The scent of coconuts is everywhere—in spas, in coconut oil, in some cocktail, and even in suntan lotion or tanning lotion. However, when it used on perfumes, it takes on a whole new character that is like no other.
Though it’s tough to describe the scent of a coconut accurately, let me attempt to do so to the best of my abilities.
A coconut can give off a sensual, sweet, and fresh fragrance. Its scent possesses a creamy texture that can remind you of a fantastic time in the Caribbean.
Hence, perfumes based on coconuts are usually suited for wear in the summers or spring.
The scent of coconut is subtle, yet strong enough to leave an everlasting impression on your senses, which is why coconuts aren’t only incorporated in perfumes but also in other beauty products. When it comes to perfumes, coconut fragrances usually blend in well with musk, vanilla, jasmine, juniper, etc.
In today’s perfume market, one will easily find numerous coconut-based perfumes created by the biggest beauty brands. Therefore, taking a pick from the variety of coconut scents can be a bit overwhelming.
Fortunately, I have you covered. After extensive research and experiments, I’ve compiled a list of only the best coconut perfumes money can buy.
Without further ado, here are the best coconut-inspired options.
- At A Glance: Our Top Picks for Best Coconut Perfumes
- Top 8 Best Coconut Perfumes – Our Reviews:
- The Bottom Line
At A Glance: Our Top Picks for Best Coconut Perfumes
If you’re in a hurry, you can jump straight into our top picks (these are the coconut perfumes that most people buy).
Top 8 Best Coconut Perfumes – Our Reviews:
1. Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar
In a nutshell, the Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar can be best described as an affordably priced sweet creamy coconut vanilla perfume. Though it doesn’t have a sophisticated scent, it smells crazy delicious.
A couple of spritzes of this summer scent and your nose will immediately detect sugary sweet top notes of musk, white rum, jasmine, and vanilla pods.
After a while, the scent introduces you to the smell of creamy vetiver, ambrosia, and Indian coconut notes, and as the scent enters its final phase, expect the heart notes to mingle with the base fragrance notes of rosemary, alcohol, and a dash of oak.
The Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar has many things working in its favor. It’s warm, fun, simple, and inviting—perfect for everyday wear in the summers or at the beach.
Plus, since the perfume is made of only natural, fresh ingredients, you can expect it to be safe and gentle on every type of skin.
This summer scent doesn’t excel in the sillage and longevity department, nor does it perform poorly. It’s average at best in the aforementioned departments.
Top Notes: Vanilla pods, Musk, White Rum, Jasmine
Heart Notes: Indian Coconut Essence, Creamy Vetiver, Ambrosia
Base Notes: Alcohol, Rosemary, Juniper, Oak
2. Creed Virgin Island Water
Launched in 2007 to great fanfare, the Creed Virgin Island Water is arguably the most popular fragrance with coconut notes on the market today.
The cologne, though modest, has an eccentric fragrance note to it and does a wonderful job of creating nostalgia. Suitable for both men and women, the unisex perfume will have you dreaming of the cool sea breeze, beach, coconut water, and blue waters of the vast oceans.
As you take a whiff of the Creed Virgin Island Water EDP, you’ll immediately notice super-refreshing fruity notes of Sicilian mandarin, crisp Jamaican lime, and bergamot. After a while, you’ll also begin to detect the fantastic blended smell of ylang-ylang and floral coconut, balancing each other and giving you a tropical fragrance.
As the scent develops furthermore, expect the boozy rum vibe/smell of pina colada with a hint of sugar cane and soft white musk.
Categorized as an EDP, the Creed Virgin Island Water is one coconut perfume that’s neither too overwhelming nor too passive.
It has just the right amount of spunk, projecting just under a meter for the initial few hours before developing into a skin scent. If you are lucky, you can get the EDP to last for 6 hours max.
Overall, in my book, this one gets five stars mainly because of its intoxicating smell!
Top Notes: Lime, Bergamot, Mandarin
Heart Notes: Coconut Note, Ginger Spice, Jasmine, Hibiscus, Tonkin Musk
Base Notes: Pina Colada, Ambergris, Boozy White Rum Note, Coumarin
3. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess
Advertised as a day time perfume, the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess For Women is an elegant mature scent ideal for the 20-up crowd.
As soon as you put it on, you’ll detect a fresh burst of citrus, orange, and bergamot, and if you put your nose to the test, you’ll even notice a warm, milky coconut note.
After a while, the heart notes begin to kick in, giving you a wonderful fragrance of soft white florals such as jasmine, magnolia, Tiare flower, and orange blossom. During the drydown period, your skin will smell like soft sandalwood, amber, and myrrh.
In essence, the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess For Women is refreshing and super light in equal measures, making it a go-to perfume for beach wear, breakfast, brunch, and coffee date.
Thankfully, this coconut perfume for women has also been clinically tested for safe usage on sensitive skin.
I can’t fault the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess For Women in terms of sillage and longevity either. Plus, at the price point it’s available at, this women´s perfume is definitely a major steal.
Top Notes: Oak Extract, Juniper, White Rum
Heart Notes: Jasmine, Bergamot, Warm Amber, Coconut
Base Notes: Vanilla, Coconut, Ambergris, Orange Blossom, Tuberose
Read Also: Best Estee Lauder Perfumes For Women
4. Tom Ford Soleil Blanc
Described by many as an upscale coconut scent, I truly believe that the Tom Ford Soleil Blanc is worth its weight in gold.
So, what kind of fragrance can you expect out of this highly rated beach perfume?
As soon as you spray the Soleil Blanc on, you’re introduced to a world of fresh bergamot citrus blended impeccably with creamy white florals and a dash of spicy cardamom. This initial blast of Soleil Blanc is then quickly replaced by creamy coconut and vanilla, pistachio, and a hint of ylang-ylang.
Then, before the scent fades away, you’ll also detect base notes of tonka bean and amber in the drydown period.
In essence, it wouldn’t be far-fetched to say that the Tom Ford Eau de Soleil Blanc smells like a deluxe tropical vibe with the experience of salty sea wind gushing through your hair.
Though heavily marketed as a unisex perfume, the Tom Ford Soleil Blanc is more suited for the fairer sex.
All in all, I believe the creamy coconut smell of this Tom Ford perfume smells like tropical heaven and is suitable for every occasion in the summers.
Top Notes: Brown Pepper, Bergamot, Lemon, Cumin, Petitgrain, Cardamom, Bitter Orange, Pistachio
Heart Notes: Jasmine, Allspice, Galbanum
Base Notes: Coconut Notes, Ambergris, Vanilla, Orange Blossom, Tonka Bean, Tuberose
Read Also: Best Tom Ford Perfumes for Women
5. Yves Rocher Coconut
The Yves Rocher Coconut Perfume will work like a charm for the coconut lover. With this perfume in your bag, expect to feel fresh and joyful the entire summer.
This perfume has a strong start, offering top notes of lavender, vanilla pods, basil extract, and coconut.
The scent then blends in with the heart notes of tropical essence, juniper, rosemary, and aqua essence. This middle period is regarded by many as the fragrance’s pinnacle moment.
Then, slowly but surely, the base notes of ginger, white rum, and musk kick in, ensuring the overall fragrance of the Yves Rocher Coconut Perfume isn’t dominated by all things sweet.
Regrettably, the Yves Rocher Coconut Perfume isn’t perfect by any means. Neither does it have the best sillage performance nor the most longevity.
You’ll need to top up every couple of hours, and for a more lingering effect, a couple of spritzes won’t do. You’ll need to get in a few extra sprays from the fragrance mist to get the job done.
Besides the perfume’s lack of performance in the aforementioned departments, it’s still worth the purchase solely on account of its delicious coconut smell.
Top Notes: Vanilla Pods, Basil Extract, Lavender, Coconut
Heart Notes: Juniper, Rosemary, Tropical, Aqua Essence
Base Notes: Ginger, White Rum, Musk
6. Jennifer Lopez Miami Glow
Yep, you read that correctly. J Lo has a coconut-scented perfume that’s worth splurging on!
The Jennifer Lopez Miami Glow brings plenty to the table.
First and foremost, this coconut-scented perfume is downright stunning. It really smells like coconut, a tropical fragrance accentuated by fruity and floral notes.
The fragrance also benefits from a musky aroma, thus ensuring the sweetness doesn’t get too overbearing. As for other base notes, you can expect coconut vanilla and ambergris that balance each other out.
Ideal for wear throughout the summers, regardless of the occasion, the Jennifer Lopez Miami Glow also has fantastic sillage and longevity. A couple of spritzes should be enough to get you through the day.
Plus, the fact that the coconut-inspired perfume is light on your skin also adds to its charm. If you want to exude a joyful and confident mood and smell like a million bucks, go for the Jennifer Lopez Miami Glow with your eyes closed.
However, I’m rather miffed that the Miami Glow is priced too steeply for my liking.
Top Notes: Passion Fruit, Coconut Milk, Grapefruit
Heart Notes: Cyclamen, Freesia, Jasmine
Base Notes: Ambergris, Musk, Vanilla
7. Estee Lauder Sensuous Nude
The second Estee Lauder perfume on the list, the Estee Lauder Sensuous Nude Eau de Parfum Spray, is equally stunning as the first one, if not more so.
As you spray this fragrance with coconut notes the first time on top of your sun cream, you’ll be met with a stunning classic flowery fragrance of freesia and bergamot. The floral notes then blend in exceptionally well with the fragrance notes of pink pepper and red berries.
Then, when the scent is on its last legs, it offers base notes of heliotrope, sandalwood, ambergris, and wood.
If I were to describe the overall fragrance of the Estee Lauder Sensuous Nude Eau de Parfum Spray, I would label it a feminine floral scent with coconut notes and accords. Gentle, tender, and elegant in equal measures, none can get enough of the fragrance notes of this eau de parfum.
I also like the fact that the Estee Lauder Sensuous Nude Eau de Parfum Spray has outstanding sillage and longevity. This coconut fragrance will sit on your skin like pixie dust, lasting for hours on end, ensuring you smell wonderful every time you go to the beach.
Top Notes: Pepper, Mandarin, Bergamot, Pink Pepper
Heart Notes: Honey, Coconut, Ylang-Ylang, Jasmine, Musk, Lily-of-the-Valley
Base Notes: Sandalwood, Ambergris, Wood, Vanilla, Ambergris
8. Versace Crystal Noir
You can’t go wrong with a Versace perfume, can you?
Thankfully, the Versace Crystal Noir EDT doesn’t disappoint one bit. This pure coconut perfume has had glowing reviews ever since its launch back in 2004 by the perfumer, Antoine Lie.
So, what type of coconut scent can you expect out of the Versace Crystal Noir? As you try it on for the first time, you will detect a spicy opening with lovely cardamom fragrance notes in the background.
Then, the floral and woody heart notes begin to kick in, adding a bit of sweetness to the mixture. As for the base fragrance notes, you can expect musk, amber, and sandalwood.
I also like the fact that the Versace Crystal Noir Eau De Toilette does well in the longevity and sillage department.
To cut things short, the Versace Crystal Noir is for someone who prefers a playful and sensual coconut-scented perfume. However, since the perfume is priced rather exorbitantly, I don’t think it will sit well with the budget-conscious.
Top Notes: Ginger, Cardamom, Pepper
Heart Notes: Gardenia, Mandarin Orange, Coconut Note, Peony, Blossom
Base Notes: Musk, Amber, Sandalwood
Read Also: Best Versace Perfumes For Women
The Bottom Line
There you have it—the top 8 coconut fragrances money can buy. Coconut lovers can go for any creamy coconut perfume on the list as they’re all fantastic perfumes in their own right.
As for me, nothing beats the Creed Virgin Island Water. If you like coconut as much as I do, you can´t go wrong with this one.
This unisex perfume is super-refreshing and capable of getting your beach vibe going.
I also like the fact that it’s neither too overwhelming nor too passive. It has just the right amount of fragrance notes for spunk, projecting just under a meter for the initial few hours before developing into a skin scent.
This perfume is long-lasting too as it can last for around six to seven hours, which is pretty decent for a coconut-inspired fragrance. For me, this is the best coconut perfume out there.
Still there are other fragrances worth considering.
If this list doesn’t strike your fancy, consider Eau Gourmande Almond Coconut by Laura Mercier, Britney Spears Maui Fantasy, Un Bois Vanille by Serge Lutens, Reb’l Fleur (also Rebel Fleur) by Rihanna, and some choices from Victoria’s Secret. For a nice blend of coconut and almond milk, try Coco Extreme by Comptoir Sud Pacifique.