Beach in the City – A seasonal feature about bringing the beach to the city even when you can’t take a vacation.
I have been travelling a fair bit lately, and have taken with me at least one of the Comptoir Sud Pacifique’s two basic vanillas with me, and I finally noticed that instead of Eau de Toilette or Eau de Parfum they are called Eau de Voyage — which I think is a lovely play on both the packaging and the concept.
Packaging-wise, the aluminium bottles are sturdy and leak-proof. The day I bought Vanille Extreme someone next to me at Sephora was looking at the scents and complained about the non-glass packaging (“it looks like Bath and Body Works”) but honestly that’s a blessing. It makes the bottles portable and lightweight.
Concept-wise, each bottle of CSP fragrance is indeed travel in a bottle. They have exotic vanillas, with either florals or some fruit notes. While Vanille Amande, Vanille Peche and Caramel Sunset were all cloying to me (and on me), I do recommend Vanille Abricot and Vanille Pineapple. And Vanille Coco and Coco Extreme both remind me of the beach with their coconut notes, but definitely sample them first as coconut scents can go musty easily.
So whether you are traveling or staying home, check out Comptoir Sud Pacifique. Some of their scents are available at Sephora and Drugstore.com, but this Beautycafe link seems to give the most comprehensive list of CSP available in the U.S.
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