Coach, which until about a week ago was only available in Coach boutiques, has suddenly sprung up in department stores and Sephora. However, the good people at Coach have created an incentive for you to continue buying their fragrance at their stores- the new bottles are HIDEOUS. The regular Coach bottle is very classy, reminiscent of a wider Chanel bottle, with a tiny Coach charm in the shape of the hangtags that featured on many of their bags. For the Sephora/department store bottles, Coach decided that instead of a physical hangtag charm, they would just have an picture of the hangtag on the bottle. It’s really, really dumb, not to mention tacky.
I will now attempt to put my bottle sniping aside and discuss the actual scent. I was inspired to try it by a review by MUA user GlamDiva, who wrote, “I was shocked at the similarity of Coach to my vintage [Lanvin] My Sin.” My Sin received extravagant praise from The Bombshell Manual of Style, which declared it “The Perfume of Venus”. (If you’ve tried it, dear readers, I would love to hear your thoughts!)
Coach perfume is certainly not the perfume of Venus, and although I have never smelled My Sin, I doubt that Coach really resembles this legendary aldehydic powerhouse. It is, however, a perfectly pleasant fragrance. Now Smell This lists its official notes of as: green mandarin, guava, violet petals, water lily, genet flower, honey, orange flower, mimosa, jasmine, sandalwood, amber wood and vanilla.
To my nose, Coach is mostly watery lily- similar to aquatic treatment that gardenia got in the original Marc Jacobs, but nowhere near as sweet. Coach is in no way sexy or sensual, but it is rather pretty in an elegant (some might say boring) way. I would recommend Coach to someone who is looking to present a classy image but doesn’t care for the aldehydes of Chanel.
Coach can be found in Coach boutiques, Sephora, Nordstrom and Macy’s (I’m not sure about Bloomingdales). It is available for $45 for a 0.27 ounce purse spray and $75 for 1.7 ounce.
Disclaimer: I bought a purse spray from the Coach boutique.