I can’t even remember what I was thinking when I ordered this (no trying in advance, this was a true blind buy). Whatever it was, by the time I received my bottle, I was very hesitant. I am not usually a big fan of the often strong and very artificial scent of coconut which accompanies so many suncare products. Add some sweet vanilla to the sweet coconut and I could not AT ALL remember what on earth I had been thinking when ordering this fragrance.
In general, I shouldn’t really need to mention that you do have to like vanilla and coconut given the name of the fragrance, but I have to admit – this scent is so well done that yes – even I rather like it. It’s a fine line with both, vanilla and coconut; a bit too much and it’s sweet, sickly and artificial, but Coudray simply nailed it. It’s a definite coconut and vanilla, but they are deliciously sweet in great balance with the other ingredients which are mango, jasmine and ylang-ylang. I can’t distinguish those individually, but they add to the ’roundness’ of the fragrance. The whole impression is sweet and exotic. I probably wouldn’t wear ‘Vanille et Coco’ during a heat wave, but on a balmy summer evening or during the cooler months – very nice.