Summer Scent: Honoré Des Prés Love Coconut

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Today I am reviewing my first-ever natural fragrance purchase, Honoré Des Prés Love Coconut. (If you’re interested in learning more about what is in perfume and why you should consider going natural, check out this article.) Love Coconut got rave reviews on Spirit Beauty Lounge, so I decided to give it a try.

Love Coconut replaces my summer perfume of choice in recent years—Beach by Bobbi Brown. Beach is a nostalgic summer scent. It smells like Coppertone and sun warmed skin. Love Coconut is summery too. Nothing says summer more than the scent of coconut. The nice thing about this perfume is that it smells fresh and is not overly sweet or fake smelling.

It is described as containing the scent of: coriander and fresh coconut milk with heart notes of tonka bean and vanilla bourbon with base notes of white cedar and organic coconut essence.

More from the SBL website:

 Honoré Des Prés is the first line of French, organic scents designed by the legendary Olivia Giacobetti, nose and fragrance composer for some of the most prestigious contemporary fragrance houses in the world.

 Honoré Des Prés fragrances are completely natural and certified organic by ECOCERT. They include no petrochemical products or synthetic perfumes, and are free of coloring agents and phthalates.

I was prepared for the lack of staying power, a con mentioned in many of the reviews. That doesn’t bother me too much. I’ve always preferred lighter scents. Fresh Lemon Sugar and Origins Ginger Essence are examples and those always fade pretty quickly. I usually spray some perfume on my clothes to help with staying power.

The only thing I would change about this is the strength of the cedar scent. It comes through really strongly on my skin. I didn’t notice any other reviews that mentioned this, so it just may be the way it reacts on my me. I am not in love with the scent of cedar in general and this might keep me from repurchasing this particular scent. It isn’t stopping me from using it, mind you. And I do want to try others in the line. Clean perfumes aren’t cheap, so I will be on the lookout for a sale—same as when I bought this (full price is $98 for 50 ml). Any recos on other lines and/or scents to try? Please pass them along!

First Haul Post with Yuli, RMS & Honore Des Pres

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I nearly posted this while I was waiting for these items to arrive. I was really excited. Like waiting with bells on excited. (By the way, I expected the “with bells on” idiom to have an interesting backstory.  Sadly, it doesn’t.) Anyway, two big things happened this month. One: My birthday, upon which I received a Spirit Beauty Lounge (SBL) giftcard from my lovely and generous sister. Two: SBL had a summer kickoff sale.  I try to wait for a sale to get the most out of my gift card. And it ain’t easy. But luckily I didn’t have to wait long! Now I have said before that surfing the SBL site is a form of meditation for me. But it’s even better when you move from wishlisting to buying. Check out the lovely-ness that just arrived in the mail.

Yuli Panacea Elixir. This is my second bottle of this stuff and it arrived just as my first bottle was beginning to sputter instead of spritz. Read my review here. This makes my skin feel freshened, toned, plumped, and tightened up. It quickly became a staple and with summer on the way it is reaching super-staple status. Now, if I could just stop spritzing so generously so it would last longer…

Yuli Halcyon Cleanser. First time purchase that I just had to have after reading such rave reviews. I intend to use it as my second cleanse following One Love Organic’s Vitamin B Cleansing Oil (reviewed here).

RMS Un-powder. Also, a first time purchase. I am shiny in the t-zone when it isn’t summer in NYC. So this has also arrived just in time. Reviewers are saying it keeps shine away all day. All day? I put on makeup in the morning and never think about it again, so this could be a match made in heaven for a non-touch-er-upper like me.

And finally…my first clean perfume. Honoré Des Prés Love Coconut. I’ve set aside my Bobbi Brown Beach perfume (ok, it was nearly empty anyway) for this organic summery scent. Here is how it’s described: Love Coconut is a liberated coconut fragrance. Combining head notes of seeds and leaves of coriander and fresh coconut milk with heart notes of tonka bean and vanilla bourbon with base notes of white cedar and organic coconut essence. Lovely, right?

I am excited to play with my birthday acquisitions and to review the ones that are new to me.