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I do treat myself with a nice and expensive after shave or Eau de Toilette from time to time and splashing on a bit of cheap Lynx is just not me. I always have a couple of different smells on the go and one of the fragrances I am currently using is the flamboyant smell of Jean Paul Gaultier's Kokorico.
The smell hits you as soon as you spray; it's not a fragrance for a shrinking violet and it's quite easy to overdo it. However, I like that I can still smell it on my work shirt at the end of the day. It's pure bang for your buck material and it's about as subtle as that mallet to the head the man used to model the bottle suffered.
In terms of the smell I certainly get patchouli, which reminds me pleasantly of my student housemate who used to bathe in the stuff, and I like that sweet woody smell as it is mixed with cedar. Also in the mix is a bit of sweet fig which enriches the sweet smell, but is balanced by some darker notes of cocoa.
I think the smell is something of a man's fragrance; I bought it despite my beloved's slightly suspicious face as she sniffed it. It's probably a bit too full on for her to like smelling on me too much.
The bottle stands out from the crowd being a very squashed man's head with rather strangely pouting lips (although I guess if you had slapped my head against a mallet to make it that narrow you would see me having a bit of a pout too!). Meanwhile from the back side the bottle is shaped like a male torso (and not my middle aged beer belly torso, but one of those younger models with wide shoulders, slim belly and curvaceous bum). Given the price of this bottle I would have preferred my fatter form as the shape as I'm sure they could have fitted in more fragrance that way. A graffiti style red "Kokorico" is flashed across the side of the bottle. Given my habit for losing things it's handy to have a bottle that stands out from the crowd on the dressing table.
The bottle comes presented in a red round tin which could perhaps be reused if it didn't have the product name on the side and an ingredients list on the bottom. Shame, I rather like "freebies".
Kokorico is the French equivalent of Cock-a-doodle-doo, perfect for such a flamboyant character as Jean Paul Gaultier! It's strange to think that the radical designer is now in his 60s, but the unusualness of Kokorico shows he can still spot a winner.
Who owns the product?
The fragrance that bears Gaultier's name is licensed to a giant Japanese cosmetics company Shiseido, founded in 1872. As one of the largest cosmetic companies in the world, it doesn't totally escape the criticism of organisations like ethical consumer magazine, but it does score the best points from the "big boys" in cosmetic manufacturing (it scores 10.5 out of 20 whereas Lush scores 12.5).
I like the gutsy smell of Kokorico; although it might be a little overpowering for something like a romantic meal, it seems good for wearing out in a general social occasion or as I do (gently) in the office. I'm fairly happy with the ethical considerations of the company that makes a profit from my money but I'll knock one mark off for my beloved's slightly indifferent reaction to it.
* a version of this review is also available at my account at ciao