Dailies 07/24/14

Daily Fragrance: Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Mokha. My all-time favorite CSP scent. The drydown is a basic, overly sweet vanilla, but the opening is the most realistic freshly-ground-coffee-beans accord I’ve ever smelled in a perfume. It’s discontinued, because of course it is.

Daily Body Product: Dylan’s Candy Bar Chocolate Cupcake Body Cream. Another discontinued beauty. Dangerously close to the smell and texture of Pillsbury chocolate frosting. Someday I will accidentally spread it on cupcakes.

Daily Bobblehead: Marceline The Vampire Queen. I’m visiting my parents in Maryland, where I keep my surprisingly extensive bobblehead collection. Marceline is Adventure Time’s sassiest vampire. I feel like we haven’t had a Marceline episode in forever, you guys.

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Jean Paul Gaultier Classique (EDP)

Although I prefer the term “artistically disheveled”, my roommate could tell you that my side of the room is disastrous. It looks like Tiger and Elin tried to work out their marital issues. In the midst of all this chaos, only one thing manages to stay consistently clean and organized: my perfume collection. They sit in neat little rows on my nightstand- at least, the pretty bottles do. The less aesthetically pleasing bottles (hellooo, Comptoir Sud Pacifique, Rochas, and M.A.C.) are hidden away out of vanity. I know, I know, don’t judge a book by it’s cover, inner beauty, etc etc. Let me tell you a story about a little cologne I like to call Rochas Man.

I used to own a bottle of Rochas Man that was one of my very favorite perfumes (it smells EXACTLY like Bond No 9 New Haarlem, for all you Maurice Roucel fans), but the bottle was rather… awkwardly shaped. And yes, gentle readers, by “awkwardly” I do indeed mean phallic. It was hideous. No matter how lovely it smelled, I could not bring myself to display it alongside the Lolita Lempickas, Chanels, and Pradas. God help me, I am a terrible person.

See??? Can you really blame me, y’all?

Anyway, my eye for a pretty bottle is how I ended up with a bottle of JPG Classique EDP. I had only the vaguest recollection of how it smelled, but who could resist those luscious curves? Not I, clearly. Fortunately, Classique is just as lovely on the inside as it is on the outside. Classique is a very sensual blend, starring the sweet warmth of orange blossom and also featuring rose, chocolate, and anise. Mr. Gaultier talked a big game with Classique (“Just to be modern, [we added] one part nail polish remover!), but truthfully Classique is nothing groundbreaking. It’s just another woody-floral, which will probably be a tad too sweet for more intense perfumistas. Still, Classique is highly pleasant, so much so that I often reject other orange blossom fragrances for not measuring up.

A word of caution: Classique comes in two formulations, EDT and EDP. The two are quite different- a fan of one may not necessarily like the other. A flanker, Classique X, was recently released. Classique is available at most department stores and at Sephora for $44 for 2/3 of an ounce (only at Sephora), $78 for 1.6 ounces, and $100 for 3.3 ounces.

Disclaimer: I purchased a bottle of Classique from Sephora.

Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Mokha

The Comptoir Sud Pacifique line does not have the most sophisticated image around. Vanille Abricot is reputedly worn by the likes of Paris Hilton, the Simpson sisters (Jessica and Ashley, not Marge’s sisters) and circa-2002 Britney Spears. Although frankly, y’all, “circa-2002 Britney Spears” is probably more tempting to me than any other celebrity endorsement. I long for the Crossroads era, those blessed days when Britney was sort of lovably wacky instead of transparently mentally unstable. I just want to go back to the time when she and Justin Timberlake were the Prince and Princess of Pop and wore hilariously terrible coordinated denim outfits to awards shows.

Awww yeah, that’s what I’m talking about.

I wish we could all get along like we used to in middle school… I wish I could bake a cake filled with rainbows and smiles and everyone would eat and be happy…

She doesn’t even go here!

ANYWAY. The point is that beyond my Britney nostalgia, CSP is something of a guilty pleasure brand. I like the ubiquitous Vanille Abricot, but my real CSP love is Vanille Mokha. I bought it unsniffed at Sephora because it’s extremely hard to find (the bottle was only at Sephora by a fluke) and I just knew I would love it. I eat coffee beans as a snack; Starbucks is my spiritual home.

Vanille Mokha is an extremely simple, but extremely pleasant, fragrance. It has exactly two notes: coffee and vanilla. The coffee note is delicious and bitter, and I often find myself craving it. The vanilla is smooth and of high quality. Highly recommended. Oh, and the bottle is hideous.

Disclaimer: I purchased a bottle of Vanille Mokha from Sephora.