There are all kinds of adjectives that go with Coco, the 1984 Chanel perfume: opulent, big, womanly, classic, elegant... just like model Ines de la Fressange, who was the face of Chanel and of Coco during the 80s and has become an icon of that era.
I use my vintage Coco EDP sparingly. I love it so much and would hate to be without. But also it's an incredibly potent and rich perfume, the kind that gets the attention of everyone within sniffing distance. Generally considered an oriental, but the uninitiated who expect a sweet concoction with a foody vanilla might be taken aback by the animalic component in Coco, a big civet note.
The core of Coco is a very Chanel floral blend, dramatically infused with spice. The perfume feels gilded and golden, just like mimosa blossoms and Chanel classic accessories and embellishments. It's glam, warm, and very inviting, even before things get more intimate in the dry-down. And the base is the best part. My vintage juice is incredibly rich in civety goodness. I'm always reminded of the original Fendi that was released a year later. It's raunchy and brazen, slightly over-the-top for the generation that's used to perfumes that smell like nothing, and absolutely beautiful and irreplaceable for those of us who like statement perfumes.
Notes: coriander, pomegranate blossom, mandarin orange, peach, jasmine , Bulgarian rose, mimosa, cloves, orange blossom, clover , labdanum, amber, sandalwood, tonka bean, opoponax, civet and vanilla.