What does the word "coconut" mean?
The word "coconut" derives from the combination of the terms "coco" and "nut". "Nut" comes from the Latin "nux", meaning "nut" or "nutty fruit", and "coco" is derived from the Portuguese "coco" or Spanish "coco", meaning the fruit itself. The term "coconut" refers to the hard-shelled tropical fruit with white flesh, widely known for its sweet, refreshing flavor.
In the beginning…
The coconut, native to tropical regions, has a history stretching back thousands of years. It is thought to have originated in the South Pacific. This unusual fruit spread around the world thanks to its ability to float on water and germinate on coastal land. Since ancient times, tropical peoples such as the Polynesians, Indians and Malays have used coconuts as a food, medicinal and material source. Portuguese and Spanish navigators played a key role in its worldwide spread, introducing it to the Caribbean, Central and South America and the Pacific islands. It's thanks to them that the coconut is today a symbol of the tropics and an integral part of coastal cultures.
DID YOU KNOW?Coconuts can be used as musical instruments! Tapping an empty coconut produces a sound similar to that of a drum or maracas. In some cultures, coconuts are used as percussion instruments at celebrations and festivals!
Coconut is the fruit of the coconut palm, an emblematic tree of tropical regions. Its cultivation is a process that requires specific conditions. Coconuts thrive in warm, humid climates, with abundant sunshine and well-drained soils. They are mainly grown in coastal areas, where they can benefit from the influence of the sea and sea breezes.
Coconut cultivation involves planting young seedlings, which require fertile soil and sufficient space to develop. Trees reach maturity after around 6 to 10 years, and can produce coconuts for decades. Coconuts are generally harvested when the fruit is ripe, indicated by a change in shell color and a sound of liquid inside. Further, coconut perfume oil is created which is used in perfumery.
What do you know about coconut in perfumery ?
Coconut, reproduced with synthetic molecules, is a very popular ingredient in perfumery. The reason is its unique, exotic olfactory profile. It offers a gourmand, suave, rich, milky note that immediately evokes sunny beaches and tropical landscapes. Its fragrance is soft, creamy and slightly sweet, recalling the characteristic texture and taste of fresh coconut pulp.
In perfumery, coconut is often used to create warm, sensual and enveloping scents. It can also be found in eau de cologne. It brings a soft, comforting smell to compositions, adding an exotic, sunny touch. Whether used in base notes to bring roundness and warmth, or in heart notes to give a gourmand sensation, coconut is a versatile ingredient that can harmonize with many other components. Here are a few examples of possible combinations with coconut:
• Vanilla-coconut: The harmony between coconut and vanilla creates a sweet, gourmand combination, evoking warm, enveloping notes.
• Tiare flower-coconut: The combination of coconut and tiare flower creates a tropical, exotic fragrance, reminiscent of the sunny beaches of distant islands.
• Jasmine-coconut: The combination of coconut and jasmine creates a sensual, floral blend, combining the sweetness of coconut with the floral sophistication of jasmine.
• Sandalwood-coconut: The accord between coconut and sandalwood adds warmth and depth to the fragrance, creating a soft, woody scent.
• Pineapple-coconut: The combination of coconut and pineapple creates a fruity, exotic accord, bringing a touch of freshness and vivacity to the fragrant composition.
Coconut is a fruit with many beneficial properties for health and everyday use! In particular, it is used in beauty products. Thanks to the oil extracted from its pulp, it is an excellent moisturizer for the skin of your body and face and for the hair, keeping them soft and nourished. Coconut also possesses antimicrobial properties thanks to its fatty acids, helping to fight bacterial, fungal and viral infections. Natural antioxidants in coconut water, such as vitamin E, help neutralize free radicals, while its medium-chain fatty acids provide a natural source of energy and boost metabolism. What's more, its high dietary fiber content promotes good digestion and regular intestinal transit. So, one way or another, every one needs coconut in their life!
Some mythical coconut perfumes...
Here's a non-exhaustive list of the best coconut fragrances we warmly recommend!
• Moonlight In Heaven By Kilian: a poetic eau de parfum that captures the magic of the night. Created by Calice Becker, it blends invigorating citrus, the fruity exoticism of pineapple and mango, floral notes of ylang-ylang and the impertinence of pink berries. Coconut scent and sandalwood bring a bewitching sweetness to the eau de parfum, while white musk creates an airy aura. This is a captivating, mysterious fragrance for women.
• Coconut fizz by Guerlain is a perfume that evokes a sunny tropical getaway. This fruity, sparkling fragrance skilfully blends top notes of coconut with sparkling citrus bergamot and exotic flowers. It evokes a sense of vacation and instantly transports you to white sand beaches and turquoise waters. Coconut Fizz by Guerlain is a refreshing, joyful explosion that smells like the carefree spirit of summer, inviting you to relax and enjoy under the sun.
• Alien Goddess by Mugler is a captivating fragrance that embodies the mysterious, bewitching goddess. This floral oriental fragrance reveals bold notes of jasmine, salty vanilla and creamy coconut, creating a bewitching, sensual blend. Mugler's Alien Goddess Eau de Parfum is an ode to powerful, divine femininity, leaving an unforgettable imprint wherever it goes.
• La Vie Est Belle Soleil Cristal by Lancôme is a captivating eau de parfum that completes the La Vie Est Belle collection. Lancôme invites us to discover a happiness concentrate with this chypre fragrance. Soleil Cristal embodies cheerfulness, joie de vivre and fulfillment. Its bottle, inspired by the "Sourire de Cristal", boasts a flamboyant holographic lacquer finish, while its composition exhales airy citrus notes, floral sensuality of ylang-ylang and exotic gourmand coconut. A sunny, delightful olfactory experience to savor.
• Eau de Soleil Blanc by Tom Ford is an eau de toilette in the Private Blend collection, offering an original fragrance freed from the conventions of traditional perfumery. Inspired by a private island paradise, Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Eau de Toilette is sunny, luxurious fragrance that blends notes of citrus, orange blossom, coconut and notes of vanilla. The bottle is reminiscent of an apothecary's flask, with sandblasted glass and a gold plate for a touch of refinement.
• If you love the scent of coconut, you will also appreciate: Dirty Coconut Eau de parfum by Heretic Parfums, Maison Margiela Replica Beach Walk Eau de Toilette, Skylar Coconut Cove, Coco Cabana by Sol de Janeiro, Utopia Vanilla Coco 21 by Kayali Fragrances and Indian Coconut Nectar by Pacifica.
Who knows, maybe one day Bon Parfumeur, our 100% made-in-France perfume brand, will offer coconut scents! In any case, we hope this article has taught you a few things about this unique fruit, and we invite you to visit our website or come and see us in store!