“ Brand: Yves Rocher / Type: Fragrance / Concentration: Eau de Parfum / Gender: for women „
Group: Oriental woody
~ INTRODUCTION ~
I snapped up two of these miniatures at a flea market in the Côte d'Azur in the south of France last summer. Once I took a sniff of the juice, I immediately loved it. Non-designer fragrances from mass producing beauty companies such as Avon or Yves Rocher are often hit and miss, so how did this one succeed in my books?
~ THE PACKAGING ~
Neonatura Cocoon's simple, pebble-like appearance, amber-colored liquid and chocolate-brown stopper immediately radiate a cosy and comforting image. It snuggles in the hand and is easy to fit it into any handbag. The only downside would be that it being round and flat, it doesn't sit on any surface so showing off on your display will be almost completely useless.
~ THE FRAGRANCE ~
Top notes: coconut
The fragrance surprised me with a busy opening as generous wafts of boozy, brandy-like patchouli and ce-dar-type woods were all swirling around a barely there, smokey, dry vanilla. The mixture immediately re-minded me of a sweeter and vanillic version of Le Baiser du Dragon, a patchouli and cedar-based woody oriental. Cocoon was sweeter, more vanillic, but a mature feel was there too.
~ Heart notes: vanilla ~
In just about 5 - 10 minutes, Cocoon transforms itself into a softer, more balanced woody oriental mixture of patchouli and vanilla. It didn't feel linear but it wasn't going to change dramatically either in the next few hours. What I did pick up interestingly amongst the notes was a lovely, dry, bittersweet smell of raw cocoa beans.
If you've ever chewed on one, you'll know exactly what I mean. It wasn't chocolatey, but instead a woody, bitter and hay-like aroma with a hint of unsweetened cocoa powder. It blended in beautifully with the patchouli, fighting off the too sweet vanilla coming in too early and altogether gave the heart a lift that ulti-mately made it stand out.
~ Base notes: patchouli ~
The raw cocoa and patchouli have gone after about 3 - 4 hours and I was left with a quiet and soft patchouli and vanilla scent again. The vanilla was non-foody and was really just giving the woody patchouli an anchor and stopping it from becoming too dominant. The overall feel reminded me of a cashmere sweater, a fire-place with a glass of brandy at hand.
~ CONCLUSION ~
It wasn't groundbreaking and just faded out a tad too early to my liking but it is by no means a powerhouse scent. It's a nice, cosy scent that probably won't last all day so you'll need to top it up halfway through. Co-coon is quite similar to Eau de Star but thankfully, it is a lot less sweet and in addition, it has a lovely, un-usual raw cocoa edge.
It's the first time I've come across such a nice representation of the cocoa bean smell in perfumes and there aren't many that contain it. As for the patchouli - vanilla combo, it isn't memorable but slightly better than Eau de Star, so I finally knocked one star off for the poor staying power.
I recommend Neonatura Cocoon if you like simple, oriental-woody compositions that aren't too sweet or busy.
~ PRICE AND AVAILABILITY ~
Retails on the Yves Rocher website http://www.yves-rocher.co.uk/ for £32 / 50ml Eau de Parfum but can be bought on ebay for a lot less. Yves Rocher often do 50% off promotions both online and in shops so that may be a better time to get one.
Thanks for reading.
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