Monday, October 5, 2015

Cocoa Pink Faded Memories Review

Brand: Cocoa Pink
Availability: General Catalog Autumn/Winter (N/A in Spring/Summer)
Notes: A blend of delicate vanillas, soft osmanthus, autumn hay bales, golden amber and copal.

First impression out of bottle: Soft, floral copal resin

Freshly applied: Mmm like an Asian antique store. The combo of osmanthus, amber, and copal is seriously giving me Asian vibes. And the copal/vanilla says antique store to me. 

Drydown: Fruity-floral (that'll be the osmanthus, which some liken to the scent of peach fruit), a bit nutty (I think that's the hay, but it makes me think of wooden furniture), sweet resinous wood. This is like the Japanese version of Golden Morning, which smelled like an Egyptian antique shop. 

Glorious osmanthus
After several hours: Still sweet, floral wood. Mmm this is unique and familiar at the same time. The osmanthus is used perfectly here- unusualy, a little lush and velvety, but also kind of vibrantly fruity. The vanilla comes out more after a while, and what a glorious woody vanilla it is. I'm always surprised when Cocoa Pink puts out these incredible "perfumey" scents considering they are so well-known for their foodie stuff. This is signature scent worthy- not some frilly fluffy seasonal concoction to be worn once and then forgotten. If you loved their Summer scent Paper Butterfly (Osmanthus, paper, golden fields of wheat, powdered sugar, cream, dry white amber grounded with the beautiful memory of soft pale musk) then this is an amazing fall version.

Longevity: High

Sillage: High

Would an [X] lover love this? I think this just needs to be smelled and judged on an individual level. It's unusual and gorgeous. With the mix of floral, vanilla, and wood notes, I think there's something here for everyone.

Would an [X] hater love this? See above. But I think amber haters probably will find this to be characteristically sweet as most ambers are and may be turned off. 

Where am I? Standing outside an antique shop, smelling osmanthus blossoms from the trees outside, catching a whiff of a mysterious lady's vanilla perfume.

Where would I wear this? Like I said, this is totally signature scent worthy. I think it has that je ne sais quoi quality that allows it to be worn daytime/night and for more professional or fun activities. It's quite mature but unusual. Not your grandma's perfume, but if she smelled it, she'd probably take it for herself too.

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