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Cocoa Woods – Woody, powdery, interesting and different


I heard birds chirping outside our bedroom this morning as I woke up. It was really early, the sky just starting to lighten, but the sound made me jump out of bed in a VERY good mood, feeling happy and full of energy. Our birds are back, the pair that build their nest under the eaves every year. Spring is here again. 

As I showered and dressed, I decided to wear fragrance today, something I haven’t done for a couple of weeks due to a bad cold. If I can’t smell it, no point wearing it and wasting it. What would I wear? The morning was sunny, and checking the street from the front window, I tried to imagine our little front garden filled with green shoots and early spring flowers. But it was a stretch - there were piles of snow still to melt and a definite wind, which meant a scarf would still be required inside the puffy jacket. No, not a floral, not yet, it would have to be something interesting but easy, maybe something woody and smooth. I knew exactly what I would wear.

Cocoa Woods by NEST Fragrances.  Never heard of NEST? NEST Fragrances for home and body - candles and body sprays - debuted in 2008, and the line of simple but appealing EdP sprays in the distinctive and incredibly lovely floral bottles** launched in 2012. Created by owner Laura Slatkin, working with perfumers such as Rodrigo Flores-Roux and Christophe Laudamiel, the line of sophisticated and very affordable scents now numbers thirteen. Cocoa Woods from 2018 is by perfumer Jerome Epinette ( check out his fragrances for Atelier Colognes, Byredo, Jovoy, Olfactive Studio) is the twelfth, and according to the SA in Sephora, it’s the current best-seller in the line. 

Cocoa Woods is exactly as described, right from the top. Woods with cocoa. But this is a long way from a mug of steaming hot chocolate with marshmallows sipped by a campfire. This accord is bitter cocoa, dry and powdery with hints of dark-roast coffee, dusted over smooth-as-silk creamy sandalwood, wrapped in aromatic sequoia and cedar boughs. The primeval forest scent is perfectly paired with the bitter cocoa powder so that neither becomes overwhelming, and together they have a real presence which is surprisingly beautiful. Somewhere in the distance are exotic white flowers and gingery spice, their waft is faint but has a subtle sweetness which softens the cocoa woods accord, making it warm and musky in the dry-down. 

As it turned out, Cocoa Woods was an excellent choice today, the first official day of spring. Woody, powdery but not sweet, aromatic and warm but not heavy, interesting and different, it was easy to wear and kept me in my happy mood all day. I think I’ll wear it tomorrow, too.

Regardless of gender, if you’re thinking you might like a woody fragrance but aren’t ready for the deep forest, try Cocoa Woods. It's so easy to love, I know you'll love it.

Cocoa Woods is listed in our Decant Store. Decants are $5.00 for 1 ml.

** The NEST Fragrances floral designs on each bottle are by eighteenth century decoupage artist, Mary Delaney. Her works were detailed and botanically accurate depictions of plants. She used tissue paper and hand coloration to produce these pieces. She created 985 of these works, calling them her "Paper Mosaiks", from the age of 71 to 88, when her eyesight failed her. Wikipedia

Image - Cocoa Woods bottle with Mary Delaney floral design -