Mademoiselle Coco, more precisely the 'Eau de Parfum Intense', has been my faithful companion for some time now. She has become my girlfriend, which I have described in detail elsewhere. And as is the case with good girlfriends, you also get to know your closer relatives over time. A few weeks ago, the eau de parfum called 'Coco Noir', the black Coco, snowed into my house and came as a complete surprise. From a dear perfume-friend I received a small package, in which some of her favourite fragrances were to be found. These gifts were invitingly packed, lovingly arranged and not filled into small plastic sleeves, but they were on loan to me in the original flacon! A page-long, handwritten letter on elegant paper... After I had enjoyed this generous gesture with due astonishment, I dedicated myself to the exciting part of unpacking and trying out.
First I met 'Coco Noir', sat down at the table with her and what should I say? We got along just fine right away. Which is by no means a matter of course for relatives...
At first this coco is fresh and invigorating, radiating a lot of joy and pleasure. This must be due to the wonderfully sour opening of citric fruits. I notice grapefruit and orange in particular, which I enjoy absorbing. After we have exchanged some nice things in this friendly and cheerful atmosphere, we gradually get deeper into the conversation, touching essential topics that are on our hearts. Already after one or two hours - of course I didn't look at the clock - we talk about the soul, and that feels so good. Surrounded by the intimate, warm-hearted atmosphere, I suddenly realize that not only my inner state, but also the space in which we sit so comfortably together, is changing. Delicious aromas spread in my living room...
...it smells manifold and really interesting, so that I can't immediately see what is caressing my nose. For a moment I therefore consciously dedicate myself to these new, noble chords, which spread out like a melodious music in the room. There is a bright, friendly, lively melody to be heard that reminds me of the summery balcony boxes planted with pink geraniums. The sunny, floral mood is reinforced by the presence of jasmine blossom and apricot rose. But this bright melody is now increasingly carried and moved by darker, melancholic chords... it goes in a different, unpredictable direction. What an exciting contrast! The originally cheerful music changes into a serious and rich way. As if I had first visited a matinée and to my own surprise find myself in a festive evening gown, in a floor-length black dress, in a demanding chamber concert that lasts until deep into the night
It's hard for me to find my way back to reality. Coco coughs with polite restraint to bring me back from my dreams. You and I nibble on my homemade vanilla biscuit, which smells wonderfully sweet. We also drink my favourite tea, which seems much spicier and more bitter to me on this day than usual. There are smoky and slightly woody notes that remind me of a dark green forest floor. I almost drifted away mentally again, but my guest rises, wants to say goodbye. Well, we have also spent some hours together in the meantime, nice hours that I will not forget... Now I look at the clock and am amazed, because we have been sitting here for a little more than four hours now. Coco Noir has changed something, my mood and also my perception. All of a sudden everything is different... so pleasant.
We lie warmly in each other's arms as we say goodbye. But I have some of her left. The smoky, partly woody and dark green scents and the refreshing orange with the grapefruit, which I still have both in my nose, leave a trace in the house and also in myself. These fine, elegant notes distinguish this coco from its other relatives. I don't really find the perfume, which rests in a beautiful, deep black bottle with a gold-edged label, to be 'black' or dark. Rather than mysterious, noble, apart and very very fine.
Thank you, dear Schwälbchen, for your great trust and your generous loan. It's nice that it continues to be exciting, because I'm very excited about the other bottles in your lovely parcel.