Lacoste – Touch of Pink

Some behemoth brands transcend seasonal trends and fads by becoming mainstay fixtures in high streets around the globe, thus ensuring a seemingly infinite vogue.

Case in point: Lacoste 

Founded by the namesake tennis player, Rene, the brand first found success in their sportswear and high-toned casual apparel departments. 

However, it was their perfumes that elevated the French company to even greater heights, and now they’re easily considered one of the world’s favourite sporting fragrances.

Touch of Pink is one of their classic scents, featuring their trademark refreshing feel. With a beautiful feminine quality to it, many know it to be more on the fresh side of things than on the floral side. 

Whether that’s a good or bad thing is something we’re about to find out.

Touch of Pink: Overview

  • Brand: Lacoste
  • Fragrance: Touch of Pink
  • Release: 2004
  • Gender: Women
  • Perfumer: Domitille Michalon Bertier

Fragrance Notes

  • Top Notes: Orange, Peach, Blood Orange, Coriander, and Cardamom
  • Heart Notes: Jasmine, Coriander, Cardamom, Violet Leaf, and Carrot Seeds
  • Base Notes: Vanilla, Musk, and Sandalwood

What Does It Smell Like?

As a lively, girly perfume, it starts with a zesty and sweet burst of citrus, primarily carried by the blood orange. Orange fruit does add to this tanginess, but it’s rivaled by the sweetness of the peach. 

This opening is summed up by the subtle spices of coriander and the like. The spicy accents are also present at the heart of the scent, but the perfume’s popularity is rarely due to its spiciness seeing that it’s quite subdued. 

It’s rather crisp, revitalizing feel is accentuated by the underlying watery-ness of the violet leaf, making it a touch aquatic. Not to mention that despite being defined as a floral, fruity fragrance, there are no fruits in the middle. 

Something worth pondering over.

Carrot seeds set off an earthy, spicy dry down that is then well-complemented by the creaminess of the sweet vanilla accord.

A beautiful fragrance as a whole, it’s worth pointing out that while the spicy features try to balance things out, many do feel like they don’t work well with the fresher scents. This all comes down to preference and body chemistry because what works well for someone else might not work for you.

How Long Does Touch of Pink Last For?

As an eau de toilette, the first spray of this perfume is not intoxicating and it’s certainly not overpowering. This lightness does lead one to conclude that it might have poor longevity. 

And if you did, you’re right.

Its lasting power is not as bad as some make it out to be (about 4 and a half hours) but the fact that it fades quickly is definitely the biggest turn-off to most fans. So, if you need something that leaves a lasting impression, this is not something you’ll feel comfortable wearing.

When Should You Wear It?

The scent is the duplicate of a fresh summer breeze. It works well during the spring, but its mild, energizing nature is perfect for a hot summer’s day.

Wearing it in the evenings does come off as strange though considering the sporting ethos of most Lacoste fragrances. They’re not specifically formulated for something like an elegant dinner party at dusk, and the same applies to Touch of Pink.

Where Should You Wear It?

Suitable for both casual or active occasions, it’s a no-brainer that this light scent can be worn before or after a game like tennis or golf. The delicate smell also suits a regular gym-goer.

Considering its young target audience (teens to 25/26-year-olds), its staying power also works well for an occasion like a lecture. However, it shouldn’t be counted on for a full day of classes unless you want to go through the fuss of re-applying.

If you also happen to work in a vibrant environment, this can complement it quite well. Not that it won’t work in a more formal setting. However, its revitalizing nature might come off as contrasting to those surroundings.

Then comes your casual days with occasions like picnics, lunch dates, and hangouts further emphasizing its versatility.

Presentation and Value For Money

A bottle of this perfume embraces the free, energetic woman who isn’t afraid to have fun.

Being more of a green scent than fruity, this shallow sweetness does make it suitable for a slightly older audience of fragrance lovers. Yet some associate it as more of a girly fragrance.

The perfume is famous for not being discontinued despite being on the market for about 2 decades. Online stores do sell it, but always be on the lookout for fakes and diluted versions. 

The renowned 90ml pink bottle can cost you around $20 – $50, which is good value for money.

The Bottom Line

The fact that this perfume continues to live on is something worth admiring. One for the bright, sunny days, it’s certainly not for everyone. Though for those that fall under its bracket, it’s sure to leave your skin yearning for more.

Perfumes that Smell Like Touch of Pink

1. Dahlia Divin Eau de Toilette (Givenchy)

Released in 2015, a refreshing spritz on the skin carries similar-smelling accents like jasmine and sandalwood. While also light, it’s a bit fruitier, bringing up a floral freshness blended with a warm, creamy sweetness at the base.

2. Le Parfum (Jacomo)

Le Parfum is a nice fragrance with a bit more citrus than the Lacoste bouquet. The top notes do smell almost the same, and while the heart is closer to the aforementioned Givenchy, the smells of musk and vanilla at the base are more familiar to Touch of Pink.

3. Aventure Jasmin de Karnak (L’Arc)

A more amber floral scent, the 2013 release also starts with a burst of citrus, though a bottle of this is more suitable for autumn than it is for the summer.

4. Black Label Women (s. Oliver)

Released in 2018, the s. Oliver scent puts its twist on things with accents like Mandarin Orange and fresh Violet. It smells sweet and powdery but can also come off as floral and fruity, a combination that can leave you pleasantly surprised. 

5. Crazy Kiss (Salvador Dali)

Crazy Kiss is a vibrant, feminine perfume that brings out that similar energetic feel when smelt. More suited for spring and summer, the 2012 release is packaged in a classy bottle; one of its most appealing features.