Cock-a-Doodle-Doo – Jean Paul Gaultier Kokorico Perfume Review

Kokorico

I’m not entirely sure why, but ever since the news of Kokorico started hitting the Blogosphere I have been absolutely desperate to try it. Perhaps it’s the fact that Jean Paul Gaultier, despite being somewhat over-exposed, is a solid line of well-made fragrances or, perhaps it’s the fact that I’m a sucker for a quirky bottle, and Kokorico’s bottle is definitely full of quirk. Whatever the reason, I was very glad when esteemed perfume blogger Persolaise gifted me a sample of Kokorico to try.

Kokorico (isn’t the name fun to say?!) is the latest masculine release by Jean Paul Gaultier and it has big shoes to fill. Following in the footsteps of such a colossal bestseller as Gaultier’s Le Mâle is no mean feat, and after the discontinuation of Gaultier’s second masculine release Fleur du Mâle, the pressure is on for the brand to have a success.

This latest addition to the Jean Paul Gaultier line is composed by the olfactory dream team of Annick Menardo (Lolita Lempicka, Hypnotic Poison and Bvlgari Black) and Olivier Cresp (Angel, Kenzo Amour and Juniper Sling)  and is described as “a powerful and explosive aphrodisiac, emphasising woody and cocoa notes” [2] and the name ‘Kokorico’ comes from the french name for the rooster’s cry, their version of ‘Cock-a-Doodle-Doo’. Everything about the marketing of this fragrance; the bright red ‘graffiti’, the pushed up feathers and the confident strutting of Jon Kortajarena in the tv/print ad screams cockiness and masculine confidence, I’m just not entirely sure the fragrance is on board with the idea.

Jon Kortajarena strutting his stuff in the Jean-Baptiste Mondino directed TV spot for Kokorico.

The Notes

Top: Fig Leaf
Heart: Patchouli and Cedar
Base: Cocoa and Vetiver [1]

How Does it Smell? 

Kokorico starts relatively green, with a sweet and spiky fig leaf note, there is also a pleasant figgy milkiness that acts as an undercurrent that runs throughout the fragrance. The most noticeable part of Kokorico is the cocoa, and surprisingly the cocoa doesn’t turn Kokorico into a gourmand, there is enough dry wood to balance the cocoa and give the impression of warm, slightly bitter woods.

There is also a pleasant anisic vibe to Kokorico, and that is no surprise seeing as it is half-composed by the ‘Queen of Anise’ Annick Menardo, and unlike other Menardo fragrances the anise is used sparingly, and Kokorico is all the better for it.

As Kokorico develops, the patchouli and vetiver become more pronounced and they work nicely with the cocoa to create a smell that is not only masculine, but also cosy and comfortable. My only real problem with Kokorico lies with the quality of the woody notes which, despite starting out relatively dry and warm, become stronger, more obtrusive and ‘synthetic smelling’ within the base.

The base is a pleasing blend of cocoa, patchouli, a flash of vetiver and quite a large amount of vanilla. It is just a shame that the woods try to take over at this point, and their synthetic hue can’t seem to help but ruins things slightly.

It is impossible to smell Kokorico and not draw parallels with two other, rather excellent masculines; Guerlain’s L’Instant de Guerlain and Thierry Mugler’s (sadly discontinued) B*Men. The fragrance is certainly derivative, and whilst it may seem like a mishmash of the two aforementioned masculines, it seems less spicy than B*Men and not as rich as L’Instant. Despite it’s derivative nature, Kokorico does have it’s own identity and I certainly wouldn’t shun it because of the similarities.

Kokorico doesn’t quite live up to my expectations, I did have really high hopes for it and perhaps I have hyped it up in my mind a little bit too much, and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit disappointed but, and this is a big but, it is a heck of a lot better than most of the masculine dreck that is released and I’m struggling to think of a better designer masculine released this year. I am tempted to purchase a bottle when it becomes available over here, I imagine that it’s going to work really well in the colder months, but only time will tell if I do decide to bite the bullet.

The BottleKokorico Flacon

Having packaged his scents in a variety of unusual flacons, including; male and female torsos, a snow globe and dual magnetic bottles, Monsieur Gaultier doesn’t scrimp on the creativity with Kokorico.

Kokorico is packaged within a jet black head adorned with bright red feather-styled graffiti, yet the most striking feature of the bottle is the fact that it highlights the silhouette of the Le Mâle/Fleur du Mâle torso when it is turned on its side, which just highlights the importance of Gaultier’s first masculine. The flacon is also housed in a bright red tin in the shape of a film canister.

For other reviews on Kokorico please see Persolaise, Memory of Scent and Now Smell This.

Availability

Kokorico is available in 50ml or 100ml Eau de Toilette, prices range from £36.50-£54.00. A set of matching body products (shower gel, deodorant and after shave lotion) are also available.

Disclaimer

This review is based on a sample of Kokorico kindly gifted to me by Persolaise.

[1] osmoz.com

[2] fragrantica.com

Image 1 malemodelscene.net

Image 2 olfactorum.blogspot.com

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28 thoughts on “Cock-a-Doodle-Doo – Jean Paul Gaultier Kokorico Perfume Review

  1. For some reason (maybe I’ve already read a review but forgot it) I expected this reaction – good but not great. I’ve booked myself in for the release “party” at House of Fraser in Feb, so I’ll give it a thorough try out though. Just a shame they’re taking so long to roll it out across the world – 2013 in the US?! Come on!

  2. Sounds like it could be a bit of hit then. I love the sound of coco, vetiver and vanilla, really yummy stiff. I personally think the bottle could be better, it’s a lovely visual trick/homage, but the head profile looks a bit naff to me.

  3. So, so distracted by both the crotch on that bottle and the Jon Kortajarena commercial. O_o HA!

    Still, this sounds like it could be promising, and I’ll search it out when it becomes available in the US. For now, I’m going to keep watching that commercial…I’m both strangely hypnotized and weirded out by it =)

    • Haha – the crotch on the Gaultier bottles has always been distracting. Oddly, Jon Kortajarena does nothing for me, he’s no David Gandy…

      Kokorico is good, not fantastic, but it deserves to be successful. I’ll probably end up buying a bottle.

  4. This is an intriguing review. I think I’ll keep my eye out for a tester of this, as I do like some of the masculines you compared it to. Thanks for piquing my interest.

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  7. I am sitting here at CDG airport in Paris and I sprayed kokorico on my skin about 30 minutes ago. My reaction is….NOOOO! This is a scrubber! I would classify it is a second rate B Men! Trust me, I want to like it, and the packaging is very cool, but I just can’t bring myself to accept this…

      • It is now a couple of hours later and I still smell it after thoroughly scrubbing it in the bathroom. (I must admit that it is a tenacious scent) Also, the drydown has developed into something more awful. I get alot of patchouli but it is a weird patchouli, a very synthetic patchouli perhaps? Anyway, I think the overall “synthetic” feeling to this fragrance is what has turned me off. That, and its loudness. Don’t get me wrong, I love loud fragrances but this is loud and weird. When would one wear this? I don’t think it can be worn to a fancy restaurant or to the office. The only place I can think of is in “da club”. A strange club…..where people smell like synthetic patchouli…..a club filled with android hippies?

        This is not the worst I have smelled (“Secretions Magnifique” holds that title) but it is in that group.

        Ok, I am going to take a long shower to try to take this off now…….

      • I completely agree that there is an odd ‘syntheticness’ to, it seems that your nose is especially sensitive to it. Damn those pesky android hippies!

        Nothing is anywhere near as bad as Secretions Magnifiques!

      • I need a long shower and a fragrance to be the antidote to this poison called Kokorico…..someone spray me with a Taste of Heaven stat!!

  8. Wow! I don’t know what it is but there is something about this advert that makes me want to go straight out and buy this for my boyfriend- it’s really hot:) I can’t wait…

    As for tacky- it’s a shame about the face, because the torso shape looks pretty classic.

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  12. Hey,
    So got Kokorico at last, hmm where to start, its a JPG touch for sure, as soon as you spray it, it opens up with creamy dark choclate without the sweetness, ladies this is a dangerously sexy scent, its diferent n mysterious, imho Kokorico had a poor launch, lots of people never heard about it, why make a nice scent and never advertise whats the point ??

  13. I didn’t like Kokorico when I smelled it years ago. Wasn’t it discontinued? I know that some places that sell it have it heavily discounted. Le Male and Amen were my two fragrances for 20 years. I have a bottle of Fleur (also discontinued) and I like ‘Ultra Male’ and the new ‘Essence’ (I didn’t go for ‘Beau’ and ‘Terrible’)

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