I usually prefer to wear “simple” and light fragrances in warm weather; I don’t want lots of notes percolating on my skin and inside my nostrils on a hot day — that’s annoying. I visited Los Angeles in February when the weather there was glorious: sunny, 78 degree days, cool evenings, and skies so clear you could see stars (the celestial type) at night. I packed several new fragrances for the trip, and it was fun to fast-forward to ‘summer’ for a week (it was still 25 degrees at home in Seattle with at least another month of awful weather to come). Two of the new “summery” perfumes I tested in L.A. stood out: Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar and Six Scents Series Three Beau Bow.
Indian Coconut Nectar smells almost exactly how Pinkberry (another “hit” from my L.A. trip) coconut frozen yoghurt tastes, with flavors/scents of cool, yet musky, coconut (slightly “green” and tart-unripe ), combined with creamy vanilla and perhaps a squirt of lime juice. Indian Coconut Nectar perfume is simple, but it smells delicious. I can’t resist the scent of coconut during summer but if you dislike coconut, you’ll hate Indian Coconut Nectar — it’s all about the coconut.
Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar has good lasting power (if you aren’t stingy when applying) and decent sillage; the fragrance is available in a 29 ml spray perfume, $22 (due to popularity, it’s currently “sold out” on the Pacifica website); solid perfume, $9; perfume roll-on, $12; body wash, $18; and body butter, $18.
Six Scents Fragrance Initiative Series Three Beau Bow, a collaboration between designer Alexis Mabille and perfumer Rodrigo Flores-Roux, smells like a souped-up Eau de Cologne; it includes notes of cedrat, mandarin, bigarade orange, bergamot, lavender, basil, mint, violet leaf, galbanum, lentisque, jasmine, rose, magnolia, cyclamen, white honeysuckle, vetiver, moss, iris, and Kephalis.
Beau Bow begins with intense citrus aromas that smell like tangerine peel. As the scent starts to dry down, I get whiffs of basil and mint (“peppery” and reminding me of the scent of fresh tomato leaf) and sheer florals (the honeysuckle is dominant). Beau Bow’s base smells of iris and Kephalis. Beau Bow is a zingy, “fresh” and clean fragrance in all its stages of development; it’s perfect for warm weather and casual wear. Beau Bow has good sillage and lasting power, and like Indian Coconut Nectar, it’s unisex. Unlike Indian Coconut Nectar, Beau Bow is definitely NOT a cheap thrill: 50 ml Eau de Toilette, $149.
Six Scents Series Three Beau Bow is a limited edition fragrance and a portion of the sale price will be donated to War Child International.
Now, back to dreaming of summer (or another quick trip to Southern California).