If there’s one scent that makes me think of Florida, and home, it’s orange blossom. It’s my favorite smell in the whole world: It reminds me of childhood, of the orange trees my parents have in their backyard, of picking ripe oranges off those trees in the winter, of the white flowers that blossom every spring. It’s a beautiful, delicate scent, one that I get to smell every day right now thanks to the orange tree that’s currently blooming in our current backyard.
It’s also one that I’ve made it my goal to find in perfume form. Longtime readers may recall that I’ve tried several orange blossom perfumes–most notably Jo Malone’s (too subtle; didn’t linger) and Le Labo’s (too expensive, and it wasn’t quite what I was looking for). Most recently I took a break from the orange blossom hunt and wore Estee Lauder’s Tuberose Gardenia exclusively, which was absolutely lovely and which I’d recommend to anyone, but when I ran out I decided to try again with the orange blossom.
Enter: Coqui Coqui perfumes. I’d first read about this perfumeria (I love that word!) on The Littlest, and I’d had it bookmarked in my head for awhile. The way Elizabeth describes it is made me want to try the perfume in the first place, years ago, but you basically can’t find it here in the U.S., and the one NYC-based store that seems to stock it was sold out when I tried to buy it online.
Then, a month or so ago, I read a blog post on another site saying that the author had ordered perfume directly from Coqui Coqui itself, and that the bottles had arrived in perfect condition and were just as delicious-smelling as expected. So I emailed the hotel and, a week later, two bottles of perfume arrived: A bottle of Coco-Coco eau de toilette (a coconut scent that smells like Hawaiian Tropic suntan lotion in the best way possible) and a bottle of Coqui Coqui’s signature orange blossom cologne.
The coconut perfume is great; it’s very sweet-smelling, but that sweetness mellows out as it settles into the skin, and I think I’ll find myself wearing it more on those sizzling late-spring and summer days that aren’t that far away for us Floridians. But the orange blossom is my favorite: It’s strong, especially at first–and I made the mistake of spritzing on way too much the first day I wore it–but as it fades it turns into the most beautiful orange blossom scent, totally reminiscent of those orange trees I’m so fond of. I think I’ve finally, finally found my orange blossom scent.
(Oh, and before I wrap up, a note: The people at Coqui Coqui were amazing to work with and responded to all my emails promptly, and the perfumes are super-reasonably priced; in fact, two large bottles cost me less than one designer one. However, shipping from Mexico (via FedEx) is not cheap, so…just be aware of that if you place an order.)
What’s your favorite scent–the one that most reminds you of childhood or a happy memory? Gardenia, honeysuckle and salty ocean air are the other ones at the top of my list.