of Johnson & Johnson.

Skinny Dip Foam Tingling Cologne

What is fascinating about the Skinny Dip products is that they were smart precursors to our “on the go” modernity: At one time they released a compact of fruit scented solid colognes that you could mix and match on your skin - incredibly versatile and user-friendly by today’s standards. It strikes me as a more independent and “girl power” approach than later fragrances that aimed for the same audience, like Love’s Baby Soft by Dana, who also came out with its own fruit-inspired young women’s colognes. The Skinny Dip collection has been added to our database, and now I’m quite curious to smell these for myself!

Skinny Dip Perfume Add 1970's

 

Is there a fragrance that you’d like to see added to Fragrantica’s database? Tell us about it in our Forum HERE.

Keep the conversation going at Fragrantica’s Club, our Forums.

Have some fragrance questions or need assistance locating a hard to find scent? Fly on over to the Forums and plant the seeds of a new fragrance discussion. 

May your fragrant wishes bloom!

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John Biebel

 

John Biebel is an editor for Fragrantica living and working in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He began writing for the site in 2011. He holds a degree in Fine Art from The Cooper Union in New York City and works as a software application designer and a painter. He began his own indie perfume venture, January Scent Project, in 2015. He has a particular love for perfume history, the chemical composition of perfumes, and interviewing perfumers when he travels. He writes two recurring columns: From the Forums, and Perfume in Technology. In the world of fragrances, John has a great personal attachment to certain classic perfume types like fougères and chypres, men's scents of the barbershop type, rose perfumes, and the perfumes of Serge Lutens.

 



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NebraskaLovesScent
NebraskaLovesScent

I am always on the look-out for a good coconut perfume. Must check out this thread in the forums! :-)

Jan
08
2017
PerfumeEmpress
PerfumeEmpress

Arwen77, I agree with you. Mono I and tire (and frangipani) are my favorite notes for summer.

Something cold and white? Well, apart from the weather right now, the scent that really chills me is Narciso Essence (the one in the silver bottle). That's why although not advertised as a summer scent, I love to wear it during on hot days. Love it.

Jan
08
2017
Arwen77
Arwen77

Another tropical somewhat sweet gourmand - monoi and tiaré scents although not specifically coconut - is Yves Rocher Eau des Vahinés. Very budget friendly and lasts about half a day on me. Immediate transportation to Hawaii and the paradise tropics included. ;)

Jan
08
2017
KajiraSuzanne
KajiraSuzanne

Thanks so much for adding Skinny Dip (and its flankers)! I miss that scent so much!

Jan
08
2017
juniemoon
juniemoon

I am loving right now and wearing Reb'l Fleur so yummy I want to eat my arms! Sounds weird I know. Have the shower gel and lotion too, they are also fab. I'm going a bit kookoo obsessed over this, it's so sexy and strong, for my fragrance gobbling skinned self.

As for a cold, chill metallic sense, Zara Man Silver captures that feeling perfectly. I bought it but chickened out on wearing it thinking it was too masculine and gave it to a friend. Now I regret it.

Jan
07
2017
smellagent
smellagent

I have had Swiss Army Snowflower in my Ebay watchlist forever. Have not pulled the trigger though. It gets mentioned a lot. I like coconut in a perfume if it is a co star but I have not found one I love where it is the main player. I remember having one of those skinny dip solid perfume compacts when I was in first grade. I think it had been my aunts or something. I even vaguely remember the smell and it was a nice smell.

Jan
07
2017
Magdalena23
Magdalena23

Thank you for this lovely article John! We are having so much fun at the forums and the fashion related threads and hopefully more members will join us there!Thank you VEDA,thank you to all participants for your creativity,your fascinating ideas and your enthusiasm!!!

Jan
06
2017
veda
veda

Thank you very much for your so uplifting mention of my thread work.Actually I simply set the tone and the contributors reward me with their inspired participation.
I΄m extremely flattered that these threads have caught your eye, an eye so well versed in Art and Culture.
Thank you once again!

Jan
06
2017
fleurdefi
fleurdefi

Thanks for the shout-out, John! I love veda's fashion threads and all of their contributors. Such creative folks here!

Jan
06
2017
perfumecritic
perfumecritic

I find that many coconut scents go oddly plastic/powder/play doh on me and so have had a tough time with coconut soliflores; I tend to prefer coconut as an accent like in Nejma 7 or L'Artisan Premier Figuier. And as for cold, mineral and ozonic scent qualities, I'm rediscovering Hermes Hiris which seems to encompass all three of these sensations for me.

Jan
06
2017
grayspoole
grayspoole

I enjoyed the historical comments about Skinny Dip, John. I've never worn it or smelled it, but the advertising was inescapable in girls' magazines when I was growing up. Its jingle, "Skinny Dip...makes a girl feel pretty!...Skinny Dip.." is still an earworm imprinted on my memory.

Jan
06
2017
TillyWave
TillyWave

A super inexpensive perfume that is cold, white, water/ozonic, and iris is Swiss Army Snowflower. I can't believe how great this perfume is especially for the price.

Jan
06
2017
celia46
celia46

I think it's a great article because highlights the forum discussion, and that's an important and really enjoyable aspect of Fragantica.

Generally I dislike coco perfumes but Crystal Noir it's great!

Jan
06
2017
vintage_scent
vintage_scent

I love cold, white iris perfumes...Silver Iris Mist, Attesa,Swiss Army Snowflower and Silver Iris are all lovely
Other snowy white lovely scents...Insolence Eau Glacee, Omnia Crystalline, B&B Magic In The Air, and L Eau D Hiver. i Also love the cold white pure coconut in Coco Extreme (Pacifica)
Nice article Thanks!

Jan
06
2017

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