Coconut is one of my all time favorite fragrance notes. I enjoy coconut in perfume and home fragrance as well. I like to pair fragrance to season, weather and current mood. I do this with both perfume and wax so I guess it kind of explains my large collections of both.
With coconut based fragrance, I think it fits both summer heat and general summer mood as well as early fall. It just depends on what the coconut base gets paired with.
The most obvious coconut fragrance is the classic, old school suntan lotion. I guess you need to be a child of the 80s or early 90s to really connect to that specific fragrance since I know my kids and all the kids they hang out with are always doused in fragrance free sun block and won’t ever really link the coconut scent to the beach. But for me, it’s a powerful memory trigger and mood setter and I always keep at least one such candle in the stash.
The other summer coconut based fragrance is the pina colada, coconut and pineapple, tropical cocktail smell. This is pretty much a sure way to set a “summer party” vibe and be a guest favorite. I enjoy this type of fragrance as long as it doesn’t get too sweet and as long as the pineapple note in it isn’t overly artificial, because that can get headache inducing fast.
The pina colada fragrance is also a nice one to mix with fruit notes such as mango, strawberry, lemon and all the tropical fruits like for instance passion fruit and guava. It will set the mood to summer and you can pretty much max up your own fragrance cocktail every couple of hours.
The darker side of coconut, which I like to burn during summer nights or cold fall days comes out when the coconut is blended with either a beachwood or sandalwood notes or – for autumn – vanilla bean, dark vanilla and amber. There’s just something so cozy and inviting about those fragrances.
I also love pairing coconut with a shea butter note. I am a huge fan of shea butter scent for cold mornings and pairing it with a good coconut just makes me relaxed and happy.
Yankee Candle Coconut Beach is a new scent for the summer season. This is my favorite of the collection because I really appreciate this take on such a classic summer note. There are coconut scents everywhere during summer season and some companies go really sweet with the note, making it almost candy or syrup like and then everything just smells like a super sweet summer cocktail. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I like my variety. Then there are the sunscreen coconut scents, that smell like all things Coppertone and again, I like the smell but I don’t need 97 versions of the same thing.
Yankee Candle do one of my favorite coconut scents, Black Coconut. I love it because it’s so different and so versatile and complex. This year’s Coconut Beach will not dethrone Black Coconut but I really like the overall fragrance.
Yankee Candle Coconut Beach smells mostly like a pineapple and coconut mix. But it’s all the other notes that veer it from the overdone Pina Collada smell. So those two notes dominate. But they are the non sweetened versions. Basically it’s a very green, very fresh pineapple and very dry, milky coconut. There’s no added sugar here, no sign of syrup. It’s almost a vegetal mix of the two notes. Then all the “artificial” notes come in. What I mean by that is the scents that are supposed to represent a smell like “salt” and “sea air”. So with the addition of airy and salty notes over a light musky base with a natural vanilla at the bottom, the overall fragrance is natural and light and non offensive.
Yankee Candle Guava Coconut Fusion is another new summer scent. This one I feel is the most classic and predictable of the bunch, since it’s just a pretty basic fruity, sweet summer drink type fragrance.
Loads of people say it’s very close to Passion Fruit Martini and that one was pretty controversial because some people felt it smelled like sweaty socks.
The grapefruit note that is in both Guava Coconut Fusion and Passion Fruit Martini is a tricky one, especially when paired with some other fruity notes because it can easily lean into the urine or body odor side of things. I remember some grapefruit candles from years ago that have been deemed “cat pee candles” by some people.
If you don’t get that, then Guava Coconut Fusion is just a sweet, fruity mix of grapefruit, guava, mango, watermelon and sweet coconut. But keep the “sweaty socks” thing in mind if you plan on having guests while this is burning or if you plan on giving it away as a gift…maybe pick out something else to be on the safe side.
Yankee Candle Coconut Splash came out for summer season in Europe and it’s the second scent out of the collection that I feel fits well into the summer season.
Yankee Candle Coconut Splash official scent notes are Melon, Coconut Water, Mango Coconut, Coconut Milk, Vanilla, Sandalwood.
Burning Yankee Candle Coconut Splash it’s a very light fragrance. It’s very soft, I mostly get the sandalwood and some vague fruity sweetness. The coconut that I expected because of the name of the candle is actually coconut water, so it’s a very watery, milky faint coconut that actually just floats about in the background.
This was too soft for me. While I appreciate guest friendly fragrances I still want to be able to smell the complexity. I get fairly generic fruity notes over sandalwood and I expect more for Yankee Candle prices.
I can’t even layer this because I feel anything I pair it with will just drown Coconut Splash out. So I mixed my own version by taking Yankee Candle Guava Coconut Fusion and layering it with Yankee Coconut and Vanilla Bean.
Coconut scents are a summer staple for me. Perfumes, body care and wax, I like coconut in all of it. I really enjoy Yankee Candle’s take on coconut fragrances. I must have tried at least 8 different ones over the years and loved most of them. My favorite coconut scented wax list is basically all Yankee. Coconut Bay is on sale now, probably meaning it will get discontinued again soon and I grabbed a large jar for the summer. It’s a fairly light scent so it’s good for blending and smaller rooms.
The official scent notes in Yankee Candle Coconut Bay are: palms and coconut milk.
I don’t really get the “palm” note here. Yankee Candle Under the Palms has that bitter green note that I’d call a “palm” scent and I don’t smell it here. I actually get a faint milky, shea butter note and fresh coconut. Lovely scent, more body care that other currently available coconut scents from Yankee and as such, my favorite one to burn on cool summer mornings.
If you want to go full coconut (and really, who doesn’t) I’d go with Coconut Bay in the morning, Coconut and Vanilla Bean in the afternoon and Black Coconut in the late evening. I have all three scents ready for tomorrow, since 1 June first day of summer at my house but the weather is not quite there yet so I’ll just binge on coconut and ignore the chill.
The scent throw on the large jar was a weak 6. It will work in a small room but will need a tart to boost it up if you want this scent to fill a large room.
Yankee Candle Christmas at The Beach is currently available in the USA (no signs of it in Europe) and I think this is one that comes back every season and hangs out at the outlets all year long.
I buy a Christmas at The Beach fragrance every year, I like them for the décor, plus in my pre-children days I’ve spent my share of Christmases at the beach and the husband and I tend to go into “do you remember that time…” at least once during the extended family packed holiday week, in a futile effort to hold on to the spirit of things. This fragrance helps a wee bit, thus proving to be a holiday essential. That, and Baileys, because Irish coffee is my life raft in December.
The official scent notes in Yankee Candle Christmas at The Beach are: pineapple, coconut and cilantro.
Burning, Yankee Candle Christmas at The Beach smells like a full on super sugary pina colada drink. It’s not fancy like their Pineaple Cillantro mixed with their Black Coconut. Nope, it’s just syrupy, fruity, pina colada smell. It does smell like Summer, which is the whole point.
Because I can never just buy one version and stay with it, I’ve also bought and burned Village Candle Christmas at The Beach.
The official scent notes in Village Candle Christmas at The Beach are: pineapple, coconut.
You’d think they smell the same, but they are VERY different. Village Candle Christmas at The Beach is basically their Tropical Getaway fragrance, with more sugar. Instead of the syrupy coconut, this has coconut milk, which is much more fresh, greener take on the coconut smell. The pineapple is also the greener version, like the actual fruit as opposed to the juice.
So comparing the two, the Village Candle version is cleaner, less sweet, more like the scent of cocktails in the air, while the Yankee’s version is head down the glass of pina colada.
The scent throw on the Yankee was a weak 7, and the Village a strong 7. The Yankee has a more intense scent, while the Village Candles’ version is less in your face.
If you only buy Yankee Candle, you can get pretty close to the Village’s scent if you mix Yankee’s Under The Palms with a little bit of the Christmas at the Beach.