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What Is Coconut Fragrance?

By Megan Shoop
Updated May 21, 2024
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Coconut fragrance may be any oil, perfume, or cologne that smells like coconut. This scent is usually added to products in the form of coconut essential oil or artificial fragrance oil. Most coconut oils, such as those used for cooking or in hydrating toiletry products, do not have much of a scent. These scentless, semi-solid oils are harvested from coconuts themselves, while coconut fragrance is usually harvested from the plant's flowers. This fragrance can be combined with many other scents and substances to create coconut-scented soaps, shampoos, lotions, and more.

Those who have access to coconut flowers can create their own coconut fragrance oil at home. This may be done in one of two ways. The first involves placing the fresh blossoms between paper cards covered in vegetable shortening and leaving them there for 24 hours before replacing the flowers with fresh ones. This process should typically be repeated up to four times. The shortening should absorb the flowers’ scents, creating a solid perfume. The maker may then dissolve the shortening in rubbing alcohol and pour it in to perfume pots.

The second method for obtaining coconut fragrance involves creating one’s own essential oil. This involves placing the flowers in a steam distillation unit. As the flowers are warmed, their oils will evaporate into the steam and rise to the top of the distillation unit. The steam then travels into the tubes at the top of the unit and cools, creating condensation. This condensation, which is carrying the coconut blossom oil, will slide through the tubes at the top of the unit and drip slowly into a container meant for collecting essential oils.

Many commercial companies also sell coconut essential oil and solid fragrance perfumes, though they may be slightly more expensive than homemade versions. Both homemade and commercial coconut fragrance may be added to homemade toiletry items. People wishing to make homemade coconut shampoo should typically melt equal parts castile soap and unscented coconut oil together, adding up to 20 drops of coconut fragrance oil. The unscented coconut oil usually hydrates the hair and helps intensify the scent of the coconut fragrance.

Both men and women can enjoy coconut fragrance in their soaps and lotions just by adding a few drops of the essential oil to these products. The scent is generally fresh, exotic, and relaxing. It also mixes well with jasmine, rose, citrus, and pineapple essential oils. Some people even like to mix it with chocolate or mint fragrances to make deliciously-scented bath products.

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Discussion Comments
By Rotergirl — On Aug 30, 2014

I like coconut fragrance in shampoo. It makes my hair smell like I've been on the beach in the sun, and that's a nice feeling! It can get a little heavy in cologne, but I like it in moisturizer and other products where it is quickly absorbed by the skin, and only leaves a pleasant, faint fragrance.

I wouldn't use it as an air freshener or car deodorizer. Those are close quarters and not everyone appreciates the fragrance. I am more apt to use something citrusy or a fresh linen type fragrance in those areas. You don't need something that hits you when you get in a car or walk into a room. That's just annoying.

By Pippinwhite — On Aug 29, 2014

The scent of certain suntan oils is coconut and reminds me a lot of summer, and camp and happy times. I really like it in suntan oil.

However, I think coconut is way too heavy for a regular cologne. It takes over whatever it's in. It's kind of like gardenia in that way. You have to be really, really careful to make sure you're not overpowering everything else in the cologne.

I really don't like coconut fragrance as a cologne, body wash, etc. It's just too heavy and a little obnoxious. For suntan lotion, it's fine, but for a regular perfume, no thank you.

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