This is a roller ball perfume that came in my recent IPSY Plus Glam Bag. I have been wearing it for the past week and I have to admit, I have mixed feelings about it.
First of all I like the brand Skylar. I love that not only is the box, bottle and cap recyclable, they have a video with the perfume showing you how to remove the one part of the package that isn’t recyclable (the roller ball) so that you know exactly how to recycle it when the product is empty.
It also makes me feel a slight bit guilty because I do like roller balls and that is the one part of the package that isn’t recyclable, However the fact that it does come out means that the entire system can be thoroughly cleaned and if it can be cleaned it can be refilled. I have several perfumes in larger bottles that don’t travel well or in open top samples that I don’t reach for. Before the bottle ultimately ends up in the recycling bin it may be recycled in house for a bit. I especially have a hard time remembering to reach for the small open topped samples so I think this will help me use them up.
One thing I also like about this perfume is seeing the size of it. Skylar has a scent subscription. It is a bit on the pricy side ($20 per month as opposed to one of my all time favorites Scent Box which is significantly less, I’ll link it below for those interested). All of their Skylar Scent subscription samples are Skylar scents. And this roller ball is the size of each shipment in the subscription (10 mL).
So that was nice to see. But it is the scent we are evaluating. So what does Skylar have to say about their scent?
Wander along a deserted beach on a faraway island.
There is something very reassuring about exotic locales. Coconut Cove transports your spirit to a place where creamy coconut mingles with the scent of coastal winds through green trees, heightened by blooms of jasmine and gardenia, almost intoxicating in its tranquility. It’s a sensual, calming scent that will awaken your desire to make your own way in the world.
Top: Bergamot, Cardamom, Hibiscus Nectar, Twist of Lemon; Middle: Coconut, Jasmine Petal, Gardenia, Lush Greens; Base: Ambrox, Coastal Woods, Heliotrope, Vanilla OrchidSkylar
The first application of this scent smells like a mix of coconut, jasmine and vanilla orchid. While I am not a huge fan of coconut, this sort of reminded me of the old fashioned coconut cake an elderly southern lady brought to church when I was younger. I am fairly certain that cake is the reason coconut exists. It is what all little coconuts dream of growing up to be before life grinds them down and turns them into sunscreen. It took three days to make so she didn’t make it often and there was almost a riot every time she did make it. It had it’s own place of honor on the pot luck table.
It’s arrival was an event.
So I can’t say I was upset by the scent. And I do have her recipe. I used to help her out when I was in high school (run errands, take her to appointments that sort of thing) and at some point she needed assistance making it and switched to directing me in it’s creation, usually while telling scandalous stories of elderly church members and neighbors who had long since died. The initial scent made me want to make it, even though it is traditionally a winter cake.
However after a few minutes, this delightfully nostalgic scent started to fade. Bergamot and gardenia began forcing their way forward. They overpowered the more delicate scents and sort of took over so it was an entirely different scent. This scent too reminded me of some of the older church ladies of my childhood, but not in a good way. It was overly floral an cloyingly overpowering.
The scent did have a lot of lasting power. It didn’t travel far but stuck close to the skin so if it is a scent you like then I thin you could get away with wearing it pretty much anywhere. Someone really has to invade your personal space to smell it.
Oddly enough towards the end of the day, the coconut and a slight hint of lemon reappeared just before the scent faded completely. it was as if they were trapped by the bergamot and gardenia and only when they faded could the two lighter scents escape. It was a quick escape. i smelled the two scents, remembered they were in the mix and then they were gone.
This was a very peculiar scent to wear and honestly I can’t say it was my favorite. I liked the initial scent although it did remind me more of cake than of a scent i want to wear, it became something cloying and overly floral and then just before it left it had a flash of something light and delicate that i actually wouldn’t mind wearing. it was a rollercoaster ride of scent, but I honestly don’t think I will be lining up to try again. I may try other Skylar scents because I have had some that I really enjoyed and didn’t have this kind of scent swap, but as much as I like the brand, I don’t think that Coconut Grove is for me.