I Fell for Le Labo's Santal 33 Just Like the Rest of the World and I Don't Care if That Makes Me a Sucker
I mean, even Justin frickin' BEIBER wears it.
In case I haven’t repeated this enough times, I’ll say it again: I’m a sunshine girl. I love heat, stifling tropical heat--the hotter the better--which means that I also really covet vacations. Palm trees, sunshine, and constant sweating? Yes, please!
Whether I’m actually on the beach or not, I always like to smell like a tropical location--that’s where Coqui Coqui comes in.
Inspired by the ancient scents of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, Coqui Coqui is made in a small lab in Valladolid. Each fragrance captures a different place or element from the Mexican landscape. The perfumer, Nicolas Malleville, is an architect, hotelier, and former model. Coqui Coqui is also the name of his incredibly luxurious resort. Nothing smells better than an expensive hotel, right?
I wanted to review a range of the scents on offer; I opted for Coco Coco, the classic, and two other fragrances, Tobaco and Rosas Secas. You can find them on Net-A-Porter for $62 each.
Rosas Secas, or dry roses, is extremely strong when you first spray it, but it dulls to a perfect summer floral over time. With bergamot, dry white roses, and herbed tobacco, it has a pleasant, spicy bottom note that adds complexity.
Tobaco is a blend of tobacco leaf and tart citrus. It’s masculine, smoky goodness at its finest. Beloved by celebrities, this unisex fragrance is sexy and enticing; it gives off an air luxury and adventure.
Coco Coco is the most famous scent in the line--and it’s not hard to smell why. I fell so hard for it that I ordered a candle, body oil, and perfume. Perfectly tropical, this fragrance is the grown up version of that delicious coconut sunscreen scent. Over the past few weeks I have practically been swimming in it. If you love beaches and sunny vacations, prepare to get seriously addicted to this scent.
Long story short? Coqui Coqui is like a bottled vacation, and I’m quickly becoming a frequent flyer.