Comptoir Sud Pacifique has been in business for as long as I’ve been alive producing tropical escapes in a bottle. The perfume names pretty much speak for themselves as do the scents they represent, from Vanilla Abricot to Aloha Tiare. In the past few years, it seems like every other new release by Comptoir Sud Pacifique (CSP, from now on) has been some version of vanilla. The news of Caramel Sunset were hardly shocking – we’ve exhausted the vanillas, let’s move on to caramel. Pardon my involuntary sarcasm but I’m afraid this is far from a favorable review. Just the other day I noticed another new offering by the popular (!) line Clean named Warm Cotton and couldn’t help but wonder if the creators’ real motive is to raise public awareness to increase personal hygiene – after all, you can never be clean enough in America. First, you work up major Lather, then spritz on some Clean, then douse in Shower Fresh, dry yourself with Warm Cotton making sure it’s been splashed with Fresh Laundry, and then you’re not only Clean, you’re Ultimate. For those who don’t know, yes, these are actual perfume names. But to get back to Caramel Sunset – what can it possibly have in common with Clean? Not much, I guess, other than to force us to not only consume way too much sugar in our daily diet (check those nutrition facts) but also wear it on our skin and then some. No, there’s nothing wrong with vanilla scents (or CSPs, for that matter), and I’m perfectly aware of the fact there are plenty of people who happily have been, are, and will be wearing them. I simply long for variety, even among liquid tropical paradises. As for Caramel Sunset, it is just that – warm, milky with a hint of coconut and cotton candy fluff. Does it take me to Hawaii? No, I’m still at home in windy Chicago, on my couch sipping some hot cocoa with extra marshmellows (to pack more sugar into my diet).
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32 comments April 18th, 2007